The Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce will present the Heritage Bank Business Excellence Awards at an extravagant gala dinner on Saturday, 8 October. Held at the Empire Theatre, the event will celebrate the fantastic leadership, innovation and excellence of the region’s businesses and their wonderful contribution to the local community.

A field of 61 successful applicants will be contesting in nine award categories, including Best Regional Business, Innovation, and more. The prestigious Heritage Bank Business of the Year Award will then be chosen from those nine winners.


This year, a new award has been introduced, celebrating new businesses with a bright future. The ‘Future Star’ category will reward a newcomer in the business community with invaluable mentoring from local business expert, John Wagner.

The winners of the awards will be assessed by a panel of independent judges, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields and will call on their extensive knowledge, expertise and experience for the rigorous judging process. Though winning isn’t everything – the night itself is an ideal opportunity for each business to reflect on their successes and achievements over the past year, network with others in the same field, plus, consider areas for improvement and set some future goals.

The Gala Dinner will be held on the Empire Theatre’s main stage, and the theme for the evening is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Attendees are encouraged to get dressed up and channel their inner Holly Golightly or Paul Varjak. Tickets are still available, but are selling fast. Be sure to lock your spot in soon!

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Words by Angus Coleman
Image courtesy of Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce