Gold Coast Business News is dedicated to recognising and unearthing the young talent on the Gold Coast.
The city's leading source of business news has commenced its search for the 2015 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
The awards showcase the city's top young business leaders who are either at the forefront of innovation, riding a wave of stellar success, or even just starting out with big dreams and an even greater determination to make them a reality.
The criterion for nomination is that the entrepreneur founded their business, is the owner-operator, is based on the Gold Coast and was born in 1975 or later.
An esteemed judging panel will select exceptional entrants from the following categories:
Retail and Services
This category covers businesses in both the bricks and clicks space, recognising excellence in retail and retail services direct to the consumer.
Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Do you own a thriving restaurant, run a successful events company, or contribute to the Gold Coast's budding tourism industry? This section is dedicated to you.
Digital and Technology
Digital and technology encompasses companies that have mastered digital marketing channels and are delivering services that significantly raise their client's profiles. This category also encompasses those providing innovative options in the IT space.
Health and Fitness
This category recognises those flexing their muscles in the health and fitness industry, from personal trainers to gym owners and nutritionists.
Property and Construction
You only have to look at the Gold Coast's ever-changing skyline to know the property sector means big business for the local economy. If you are contributing to the development of the city, this category is for you.
Professionals across all disciplines including media, law, recruitment and accounting are given the opportunity to shine in this section.
Manufacturing, Wholesale and Distribution
This award is celebrating young entrepreneurs who are pushing above their weight in a sector that is seen as the backbone of the supply chain for the broader economy.
Are you solving social problems or effecting social change?
This category recognises young talent with innovative initiatives
to some of society's most pressing social problems.
A Trailblazer is a special breed in business, someone who seriously has their finger on the pulse and adapts their business by will; not by force. This honour recognises a business that has seen exponential growth in their business and scope in a very short period and one that the judging panel believes will make a big name for itself. NOTE: those in the above categories will also be considered for this award.
You don't need to be the founder or manager of a business to enter this category we are just seeking young professionals who are making great strides in their career and have contributed greatly to the success of the business they work for. This award is brought to you by YP Gold Coast - an organisation dedicated to growing the city's corporate culture.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
All category winners will be up for the coveted Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
The winners will be announced at a special gala dinner at Jupiters Casino on Friday, October 30 - an event not to be missed!
Finalists will be given the opportunity to gain invaluable exposure and have their business profiled by Business News Australia.
If you are or know of an eligible young entrepreneur on the Gold Coast, or if you are nominating for the young professional category, click the buttons below.
There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available for businesses interested in connecting with this successful demographic. For details of sponsorship packages available please contact Kim Draper, Business News Australia on 07 3608 2068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.