Nominate an on­line busi­ness hero

Benalla Ensign - - News -

En­tries are now open for the 2017 Re­gional On­line He­roes pro­gram, de­liv­ered by the Re­gional Aus­tralia In­sti­tute (RAI) and Google Aus­tralia.

Re­gional On­line He­roes recog­nises out­stand­ing re­gional in­no­va­tors, and en­cour­ages small and medium-sized busi­nesses across the coun­try to re­alise the po­ten­tial of mo­bile and on­line tech­nolo­gies for growth.

Be­ing a Re­gional On­line Hero could mean any­thing from us­ing on­line mar­ket­ing to at­tract new cus­tomers, ex­pand­ing a tra­di­tional bricks and mor­tar store to sell­ing on­line, or man­ag­ing a team across bor- ders us­ing on­line pro­duc­tiv­ity tools.

Ten lucky fi­nal­ists will have the op­por­tu­nity to travel to Google in Sydney to at­tend an ex­clu­sive dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing masterclass on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 1, where they will share their sto­ries and de­velop new skills.

You can nominate a Re­gional On­line Hero by vis­it­ing­gion­alaus­

Ap­pli­ca­tions close mid­night Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8.

En­trants will be con­sid­ered by a panel of ex­perts in­clud­ing:

The Hon Michael McCor­mack MP — Min­is­ter for Small Busi­ness;

●Jack Archer — CEO, Re­gional Aus­tralia In­sti­tute;

John Ball — man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Google Mar­ket­ing So­lu­tions, Google Aus­tralia;

Jane Cay — founder and di­rec­tor, Bird­snest;

David Koch — tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter, Kochie’s Busi­ness Builders on Chan­nel 7; and

Dr San­dra Phillips — lead­ing indige­nous scholar, Creative In­dus­tries Fac­ulty, School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Queens­land Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

Since its be­gin­ning in 2015, the Hon Michael McCor­mack MP, the first ever coun­try Min­is­ter for Small Busi­ness has seen its im­pact first hand.

●●●●●‘‘The suc­cess of fi­nal­ists from the 2015 and 2016 Re­gional On­line He­roes pro­grams demon­strates what can be achieved when re­gional small busi­nesses turn their minds to de­vel­op­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties through clever use of dig­i­tal and on­line tech­nolo­gies to grow their busi­ness and cre­ate re­gional jobs,’’ Mr McCor­mack said.

The RAI is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, is a pub­lic com­pany and ap­proved re­search in­sti­tute de­voted to is­sues con­cern­ing re­gional Aus­tralia.

The in­sti­tute was founded in 2012 with fund­ing from the Aus­tralian govern­ment.

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