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Sunshine Coast Business Awards - 2021

The Sunshine Coast Business Awards are back in 2021 and will be a celebration like no other this year, following one of the most challenging business years in living memory. While the region has fared better than most, the COVID-19 pandemic definitely took its toll on many businesses, including causing the cancellation of the 2020 awards. But the region’s most prestigious awards are back and were officially launched at the Small Business Month Breakfast on Thursday 20th May 2021. This year will mark 26 years we have been celebrating and recognising the many incredible businesses we have on the Sunshine Coast and we are looking forward to hearing all the amazing stories from everyone who enters.

Jennifer Swaine
Sunshine Coast Business Awards Management Committee, Chair

Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2021 entries officially open at Small Business Month Breakfast

Entries for the 2021 Sunshine Coast Business Awards, powered by LPE, officially launched at the Sunshine Coast Small Business Month Breakfast on Thursday 20th May.

Breakfast panellists and 2019 Sunshine Coast Business Award winners Peter Peter Kuruvita, Brigid Woolnough and Vicci Oliver – photo by Barry Alsop, Eyes Wide Open Images

More than 250 people attended the sold-out celebration of Coast businesses “Bounce Back Better”, following one of the most challenging business years in living memory.

The Breakfast saw Sunshine Coast business people come together and gave them the opportunity to hear from 2019 Award winners, Australian chef, restaurateur & media personality Peter Kuruvita from Noosa Beach House, Vicci Oliver from Wildlings Forest School, and Brigid Woolnough from Kokopod, about how to set themselves up for success with their applications for this year’s Awards and how they navigated COVID to “Bounce Back Better”.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards chair Jennifer Swaine said the Small Business Month Breakfast, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council, Regional Development Australia, Maroochy RSL and the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, was the perfect event to officially launch the 2021 Awards, with the national theme for the month, “Bounce Back Better” being particularly relevant as Sunshine Coast businesses have worked hard to not only survive, but thrive, the effects of COVID-19.

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Draft Application Form

Use this word version of the application form to draft your responses, then copy-and-paste the responses into the application portal. All applications must be submitted online.

 

Application Feedback

The process of applying for Awards is invaluable - the process itself is an excellent tool for self-reflection and a motivating catalyst for ongoing business development and growth. It often takes a few attempts before you get to stand on the podium, but it's important to remember that the process of applying is a great opportunity to stop and reflect on your business - what you have achieved to date, and where you are headed in the future. Understanding every aspect of your business, why it is successful, and identifying where you can continue to make improvements is all part of the process.

Many finalists tell us that as a result of entering the awards they have improved their business, met new colleagues to collaborate with; and have broadened their outlook and network - but you have to take
the plunge and give it a go. Read the general feedback on what made applications more competitive than others.

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