Record nominations for this year’s Sunshine Coast Business Awards

Organisers have received a record number of nominations for this year’s Sunshine Coast Business Awards (SCBA). Over 400 local businesses and individuals will now wait to see if they qualify as finalists before competing in 18 different award categories at the Gala Awards Presentation evening on Saturday 10 November, 2012.
After the rigorous entry assessment process is complete, the list of finalists will be officially revealed at a business networking event to be held at Lexus of Maroochydore showrooms from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on September 12, 2012.
Ross Hepworth, President of the Maroochy Chamber of Commerce said that as organisers of the awards he believed the record number of nominations demonstrated a renewed level of confidence in local business and that awards such as SCBA were highly valued by the business community.
“It’s one thing to say you’re a successful business or business person but it’s quite another to have that success qualified by independent judges and then celebrated and acknowledged by the broader community. It’s quantifiable evidence that you’re doing something right, Ross said.
“What’s really encouraging is that we’ve also seen a record number of export and innovation nominations this year. This shows that local businesses are promoting Sunshine Coast expertise and excellence to the world whilst at the same time, further strengthening our economy.”
To purchase tickets to the SCBA Finalist announcement function:
Download the invite online at: www.maroochy.org/events. Tickets cost $40 inc GST and include finger food, drinks and entertainment.
The 2012 Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Awards categories include:
Building/Manufacturing (eg: Construction; Building Services; Manufacturing; Suppliers and Contractors; Engineering; Town Planning and Surveying).
Professional/Business Services (eg: Legal; Medical; Accounting; Financial Planning; Finance; Mortgage/Insurance Brokers; Real Estate; Business Broking; Human Resources; Distribution Companies)
Creative Industries (eg: Audio-Visual; Media; Digital/Social Media; News Media; Advertising; Marketing; Communications; Craft and Visual Arts; Design (fashion, graphic, Urban, architectural, industrial, interior); Film and Television; Music; Performing Arts; Writing and Publishing; Software; Smartphone Applications and Video Games).
Training, Knowledge and Development Industries (eg: Biotechnology; Education; Training and Teaching; Industry Development Advice; Information; Communication Technologies; Research and Development).
Environmental Industries (Water; Waste; Energy; Recycling; Natural Environment, Soils)
Food and Beverage Production (eg: Regionally Grown Producers; Dairy Producers; Beverage Producers; Seafood/Aquaculture Producers; Confectionery/Bakery Producers; Value-Adders; Livestock Producers)
Lifestyle Services (eg: Hairdressing; Beauty Salons and Day Spas; Business/Life Coaches; Fitness Centres; Health Retreats)
Retail/Specialist Services/Home Based Vendors (eg: Retail – large department stores to single operators; Markets; On-line home based businesses; Network Marketing; Trade Services)
Hospitality (eg: Cafes/Coffee Shops; Restaurants; Food outlets/services; Catering; Wholesale Food Suppliers; Businesses involved in a service of welcoming/ hosting or entertaining guests)

  • Tourism (Accommodation)
  • Tourism (Attractions)
  • Tourism (Experiences)
  • Export
  • Innovation
  • Outstanding Business Person of the Year
  • Outstanding Employee of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year (selected from the category winners)
  • Enterprise of the Year (selected from the category winners)
  • Hall of Fame