Congratulations 2018 Winners!

See all 2018 Finalists here

 

AGRIBUSINESS – SMALL BUSINESS

Good Harvest Organic Farm 

 

AGRIBUSINESS – LARGE BUSINESS

COYO

 

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION – SMALL BUSINESS

Gold Property Partners

 

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION – LARGE BUSINESS

The Fleet Office 

 

CLEAN TECHNOLOGY – SMALL BUSINESS

Intelligent Automation         

 

CLEAN TECHNOLOGY – LARGE BUSINESS

Grenof

 

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Pure Underwater Imaging

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING – SMALL BUSINESS

iPad Lessons

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING – LARGE BUSINESS

Kawana Waters State College   

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS – SMALL BUSINESS

The Milk Pantry

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS – LARGE BUSINESS

Zenko Yoga

 

HOSPITALITY – SMALL BUSINESS

Icecream Curls  

 

HOSPITALITY – LARGE BUSINESS

Wildflower Restaurant & Bar

 

MANUFACTURING – SMALL BUSINESS

Aussie Soles 

 

MANUFACTURING – LARGE BUSINESS

HeliMods        

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES – SMALL BUSINESS

Splash Marketing and PR

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES – LARGE BUSINESS

OfficeHQ

 

RETAIL – SMALL BUSINESS

No Nasties Makeup

 

RETAIL – LARGE BUSINESS

Laguna Pest Control

 

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE – SMALL BUSINESS

Food and Agribusiness Network 

 

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE – LARGE BUSINESS

Parent to Parent 

 

ACCOMMODATION – SMALL BUSINESS

Bli Bli House Riverside Retreat 

 

ACCOMMODATION – LARGE BUSINESS

RACV Noosa Resort 

 

ATTRACTIONS – SMALL BUSINESS

Queensland Air Museum   

 

ATTRACTIONS – LARGE BUSINESS

Ginger Factory

 

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS – SMALL BUSINESS

Australian Body Art Festival  

 

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS – LARGE BUSINESS

Noosa Food & Wine Festival 

 

TOURS AND TRANSFERS – SMALL BUSINESS

iExpedition 

 

TOURS AND TRANSFERS – LARGE BUSINESS

Kangaroo Bus Lines   

 

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Australia Zoo

The Compass Institute Inc

Typefi 

 

2018 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR       

Bli Bli House Riverside Retreat

 

READ MORE ABOUT OUR WINNERS BELOW:

Good Harvest Organic Farm is an organic small-scale farm at Woombye, servicing the greater Sunshine Coast community. They grow, pick, pack, and deliver organic farm boxes from their family farm, to your table. It is picked fresh, at its peak, and delivered the same day. They love growing organic food, it’s their passion and nothing makes them happier than being able to feed their community each week. The epitome of SLOW food; Seasonal, Local, Organic, Whole. Their story is unique, their values strong, and their dedication to your health is unwavering.

 

COYO are conscious creators of delicious food, for healthy people and a happy planet. Born out of founders’ Henry and Sandra’s Yandina kitchen back in 2010, COYO was the first coconut milk yoghurt in the world, creating a new global food category in its wake. From its humble beginnings, COYO has grown to become a loved global brand, now available in over 12,000 stores around the world, producing 28 tonnes of coconut milk yoghurt each week and employing 50 Sunshine Coast locals out of its purpose built coconut factory.

 

Gold Property Partners was created to disrupt the home building experience. They believe that you should enjoy Gold standard service when making the biggest purchase decision of your life. That’s why they have combined their passion for property and technology to create a service that takes the stress and confusion out of building a home. As your building broker, they partner with you from start to finish ensuring your home is built to perfection on time and within budget.

 

The Fleet Office is unique to the market providing tailor made fleet solutions for your mobile business at an affordable price. The Fleet Office is not just about tracking your assets; it’s geared towards adding new interface features and technologies into their existing product range specific to customers’ needs. The Fleet Office has a reputation for not only providing the latest in GPS tracking and fleet monitoring systems but also keeping a track record of delivering satisfied customers.

 

Intelligent Automation is passionate about a sustainable future. They see the big picture which includes renewables as one of the keys to fixing the national electricity network grid. Cutting electricity wastage and bills for families and businesses is at the forefront of this passion. Intelligent Automation is leading the way in this new revolution in Energy Efficiency. With its unique functionality the Gswitch is poised to be the bench mark in Home Energy Management Systems. The product is easy to use and affordable, making it accessible to anyone looking to move towards a “smarter” home. “It’s Power, Your Way”

 

Grenof is solutions-focused and committed to providing cutting edge, proven, clean and sustainable technology and outcomes to water utilities, councils and municipals. Their core business is collaboration with major utilities and industry to commercialise new clean technologies. Grenof provides sustainable outcomes for water and wastewater treatment, asset management, operations, monitoring, and water quality. Grenof’s business approach to full water lifecycle sustainability has driven success in innovative technologies and applications that impact positively on the environment.

