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Every eligible business may enter up to three categories plus the People's Choice Award (use a single entry form). 

We know that busy business owners can't spend too much valuable time completing an entry, but our judges can't be fair and thorough without enough good, reliable, information to help them select finalists and winners. That's why the Entry Form has been kept as simple as possible with a focus on essential detail. Entering The David Awards is one of the simplest entry processes for business awards in the country - intentionally so. What's more, our judges evaluate your business itself, rather than trying to match it with arbitrary criteria for business excellence which might not be relevant to your situation. You just have to be passionate about your little business, and tell us all about it. You don't need to worry about what marks you will be allocated on a judging checklist as The David Awards don't work that way.

There are some great prizes, and even if you don't win, there are many opportunities to obtain excellent publicity and benchmark your business. So what are you waiting for? You will find some useful tips on creating a winning entry here.



The David Awards is a New Zealand-wide national business award programme for small, micro and home businesses in New Zealand. All businesses with up to 10 full time equivalent employees are eligible for entry into the Awards.

Category restrictions, for example how long a business has been trading, may apply in some instances. To keep it fair for everyone, franchisees are not eligible, but a developing franchise business (i.e. the franchisor), with no more than 10 people working in the business, can enter.