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 borders 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 visiting www.regionalaustralia.org.au
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.