awards and PARTNERS

AWARDS AND PARTNERS

Best Regional Business

Includes but is not limited to any business that operates and services the Toowoomba region, while also servicing outside Toowoomba Regional Council. This greater region is not limited and could include state and national operations and servicing.

Community and Not-For-Profit

Includes but is not limited to sporting and community businesses, registered as not for profits both government funded, and non-government funded.

Gerry Doumany Export Award

Includes any business that is trading in goods and services from one country to another country.  This may include exporting of food (e.g chocolate, beef, grain) art, or professional services.

Health & Wellbeing

Includes but is not limited to professional coaches mentors, personal trainers, gyms, health providers, well-being providers, fitness coach mentoring, beauty services, hairdressers, and other related businesses.

Hospitality

Includes but is not limited to restaurants, catering and equipment services and food service providers.

Industry

Includes but is not limited to manufacturing, building, construction, suppliers and contractors, engineering transport, and logistics.

Agriculture

Includes a business that is actively cultivating, operating, or managing land (e.g. livestock, dairy, poultry, fish, vegetables, and fruit) and other primary production, (e.g. growing and felling timber plantations).

Innovation & Technology

Includes but is not limited to businesses with commercially available products or services that demonstrate innovation in biosciences and genetics, marketing and communication, sustainability initiatives, information technology, software, app and device development, advanced engineering, and/or other manufactured goods.

Professional Services

Includes but is not limited to legal, accounting and finance, financial planning, mortgage and insurance brokers, real estate, business broking, creative industries (PR, Graphic Design and Marketing), human resources.

Tourism

Includes but is not limited to accommodation, transportation (e.g., airlines, car rental), travel facilitation and information (e.g., tour operators, travel agents, tourist information centers), and attractions and entertainment (e.g., heritage sites and theme, national, and wildlife parks) and events.

Retail

Includes but not limited to all retail-based businesses.

People’s Choice

Includes all award categories (except Future Leader of the Year). All applicants will be voted for by the Toowoomba region community via The Chronicle platform. This award will not be considered for the overall Business of the Year winner.

Future Leader of The Year

Recognises young business leaders who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction, and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming young businesspeople. Nominations are sought from individuals under 35 years of age (at the time of the award nominations opening) and who have had significant success in their business.

Employer of Choice

Recognises and celebrates businesses whose outstanding service capabilities are also complemented by their commitment to the employees. This category involves the completion of a separate Employer of Choice Application along with an online employee survey that will contribute to the business’s overall application.

Sole Trader of The Year

Recognises the very best sole trader/owner-operator of the year. The winner of this award will be selected by a completely independent judging panel.  

Micro-Business

Recognises the very best micro-business (2-4 employees) of the year. The winner of this award will be selected by a completely independent judging panel.

Toowoomba Chamber Podcast

Hall of Fame Inductee

Recognises the very best sole trader/owner-operator of the year. The winner of this award will be selected by a completely independent judging panel.  

FocusHR Business of the Year

Recognises the very best from across our region. The winner of this most prestigious award will be selected by a completely independent judging panel.


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