The inaugural Sunshine Business Awards made quite the impression on Wednesday, August 10, as businesses from across Sunshine were celebrated and $42,000 in prizes were awarded.
Organized by the Sunshine Business Association, the awards were celebrated at a gala event at Peony House, attended by 120 people.
SBA said 470 businesses and organizations were in the running for the awards, with 12 winners across categories including fashion and jewellery, business service, café and hair and beauty.
The awards aimed to recognize small businesses that survived the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 and are now “battling” through recovery.
SBA president Vu Du said the association wanted to recognize and reward Sunshine’s “best and brightest” businesses.
“Win or lose, our businesses were happy to celebrate with the best, network and collaborate in our first ever business awards.
“The 12 winners have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their respective categories and more importantly made a positive impact within the community. “In light of our current inflation and struggles of many businesses during COVID we hope that with this promotion will not only provide recognition to the businesses/community leaders for a job well done, but to also share their insights on their success stories so that other businesses can feel empowered to do the same.
“The community was able to vote for their favorite businesses between Wednesday, June 1 and Sunday, July 31.”
Break out box
Real Estate – CreativeVic Real Estate
Hair & Beauty – Big Barber Delux
Cafe – Grind Coffee Bar
Restaurant – Thuan An
Lifestyle – New World Vacations
Business Service – ADV Partners Chartered Accountants
Medical, Fitness & Health – Terry White Chemmart & Pharmacy
Sweets, Drinks & Takeaway – Donut King
Fashion & Jewelery – Sunshine Clothing Alternatives
Fresh Food & Groceries – Bonbons Bakery
Community Services – WCIG
Local Community & Sporting Groups – Sunshine Football Club