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Here's Your Chance: Calling for IABCA Nominations

Welcome, and thank you for reading our blog byte. Your go to source for multicultural related news, updates, upcoming events and anything Gandhian we encounter. In this edition, we’ll be covering our favourite event of the year, the India Australia Business & Community Awards and giving you some inside tips on what you can do to engage with this national awards platform.

Nominations for the fourth annual India Australia Business & Community Awards are now open, and we are calling on all aspiring professionals, businesses and community leaders to get in before they close. With less than a month to go, nominations have been pouring in and we recommend that everyone give themselves an edge over the competition by getting in early. This year, IABCA will be featuring a total of fourteen award categories that will recognise and expose on a national scale the success stories of Australian migrants across business and community related efforts. Check out the categories below and consider which one best reflects your success story.

IABCA Categories 2017

Young Professional of the Year

Young Community Achiever of the Year

Community Services Excellence Award

Travel Agency/Tour Operator of the Year

Indian Restaurant of the Year

Spirit of Sport Award

Business Woman of the Year

Business Leader of the Year

Australian Indian Exporter of the Year

Indian Investment in the Australia Market

Small Business of the Year

SME of the Year

Indian Australian Ambassador of the Year (non-contested)

Nominations can be made by heading over to the IABCA website here and filling out a free nomination form. Nominations will be judged by a panel of carefully selected experts and industry leaders who will evaluate each nomination on a merit based process. Each finalist will receive nationwide coverage by media partners SBS News and Brisbane Indian Times, so be sure to fill out that nomination form as best as possible as this is the information that will be used.

Some key dates to mark in your calendar

2017 represents a landmark year for the IABCA platform as it will be travelling to Brisbane for the first time since it’s inception in 2014. The event is proudly hosted by the Premier of Queensland, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, and will feature a number of key dignitary guests and speakers. For the first time at any Australian Awards event, the Indian High Commissioner of Australia, His Excellency Dr. A.M Gondane, and the Australian High Commissioner of India, Her Excellency Ms Harinder Sidhu, will both be in attendance.

Now it it’s fourth year, the India Australia Business & Community Awards will take place on Friday the 13th of October at Brisbane City Hall. IABCA provides a platform for outstanding businesses, professionals and community leaders to showcase their migrant success stories to a national audience. The awards platform is a welcome sign of how far relations between India and Australia have come, raising awareness of Australians in India and Indians in Australia, in a way that encourages growth in relations between the two countries. The focus is to recognise and enhance the increasing role of migrants who are contributing to the economic and cultural identity of Australia, with broader objectives of enhancing international trade and investment, cultural and ideological exchange, and promoting a greater degree of understanding between the two nations.

For an inside view on what goes on at an IABCA event, check out some video highlights of one of our previous Gala nights below:

Essentially, this event is us on a platter. We always look forward to running this event as it truly is an avenue for us to express who we are as an organisation and directly work towards what we want to achieve in the long term. We are huge believers in intercultural exchange, foreign diplomacy and the promotion of a more diverse Australian populace, and this is why we love IABCA. Aside from that, you can always expect the typical Gandhi Creations approach to production when it comes to IABCA – Think bright colours, five star venues, the welcoming aroma of the best Indian cuisine, and unique performances that intertwine cultures from around the world, all anchored together by professionally produced AV production.

IABCA provides it’s entrants with outstanding opportunities for nationwide exposure and to launch their business into the mainstream. In 2016, Businesswoman of the Year Uppma Virdi had her story picked up by the Times of India. 1.2 million hits and multiple website crashes later, Uppma and her business Chai Walli are names that are frequently appearing in the media sphere. So go on, what are you waiting for? Tell us your story so we can tell it to all of Australia. Place your business on the IABCA pedestal and watch it grow at a rate you never believed was possible. Stand on stage at the IABCA Gala and become a beacon for all aspiring migrants trying to make it in Australia. Share your story and be the person that inspires hundreds of new migrant success stories in the future.

We wish everyone the best of luck with their nominations and hope to see you all at the IABCA Gala on Friday the 13th October at Brisbane City Hall

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