TWO new categories will feature in this year’s Bendigo Business Excellence Awards.
A Regional Women’s Business Award and an Excellence in Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award will feature in this year’s program, which launches on March 6.
Be.Bendigo engagement manager Jayson Tayeh said more than 700 businesses applied for last year’s awards.
The People’s Choice Award, won by Crooked Kitchen, garnered more than 12,000 votes.
“It’s a great opportunity for businesses to do self-assessment,” Mr Tayeh said.
He said the awards also presented businesses with feedback from judges with significant business experience.
“This is a really great way to reward and acknowledge businesses for their efforts,” new Be.Bendigo chief executive Dennis Bice said.
Seventeen businesses received awards during the 2017 event.
This year’s accolades will be presented at a gala event on June 1.
Mr Tayeh said the number of sponsors backing the event had increased to more than 20.
The Bendigo Marketplace is sponsoring the new Regional Women’s Business Award, while the City of Greater Bendigo is sponsoring the Excellence in Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award.