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Wishing you a prosperous holiday season!

While most of us look forward to taking time out over the holidays –we know some of our small business owners are dealing with their busiest time of year.

Thank you for your time, energy and hard work not just during the silly season but each and every day.

Many Queenslanders love small businesses for their community connections, their unique offerings, their customer service, and their ability to create and keep jobs locally, among many other reasons.

Small businesses represent over 97 per cent of all businesses in the state, they employ around 44 per cent of Queensland’s private sector workforce and are vital in driving jobs and economic progress. That’s a great reason to #GoLocalQld!

Whether this is your busy trading season or off-peak rest time – we wish you a safe and festive season.

Showcase your 'Local' status this festive season

This festive season we want you to showcase your status as local, small businesses. We have added some festive themed social media assets to our ‘Go Local, Grow Local’ advertising toolkit – we encourage you to download and use them. As you know, when Queenslanders buy local products it helps our small businesses to grow, creates more jobs and builds a stronger community.

Find the downloadable Go Local Advertising Toolkit in the link below, and don’t forget to use #GoLocalQld on social media!

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Is your business prepared this disaster season?

 Many of us understand the importance of preparing our homes for Queensland’s unpredictable disaster season but is your business prepared too?

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Are you a subbie in the property and construction industry?

The ATO offers a range of tools and services to help make it easier for you to get your tax and super right. Don’t risk getting kicked off the site because your tax and super are not up to date. The ATO is currently encouraging business and contractors to work together to ensure they understand their obligations.

Stay up to date with important information from the Australian Taxation Office.

 

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A fair go for small business suppliers

The Queensland Government is committed to providing a level playing field for all suppliers as part of its Buy Queensland procurement approach. If you have concerns about the conduct of a supplier to government, you can contact the Queensland Procurement Policy Compliance Unit to lodge a complaint.

Please call 1300 10 50 30 or email 
QPPCompliance@hpw.qld.gov.au

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Small Business Achievement Awards

We were so very pleased to present the Small Business Achievement Award to Freeman’s Organic Farm on behalf of Awards Australia at the Queensland Community Achievement Awards Gala Dinner in November.

A 103-year-old family farm based in Currumbin Valley, Freeman’s Organic Farm is very active in the community. In addition to growing and selling 75 different varieties of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, they provide educational farm tours, contribute to charities and have 300 strawberry plants spread across community garden beds.

Congratulations!

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Subsidised training for educators available

Subsidised training for high priority skill sets in the early childhood education and care sector is available as part of the Queensland Government’s Higher Level Skills program.

If you are an educator with a Certificate 3 or higher complete this training at a reduced cost.

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Small Business Champion reports

Maree Adshead reports on the latest feedback she has heard from Queensland small businesses through her journeys across the State this month.

Read about Gympie's small business connection to Lady Gaga and tasty and tested Jazz Apples out of Coopers Plains.

Check out her
Twitter account or follow her on her new instagram page @smallbizchampq for the latest updates.

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Spotlight: 100 Faces of Small Business

Meet James Grugeon from The Good Beer Co - a social enterprise beer company! James and The Good Beer Co partner with local, independent brewers to produce craft beers inspired by a chosen charity partner.

Their recent brews, Great Barrier Beer and Pail Tail see 10% of profits donated to The Australian Marine Conservation Society and RSPCA Queensland respectively. Check out James' 100 Faces of Small Business story.

 

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To help encourage Queensland's small business owners this festive season, we are featuring #12TipsforChristmas - check out our Facebook page to stay up to date! 

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With award categories including Small Employer and Community Training Initiative of the Year available, now is the perfect time to start preparing your nomination.

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Protect your business from cybercrime: enable multi-factor authentication within your cloud accounting software today


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