Our History

The Melbourne Business Awards commenced in 1992 to provide a forum to recognise the achievements of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises within Melbourne's South East region. Over the 25 years from 1992 to 2017, the Melbourne Business Awards, with the support of more than 80 local, state, and national organisations, has recognised more than 250 local businesses and conducted more than 140 networking events. Click the following link to view more details in our 25 Year Anniversary Booklet:

Celebrating 25 Years - 1992 to 2017

The Melbourne Business Awards holds five breakfasts throughout the year which attract up to 200 people from small to medium businesses as well as corporate leaders. Keynote speaker from the business, political or sporting sectors. These speakers provide dynamic and motivational presentations covering the specialist knowledge from their respective areas of expertise.

In addition, local businesses are chosen to highlight their business achievements through a short presentation which provides an overview of their success and challenges

Chairperson Reports

Click to read the last three years Chairperson reports

2020 Chairpersons Report

2019 Chairpersons Report

2018 Chairpersons Report

Our Information Channels

The Melbourne Business Awards, South East region recognises the importance of supporting and providing opportunities for their supporters, who do business in a world of ever emerging technologies and need to embrace new strategies of undertaking business.    

We recognises that the future of communication and engagement is digital. We use multiple tools and channels, including social media, as a valuable way to build relationships and grow our supporter base. Since 2011, our use of e-newsletters, our web platform and other facilities has helped to build the Melbourne Business Awards brand and awareness and created engagement with our supporter base and their networks, keeping them informed of valuable commercial developments and business-building opportunities happening across the South East region and beyond.

Moving forward, we are steadily increasing this reach through the use of our Facebook page, LinkedIn profile and Twitter channel, in tandem with our monthly e-newsletter Advance and offline promotional postcards and posters. Other channels include:

  • Website – The first impression and interface of Melbourne Business Awards
  • Advance E-Newsletter 
  • Digital Banner – Brand identification
  • Social media – Building and engaging in an online community
  • Promotional Postcards and Posters – Spreading the word
  • YouTube Channel & Audio Interviews

Investing in Youth

The Melbourne Business Awards has long understood that a key factor in the success of local businesses is the attraction, development and retention of young people. The Melbourne Business Awards has operated three programmes to assist in this regard:

  • Attraction - The Schools Programme. In 1999 the Melbourne Business Awards commenced a programme which aims to inspire future young employees by inviting local schools to send a teacher and up to four students to Melbourne Business Awards breakfasts. Since that time 29 different schools have attended, as guests of the Melbourne Business Awards, on 122 occasions.
  • Development - The Foundation Award. Since its inception the Melbourne Business Awards has aimed to encourage the development of young employees by recognising companies who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the training of young people. This programme was discontinued in 2013 after recognising more than 35 local businesses.
  • Retention - The Young Achiever Award. This programme was introduced in 2002 and aims to identify and promote young people who are making a significant contribution to the company where they are employed and 50 young people have been recognised by their employer.

In addition, the Melbourne Business Awards:

  • introduced a “Youth Forum” titled “Changing of the Guard” as part of the breakfast event programme where panel members discuss issues relating to connecting with older business leaders. In 2017 the panel discussion related to “Drawing Innovative Ideas out of Young Employees (and getting the old guys to listen)”, and in 2018 the panel discussion related to “Leaders of Today Inspiring Leaders of Tomorrow”
  • supported the establishment of a “Youth Hub” network in 2018. Initiated by a past Melbourne Business Awards Young Achiever, this network is aimed at:
    • sharing common development aims such as team leadership and transition to management, and 
    • promoting personal growth by undertaking volunteer work in the community
    • mentoring young people in secondary and tertiary level education as well as the early stages of employment