Within each category there will be a winner for:

  • Small Business – 0-4 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees including principal/s.
  • Large Business – 5+ full-time equivalent (FTE) employees including principal/s.

Agribusiness

A business engaged in substantially earning its revenue from agriculture. This includes, but is not limited to, farming, processing and manufacturing and/or distribution of agricultural products.

Building and Construction

A business engaged in the preparation of land; and construction, alteration and repair of buildings and structures and other real property. This category includes mobile and temporary housing, shipwrights and other permanent structures and construction.

Creative Industries

A business engaged in the use of individual creativity, skill and talent to generate intellectual property including but not limited to music, performing arts, film, television, radio, advertising, games and interactive content, writing, publishing, architecture, design and visual arts.

Education and Training

A business or organisation engaged in the provision of primary, secondary or tertiary education and/or vocational education and training.

Health and Wellness

A business engaged in the provision of health and/or wellbeing services to individuals and organisations.

Hospitality

A business engaged in the preparation, distribution or provision of food and/or beverages, with an emphasis on the hospitality service sector.

Professional Services

A business engaged in the provision of specialised services including but not limited to those required to be licensed or accredited, and which would imply appropriately qualified personnel, or a business engaged in the provision of advice for a fee.

Retail

A business engaged in the sales of goods and/or services to end users.

Social Enterprise

A business organisation which exists for educational, charitable or social reasons and from which its shareholders, owners or trustees do not benefit financially from its activities.

Clean Technology

A business engaged in the development of, provision of or advice about technology with the objective of conserving the use of technology by others.

Accommodation

A business engaged in the provision of short-term accommodation and associated services.

Attractions

A business engaged in the provision of a place of interest where people visit, typically for its inherent or exhibited natural or cultural value, historical significance, natural or built beauty, leisure, adventure or amusement.

Festivals and Events

Festivals, events and exhibitions that attract fewer than 50,000 visitors, enhance the profile and appeal of the destination in which they are held and create measurable economic impact.

Tours and Transfers

A business engaged in the provision of passenger transport and/or other guided activities in a place other than at a fixed address for the purposes of business or leisure.

Sunshine Coast Business of the Year

The Sunshine Coast Business of the Year will be awarded by the Chief Judge. The winner will be selected from the 2018 category winners.