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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 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.
Mrs Swaine said the Sunshine Coast Business Awards were only possible thanks to many volunteers involved in the awards and the support of sponsors who financially supported them.

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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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