Awards show off busi­ness

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

THE 102 fi­nal­ists have been an­nounced for the 23rd an­nual Sun­shine Coast Busi­ness Awards.

Fi­nal­ists span 24 busi­ness, seven ex­cel­lence and three in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gories and come from lo­ca­tions across the re­gion in­clud­ing Noosa, Caloun­dra, Nam­bour, Coolum, Mooloolaba and Ma­roochy­dore.

The di­verse range of busi­nesses mak­ing the cut in 2017 in­cludes some amaz­ing busi­nesses started and run by young en­trepreneurs, busi­nesses with grow­ing ex­port mar­kets and busi­nesses ex­celling in niche mar­kets.

The cal­i­bre of en­tries this year has made the judges de­ci­sions about fi­nal­ists very dif­fi­cult.

Sun­shine Coast Busi­ness Awards chair Jen­nifer Swaine said the fi­nal­ists will now go through a strin­gent judg­ing process.

“Each year the judges have an ex­tremely hard job, which speaks vol­umes for our busi­ness com­mu­nity,” she said.

“Our fi­nal­ists will un­dergo a rig­or­ous judg­ing process over the next month that in­cludes an in­ter­view with a panel of three judges be­fore our win­ners are an­nounced at the gala din­ner in Novem­ber.”

Win­ners will be an­nounced at the an­nual din­ner at Novo­tel Twin Waters on Novem­ber 18 from 6pm.

In con­grat­u­lat­ing this year’s fi­nal­ists, mayor Mark Jamieson said the busi­ness com­mu­nity’s depth and di­ver­sity and in­no­va­tive way of think­ing con­tin­ues to im­press him.

“The awards do a great job of high­light­ing the best and most in­no­va­tive busi­nesses we have in our re­gion,” Cr Jamieson said.

“They have be­come the largest awards of their type in re­gional which is a huge achieve­ment.”

The full list of 2017 Sun­shine Coast Busi­ness Awards fi­nal­ists can be found at Sun­shineCoast Busi­nessAwards.com.au.

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