 

Pure Underwater Imaging is a specialist underwater photography business specializing in premium quality, Australian made artworks, featuring images of marine life iconic to the Great Barrier Reef. Products include greeting cards, coasters, acrylic desk blocks, open edition prints and limited edition fine art wall prints. Justin Bruhn is the artist behind the brand and he dives on the Great Barrier Reef and other alluring locations in Australia and around the world to bring you ethereal images of amazing marine life and coral reefs.

 

iPad Lessons owned by Colin Dunkerley, better known as The iPad Man – has been helping seniors learn how to use the iPad and iPhone since 2012. More than 2,000 seniors have either enjoyed his one on one tuition or participated in small group courses to improve their iPad skills. Plus more than 20,000 people follow his tips & updates on Facebook. Isn’t it time you discovered the easy way to use your iPad?

 

Kawana Waters State College strives to develop lifelong learners, with students from Prep to Year 12, who make a positive contribution to a global society. The college aims to help each student build stronger and brighter futures for themselves. They aim to see each student shine in their own uniqueness and using their passion and strength, learn and prepare themselves to be real contributors to the Sunshine Coast’s future. Students are skilled for the jobs of the future through explicitly designed courses of study delivered in modern learning environments.

 

The Milk Pantry provides delicious food products for breastfeeding mums to boost their breast milk supply. These amazing mixes range from cookie mixes, brownie mixes, hot chocolates and protein powders. All of their products have the capabilities to stimulate the hormone prolactin in breastfeeding mums, creating more breast milk and a higher quality milk for their babies. The Milk Pantry supports every mother’s breastfeeding journey and wants to help improve the overall wellness of mothers, their babies and the environment.

 

Zenko Yoga consists of two yoga studios in Noosa and Buddina offering daily yoga classes to suit all levels. Zenko Yoga also offers regular workshops, treatments, Yoga Teacher Training Courses and retreats to help their clients cultivate a zen and contemplative state in their day to day lives.

The word Zenko derives from two words: “zen” – a contemplative state of mind, and “ko” – the Japanese word for child. Like a child in its curious, contemplative state, the aim of Zenko Yoga’s classes is to help us return to that curious, meditative state of mind.

 

Icecream Curls provide handcrafted icecream made fresh from an icepan, right in front of your eyes, from a vintage style icecream trailer. Using only the best Maleny Dairies milk, the Icecream Curls are delicious and very entertaining to watch, offering guests an amazing dessert experience. Icecream Curls specialize in weddings, birthdays, corporate events and functions, and markets.

 

Wildflower Restaurant & Bar overlooks the stunning Lake Kawana. Just over 2½ years ago, a group of six local friends watched their dream emerge from a bare block of dirt, to become the first major construction in Birtinya. The intention—to develop a beautiful restaurant that would become the Sunshine Coast’s newest event, and dining experience, to support new residential, commercial and public developments such as the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. A few short years later, that dream has become a reality with the restaurant proudly offering a beautiful dining location, and stunning function venue setting for personal dining, weddings, and functions.

 

Aussie Soles is the best-selling, mid-priced support thong on the Australian market today. They are the one stop thong shop to all their wholesale customers looking for a lot more than a basic thong to fill a category. They have a diverse product selection and have captured hearts and minds across Australia through their sales in pharmacy, souvenir, news-agency, resort and grocery stores. They offer all the benefits of an anatomically correct foot bed, recommended by Podiatrists, snug fitting strap and wide based tread. Their thongs are light weight and come in bold colors with high wholesale profit margins.

 

HeliMods is a progressive aerospace tech-company that combines cutting-edge technologies with world-class talent. From their state-of-the-art facility on the Sunshine Coast, they transform helicopters to take on special missions like firefighting, law enforcement, and medical rescue. As a local start-up turned global scale-up, they are recognised as true innovators shaping the future of their industry.

 

Splash Marketing & PR works with Sunshine Coast and regional Queensland growth businesses to build a detailed picture of their business environment and opportunities in the first instance. They deliver a range of services, beginning with business benchmarking, opportunity analysis, business modelling, marketing, stakeholder/ customer engagement, public relations and communication services. The business is also structured to bring holistic solutions to clients via a stable of support – and project managed by Splash.

 

OfficeHQ have been blazing the trail in virtual reception and phone answering solutions since 2003 and are leaders in their industry. They believe all businesses, no matter their size, will benefit from having their callers greeted by their friendly, professional receptionists. They’re a fast growing, Australian company with operations in the US and UK providing ‘follow the sun’ 24/7 coverage. They provide a premium customer experience for every call into their clients’ businesses. Their receptionists are local, their service is 24/7 and their clients’ callers are always listened to and valued. They are proud to say their receptionists are all valued employees…not contractors!

 

No Nasties Makeup is an Innovative Australian owned company creating all-natural kids play makeup, face paint and hair chalk. They deliver beautiful, brown paper packages of fun with love from their family to yours. Everything about No Nasties has been considered, they use recycled cardboard for their packaging and their packs all have a unique identity and story, just like each of their kids! All of their products are made in Australia and since launching in 2016 are now sold in stockists across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada!

