Telstra Business Award Winners

The Telstra Business Awards have celebrated excellence in business for more than a quarter of a century. Our showcase includes some of the incredible success stories and business ideas that have emerged over the past 25 years.

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Innovative aged-care online clinic announced as winner of 2017 Telstra SA Business Awards

Online clinic platform, GenWise Health, is the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year.

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Distillery takes top spot at the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business Awards

Home of the Limeburners whisky, Great Southern Distilling Company is the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business of the Year.

MS charity takes top award at Telstra NSW Business Awards
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MS charity takes top award at Telstra NSW Business Awards

A charity at the forefront of international research into one of the world’s most debilitating illnesses has been named the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business of the Year.

SA Telstra Business Award Winners
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Innovative aged-care online clinic announced as winner of 2017 Telstra SA Business Awards

Online clinic platform, GenWise Health, is the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year.

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Distillery takes top spot at the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business Awards

Home of the Limeburners whisky, Great Southern Distilling Company is the 2017 Telstra Western Australian Business of the Year.

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Lab coats and hard hats are a winning combination in the 2017 Telstra Northern Territory Business Awards

A geotechnical testing and sampling company, HiQA Geotechnical, is the 2017 Telstra Northern Territory Business of the Year.

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What business are you really in?

Define what you do by the product you sell or the technology that supports your business model and you may miss the genuine opportunities to become a successful, even award-win...

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How to start a business on $100

“I started my online skincare empire with just $100!” It sounds like a clickbait headline, but it’s not. It’s the true story of Nourished Life founder Irene Falcone.

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Telstra Business Award Winners: Where are they now?

The Telstra Business Awards are seen as the pinnacle of small business recognition in Australia, and after 25 years of the Awards program, it’s easy to see why.

Sisters Elizabeth Abegg and Isabella Pennefather, Spell & The Gypsy Collective, TBWA winners
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Should you ever put the brakes on business growth?

Smarter talks to 2016 Telstra Australian Business of the Year winner bohemian fashion brand Spell & The Gypsy Collective about business growth.

Dr Barry McCleary Telstra Business Award winner standing in front of distillers
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Then and now: 25 years of the Telstra Business Awards

This year marks 25 years of the iconic Telstra Business Awards. So to commemorate the occasion, Smarter caught up with two previous Award winners from 1993 and 2016 to compare ...

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Why the future of business is small

Business commentator Robert Gottliebsen is a big fan of “small”, and in today’s disruptive environment, he sees small businesses as having advantages over their bigger competit...

25 years of the Telstra Business Awards: celebrating the best in business
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25 years of the Telstra Business Awards: celebrating the best in business

As the Telstra Business Awards celebrates its 25th anniversary, we take a look at the journey and what it takes to land a coveted gong.

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Stylishly solo: running a business with no physical staff

“I realised that if you want to do something well it’s okay to get help and that doesn’t mean having an office and staff.”

Kim Tran and Quan Le at work.
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La Belle Peau: Finding the beauty in numbers

Kim Tran and her husband and mentor, Quan Le, know that while you can use numbers to show results, true business success comes from the quality of your relationships, they tell...

Kelly and her son collecting strawberries.
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Edible Blooms: using tech to grow

Edible Blooms’ Kelly Jamieson uses smart technology to solve day-to-day logistics so she can do more of what she loves.

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Introducing the Telstra Business Awards Winners

"Smaller businesses definitely have the edge when it comes to embracing the new. Business innovation also benefits the wider community – so it’s little wonder the buzz about it...

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Furst Electrical: Making business simple

This Melbourne start-up is grabbing attention (and profits!) by helping robots to pick and pack online purchases, and craft-beer makers to remotely monitor their brews.

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Southern Cotton

Riverina cotton farmers are doing it for themselves. By investing in an innovative paddock-to-bale processing system, they have increased cotton yields and farm incomes.

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How Nexba Beverages is revolutionising iced tea

How a Sydney lad’s Mexican beach epiphany became the coolest drink around.

