For the full list of the finalists, see below
In announcing the finalists, Telstra Business Group managing director Will Irving said it was clear that the best small businesses had taken to the internet and were using it to gain a business advantage.
Out of the 23 finalists, almost three-quarters of those with a business website updated it at least once a month, while 43 per cent updated it fortnightly.
Around 95 per cent of the finalists had a social media presence, with most using Facebook, followed by LinkedIn and then YouTube.
It is also interesting to see that two out of three Western Australian finalists are using the internet as a way to better connect with their customers, Mr Irving said. They have embraced technology such as online surveys and social media platforms to broaden the reach of their business and communicate with their customers in new ways and to find out about potential suppliers too. All businesses understand customer service is a key to success and it is great to see these leading businesses investing to better communicate with and serve customers in our increasingly competitive world.
State winners for the awards will be announced on July 17. Last year, Australian Pressure Testing Services took out top honours.
HTC Start Up Award Health Safety Works, Bentley Mosmans Restaurant, Mosman Park Muway Constructions, Fitzroy Crossing NM Cann Pty Ltd, Perth Skydive Jurien Bay, Jurien Bay Squid Productions, Rockingham
News Limited Micro Business Award Backyard Aquaponics, Jandakot BlueSun2 Boat Charters, Fremantle Houndstooth Studio, North Perth Lush TV, East Perth Pit Crew Management Consulting Services Pty Ltd, West Leederville
MYOB Small Business Award Chilli Couture, Perth Emission Assessments Pty Ltd, Perth Integral Development, Osborne Park KAPP Engineering Pty Ltd, Balcatta Kennerlys, West Perth Medic One, Welshpool
Commonwealth Bank Medium Business Award AssetivitySouth, Perth Conducive Pty Ltd, Perth Globetrotter Corporate Travel, Nedlands Museo Salon & Spa, Mount Lawley Sustainability Pty Ltd, North Beach UON Pty Ltd, Malaga
Telstra Regional Award Muway Constructions, Fitzroy Crossing NM Cann Pty Ltd, Perth Skydive Jurien Bay, Jurien Bay UON Pty Ltd, Malaga