THE best of Queanbeyan's businesses will be revealed on Saturday night at the second annual Queanbeyan Business Excellence Awards.
Award Committee Chairman Sue Whelan anticipated a high number of local businesses that will be placed under the limelight.
"We put a greater emphasis this year on going around and talking to businesses to encourage their involvement. We were learning too with this, and trying to feel our way," Mrs Whelan said.
The additions of three new categories were also expected to have boosted this year's number of applicants.
"We decided to try to get the community a bit more involved this time by asking them to enter their favourite business, for the Customer Service Award, we have had over a thousand nominations this year," Mrs Whelan said.
Two other new awards included the Disability Inclusion Award and the Work Placement Employer of the Year Award.
In total eight categories were open for nominations, with the prestigious Queanbeyan Business of the Year recipient to receive a $2,500 travel voucher.
"It also helps businesses network as well, it's not just the commercial aspect, it's about businesses understanding each other," Mrs Whelan said.
"For people considering coming to Queanbeyan, knowing what businesses are here, who their compatible businesses are, and to start seeing some high-quality clusters of businesses building in the area is terrific."
President of the Queanbeyan Business Council, Jamie Cregan, expressed excitement for this year's awards.
"We've simplified the entry process this year, so we have recognised the time constraints many businesses face, while still maintaining the integrity of the awards. When entrants win the awards, it will still be a substantial achievement," Mr Cregan said.
The awards coincide with the 175th anniversary of Queanbeyan, and a new category to acknowledge lifetime achievement in business has been included.
"It really shows that some of our businesses have been around in excess of 150 years," Mr Cregan said.
"We have world-leading solar organisations, and we have a significant number of construction industry businesses in Queanbeyan."
The lifetime achievement in business award will be continued in subsequent years.
Winners of all categories will be announced on Saturday at a special gala dinner at The Q.
* Tickets are $100 per person which includes a 3-course meal, entertainment and drinks. Visit queanbeyanbusinessawards.com.au