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Brisbane Business News is currently searching for the River City's most ambitious entrepreneurs who are carving out their own unique place in the business community.

We are interested in the game changers who are spectacularly disrupting the market, riding on stellar success, or even just starting out with big dreams but an even greater determination to make these come alive. The criterion for nomination is that the entrepreneur founded their business, is the owner-operator, are based in Brisbane, and born 1974 or later.

Nominees will be given the opportunity to gain exposure through the Brisbane Business News website, our special annual Young Entrepreneur edition of Brisbane Business News’ magazine, and attend one of Brisbane’s landmark calendar events, the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards.

The 2014 winners will be crowned at a gala event complete with a three-course meal and entertainment by local deep house act Gas Grooves held at Customs House on the evening of Friday 21 November.

For the first time, we have extended the awards to broadened the scope to reflect the diverse nature of Brisbane’s economy and business scene. It also highlights that entrepreneurs are in special leagues of their own, trying their hands at innovating traditional industries, as well as risking to create new markets entirely. Brisbane Business News, published by Business News Australia, is now inviting nominations for the below award categories for its prestigious Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards:

DIGITAL & TECHNOLOGY

The ever-changing technology sector has generated some of the most exciting stories among young entrepreneurs, and this category will be one of the most closely watched by all businesses looking to keep abreast of that change.

INNOVATION

Lateral thinkers are encouraged to enter this category which cuts across all sectors of business to recognise growth through innovation.

MANUFACTURING, WHOLESALE AND DISTRIBUTION

If your business is in this category, chances are you are flying under the radar. This award is looking for young entrepreneurs who are pushing above their weight in a sector that is seen as the backbone of the supply chain for the broader economy.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Professionals across all disciplines, including law, medical, engineering and architecture, are given the opportunity to shine in this category.

PROPERTY AND CONSTRUCTION

The growth of the property sector in recent years has given way to a new breed of young entrepreneurs. This category will introduce a range of new players and some established players achieving excellence in their respective fields.

RETAIL & SERVICES

This category covers businesses in both the bricks and clicks space, recognising excellence in retail and retail services direct to the consumer - either online or through traditional store models - as well as cutting-edge retail concepts.

STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR

This award recognises successful business owners who are juggling entrepreneurship with tertiary studies.

TOURISM, HOSPITALITY & EVENTS

The resurgence of the tourism sector has given rise to this new category which encompasses businesses operating across this dynamic sector of the economy. Last year's finalists generated more than $240 million in annual revenue combined, making their mark on the local economy.

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