 

Laguna Pest Control offer a highly experienced team in pest management that provides exceptional customer service. Owner Jay Turner is a qualified trainer and assessor in pest control, completing his Bachelor Degree in Biology and Entomology and continues to deliver industry leading innovative treatment techniques to the Australian Pest Industry. They are a multiaward winning company that has recently taken out Qld Pest Manager of the Year 2016, Australian Pest Manager of the Year 2017 and Excellence in Leadership Award 2017. Local looking after locals!

 

Food and Agribusiness Network is Australia’s fastest growing food and agribusiness cluster, currently encompassing the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Noosa and Moreton Bay. FAN is the conduit for communication, collaboration and co-operation, promoting knowledge acquisition and sharing amongst their members and the broader industry. They are also a representative voice advocating for the development of food and agribusiness for the region. The FAN member network connects the value chain from production to consumption, and celebrates producers stories and successes. FAN’s stakeholders include input suppliers, farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, food service and affiliated services.

 

Parent 2 Parent helps people with a disability to identify and access optimal support. This person-centred approach is enhanced by the collaborative relationships they’ve built over two decades. P2P are pioneering new approaches to create inclusive and equitable futures for persons with a disability. They work with social enterprises to provide inclusive and fulfilling career opportunities. Their personnel and board combine unique personal knowledge with lived experience. At P2P they don’t look at communities from the outside – they drive them forward from their centre.

 

Bli Bli House Riverside Retreat is a masterpiece of exquisite Victorian luxury in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. This magnificent property overlooking the river has been creatively renovated with attention to every detail of the luxurious Victorian era that has been reproduced throughout. This is truly a place where luxury and convenience meet as our guests step back in time to a by gone era of romantic charm, decadent amenities and historic intrigue. Phil and Merryl look forward to the privilege of being your hosts to share with you this incredible unique luxurious experience of total Victorian elegance.

 

RACV Noosa Resort is nestled on six hectares of conservation sanctuary, in the tranquil surrounds of Noosa Heads, perfect for families and couples. The resort offers spacious and modern one, two and three bedroom self-contained apartments or Luxury villas, which include either a rooftop spa or plunge pool. All apartments include prestigious fittings and fixtures, including kitchen facilities with luxury appliances and stone bench tops. The resort offers facilities including a relaxing day spa, two heated pools, water slides and splash park, outdoor heated spa, restaurant and sunset bar with wood-fired pizza, gym, flood-lit tennis court, playground and bike hire.

 

Queensland Air Museum was established 45 years ago with the vision statement “Preserving Australia’s Aviation Heritage’. From just 4 aircraft, no permanent home and a few members to an organisation now with 94 historic aircraft and many other displays, 400+ members, 100+ volunteers and 25,000 annual visitors. There are short, medium and longer-term plans including restoration, acquisitions, increased land, new hangars and display facilities.

 

The Ginger Factory is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular tourist attractions. Play, Taste & Discover at the Ginger Factory, home of Buderim Ginger. Open daily, the Ginger Factory offers fun rides, informative tours, great shopping, and a fantastic Café and Ice Creamery. With free admission and free parking, the Ginger Factory is a wonderful place for all ages to experience the authentic taste of Queensland.

 

The Australian Body Art Festival is Australia’s premier body painting event with artists from Australia and overseas producing living artworks for thousands of spectators. This community event has evolved into more than body painting and is now a wonderful art festival that includes world class body painting, wearable art (funky fashion from recycled materials), street performers, musicians, community art installations, photography and food and artisan stalls.

 

The Noosa Food & Wine Festival brought together some of Australia’s best chefs, winemakers and foodies for four days of great food experiences in Noosa in May 2018! More than 70 fantastic events took place at the new Festival Village, the Beach Tipis on Noosa Main Beach, along Hastings Street for the Audi Long Lunch, in signature restaurants and throughout the Noosa hinterland with produce and brewery trails. Chefs included Matt Preston, Colin Fassnidge, Miguel Maestre, George Calombaris, Adam D’Sylva, Alessandro Pavoni, Christine Manfield, Giovanni Pilu, Matt Sinclair, Kirsten Tibballs, Matt Wilkinson and more.

 

iExpedition is an exciting specialised online travel agency servicing the premium expedition segment of the cruise market, which matches travellers with their perfect polar cruising experience online. Positioned as the polar specialists, the web based platform is a search engine compiling the most comprehensive selection of polar expedition cruises available, allowing travellers to search from more than 1,000 polar cruises.

 

Kangaroo Bus Lines, established in 1978, are a family owned and operated business that offer transport solutions. They take pride in assisting the needs of the Sunshine Coast community by connecting communities with their vehicles, deployed from their centrally located depot in Kunda Park. Their services are complemented by professional drivers, dedicated customer service team and experienced Operational taskforce. Their seat-belted fleet has leading-edge technology and is the only Disability Discrimination Act compliant charter fleet on the Sunshine Coast. They encompass to deliver high standard of services by adhering to their culture of People, Pride and Passion.