After receiving a record 21,000 nominations nationwide, we’re excited to announce the 170 finalists for the 2019 Telstra Business Awards.

Now in its 27th year, the Telstra Business Awards recognise remarkable businesses across four categories: Emerging & Energised, Small & Succeeding, Medium & Making Waves, and Social Change Maker. Overall the judges were impressed by the calibre of the 2019 finalists.

Onya Life is waging a war on plastics.

Among them is Onya Life, which has been part of the global effort to replace single-use plastics since 2004. The Western Australian business has been using recycled materials to provide high-quality, functional, and beautiful reusable products to help individuals reduce their plastic footprint.

Behaviour support for children goes mobile with Tiny Terrors psychology services.

Also a finalist is Tiny Terrors, a mobile psychology service that provides families with compassionate parenting and child behavioural support. Sydney-based psychologist and mother-of-three, Funda Yolal, teaches evidence-based professional techniques and strategies to parents who feel they’ve already tried it all.

Building better videos is at the heart of James and Simon’s digital marketing platform.

Biteable is also a finalist this year. The Tasmanian business provides a digital marketing platform that allows marketers to build videos from a library of professionally designed content. The service allows a novice user to quickly create a new video that looks as if it were made by a professional production agency.

The record number of nominations we’ve received for the program this year alone shows how dynamic the small and medium business industry is in Australia – and how supported they are by their community.

Getting to this stage of the program is an achievement in itself, whether they win or not. In particular, we found that three-quarters of last year’s state finalists saw a spike in activity or business awareness just from taking part in the program.

Babbara Women’s Centre in the NT supports artists by translating textile designs.

We’re incredibly proud to continue to support these organisations year after year. They continue to inspire us with their resilience, courage, incredible commitment, and their ability to find new solutions and ways of working, and this year’s finalists are no exception.

The finalists have been through a rigorous judging process to find the most deserving Australian businesses. They were judged across a broad range of criteria, including: strategy and vision, customers and marketing, operations, people and culture, innovation and technology, social responsibility and financial acumen.

State winners of the 2019 Telstra Business Awards will be announced at celebratory events in states and territories around the country between 5 September and 24 October. State and Territory winners will then be invited to Melbourne for the National Series, including networking events, masterclass, national judging and a national dinner celebration on Thursday 21 November.

For a full list of this year’s state finalists, please visit the Telstra Business Awards website.