Don’t miss getting your entry in for the 2022 Sunshine Coast Business Awards

With just one month until entries close, the 2022 Sunshine Coast Business are set to be another great celebration of business achievements across the region.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards Chair Jennifer Swaine said everyone was really excited this year, with over 150 businesses having already started their applications in the Awards online entry system.

Mrs Swaine said there is some work involved in preparing entries, it was a rewarding process because it allows for reflection that is often overlooked in the day-to-day of business operation.

“Our past winners and finalists all tell us the process of preparing their entries has improved their businesses because it is a chance to review what they have done, see how far they have come, and also identify new opportunities.”

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.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2021 Business of the Year winners Advanced Aquarium Technologies Tim Eldridge (left), Jared Curley (right) with Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson – photo by Barry Alsop, Eyes Wide Open Images

Judging Chair Bruce Williams said businesspeople who had been nominated or who are considering entering the Awards should not be daunted by the process.

“Answering the application questions is easy – you are the expert on your business and you can involve your team to get different perspectives,” Mr Williams said.

“There are also tips relating to each question in the system and on our website to help and remember its quality not quantity so answer the questions directly and provide as much detail as you can. And remember the word count is a limit not a target.”

Mrs Swaine said it wasn’t too late for new businesses to enter the Awards.

“Simply jump on the website, register and you can download the application. Then you can work through the questions and upload your application to complete your entry.

Applications close on Monday 29th August at 5pm.

The 2021 Sunshine Coast Business Awards include 16 categories with small and large categories in each:

  • Accommodation (Tourism)
  • Advanced Technologies
  • Building and Construction
  • Clean Technology
  • Creative Industries
  • Education and Training
  • Experiences (Tourism)
  • Export – only available to those exporting internationally
  • Festivals and Events (Tourism)
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Social Impact
  • Trades & Services

The Business of the Year winner is chosen from the winners of the above categories. Hall of Fame Awards are also awarded to those who have won their

category three years in a row.

To find out more about the Awards, or nominate a business visit

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