Just two weeks after the launch of the City of Sydney Business Awards, the competition has received a record number of nominations.
The 2011 event has already received twice as many entries and votes as last year with 450 businesses nominated across 22 categories and close to 15,000 votes cast.
Winning companies in Sydney’s small to medium business sector will share in $60,000 dollars worth of prizes.
Past winners have gone on to great success including 2009 Best Fair Trade Business Republica Coffee now providing products for Jetstar’s domestic and international flights.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP says the awards celebrate an important part of the community, which has 18,000 small to medium business contributing more than $40 million dollars to the economy each year.
 “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, playing a crucial role in enlivening communities, driving growth and providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of people,” she says.
“The awards are a fantastic opportunity for Sydney’s small businesses to increase their brand exposure, expand their customer network and take their business ideas to the next level.
“It’s fantastic that Sydney-siders are showing such great support for our renowned awards.
“I encourage emerging businesses to follow the lead of past award winners and get involved in this year’s Sydney Business Awards – who knows where the competition might take you?” 
Categories include online business, retail fashion and specialty retail and wholesale. Entries close July 22.