And the winners are...by Andrea Kellett

The winners of the third annual Soar Awards will be announced at a cocktail party in Melbourne this month.

The awards, hosted by Soar Collective, recognise businesswomen beyond our capital cities for their dedication and commitment to making a positive change through their business and community. Soar Collective founder and CEO Jess Jones, from the Mornington Peninsula, describes the awards as “the time to take a step back, take a breath and acknowledge how far you've come”.

The 2017 winners will be announced in the following categories: Business Owner Award, Business Owner Award (non-profit), Employee Award, Employee/Volunteer Award (non-profit), Regional Contribution Award and theSoar Awards Woman of the Year. Roong Saisombat, head chef at Commonfolk Coffee Company in Mornington and executive chef at Finesse Catering Group, is the 2016 Soar Collective Woman of the Year.

All entrants must reside and/or do business outside of Australia's capital cities (and own at least 50 per cent of their own businesses). Soar Collective’s mission is to connect and support Australia's regional businesswomen of calibre.

The gala Soar Awards celebration cocktail party is on Friday, July 21, at One Roof Melbourne. Full details at soarcollective.com/soarawards