Josh's Rainbow Eggs Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards


The Josh's Rainbow Eggs Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards recognises and acknowledges deserving businesses for their outstanding service, innovation, products and professionalism. 

The awards offer opportunities and experiences that will enhance and improve their business by:

  • Completing a 'business health check' when entering the awards. Businesses will be able to assess their strengths and weaknesses and have their application reviewed for feedback.
  • Be recognised as a finalist or winner within the Macedon Ranges Shire.  
  • Foster new relationships and connect up with entrants and professionals at events.
  • Receive free PR and marketing advice through mentorship. 

There are 11 award categories including the People's Choice Award and Business of the Year that will showcase the diversity of businesses throughout the Macedon Ranges Shire for 2022.


Self-nominations are now open and must be received by no later than 11.59pm, Friday 8 July 2022. 

Start your submission

Final submissions are due by 11.59pm, Wednesday 10 August 2022.

Award categories

 Award Category Description
Excellence in Agribusiness and Food Manufacturing Recognising businesses for their outstanding achievement in — and contribution to — the food, beverage and agribusiness industries in and around the shire. This award is open to businesses that grow and/or produce food, fibre, animal husbandry and beverage related products (e.g. livestock, vignerons, wool, horses & flowers).
Excellence in Manufacturing, Trades, Retail and Innovation

Designed to recognise manufacturers that display innovation and best practice in the creation and delivery of a product. The primary focus of the award is to acknowledge continuous improvement, best practice, creativity and innovation within the Macedon Ranges.

On the tools, these businesses keep our community in operation. This award is designed to recognise trade businesses that require on the job or tertiary level training. Applicants for this category can come from industries that include beauticians, carpenters, car or bicycle mechanics, electricians, hairdressers, landscapers and plumbers as well as traditional manufacturing.

Excellence in Health, Wellness and Care This award recognises businesses that provide excellence in health and allied health services. An applicant’s business should function in health care by providing an aspect or range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services. Examples include businesses that specialise in medicine and/or operate in health as an audiologist, dietitian, exercise physiologist, nutritionist, occupational therapist, optometrist, physiotherapist, podiatrist, psychologist, speech pathologist and/or provide other similar or related professional health services. This award recognises innovators from any wellness sector – spa, fitness, nutrition, workplace wellness, integrative medicine and preventive health.
 Small and Thriving This award recognises established small businesses that continue to grow, support staff and truly connect with customers. Applicants for this category must be businesses with 1 to 5 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.
 Excellence in Professional Services Designed to recognise professional services offering B2C/B2B solutions and customised, knowledge-based services. Some example businesses include those operating in legal services, real estate, accounting and financial advisory, architecture, engineering, information technology and consulting. Applicants for this category should have an established business and strong client base.
Excellence in Tourism  and Visitor Experience These businesses know how to hustle and bring business to the Shire. This award recognises businesses in the arts, attractions, cultural tourism, accommodation, entertainment, festival and  events space. Applicants for this category must have held a local event or provide an attraction that enhances the profile, awareness or appeal of the destination, created an economic impact, increased visitation and/or had local community involvement.
 Young and Professional Award

This award focusses on young people making waves in our business community. Applicants for  this category must be aged from 16 to 35 and can come from any industry sector and working or operating at any level of business including trainees and apprentices.

** Eligible businesses can apply for this award category in addition to their specific category.

*** Applicants for this category must meet the age criteria as at Wednesday 10 August 2022.

Champion of social, environmental or sustainability principles

For organisations where a positive social impact is at the core of their purpose. They are applying innovative solutions to address social or environmental issues and better the community we live in. Open to not-for-profit, social enterprise and profit-for-purpose organisations operating in the Macedon Ranges Shire.

Designed to recognise businesses that demonstrate leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices. Applicants should have a commitment to sustainable products and practices, support other businesses or consumers through the sale of sustainable products, have developed innovative methods integrated into their business that allow them to limit their own or others impact on the environment, remain competitive and guarantee their viability. Examples include businesses that sell or have integrated sustainable products, projects, programs, systems and technologies that minimise their environmental impact.

** Eligible businesses can apply for this award category in addition to their specific category.
COVID-19 Business Adaptability

This award celebrates a small business or company that has provided an act or service that has effected positive change during the COVID-19 pandemic. It recognises new ways of working to adapt to the unprecedented circumstances during restrictions and lockdowns.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that the act or service is in response to the pandemic. The award includes (normally) paid acts or services that have been offered free of charge.

Examples of eligible acts or services include providing new training or employment opportunities, enhancing community connectivity, implementing new customer service strategies to provide and promote inclusion or demonstrating leadership that promotes community positivity.

 People's Choice Award
Following the judging process, all finalists will automatically be eligible for the People’s Choice Award with a focus on excellence in customer service. This award requires a public voting process.
 Business of the Year
This award recognises a business that has achieved outstanding results, business performance and management and demonstrates all- round excellence in business. To be eligible for this award, businesses need to be a finalist in an award category.

Mentoring support - watch our hints and tips video

Have you started your self-nomination for this year’s Josh’s Rainbow Eggs Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards?

Need a little help or not sure where to start? We have a helpful mentoring video chock full of hints and tips that you can watch at any time.

Meet our sponsors

Naming Sponsor

Josh's Rainbow Eggs logo

We are delighted to have Josh's Rainbow Eggs back on board as the naming sponsor for 2022.  Having won three categories in the 2019 awards and sponsored the awards in 2021 they are keen to continue to support and encourage other businesses in 2022.

Gold sponsor - Bendigo Bank

Bendigo Bank sponsor logo

The Bendigo Bank branches in the Macedon Ranges are delighted to sponsor the business awards for a seventh year to support and celebrate local businesses. With four locations in the shire, we see every day how important local businesses are to the fabric and success of our communities.

Our branches all offer the full range of Bendigo Bank products, competitive rates and local staff who care about your financial success, plus an important point of difference – we invest in the local communities in which we operate. To date, we have given back $3.5 million to support clubs, projects, events and schools in the Macedon Ranges to help our communities thrive.

So, for great service and banking you can feel good about, bank with your local branch

  • Bendigo Bank Kyneton – 89 Mollison Street or 5422 3400
  • Community Bank Gisborne – 11 Nexus Way or 5420 7210
  • Community Bank Lancefield – 20A High Street or 5429 1977
  • Community Bank Romsey – 105 Main Street or 5429 5526 

Silver Sponsor

Workspace Australia 


Workspace Australia Ltd is the largest business incubator provider in Australia.  Established in 1998 it has grown to encompass 10 incubator sites across regional Victoria.  

Setting the benchmark for assisting start-up businesses in becoming commercially viable it has achieved a level of success which is unmatched within the industry.  In a time when 40% of businesses are successful after the first three years of operation, Workspace has been able to achieve a success rate of 73% over the last five years .  

Voted Australia’s Business Incubator of the Year in 2010 and a finalist in the International Incubator of the Year awards in 2011, Workspace has become the leader in establishing best practices within the industry.   

This non-profit organisation, governed by a Volunteer Board of Directors has been voted one of the top 10 incubators in the world and was awarded Bendigo’s Business Excellence Social Enterprise of the Year in 2016. 

More sponsors will be announced shortly.

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If you would like to be notified of any updates or developments regarding the awards, forward your details to or call 0429 932 191.