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Small Business in a Day Workshop – Longreach

Running a business takes courage and commitment. Occasionally, you need to take time off the tools and away from the technology to learn new and better ways of getting a strong return on your investment in people, processes and places.

To boost your confidence and capability for success, the Queensland Government’s Office of Small Business brings you the opportunity to learn, share and network at this FREE event for small business owners.

Hear from and talk to experts about topics that match the challenges your business is facing, like:

  • new technology
  • digital disruption
  • product development
  • entering new  markets
  • financing/investment
  • leadership
  • people/staffing
  • managing growth
  • where to get advice and support.

Date – 5 June 2017

Time – 5:30pm – 9pm

Venue – Qantas Founders museum, Sir Hudson Fysh Drive, Longreach

Register – click here

New Ideas Forum: Emerald

Coming up with ideas for new products, services and businesses is just the first step and often the easiest one. Transforming the idea into an income is harder—how do you determine if your business idea could be viable and how do you make it more attractive to customers or venture partners like investors?

To boost your confidence and capability for success when building a business, the Queensland Government’s Office of Small Business brings you the opportunity to learn, share and network at this FREE event.

Hear from and talk to experts about:

  • Fostering and funding ideas: idea testing, understanding your market, entrepreneurial thinking, bootstrapping, Lean Start-up, Business Model Canvas, and crowdsourcing.
  • Building a business from ideas: business planning, business structures, buying a franchise, cash flow and financial planning, information sources, and where to get advice and support.

Date – 18 May 2017

Time – 9am – 12noon

Location – Emerald Explorers Inn, 585 Gregory Highway, Emerald

Cost – Free

Register – click here

Capability Statement Workshop: Rockhampton

Are you interested in learning how your business can stand out from the crowd and improve your chances of securing a contract? Then the Capability Statement Workshop is for you.

Date – Wednesday 3 May 2017

Time – 8am to 12noon

Cost – $50

Venue – Centrpoint Motor Inn, 131 George St, Rockhampton

RSVP – phone 4924 2921 or email

Deloitte Business Outlook reinforces need to focus on jobs

The latest analysis of national, state, and territory economies by Deloitte Access Economics confirms the importance of job-creation.

The DAE ‘Business Outlook: All Engines Firing’ for March 2017, identifies Queensland has had ‘solid’ economic growth but acknowledges growth in jobs is ‘modest.’

The report contains positive news for Queensland, identifying increased population growth, increased retail turnover and a tourism inspired commercial construction wave fuelling Queensland’s economic growth.

The Deloitte Business Outlook report highlight: The growth in Queensland’s economy is solid, but the growth in its jobs is modest. The big lift in gas exports underway provides a substantial dividend to the State’s economic growth, but does rather less for jobs. That combination of conditions may take a little while longer to repair itself.

For the full media release from Deloittes click here.

Call for water supply interest in Rookwood Weir

Progress is continuing on the Rookwood Weir business case, with the next important step identifying demand for water.

Building Queensland, Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) and SunWater are seeking information from potential customers interested in water from the proposed Rookwood Weir in Central Queensland.

Rookwood Weir, located west of Rockhampton, could provide up to 42,000 megalitres of high priority water to support regional agricultural and industrial development.

Building Queensland CEO Damian Gould is advising anyone interested in water from the Lower Fitzroy River region to use this as an opportunity to identify their potential water requirements now to allow water demand from the proposed Rookwood Weir to be fully understood.

The Request for Information will close on 12 May 2017 and information provided will be used to assist with the completion of a detailed business case assessing the viability of the project.

Building Queensland is leading the development of a detailed business case for the project in partnership with the project proponents, GAWB and SunWater.

If you are interested in further information or participating in the Request for Information process, please visit and complete the form.

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