Golden Crow Awards

About the Awards

The Golden Crow Awards recognise growth, entrepreneurship and celebrate business success in the business community of Wagga Wagga. 

Established over 35 years ago, there are plenty of examples of successful businesses and individuals taking out our local award categories and going on to represent Wagga Wagga at regional and state levels.

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Key Dates

April 22nd – Nominations & Applications Open

May 26th – Applications Close 

Applications deadline EXTENDED to June 2nd 11:59pm

July 1st – Tickets on Sale

July 17th – Finalist Announcement

July 19th – Sponsors Luncheon

August 9th – Crow Awards Gala

August 15th  – Winner & Sponsor Breakfast

27th September – Business NSW Riverina Murray Awards

October 16th – NSW Business Awards

Award Categories

The Outstanding Employee Award recognises an inspirational employee who has demonstrated a passion for their role and a commitment to their workplace and the community.

Entry Criteria

Employers are required to highlight their employees’ commitment over the past 12 months to their workplace, the community and to being an outstanding employee. To be eligible to enter this category, the employee must have been employed by their current employer for a minimum of 18 months, at the time of entry.

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The Outstanding Young Business Leader Award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 35 or under who has demonstrated a commitment to their workplace, industry, and the community through leadership.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their commitment over the past 12 months to creating a smarter and more inclusive future and to being an outstanding business leader. To be eligible to enter this category, the individual must have held a management position within their organisation for a minimum of 18 months at the
time of entry.

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The Outstanding Business Leader Award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 36 years or over who has demonstrated a commitment to their workplace, industry, and the community through leadership, whilst providing mentorship to others.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their commitment over the past 12 months to creating a smarter and more inclusive future and to being an outstanding mentor and business leader. To be eligible to enter this category, the individual must have held senior management or executive level position within their organisation for a minimum of 18 months at the time of entry. 

 

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The Outstanding Business Leader Award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 36 years or over who has demonstrated a commitment to their workplace, industry, and the community through leadership, whilst providing mentorship to others.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their commitment over the past 12 months to creating a smarter and more inclusive future and to being an outstanding mentor and business leader. To be eligible to enter this category, the individual must have held senior management or executive level position within their organisation for a minimum of 18 months at the time of entry. 

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The Employer of Choice Award – Under 20 Employees, recognises a business that has implemented strategies and initiatives to create a stimulating and supportive workplace environment.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key areas of employee recruitment, engagement and retention. Category criteria are based on initiatives that have had a positive impact on both employees and the business.

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The Employer of Choice Award – Over 20 Employees, recognises a business that has implemented strategies and initiatives to create a stimulating and supportive workplace environment.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key areas of employee recruitment, engagement and retention. Category criteria are based on initiatives that have had a positive impact on both employees and the business.

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The Excellence in Innovation Award recognises a business that has implemented innovative solutions for new and existing needs through the introduction or improvement of a product, technology, or application that impacts the wider community.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key area of innovation.

The Excellence in Sustainability Award recognises a business that has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable business practices and is working to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key area of environmental sustainability. Category criteria are based on initiatives and projects executed within the business not related to its core offering.

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The Outstanding Community Organisation Award recognises an organisation that works to improve the social, cultural, or environmental wellbeing of the community.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their commitment over the past 12 months to being an outstanding community organisation. This category is open to social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations that have been trading for a period of over 24 months.

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The Outstanding New Business Award recognises a start-up business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the potential to achieve future success.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their commitment over the past 12 months to being an outstanding start-up. This category is open to new businesses trading for a period of less than 24 months.

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This Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises businesses that address the needs of a diverse community, including seniors, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and people with disability. An inclusive business facilitates the needs of all its employees and customers.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their commitment over the past 12 months to address the needs of a diverse community. This category is open to businesses that have been trading for a continuous period of two or more years.

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The Excellence in Micro Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key area of business excellence. This category is open to businesses with less than 5 employees at the time of entry, who have been trading for a period of over 24 months.

The Excellence in Small Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key area of business excellence. This category is open to businesses with 5 to 20 employees at the time of entry, who have been trading for a period of over 24 months.

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The Excellence in Large Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key area of business excellence. This category is open to businesses with 5 to 20 employees at the time of entry, who have been trading for a period of over 24 months.

The Excellence in Business Ethics award recognises businesses that are implementing ethical practices within their businesses, creating a positive work culture/ environment and building business success.

Entry Criteria

Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key area of excellence in business ethics.

FAQ's

The Golden Crow Awards are more than just awards, they are a symbol of excellence and recognition within our local business community.

  • Reflection: Applying for local business awards are a great opportunity to reflect on your journey, accomplishments, and set new goals for the future. 
  • Recognition & marketing: Being a Golden Crow Award recipient is a powerful endorsement. You can leverage this recognition to enhance your business credibility and attract new customers.
  • Celebration: You’ve worked tirelessly to build your business—now it’s time to celebrate! Join us in commemorating your accomplishments and the contributions you’ve made to our local economy and community.

No, you do not have to be a member to enter the Gold Crow Awards. If you win a category that aligns with the Business NSW awards, you will need to become a member to progress to the next stage.

If you are the successful winner in your category at the Golden Crow Awards and are a Wagga Wagga Business Chamber member you will automatically be entered into the Regional Business Awards. If successful at the Regional Awards you will then be entered into the Business NSW State Awards. 

Applications are through the Business NSW Online Portal, you can find the application link above.

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