Nominations now open for Sunshine Coast Business Awards
  • Tuesday 04 July 2017

Improved staff motivation and morale, better customer service and professional acknowledgment of your achievements – these are just some of the benefits local businesses have experienced from entering the Sunshine Coast Business Awards.

Nominations are now open for the 2017 awards, managed by the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce.

Local business owner Dr Rakesh Jivan, of Plaza Central Dentists in Maroochydore, is urging other businesses to consider nominating for the 2017 Sunshine Coast Business Awards following his very positive experience and win in 2016.

“Last year was a pretty busy year for our young practice, we hadn’t even been in business for 12 months, but with the number of patients coming in we thought entering the awards would be a great way to celebrate the team and the patients,” Dr Jivan said.

“We didn’t have an expectation to win. It was more a way for us to up our game because once we had entered, everyone stayed motivated and showed that a bit of customer service goes a long way.

“Winning was a big surprise.

“I think passion was the thing that got us over the line.

“We really care about what we did, what we currently do and the support of the community and patients who really wanted something different, which I think we delivered on.

“We’ve seen a huge flow on since entering the awards, including growth of around 1000 Facebook followers and our staff have gelled together more and have confidence that we are providing a quality service which has made them work a bit harder, which shows when patients walk in the door or when someone is on the phone.

“Whether you win or lose, that’s not the point. It’s the celebration of business and someone’s ideas and the people you work with.”

Sunshine Coast Business Awards chair Jennifer Swaine encouraged business owners to nominate their own businesses and everyone else to nominate a business in their area to apply for the 2017 awards.

“The 2017 awards is an exciting mix of awards which represents the way business is conducted in our region,” Ms Swaine said.

“It includes business sector awards, major awards for key aspects of business performance, an overall business of the year award and the prestigious Hall of Fame.”

Sunshine Coast Council is a platinum partner of the Sunshine Coast Business Awards.

Economic Development and Innovation Portfolio Cr Steve Robinson said the awards provided a great opportunity for local businesses.

“The awards provide local businesses with the chance to take a step back and review where they have come from and what they have achieved as well as learn from the awards process and the questions being asked,” Cr Robinson said.

“We’re a proud supporter of the awards and would encourage businesses to nominate for this year’s awards.”

For more information about the awards or to nominate a Sunshine Coast business visit

Sunshine Coast Council is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Sunshine Coast Business Awards.