As an initiative of the Prince’s Trust Australia Enterprise programme, the ceremony will be hosted by the Chairman of the Enterprise Advisory Council for Veterans, His Excellency the Honorable David Hurley AC DSC (Retired), Governor General of Australia; and President of Prince’s Trust Australia, the Honorable Julie Bishop.

CBA Small Business Banking Executive Director Clare Morgan, presenting the awards, said the occasion was a great opportunity to recognize the nearly 30,000 business owners who have gone from service to service. entrepreneurship.

“In my role, I have witnessed firsthand the drive, focus and passion Defense Force veterans and families put into their small businesses and delivering exceptional customer service. The introduction of Prince’s Trust Australia’s Beyond Services Awards allows us to celebrate all the hard work that goes into building these businesses and the valuable role they play in the community.

Julie Hall, CBA investment banker and proud veteran wife and parent of a currently enlisted member of the Defense Forces, is a judge at the awards show.

“As an active member of the Veteran community, I know the challenges that many Veterans and their families face when they return from service and begin to start or grow their own businesses. To be recognized by The Prince’s Trust Australia, which is personally supported by His Majesty the King among other dignitaries, is an honor and a wonderful recognition for this resilient community,” Ms Hall said.

Prince’s Trust Australia Chief Executive Michelle Endacott said: “We are impressed with the caliber of our finalists and the diversity of their business interests and industries. Defense Force veterans and families continue to serve our communities beyond their time serving in our country’s Defense Forces. We wish to recognize all of our first award nominees for their continued efforts in business across Australia.

In addition to supporting prices, the ABC recently announced a new team of dedicated investment bankers to support past and current members of the Australian Defense Force and their families, who are looking to start or expand their own businesses.

This team of investment bankers – including employee members of the veteran community, including ADF reservists as well as military families – offers tailored support to the veteran community as well as discounts and offers on business support hardware and technology. to help manage their business activities.

The ABC also recently partnered with the Veteran Community Business Chamber to deliver a financial literacy program to the veteran community, including sessions on cash flow management, leadership and marketing – equipping veterans fighters and their families with resources and skills to transform their businesses from ideation to creation. .

Learn more about the Beyond Services Awards and Finalists.

For more information or to request a call with a dedicated investment banker, veterans and their family members can visit www.commbank.com.au/veterans.