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Queensland Small Business Week 2019

 Registrations are now open to host an event during Queensland Small Business Week (QSBW) 2019 27–31 May.

Get involved today and support our small businesses and local operators in your region while building your organisational profile.

With more than 438,000 small businesses in Queensland, the week is a celebration of the state’s amazing small businesses!

QSBW also gives our small businesses the opportunity to discover support programs that can deliver real and positive impacts for their business.

There is no limit to what your event or activity could be – we are open to conferences, seminars, workshops, webinars, podcasts, networking and professional development activities.

Event hosts receive an event listing on the Business Queensland website, marketing and promotional support from the department, access to an event host community group and supporting guides and templates.

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Building a strong foundation of support and awareness is critical to creating a sustainable business.

ecoBiz is a fully subsidised Queensland Government program available to small and medium businesses to find eco-efficiencies and save money across energy, water and waste bills.

The program is delivered by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queenslnd (CCIQ) and is currently funded through the Department of Environment and Science until 30 June 2022.

Businesses who sign up to the program get a one-on-one coaching session and a report tailored to their needs and ambitions The report includes an action plan which identifies no cost, low cost and higher cost options towards eco-efficient practices.


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Building our innovation economy

Video calls from a mobile phone. Keyhole surgery. The answers to everything at your fingertips. The things we take for granted today were the stuff of science fiction just a generation ago. Tomorrow there will be new innovations we can’t imagine life without. The challenge is to imagine them today – because it’s only by dreaming up new ways to make life better that we get to move forward: as a state, a community and as individuals. 

Be part of building our innovation economy today. Advance Queensland has released the draft Innovation Strategy for public consultation. We encourage you to read the strategy today and get involved by completing the survey.

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Empowering small businesses through improved financial literacy

The Australian Research Council's Small Business research investigates, from the perspective of small business owners, the level of financial and commercial literacy of small business owners.

It will investigate improved ways to support and provide resources to small business owners in independent businesses (sole traders, partnerships, companies etc) in urban, regional and remote areas of Australia.

It is anticipated that the research will promote financial health and sustainability of small businesses and lead to greater levels of financial literacy in the future.

To complete the survey click 
here or email Dr. Kerry Bodle at:

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Buy Queensland supplier events - Register your interest

We're planning a range of events across the state for Queensland Government suppliers about upcoming opportunities, new tools, mentoring, resources and tips to help you supply to us.

Register your interest in these events using the 'Read More' link if you want you want to hear about these events.


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Privacy Awareness Week

Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) is running from 12 – 18 May 2019 needs your help to raise awareness within your organisation to 'build privacy into your everyday'. 

PAW is held annually and was established in 2007 by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities, of which OIC is a member.

This year’s theme ‘Build privacy into your everyday’, is aimed at encouraging the public sector to know their privacy responsibilities and the community to know their privacy rights so personal data can be protected and respected every day.

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Inclusion Ready Workshops

If you work with people with a disability or your business the new Information, Linkages, Capacity Building (ILC) grants might just be the thing to help you be a local or national community change agent.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make inclusion part of your strategy.

$51 million in grants has been announced as part of the new ILC strategy. This is an open competitive round closing on Friday 10 May 2019. You can apply for grants from $300,000, with no upper limit, across the period 2019 to 2022. Guidelines are available here and read on for free workshops to help you develop your ILC project and skills.

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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.

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 Russell Gibbons from Huds and Toke, a gourmet pet treat company located on the Sunshine Coast. With the support of the Advance Queensland Ignite ideas Fund, Huds and Toke were able to grow their business to complete in the global marketplace, and are now promoting and exporting their Queensland-made products to countries including Germany and Japan.

Check out Russell's 100 Faces of Small Business story.

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Have you heard the latest Tax InVoice podcast from the ATO? Check out this month's episode - online services for agents. 

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The Business Queensland events calendar is a one-stop-shop for small business events and for the first time has been expanded to non-government organisations. If you run events for Queensland small businesses, list your event today!

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ATO benchmarks helps businesses 'swim between the flags'. Check out their case study with Belinda and see how your business compares.

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