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Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

The first round of judging has been completed and the Sunshine Coast Business Awards are excited to announce the finalists for the 2021 Awards.

There are 131 finalists across 16 industry categories.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards Chair Jennifer Swaine said this year’s entries were of a very high calibre, with all entrants doing a lot of work putting their entries together.

“I would like to congratulate this year’s finalists and also thank everyone who entered,” Mrs Swaine said.

“Past entrants and finalists have told us they found the entry process worthwhile so we hope everyone will use what they learnt about their businesses during the application process to advance them.”

Mrs Swaine said now the finalists would enter the next stage of the judging process with interviews taking place over the coming weeks.

“In addition to the interviews, Finalists will also have the opportunity to participate in the Master Class to assist them to make the most of being a finalist.

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Buderim Foundation awards more than $70,000 in Community Grants

The Buderim Foundation is today awarding $70,391 to be shared by 14 community-based organisations, as part of its annual Community Grants Celebration.

Buderim Foundation 2021 Community Grant Recipients

Buderim Foundation Grants Committee Chair, Rebecca Ramsay said the Foundation was delighted to once again provide support to community organisations supporting the 4556 postcode area, especially as the challenges of Covid-19 continue.

“The grants come from earnings made from the Foundation’s investment fund, so it is thanks to everyone’s donations and the hard work of our Investment Committee, that we are able to deliver the much-needed funding,” Rebecca said.

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Spring Farm Day an opportunity to experience country life

Yabbaloumba Retreat is throwing open their gates for their spring Farm Day on Saturday 4th September so families can get a taste of the country, feed the animals, tour the farm and more.

The picturesque 200-acre property at Cambroon, near Kenilworth, is a working farm with a wide range of animals including lambs, geese, goats, a horse, cows, pigs, alpacas and more.

The Farm Day will be open from 9am to 2pm. You will be able to visit with and feed the animals and there will be lamb and calve bottle feeds at 10am and 1pm and farm cart tours throughout the day.

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Sunshine Coast Business Awards entry deadline extended

Entrants to the 2021 Sunshine Coast Business Awards will have an extra three days to put the finishing touches on their applications, with the deadline for entries extended to Monday 30th August at 5pm.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards Chair Jennifer Swaine said entries were starting to flow in ahead of the deadline, but many businesspeople had requested the weekend so they could finalise their entries.

“With Covid restrictions affecting many of our entrants, some asked if they could have a little extra time so they could ensure their applications were the best they could be, so we have extended the deadline to accommodate this,” Mrs Swaine said.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards head of judges Bruce Williams, 2019 winner Naomi Campbell from Concepts Lab, Awards chair Jennifer Swaine with sponsors LPEs Damien Glanville and Sunshine Coast Councils Mandy Day - photo by Reflected Image PR

Less than three weeks to enter the 2021 Sunshine Coast Business Awards

Past Sunshine Coast Business Awards winners and finalists have more in common than just the Awards, with many saying the process of entering the awards improved their businesses.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards head of judges Bruce Williams, 2019 winner Naomi Campbell from Concepts Lab, Awards chair Jennifer Swaine with sponsors LPEs Damien Glanville and Sunshine Coast Councils Mandy Day - photo by Reflected Image PR

Sunshine Coast Business Awards head of judges Bruce Williams, 2019 winner Naomi Campbell from Concepts Lab, Awards chair Jennifer Swaine with sponsors LPEs Damien Glanville and Sunshine Coast Councils Mandy Day – photo by Reflected Image PR

And with just three weeks left to enter this year’s Awards, it is a good time to focus on the benefits.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards Chair Jennifer Swaine said with the current lockdown a reminder of the impact Covid-19 was continuing to have for all businesses, they wanted this year’s Awards to be a real acknowledgement and celebration of the Sunshine Coast’s resilience.

“With everyone facing challenges and uncertainty again, taking the opportunity to look at your business as you go through the entry process, can be rewarding in itself,” Mrs Swaine said.

And past winners and finalists agree.

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Thousands turn out for opening of new flagship Sunshine Mitre 10 store in Nambour

Thousands turned out to celebrate the grand opening of the new flagship Sunshine Mitre 10 store, in the same town where the company’s 110-year history began, on Saturday. Sunshine Mitre 10 general manager Neil Hutchins said it was very satisfying to see the community turn out for the opening of the new 13,000 square metre site opening.

“It really was a great day with everyone coming to check out the new store, grab some bargains and also enjoy the fun including face painting, a balloon artist for the kids, a sausage sizzle, coffee, Boost Juice and more.”

Employing 40 staff, the new site at 980 Nambour Connection Road, includes 4,000 square metres under-roof and is one of the largest in the Sunshine Mitre 10 network, with extensive retail product and trade supply through their well-managed trade drive-through experience.