Scott Houston standing in a testing area talking to trainees fighting fires.
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Executive Risk Solutions: Emergency management - when danger is your business

A reliable mobile network can help Executive Risk Solutions save lives.

The winner of the TBWA accepts her award.
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2015 Telstra Australian Business Women's Awards

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards have capped off their 21st year by honouring a trailblazing member of the Royal Australian Navy.

Telstra Business Of The Year Winner Executive Risk Solutions
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ERS takes out Aussie business top award

On the night of nights for Aussie small businesses, it was a Western Australian business that took out the coveted 2015 Telstra Australian Business of the Year Award.

Rebecca Owens
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Rebecca Owens: The road to Mizzle

Rebecca Owens – 2014 Tasmanian Telstra Young Business Woman Award winner – gained the necessary skills to open her small business, babywear wholesaler Mizzle, from her time as ...

Kate Weiss, Table Of Plenty
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Turning tough times into success

The need for flexibility and creativity in her life as a young mother inspired Kate Weiss to lead a wellbeing business that also gave something back to society.

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Are women better bosses?

Is it true that women have the qualities to make better bosses? Absolutely they do, and strong evidence is growing worldwide to support this claim, writes Deborah Tarrant.

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Eleni's winning drive

The winner of Smarter's Toyota competition loves empowering aussie women with lessons in car care and safer motoring.

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Tina Tower, Begin Bright

Franchising your successful business can provide many rewards and help to create a great work-life balance as Tiffany Loh discovers.

Bill Lark with a glass of whisky in cellar full of barrels
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Life's a Lark

For Telstra Business Award Winner, Lark Distillery, passion has bred success. Since winning the award last year, the business has grown to 24 staff, and Bill Lark has been dubb...

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What was your path to success? 5 inspirational businesses reveal their moment of truth

Inspiration takes many forms, but for entrepreneurs it can be defining. In The Inspirational Journey video series, five very different small businesses from all corners of Aust...

Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2014 Anne Cross UnitingCare Queensland
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Meet the winners of the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Womens Awards

CEO of UnitingCare Queensland and former frontline social worker, Anne Cross, has taken out the prestigious award - the second year in a row that a Queensland woman has won.

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How to turn adversity into opportunity

History is littered with successful individuals who came from backgrounds of hardship. Adversity comes in many guises, but one common thread is that we should all search out a ...

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Bruny Island calling. Why Nick Haddow wouldn't make cheese anywhere in the world but here

Inspired by Europe’s artisanal cheese making tradition, Nick Haddow found business success in Tasmania’s Bruny Island.

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How family traditions bring home the bacon at Barossa Fine Foods

With a history spanning four generations of smallgoods production, Barossa Fine Foods flies the flag for family business success.

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500,000 global orders can't be wrong. How 365cups brewed a booming app business

Friends Simone Eyles and Mariusz Stankiewicz’ big idea for a food ordering app has seen their Wagga Wagga business 365cups enter the US market and win a major retail contract.

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How a commitment to rural healthcare motivates TeleMed to bring nuclear medicine to WA's isolated communities

TeleMed proves high-tech healthcare services can be available to all, even communities in Australia’s most remote pockets.

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Telstra Business of the Year 2014: Redarc

Two decades after buying a struggling electronics company, Anthony Kittel now runs one of the country’s most innovative manufacturing plants. But, as he tells Mark Chipperfield...

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Telstra Regional Business of the Year 2014: Stone and Wood Brewing Company

Three workmates left the security of their corporate jobs to put their creativity into launching a craft beer.

Lark Distillery founders
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Telstra Small Business of the Year 2014: Lark Distillery

Bill and Lyn Lark moved to Hobart 40 years ago and were granted the first distillation licence in 153 years!

Boon Wai Lim and wife on desert road
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Telstra Start-Up Business of the Year 2014: Country Wellness Pharmacy

Moving to Australia from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Boon Wai Lim settled in Darwin − where a flight home is just four and a half hours.

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Telstra Business Awards: Trends for 2014-2015

Telstra has been recognising Australian businesses since 1992 with the Business Awards program. This year showcased a strong field of entrepreneurs and innovators, Smarter prof...

