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2017 Queensland Small Business Week – event hosts

Are you a Queensland small business owner, manager or advocate who wants to make a difference to other businesses? If so, the Queensland Government would love you to host an event during 2017 Queensland Small Business Week (2017 QSBW) held between 15 to 20 May.

Last year, more than 5,000 people participated in the week-long, state-wide event, which champions Queensland’s 414,000 small businesses.

This year 2017 Queensland Small Business Week will highlight the importance of technology, promote a culture of entrepreneurship and stimulate small business ideas.

Before you register your 2017 QSBW event, here are some things to consider:

  • What format will your event be? Options include: forum, conference, webinar, corporate breakfast, trade show and expo.
  • What is your event topic?
  • When and where will you host your event?
  • Will you have a presenter or guest speaker?
  • How many people could you have attend?
  • Will your event be ticketed or free?
  • How will you promote your event? The 2017 QSBW team will help you too.

More information on 2017 Queensland Small Business Week is available here.

Succession Planning Grants for Queensland Producers

Queensland producers now have access to grants of up to $2500 to help develop family business and succession planning, through Farm Management Grants..

Producers can seek up to a 50% rebate on seeking professional advice in relation to succession planning, or a family member wanting to acquire an interest in the family business. With a maximum of $2500 per applicant, per financial year. Advice must come from a suitably qualified professional adviser such as an accountant, financial planner or solicitor.

Eligible applicants who received eligible professional advice can apply for a rebate on fees paid for the service through

For further information on the Farm Management Grants including criteria visit or freecall 1800 623 946.

Testing Within Government

The Testing Within Government program supports small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to improve the positioning of their ICT products to address business problems, while collaborating with the Queensland Government.

What’s important

Your product must address one of the problem statements in an innovative way.

  1. 3D capture of scale models (PDF, 448KB)
  2. Digital asset management (PDF, 133KB)
  3. Digital heritage exploration (PDF, 226KB)
  4. Heavy vehicle rest areas (PDF, 230KB) Intelligent reporting (PDF, 226KB)
  5. Interactive data visualisation (PDF, 225KB)
  6. Planning and urban design simulation (PDF, 227KB)
  7. Planning for nature (PDF, 245KB)
  8. Secure online learning access (PDF, 225KB)
  9. The patient continuum (PDF, 304KB)
  10. Vision sourcing (PDF, 224KB)

Any questions regarding this program please email


Small Grants for Rural Communities – Round 31

The Small Grants for Rural Communities program is now open to not-for-profit community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. 

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

This funding program is collaborative (supported by various partners), which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities including projects that address the following:

  • Strong Leadership & Community Capacity: Investing and developing leadership, skills and capacity of individuals and organisations, enhancing inclusion and strengthening culture.
  • Sustainable Community Infrastructure: Projects focusing on improving local infrastructure, creating places which enable communities to connect and grow their identity.
  • Equitable Access to Opportunities: Ensuring equitable access to quality services and opportunities in the areas of culture, arts, education, health, wellbeing, communications, transport, food and the environment.
  • Vibrant Local Economies: Projects that enhance a sustainable economy, providing jobs, growth and wealth for the community.

Applications will be accepted any time by email, through to 5pm Friday, 31 March 2017. (Please note that the FRRR office closes at 5pm AEST). Hard copy applications must be clearly postmarked on or before Friday, 31 March 2017.

For all the details click here.

WiRE Regional Innovation Pop-up Series comes to Fitzroy and Central West

Become part of a community of women who are passionate about being entrepreneurial in rural, regional and remote settings!

WiRE’s goal is to help rural, regional and remote (RRR) women entrepreneurs create the ventures/businesses/initiatives of their dreams, around the lives they crave to live

Learn more about this awesome collaborative initiative created and delivered by The University of Southern Queensland (USQ), the Department of Industry Innovation and Science – Austrade, the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Womens Network (QRRRWN), Start-up Toowoomba and Fire Station 101 (the Ipswich innovation hub).

What to bring: Your enthusiasm for entrepreneurial behaviour and your great ideas to develop a great support hub for WiRE!

About the facilitator: Retha Wiesner

  • Professor in Management and Entrepreneurial Behaviour
  • Program Director WiRE Program
  • Passion for self-empowering women through entrepreneurial behaviour and innovation
  • Led research and capacity building programs with a focus on small business of more than $5m
  • Co-author of 9 management and organisational behaviour books

Workshop are taking place in Rockhampton, Emerald, Longreach, Biloela, and Gladstone.

Check out this link for all the details and to register.

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