Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Pillars of the Community; Businesses Awarded Next Month

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Pillars of the Community; Businesses Awarded Next Month

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Byline: Jacob Carson Jacob.Carson@gympietimes.com

HUNDREDS of businesses across the Gympie region have been nominated for a slate of awards at this year's Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

With the judging panel expected to reveal the shortlist of nominees sometime next week, new chamber president Ben Riches said he was pleasantly surprised with the number of nominations from the community.

"Even with the awards focusing mainly on Gympie itself, we've received nominations from Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay as well," he said.

"I think it goes to show how hard business owners here are working to provide the best for their customers."

Only a few months into the role as president, Mr Riches said the effort of organising the main event on November 10 had been a hard, but ultimately rewarding experience.

"I think it's going to be an amazing night, with fantastic food, drinks and music for all of the attendees," he said.

"One of the things that's really surprised me is how many newcomers we've got coming to this year's event -- what you're seeing is a whole new crop of businesses appearing in the region. …

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