Craig Withers from Urban Escape
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Telstra Micro-Business of the Year 2014: Urban Escape

Craig Withers overcame a serious injury to open his village feel, custom-designed salon.

Diane Costa, Director Of Marketing Mechanics
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What I've learned: Diane Costa, Director of Marketing Mechanics

Diane started her marketing and advertising agency in 2001 working from the kitchen table. She now has 11 employees and Marketing Mechanics was the 2013 NSW Telstra Business Aw...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards ACT Winners

Community-minded pharmacist named Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year.

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, CEO and managing director of Mirvac Group, speaking at the NSW Business Women's Award dinner
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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards NSW winners

On October 24 in Sydney a woman at the pinnacle of Australia’s property industry was named the 2014 Telstra New South Wales Business Woman of the Year.

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Award VIC winners

A biomedical researcher whose personal loss spurred her on to develop new cancer treatments was named tonight as the 2014 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year.

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards TAS winners

The highest-ranked woman in the 114-year history of Tasmania Police was named the 2014 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year.

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards SA winners

A woman driving reform programs and cultural change across State Government agencies was named the 2014 Telstra South Australian Business Woman of the Year.

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards WA winners

A woman championing workplace flexibility, Leadership and female retention in the construction and mining industry has been named the 2014 Telstra Western Australian Business W...

2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards NT winners
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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards NT winners

The Territory’s newly-appointed auditor general, and the first woman to hold the role, has been named as the 2014 Telstra Northern Territory Business Woman of the Year.

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards ACT finalists announced

A disability activist, event management specialist and dance instructor are among the finalists in this year's Awards.

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards NSW finalists announced

Women from a range of industry sectors, from career development to agronomy, have been named finalists in this year’s New South Wales Awards.

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards VIC finalists announced

An agricultural scientist, the co-founder of a social enterprise and the owner of an urban planning business are among the finalists.

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards QLD winners

The CEO of a not-for-profit organisation striving to improve services for Queensland’s most vulnerable people has been named as the 2014 Telstra Queensland Business Woman of th...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards TAS finalists announced

A fashion designer, a telecommunications construction company, and a Royal Australian Navy officer are among the finalists.

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards SA finalists announced

A heart disease prevention awareness campaigner, a founder of English language school, and a wine exporter are among the finalists in the 2014 Telstra Western Australian Busine...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards WA finalists announced

A global shipping strategist, an education innovator, and a director of a cattle and cropping farm are among the finalists for the 2014 Telstra Western Australian Business Wome...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards NT finalists announced

A pioneer in the growth of sustainable design, the head of Mission Australia’s community services delivery and a PR company manager are among the finalists for the 2014 Telstra...

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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards QLD finalists announced

Queensland women making a difference in fields ranging from health, to IT services, and flight training, have been named as finalists for the 2014 Telstra Queensland Business W...

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How two chai lovers built an award winning business from home

Here's how since launching in 2005, Bondi Chai has become one of the most awarded chai brands in Australia.

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Catching up with the 1993 Telstra Business Award winner

Dr Barry McCleary has made his own path in the world, and since winning the Telstra Business Award in 1993 he's been a very successful entrepreneur. Read on to hear how he keep...

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How Stuart Daniels built a successful trailer company by fixing one problem

From unemployment to: business owner, an annual turnover of seven million, and double 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards for QLD Regional Business and QLD Medium Business.

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Telstra celebrates 20 years of women in business

To celebrate the 20th year of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, a panel of five influential and innovative women shared their experiences and reflections.

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5 tips for business success from McAsh Oysters

The world is his oyster and it can be yours, too. Here, our Issue 12 cover star, Ewan of McAsh Oysters and Ulladulla Oyster Bar, tells us about his biggest investments and why ...

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Aussie innovation: McAsh Oysters

Next-gen oyster farmers are revolutionising the industry with high tech production and - as Stuart Ridley discovers - a passion for the good life.