“This new flagship store includes all the latest brands and products and showcase the best hardware product available. The site has everything you need to get in, get out, and get on with it and the entire project has been meticulously designed to provide the customer with the ultimate hardware shopping experience,” Mr Hutchins said.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards head of judges Bruce Williams, 2019 winner Naomi Campbell from Concepts Lab and Awards chair Jennifer Swaine - photo by Reflected Image PR

Less than six weeks to enter the 2021 Sunshine Coast Business Awards

With less than six weeks until entries close, the 2021 Sunshine Coast Business are set to be another great celebration of business achievements across the region.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards head of judges Bruce Williams, 2019 winner Naomi Campbell from Concepts Lab and Awards chair Jennifer Swaine - photo by Reflected Image PR

Sunshine Coast Business Awards head of judges Bruce Williams, 2019 winner Naomi Campbell from Concepts Lab and Awards chair Jennifer Swaine – photo by Reflected Image PR

Sunshine Coast Business Awards Chair Jennifer Swaine said everyone was really excited to have the Awards back for 2021, following one of the most challenging business years in living memory.

Mrs Swaine while the applications process for the Awards was something that took a little time, previous entrants had said the process was a great opportunity to step back from day-to-day operations and critically examine their own business.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of the Awards applications process – it’s not a popularity contest, but instead entrants are judged according to the criteria, by business experts, with finalists also participating in interviews,” Mrs Swaine said.

“Already over100 businesses had begun the application process with more than 90 attending information sessions to get tips direct from judges.

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NOOSA alive! 2021 Ballet performance and literature, high tea with a difference and a special Picnic in the Park

Imagine a world where you can see Queensland Ballet, a literary event with world ballet stars Li Cunxin and Mary Li, a series of intimate High Teas with a difference courtesy of comedian Clint Bolster, and his alter ego persona Booff, as well as an amazing family Picnic in the Park complete with unicorn-pony rides, singing, dancing, storytelling circus workshops and more, in just one 10-day festival.

High Tea with BOOFF! is an immersive performance not to be missed!

 

NOOSA alive! has all this and more plus an extra four-day festival within the festival on Noosa Main Beach with the all-new Seaside Vibes mini music festival, including a special opera under the stars and an intimate Joni Mitchell Blue Album tribute under a special clear-roof Evie Networks Marque, styled by LB Event Collective.

Festival president Andrew Stafford said with just days until the start of the Festival on Thursday 15th July, now was the time to check out the whole program and secure tickets.

“Since the end of the Covid lock down, ticket sales across all events have surged. Our Beach Opera under the Stars, Delovely Duck Lunch and Bella Diva performance are already booked out with many other events over 80% of capacity, so book now to avoid disappointment,” Mr Stafford said.

Sunshine Mitre 10 general manager Neil Hutchins is looking forward to the openning of the new flagship store at Nambour later this year

Huge celebration planned for new flagship Sunshine Mitre 10 store in Nambour

Sunshine Mitre 10 general manager ready to swing open the gates at new Nambour flagship store!

Sunshine Mitre 10 will celebrate the opening of their new flagship store at Nambour on Saturday 24th July, with Block TV star Scott Cam as well as 2020 series winners Jimmy and Tam there to celebrate, with huge specials and giveaways throughout the day.

Sunshine Mitre 10 general manager Neil Hutchins said it was exciting to see the new 13,000 square metre site opening.

“The store at 980 Nambour Connection Road will employ 40 staff and offer the latest variety of products to our retail and trade customers,” Mr Hutchins said.

“To celebrate, we are having a huge opening day on Saturday 24th July.  The store will open at 8am and we have a catalogue full of great specials.

“At 10am Scott Cam, host of The Block, as well as 2020 series winners, Sunshine Coast locals Jimmy and Tam, will officially cut the ribbon and open the store.  They will be around until 12noon to chat to fans and take photos.”

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Sunshine Coast Swim with Whales season launches as new 24metre Whale Watching vessel arrives

The Whales are back and today we are officially launching the 2021 Swim with Wales Season on the Sunshine Coast.

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While we have just had a COVID lockdown, 35,000 humpback whales don’t have travel restrictions and are expected to migrate through Sunshine Coast waters.

Sunreef Mooloolaba owner Dan Hart said pre-covid, whale seasons could expect to attract about 15,000 locals and tourists alike to take a closer look and participate in a whale watching or swim with whales experience.

“Everyone was affected by COVID last year, but we still had strong support from locals and the drive tourist market and hosted about 10,000 guests.

“With Whale Watching season starting at the beginning of June and Swim with Whales season coming out of another lockdown, we are hoping to increase that this year.

“Already bookings are strong, and we hope that within COVID restrictions we have another great season.”

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