Nominations Now Open

Whether you’re a nominee, finalist, or winner, this is your chance to gain the respect of industry and peers, attract new customers, reward staff, and stand out from the competition.

If taking to the stage wasn’t enough, there’s a total prize offering of $30,000 to be won, ranging from $500 to $5,000 per award category.

Plus, each winner will take home a trophy to proudly display in their office, not to mention add ‘award-winning’ to their title.

Entries are open to businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations that are based in the Moreton Bay Region, and you can enter as many categories as you like. We’d love to hear from you! Share your story, and be recognised among the rising stars of the business community.

Showcasing the best in business

On the back of a successful debut in 2017, MBRIT CEO Shane Newcombe encourages everyone from mum and dad businesses and not-for-profits to startups and students to enter the prestigious awards program.

“We received such a high calibre of entries last year, and we look forward to seeing yet another competitive field of standout businesses this time around,” Mr Newcombe said.

“The awards shine a light on the accomplishments of our home-grown heroes who are driving a billion-dollar tourism economy and continued growth of the region, and we invite everyone to get on board and help showcase the best in business and industry.

“Thanks to Advance Queensland and partners of Innovate Moreton Bay under the Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP), we are also offering significantly higher cash prizes for the innovation categories – so now there’s even more reasons to enter!”

Moreton Bay Region Mayor Allan Sutherland said more than 100 applications were received last year, demonstrating the strength of the Moreton Bay Region’s economy - which has rated as one of the fastest growing in Queensland.

“I was blown away last year by the calibre of entries and astounded by the ways in which local businesses are pushing boundaries to find a competitive edge locally, nationally and even on the international stage,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“It gives me great confidence in our region’s growing economy to know that local businesses and entrepreneurs are coming up with new and innovative ideas to change the way we live and work.”

Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence & Innovation Award Categories:

Business Excellence Award Categories - ($500 prize money for winners)

  • Customer Service Excellence Award
  • Regional Development Australia (RDA) Moreton Bay Exporting Excellence Award
  • Cleanaway Environment & Sustainability Excellence Award
  • Quest Community News Business Marketing Excellence Award
  • Building a Stronger Community Excellence Award
  • MBRIT Visitor Experience Excellence Award
  • Employee of the Year Award

Innovation Award Categories (supported by Innovate Moreton Bay)

  • Telstra Innovation Excellence Award ($5,000 major prize winner, $2,500 finalists)
  • Think2Be Youth Innovation Excellence Award ($500 prize for winner)
  • Successful Start-Up Award ($500 prize for winner)
  • USC Young Entrepreneur Excellence Award ($500 prize for winner)

Major Awards Categories

  • SRJ Walker Wayland Community Group of the Year ($5,000 prize)
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council Business of the Year ($5,000 prize)*

*The winner will be selected from the pool of finalists that have achieved the judges' highest overall score, across all categories.

How to enter

Are you ready to start your awards journey? For a full list of award categories, eligibility and nomination criteria, head to and download an application form today. Submit your completed submission to by 5.00pm, 26 October, 2018. Finalists will be announced by email on 5 November, 2018.

Gala Awards

Celebrate the achievements of businesses throughout the Moreton Bay Region at the Gala Awards Event on Friday, 30 November at Eatons Hill Hotel. Mark it in your calendars - tickets available soon.