Benefits of entering

Capture your business plan

Past entrants say the entry process made them critically evaluate their business and consider their future plans. Past entries have become working business plans that are still referred to today.

Exposure for your business

All businesses who enter the Awards gain valuable exposure, including coverage in the Chamber’s Commerce Comment magazine. Entrants also benefit from media coverage in the lead up to the Awards evening, and a profile in the Awards programme on the night. It’s also a great way of recognising your team’s achievements.

Award winner benefits

Winners will receive a trophy and prize for their category, as well as coverage in the Chamber’s communication channels and follow up media. Previous award winners regularly talk about how entering the Awards helped boost their profile.

Feedback from judges

Every entrant will receive feedback from the judges on their entry. Winner or not, entering the Awards provides a great opportunity to gain valuable feedback on how your business is performing.


“Getting down on paper what’s been in our minds for the business has provided real clarity for our business goals, and we would encourage anyone thinking about entering to do it. Just make the time early and it will be a worthwhile exercise.”
Eva Maureau, Abel Tasman Canyons, Supreme Business Winner 2017

“Highly recommend entering the Chamber Business Awards. A great chance to take a deep look at your business. The team are so friendly and helpful and put on a stunning Awards night. Winning the Datcom Innovation Award 2017 is very exciting for me at Heke Homemade Herbals. Thank you!!!”
Emma Heke, Heke Homemade Herbals, Datacom Innovation Award winner 2017

“Thanks to you and your team for a great event – everyone was a winner! I hope I managed to encourage a few more entrants next year, particularly amongst the established businesses. I personally think it beneficial to enter each decade as businesses have evolved and new staff are on-board. Things flowed very well, crisp organisation and the venue size was a major part of that success.”
Darryl Wilson, Wilsons Abel Tasman, NZKS Large Business Winner 2017

“The benefits to winning the supreme award have been ongoing for MyTax. It has given us increased credibility around the country, particularly when establishing new business relationships. The best thing to come out of the awards was the acknowledgement our staff received – even today our team is still proud that all their hard work was recognised in such an amazing way.”
2016 Supreme and Large Business Award Winner Lester Binns, CEO MyTax

“There’s no doubt the recognition we received from our industry peers and the local business community was immensely valuable, but the exercise of building and compiling our award entry in a collaborative process with our staff had the most enduring value for the continuing improvement of our business.”
Former Supreme Award Winner Justin Hall of Redwood Cellars

“Entering the Chamber of Commerce business awards as a start-up business really helped us solidify our vision and reassess our goals. It was a huge process that has given us a resource that we still use today. The icing on the cake was taking away the award – which was such a boost after just one year in business.”
2016 Start Up Award winner Kymberly Widley, Director Cod & Lobster Brasserie

“The award entry itself ended up becoming an important tool in our business. Not only has it helped us plan for the future but it’s used to show new staff where MyTax has come from and what we are about.”
Former Supreme and Large Business Award winner Lester Binns, CEO MyTax.