National winners announced for 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards

Michael Ackland, Consumer and Small Business Group Executive, Telstra

Telstra has announced the winners of its inaugural Telstra Best of Business Awards which celebrates small and medium sized businesses at a national gala event in Sydney overnight.

Who were the winners on the night?

The national winners of the 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards are:

Progressing Australia: Pakko

Accelerating Women: She’s A Crowd

Building Communities: West Australian Shalom Group

Championing Health: Ear Science Institute Australia

Embracing Innovation: Sea Forest

Indigenous Excellence: Killara Services

Outstanding Growth: Complete Home Filtration

Promoting Sustainability: Sea Forest

Telstra Consumer and Small Business Group Executive, Michael Ackland, said that it had been a privilege to see these incredible small and medium sized businesses use their innovation and expertise to address Australia’s most pressing issues and drive the nation forward.

“With more than 24,000 small businesses nominated through this year’s program, the inaugural winners of the Best of Business Awards program have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their categories, and importantly, have made a meaningful and positive impact within the communities and industries they operate in,” Mr Ackland said.

“It’s been an honour to meet these incredible SMB owners and provide them with recognition as they continue to contribute to Australia’s thriving small business community.”

What was the criteria for selecting the winners?

The winners were awarded following thorough judging like interviews with business leaders, including Small Business Australia Director, Bill Lang, Thankyou’s co-founder and Managing Director, Daniel Flynn, SWIISH co-founder and media personality, Sally Obermeder and Qantas’ Group Executive Strategy, People and Technology, Rob Marcolina, among others.

The reimagined program builds upon Telstra’s long legacy of awards programs over the past 25 years, recognising exceptional leaders and small and medium businesses, and providing them with the opportunity to further their success and inspire others.

“After an exceptional first year of the Best of Business Awards, we’re looking forward to continuing to support small businesses across the country. Nominations for the 2023 awards are open now, and we’re calling on small business owners to head online and share their story with us, and hopefully share a stage with us next year,” Mr Ackland said.

Find more information on how you can nominate your business for the 2023 Telstra Best of Business Awards by heading to the website today: