Judging started Friday for the 2018 IWIB Business Women's Awards.
The 10th annual awards are being held on June 11 at City Beach Function Centre.
IWIB director Glenda Papac said there were a good mix of business people and businesses who have entered before and for the first time.
The annual awards started just over two decades ago with just two categories.
The finalists are:
Business Woman of the Year finalists are Jo Mould, Kylie Moffitt, Lauren Buhagiar, Gabrielle Browne, Melinda Griffiths, Holly Howell, Emma Perrow, Joanne Danckwardt, Deborah Shepherd, Apral Nikolich and Diana Foye
Young Business Woman of the Year Sarah Nolen, Ebony AustIn, Georgia Kollaras and Nicola Xanthopoulos.
Best Business finalists are Casamia Lingerie and Wollongong Diagnostics.
Best Small Business finalists are Birdblack Design, Active Property Conveyancing, Netstrata Wollongong, Green Homes Australia Illawarra, The Ballet Shoppe, PhysioHealth & Sports Injury Clinic, Kenny Escapes Food & Wine Experiences, Gratitude and Nicola's Tutoring
Best Home Based Business Oh My Word, Plan Design Draft, Cosimfee Home Loans, Dragonfly Parties
Best New Business PipeWolf Media, The Champagne Crusade, Bathroom Werx Illawarra, One Agency JD Property Agents, Carly's Coffee Couriers, Elders Real Estate Shellharbour, Rockshelf Pictures and Monique Field Smile Elite Real Estate.
Best Innovative Business Casamia Lingerie, Active Property Conveyancing, Essential Bookkeeping Solutions Pty Ltd, Zig Zag Hub and Gratitude.
Business Woman in the Community Maralyn Young, Donna Check, Meg Connell, Kylie Sweeney de Havilland and Nicki Bowman.
Customer Focus Award PipeWolf Media, Active Property Conveyancing, Kenny Escapes - Food & Wine Experiences, Cosimfee Home Loans, One Agency JD Property Agents, Monique Field - Smile Elite Real Estate, Essential Bookkeeping Solutions, The Ballet Shoppe, Casamia Lingerie, Gratitude and Foye Legal