Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2022 Winners announced at Gala celebration of the year

The Sunshine Coast Business of the Year 2022 winner is Travis Schultz & Partners. The compensation lawyers also took out the Professional Services (large) category for the third time in a row.

Travis Schultz and his team were among a capacity crowd of 855 people who attended the Sunshine Coast Business Awards Gala, widely recognised as the region’s event of the year on Saturday 12th November.

There were 32 winners, across 17 categories, announced at the Gala, emceed by the one and only Shane Jacobson. Three businesses were also inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the 2022 Generation Innovation program winner was welcomed into the business community. 


The Hall of Fame inductees include two Sunshine Coast businesses representing the best of the best, having won their categories for three consecutive years - Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN), and the Ginger Factory. Congratulations!!!

Queensland Tourism Award 2022
Sunshine Coast Gold Winners

Congratulations goes to two local tourism businesses took home the Gold at last Friday's Qld Tourism Awards!

Bli Bli House Riverside Retreat were awarded gold for ‘Hosted Accommodation’.  The team at Bli Bli House know how to wow their guests. Providing decadent hospitality in a luxurious Victorian bed and breakfast.

AND, offering scrumptious tours and delectable farm-to-fork experiences, the Sunshine Coast team at Creative Tours and Events were awarded gold for ‘Excellence in Food Tourism.’
Expand your understanding of the ASPIRE Marketplace

November 17, 2pm AEDT

Sunshine Coast Council brings you a FREE Masterclass Webinar to become an ASPIRE expert.

ASPIRE helps 1000+ Australian businesses save $500,000+ in waste disposal costs and helps businesses uncover their carbon emission savings.
So let’s make sure your business knows how to use the platform effectively.
This webinar will provide a full demonstration of how to complete an exchange on the ASPIRE platform from start to finish.

Think Sunshine this Black Friday

As part of the ongoing Buy Local initiative to promote consumer spending with local businesses, we invited Sunshine Coast businesses to share a short video on social media about their Black Friday activities and what they have on offer.  Over 40 Sunshine Coast businesses entered the competition.

The top 10 businesses will be featured in a region-wide campaign on radio, print, and social media during November. The Top 2 businesses won $5,000 in marketing support to showcase great examples of local business activation. The Top 2 winning businesses are The Village Pickle in Nambour and Pronto Courier Services in Buderim. Find out more 
The Village Pickle
Pronto Courier Services
Holy Taco
Crystal Multiverse
Yandina Art Framing
Ethical Brand Co (Noosa Naturals)
Active Range
I Make Coffee and Co
German Bakehouse
Caloundra is getting into the festive swing
There’s no hiding from Christmas in business and retail! 

Caloundra CBD Business Decoration Competition, WIN Cash!
Decorate your business this festive season for a chance to win from the $3K prize pool.   Public voting is all set up and could increase foot traffic to your business. All you need to do is get out your decos and REGISTER.

Caloundra Christmas Street Party
Twilight Markets, Visit from Santa, extended shopping trade, grand lighting of the tree, roving Christmas entertainment, kids snow globe, food trucks and more.
Bulcock Street will be closed to traffic from 2-10pm on December 2.
CBD businesses are encouraged to extend business trade through to 8pm to complement the event.
Be sure to check on the Retail Act for rules and regulations.
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Nambour’s shopping treasures on the Map

This new map has been a joint venture for the Nambour Retailers Group, ReImagine Nambour, Nambour Chamber of Commerce and Nambour Tram Co. who all recognised the Vintage and Retro resurgence in the hinterland town. The Nambour Vintage and Retro Op Shop hip Hop Map leads shoppers to 17 of Nambour's most popular vintage and retro shops. The map has been promoted by local social media influencer Brooke Styless who has more than 216k followers

Image L to R: Division 10 Councillor David Law, social media phenomenon Brooke Styles and I am Nambour ambassador Rhonda Billett.
Expand your reach with creator partnerships
Instagram is the #1 platform for people to build relationships with brands1, and creators can be a gateway to initiate those connections that ultimately drive your key business objectives. Find out how collaborating with creators adds value to your brand today and sets a strong foundation for tomorrow.
Download the Creator Guide

The CCIQ Pulse Survey September Quarter 2022 Report has just been released indicating solid business performance, including improvements in total sales revenue and overall business conditions.  Of Queensland businesses surveyed, 61% reported operating at levels equal to or greater pre-COVID levels, and a significant portion of businesses indicating they are confident in reaching their 12 month goals.  Plus, it appears businesses are still investing in plants and equipment with one in four businesses increasing their capital expenditure during the quarter.

Unfortunately, macroeconomic factors such as interest rate hikes, labour shortages, a lack of affordable accommodation and geopolitical issues appear to be contributing to weakened business confidence.  Plus, cost challenges, including rising wage and labour costs as businesses seek to attract and retain talent; supply chain disruptions; rising inflation and cost of goods and services, including insurance costs are contributing to weakening profitability levels.  Nearly three in four businesses indicated an increase in their operating costs during the quarter, and seven out of ten businesses indicated their labour costs increased during the September quarter, which is well above this time last year. 

As a result of these compounding pressures, 53% of respondents indicated that they, or someone in their business is experiencing mental health challenges, which is quite an alarming figure.  So, if this is impacting you, there are plenty of resources you can connect to, including Small Business Wellness Coaches and Beyond Blue’s NewAccess for Small Business Owners.  You can find more support for you and your team here.
The Small Business Debt Helpline is a free service for small business owners in financial difficulty. Our team of qualified financial counsellors will listen and give you practical advice to help you get back on track. If you or someone you know is struggling with their business finances, call us. Our small business financial counsellors will give you free, independent and confidential advice.
NRL returns to the Sunshine Coast next year

Footy fans are in for a treat after the 2023 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership draw was released today, with Sunshine Coast Stadium featuring in two pre-season games and two premiership matches.
Tickets to see the world’s best tenpin bowlers at the International Bowling Federation (IBF) World Cup and IBF Para Bowling World Cup at Suncity Tenpin Bowl in November are now on sale.
Sculpture on the Edge the Sunshine Coast's biggest sculpture festival will run from Nov 20 to Dec 4 at Flaxton Gardens. The exhibition feature more an 140 entries from Australian artists and from as far away as Spain.
2022 Growing Queensland Business Roadshow

The roadshow rolls into Caloundra on Thursday, November 24, hosted by Queensland Government, Department of Energy and Public Works. 

Who should attend?
Whether you are a government buyer, supplier or looking to become a supplier to the government, this is your opportunity to learn more about procurement.

Why attend?
Drop-in to sessions and hear from speakers covering a range of topics and have your individual questions answered by government officers at the engagement stations. Hear from local suppliers on their journey to become a government supplier and find out about growing your business.

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