Winners of the 2017 Women in Business Awards will be announced tonight at a gala reception at Gip’s Restaurant tonight.

The Women in Business Awards recognise exceptional women making a difference across Queensland. Providing a platform to celebrate successful businesswomen and industry achievers, the awards encourage ambition, empower confidence and inspire new female leaders now and into the future.

With the ultimate goal of presenting role models for other women, the awards have been created to honour those who possess vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive, leadership, individuality and tenacity.

The Downs Woman in Business of the Year Award will go to an entrepreneur who has achieved accomplishments of significance over her career.

Last year’s award went to Melissa Taylor from Taylor’s Removal & Storage.

The Community Dedication Award recognises those who have made contributions to the community, civic, or sporting cause. Maddie Burton from Maddie’s Gift Gallery was last year’s winner.

The Aspiring Young Business Women’s Award is given to a woman between 18 and 28 years old who has already made a distinctive contribution to her field or career or educational pursuit. Last year’s winner was Beau Minnett from Minx Contemporary Hair Boutique.

Open to high school students, the Empowering Young Women’s Award honours those who have demonstrated significant leadership potential and outstanding performance.

Last year’s winner was Victoria Harris from Clifton State High School.

The Agribusiness Award will be given to a candidate with a solid knowledge of the agribusiness and agriculture sector, and who possess a high level of passion and accomplishment in the industry.

A tribute to Mary Wagner’s legacy to the region, the Mary Wagner Honour will be bestowed upon a woman who is doing extraordinary work and addressing critical issues in the Downs.

Read more about the event here.