New era for Awards

The 20th anniversary of the Sunshine Coast Business Awards (SCBA) in 2014 will herald a new era for the region’s largest and most successful awards program. New award categories, new entry criteria, a refocus of the judging process, free how to enter workshops and the introduction of a business ‘hero’ mentoring program are some of the changes planned.

Online nominations are now open for all businesses that have been operating on the Sunshine Coast for 12 months or more. Entry is free.

The 2014 Sunshine Coast Business Awards will be officially launched at an industry networking function on Thursday 19 June from 5.30pm – 7.00pm at Maroochydore’s Old Soul Whiskey and Lounge Bar.

Chair of the SCBA, Ross Hepworth said that a decision was made to review all aspects of the awards in order to ensure their ongoing “relevance” to the region, to more closely align them with other state and national awards and to provide additional support and mentoring opportunities for businesses.

“As we enter this next decade of the SCBA we are making a few changes. This will enable the awards to remain representative of our local business community and to ensure that business excellence continues to be recognised and celebrated in our region, Ross said.

“As well as new award categories and new criteria, we will stage a series of free how to enter workshops in Caloundra, Maroochydore, the Hinterland and Noosa in July and a number of our 2013 winners will become ‘Business Heroes’ and offer free mentoring services to our 2014 winners.

“Nominating is a must for all businesses, regardless of size or location on the Coast. I encourage everyone to enter and to take full advantage of the networking opportunities and recognition that being involved in SCBA provides,” Ross said.

Platinum Sponsor Sunshine Coast Council said it was encouraged the 2014 award categories closely aligned to council’s high-value industries including health and well-being; tourism; knowledge industries and professional services; food and agribusiness and clean technologies.

“We see SCBA as a part of sustaining our economic growth by promoting and championing existing businesses whilst helping to attract new businesses and investment to the region,” council’s Economic Development Manager Paul Martins said. 

SCBA 2014 fast facts:

  • SCBA is open to all Sunshine Coast (including the Noosa Shire) businesses that have been operating for 12 months or more.
  • The SCBA nomination process takes seconds. Businesses can self-nominate or nominate a business of their choice at
  • The award categories can be found at and include Building & Manufacturing; Clean Technology; Creative Industries; Food & Agribusiness; Health & Wellbeing; Knowledge Industries & Professional Services; Retail & Specialist Services; Tourism – Accommodation, Attractions, Experiences; Festivals & Events; Innovation; Export; Outstanding Employee of the Year and Outstanding Business Person of the Year.
  • In 2013, SCBA attracted over 400 nominations. The process culminated in a presentation ceremony and party with over 700 guests in attendance.
To enter:
  • Nominations open: NOW
  • Enter online:
  • Nominations close: 29 August
  • Judging: September- October
  • Finalists announced: September
  • Winners announced: 15 November at the SCBA Gala Ceremony

For more information:

  • or call 5443 5661.