Do you have what it takes to be a regional online hero?

In today’s competitive market you cannot run a small business without having an online presence. But getting that presence right is not as simple as just slapping up a DIY website. Delivering the optimal site for your brand can take time and money. Yet with millions of Australians now turning to the internet for their purchases, you can’t afford to fail.

Fortunately, Google and The Regional Australia Institute have come to the rescue. If your business could do with hothousing to make it an online hero, then this competition is for you.


The Regional Australia Institute and Google are on the hunt for Australia’s top ten regional online heroes. The top ten businesses will be flown to Google’s HQ in Sydney for a unique, money-can’t-buy masterclass (flights and accommodation included).

Any regional small or medium business* that uses the internet to grow is eligible for the competition.

According to Google, being a Regional Online Hero could mean anything from using online marketing to attract new customers, expanding a traditional bricks and mortar store to selling online, or managing a team across borders using online productivity tools.

What are you waiting for? Enter the competition now. Entries close October 13, 2017. 

*They are looking for regional businesses with under 200 employees. Finalists must be available to participate in a masterclass on Friday, December 1, 2017.

[main image] Stephen Dummat from AGDATA: one of the winners of the 2016 competition.

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Cec Busby
Cec is the managing editor of KBB. She is a multimedia professional with 20 years experience as an editor on titles as diverse as SX, CULT, Better Pictures, Total Rock, MTV, fasterlouder, mynikonlife and Fantastic Living. She has extensive experience working as a news journalist covering all the issues that matter in the political, health and LGBTIQ arena. She is the Head of Content at Pinstripe Media and a recent convert to the world of small business.


  1. This comp went up on the 10th October, you e-newsletter came to us notifying us on 13th October and the competition finishes today – the 13th October. Are you sure this is correct ????

    • Hi Jenny – thanks for your comment. Yes the regional hero competition has now closed. It was not a competition we were behind but we were sharing it with readers in case they wanted to do a last minute entry. Hope you managed to enter. Good luck!


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