The Canberra Region Local Business Awards was a glittering spectacular that provided a fitting finale to the now annual event.
This year's winners exchanged exuberant hugs and cheers filled the room as they made their way to the stage on Wednesday, November 13.
Awards founder and Precedent Productions managing director Steve Loe said the evening was an exciting culmination to a successful awards program.
"The Local Business Awards recognise the vital role business people play in the lives of their communities," he said. "The presentation evening not only sees the announcement of the category winners but is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all the finalists.
"We had a sell-out crowd that included our finalists, their families and staff, as well as our sponsors and local dignitaries, who helped to present awards to the winners."
The Canberra Times captured all the excitement as the finalists in each category were announced, complete with images on the big screen, followed by huge cheers as the winners' names were read out and they took to the stage to claim their trophies.
"The winners' speeches are always heartfelt and emotional," Mr Loe said. "It's very emotional for everyone there to see their tears and smiles as well as hear the beautiful acceptance speeches.
"Of course, the awards are only possibly with the support of major sponsors BxNetworking and support sponsors, Service NSW, Southern Cross Club and Crystal Productions.
"Their involvement proves their commitment to their community and the businesses that thrive there."
Mr Loe also thanked Southern Cross Club in Woden for the high quality food and service it provided.
"Thanks to them it was a five-star occasion," he said. "I would also like to acknowledge the incredible entertainment provided by Alfie Arcuri, Erin Bruce and Kirrah Amosa and our fabulous MC Paul Hancock who kept the evening flowing smoothly."
The highlight was the announcement of the major awards.
At the end of the night Country Pride Sausage was named Canberra Region Local Business of the Year while Kym Degenhart, director of Bom Funk Dance Studio was awarded Business Person of the Year.
The Youth Award went to Bianca Pavlic from Elemental Cafe.
There was an electric atmosphere throughout the night and the finalists' excitement was palpable. People celebrated not just their own success but cheered for everyone else in the room."
Congratulations to every business that was a category winner!
Businesses can register for the 2020 Canberra Region Local Business Awards at thebusinessawards.com.au