Rhino Awards

The Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc presents the Rhino Awards each year to honour the city's most outstanding businesses.

The Rhino, which is used as the logo, reflects both the fact that Dubbo is home to the Targona Western Plains Zoo, and symbolises the strength of our local business community. The presentation night is one of the city's most prestigious annual events, a time when the city's business community honours its most outstanding performers in a number of categories.

Regional Australia Bank

This year the Regional Australia Bank 2017 Rhino Awards present 20+ Categories, including the The Gold Rhino - awarded to Dubbo's most Outstanding Business.

In the starred (*) categories, eligible winners will receive automatic entry into the 2017 NSW Business Chamber Central West Regional Awards.

Category Sponsor

Jean Emile Serisier Roll of Honour

Recognises those who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Excellence in Small Business *

Recognises a company (employing less than 20 employees) that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth in the previous 24 months.

Anittel

Excellence in Business *

(for businesses employing 20 or more employees*)

Recognises a business that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth over the previous 24 months.

EMS Group

Startup Superstar - Baby Rhino

This category recognises a business that has been operating for less than 2 years that delivers a product/service/idea/invention with credible potential. This award recognises early-stage startups that have a solid chance of market success, and strongly displays the entrepreneurial spirit.

WIN Television

Environmental Sustainability - Green Rhino *

Recognises businesses that are working to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and/or provide products and services that have positive environmental outcomes. 

Please note: where sustainability is your core business, you must enter this category based on sustainable initiatives and projects within your business, not related to your core offering.

Transforce

Customer Service

Awarded to a business that recognises and demonstrates that their customers are at the heart of their business.

The Excellence in Export Award recognises leading examples of businesses that are exporting their products internationally and are forging a strong reputation for Australian products and services in international markets. This applies to businesses that are exporting directly or through a third party.

Qantaslink

Product and / or Service

Awarded to a business that delivers an exceptionally high quality product and/or service.

Signarama

Excellence in Innovation *

Recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

Milestone Hotel

Employer of Choice *

Recognises organisations that put in place strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments for their employees. These strategies or initiatives must have a positive impact on both employees and the organisation as a whole.

Employee of the Year

Awarded to an employee that has gone above and beyond the call of duty and made a valuable contribution to the success of the business they work for.

Apprentice and Trainee of the Year

Awarded to an apprentice and trainee that has gone above and beyond the call of duty and made a valuable contribution to the success of the business they work for.

Work Health Safety *

Awarded to a business that demonstrates outstanding Excellence in Work Health Safety.

NSW Government Safe Work

Young Entrepreneur * (18 to 35 yrs)

Recognises an inspirational young person aged between 18-35 years who, through their own commitment and passion, has built and operates a successful business. This award recognises young business leaders who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction and innovative ideas whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming young business people.

Young Business Executive* (18 to 35 yrs)

Recognises an inspirational young professional aged between 18-35 years who has built a successful career with an organisation.

Business Leader* (36+ yrs)

Recognises the positive contribution made to business by business people and professionals. The award recognises those who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders.

Dubbo Chamber of Commerce

People's Choice Award

Awarded to Dubbo’s most popular business, as voted by the public.

2DU

People's Choice - Service with a Smile

Awarded to Dubbo’s most popular employee, as voted by the public.

Daily Liberal

People's Choice - Dubbo's Best Tradie

Awarded to Dubbo’s most popular trade-based business (i.e. electrician, plumber, builder, painter) as voted by the public.

Mailbox Shopper

People's Choice - Hospitality

Awarded to a restaurant, cafe, function centre, pub, licensed club or caterer that demonstrates excellence in hospitality.

Garian Foods

Excellence in Social Enterprise

Open to businesses that have been established to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. These businesses are revenue generating and can be “not for profit” and “for profit.

Regional Australia Bank

Key Rhino Award Dates 2017:

  • 16th June Launch & Nominations Open
  • 4th July Information Night - Award Entries Open
  • 15th July Award Nominations close
  • 4th July Voting for People's Choice begins
  • 6th August Award Entries close
  • 25th August Award Judging closes
  • 2nd September   People's Choice voting closes
  • 19th September Sponsor Cocktail Party - Finalists Announced
  • 13th October Gala Awards Night

Some dates subject to change.

2017 Rhino Sponsorship Proposal 875 KB

2017 Rhino Entry Pack 5,952 KB

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