The judges are representatives from a variety of industries who have relevant experience or an understanding of the operations of a small business. They will shortlist the entrants into finalists. The number of finalists will depend on the quality and quantity of entrants for each category. Not all entrants will become finalists.

Judging is assessed on the responses to the Compulsary Awards Questions and Additional Supporting Information that are uploaded as a PDF as part of your entry. The outcome of each business' assessment will determine the Australian Women's Small Business Champion winners.

Businesses are judged only within one award category. Judges reserve the right to transfer a business into another category if they believe a business would be more appropriately assessed in another category.

The Entrepreneur Categories

• Small Business Champion Woman Entrepreneur

• Young Small Business Champion Woman Entrepreneur

Judges will be looking at each applicant's approach to the business, together with their individual achievements and attitudes in regard to managing challenges.

Australian Small Business Champion Influential Woman

Judges will be looking at each applicant's approach to show initiative and willingness to undertake business development and the courage to always persevere. As a result of their positive actions, they have a big impact on their team, business decisions, industry and gain respect as an influential businesswoman.

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The judges will be looking for pioneers with innovative thinking in business that have transformed or made significant developments to the business and their respective sector. It will honour inspiring innovators and visionaries and is open to women business leaders who have achieved accomplishments of significance over their career.