Northern Business Achievement Awards

The Northern Business Achievement Awards are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government and decision makers across Melbourne’s north.

These breakfasts are essential events for those seeking to do business in the region.

They recognise the achievements of SMEs and encourage business excellence, growth and competitiveness.

Breakfasts are held quarterly, with two of the northern municipalities (Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Merri-bek​, Nillumbik or Whittlesea) nominating two of their businesses each breakfast.

The attendance at breakfasts averages 200 prominent businesspeople.

2024 Breakfast dates

Thursday March 7

Thursday June 6

Thursday September 5

Thursday December 5

Thursday 6 June

Event time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am.

Registrations are open now!

NBAA 2023 Winners

iBuild Building Solutions

Naturally Goat

NBAA Business of the Year

iBuild Building Solutions

Little Heroes Australia

Human Resources 

iBuild Building Solutions


Exporter of the Year

iBuild Building Solutions

Arts Project Australia

Social Enterprise

iBuild Building Solutions

Ruby Assembly

Philanthropy and Community Service

iBuild Building Solutions

Costa Mushroom Exchange

Workplace Diversity

iBuild Building Solutions

Enterprising Tooling

Outstanding Initiative in Manufacturing

iBuild Building Solutions

Living Legends

Customer Service

iBuild Building Solutions

Mind Care Consulting

Industry Education Engagement

iBuild Building Solutions

Central Pharmacy Logistics


iBuild Building Solutions


Innovation and Enterprise

iBuild Building Solutions

Local Fine Foods

Best Start-Up Business or Small Business

iBuild Building Solutions

Naturally Goat

Sustainability and Environment

Le Hanh Nhan Pham

Placement Student of the Year

Young Business Achiever 2023

iBuild Building Solutions

Tayla Kennedy, Centorrino Technologies

Merri-bek City Council

Partners and sponsorship

The NBAA recognise the achievements of businesses in Melbourne’s north.

Attendance at these breakfasts provides organisations with exposure to over 200 people consisting of a cross-section of business leaders from across the region.

Corporate sponsors receive extensive promotional presence and discounts to attend the breakfast series.

For sponsorship information, contact Chris James on:
03 9479 3336 or

Previous NBAA winners

Follow the link to the legacy NBAA website and read about previous nominees and winners.

2024 naming rights partners and sponsors

Victoria is a leader in innovation and manufacturing. The Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions have helped Victorians build a strong economy and made Victoria one of the best places to live, study, work and do business. They also offer a Digital Jobs program, building the state’s digital workforce by training and upskilling mid-career Victorians so they can transition into digital careers.

The Victorian Government sponsors the Business of the Year Award

Inner North Community Foundation Logo

The Inner North Community Foundation is an independent community foundation based in Melbourne’s inner north and is one of more than 35 community foundations across Australia. The Foundation manages philanthropic dollars to provide funds for projects that create prosperous, connected and cohesive communities in Melbourne’s inner north, particularly encouraging pathways to employment.

The Inner North Community Foundation sponsors the Social Enterprise Award, and Philanthropy and Community Service Award

Inner North Community Foundation Logo

With more than 30,000 enrolments each year, Kangan Institute is a major training provider for the automotive, health and nursing sectors and indigenous education. We also have a strong presence in a range of industries such as fashion, business as well as justice and legal.

Kangan Institute sponsors the Industry Education Engagement Award

LBS logo

The La Trobe Business School conducts industry relevant research, teaching and learning that makes a difference to the local and global communities it serves. It is a community of students, academics and professionals committed to enhancing business learning through education and research that is innovative, responsible and engaged.

The La Trobe Business School sponsors the Young Business Achiever Awards

Macpherson Kelley works with clients in the mid-market to achieve excellent commercial outcomes. Its client base includes manufacturers, subsidiaries of international companies and the service industry.

Macpherson Kelley sponsors the Human Resources Award

MatchWorks is Victoria’s largest employment services provider with over 14 years’ experience. MatchWorks has offices throughout regional Victoria and the north and west of Melbourne. For organisations that need staff, MatchWorks provides a quality service to help fill employment vacancies free of charge.

MatchWorks sponsors the Customer Service Award

Melbourne Polytechnic courses are developed in conjunction with industry to give students real-life skills for real-world workplaces delivered by friendly, knowledgeable teachers. The Institute offers over 250 nationally accredited courses with an extensive range of short courses, allowing participants to explore the possibility of further training.

Melbourne Polytechnic sponsors the Diversity Award

business nbn™ offers providers a range of products and services that have been designed specifically for business. This includes wholesale options like dedicated fibre to your business, priority data on the nbn™ broadband access network, business-grade symmetrical upload and download speeds, and enhanced service levels and priority support to help minimise your down-time.*

No matter how big or small your business is, make sure you’re running on an official business nbn™ solution.

business nbn sponsors the Technology Award

Spanning 51 hectares of regenerated land, New Epping will be a community of residential neighbourhoods, commercial spaces, a health, wellness and knowledge precinct and civic heart all connected by a central green spine. A place that puts people, their health, happiness and wellbeing first – this is a community that will be defined by leading thinking in urban experience, wellness and sustainability.

New Epping sponsors the Best Start Up or Microbusiness Award

OET is an internationally recognised English language test for people in the healthcare sector. OET provides employers and regulators with the confidence that their workforce is equipped with the necessary language and communication skills that ensure safe care and quality patient outcomes. OET can be used as a part of the recruitment process, as professional development or as a part of compliance requirements.

OET sponsors the Innovation and Enterprise Award

Options Consulting Group is a client driven human resources solutions provider. Adopting a consultative approach, they believe that sustainable competitive business advantage is delivered through people. Options Consulting Group has worked with Australian based organisations across several industry sectors, providing service and support locally, nationally, regionally and globally.

Options Consulting Group sponsors the Outstanding Initiative in Manufacturing Award

Pitcher Partners have the resources and depth of expertise of a major firm, with a boutique firm feel. They give their clients the highest level of personal service and attention. With a focus on the middle-market, they are an association of independent full-service accounting, audit and advisory firms with a long standing reputation for providing superior expertise to their clients.

Pitcher Partners sponsors the Exporter of the Year Award

Yarra Valley Water is the largest of Melbourne’s three water corporations, based in Melbourne’s east. Their service area covers 4000 square kilometres and our network consists of around 20,000 kilometres of water and sewer mains. They manage over $5 billion worth of infrastructure and assets.

Yarra Valley Water sponsors the Environment Award