Embracing 2018: Building a lasting legacy
Supporting small business
The Embracing 2018 Legacy Program delivered a range of initiatives to support small businesses in the lead up to GC2018. The Be Games Ready program helped Queensland businesses to plan and prepare so they could embrace the opportunities. Support included the delivery of business workshops and mentoring programs.
The Games may be over, but the program's legacy lives on and there is still plenty of support available. More information and support is available to help you run and grow your business.
Find out about current small businesses information and events.
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses
GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Supplier Development Program was a GC2018 initiative aimed to boost the number of Indigenous businesses supplying government at all levels.
The program aimed to build the capacity and capability of Indigenous businesses to successfully tender for work, reliably fulfil tender requirements and to ultimately build sustainable and profitable businesses.
Find out more about the GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan.
The Office of the Commonwealth Games and TAFE Queensland teamed up to offer Creating Tracks, an Indigenous small business training program that combines workshops, practical marketing sessions and one-on-one mentoring.
Find out more about Creating Tracks.
Welcoming guests to Queensland
The Queensland Government delivered a series of Be My Guest workshops to leaders, managers and front-facing staff from the tourism, hospitality and wider business community across Queensland under the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program.
The program was designed and delivered across Queensland in the lead up to GC2018 to ensure a warm welcome and an exceptional guests experience to visitors of Queensland.
The face-to-face Be My Guest workshops were delivered in partnership with TravConsult and the Office of the Commonwealth Games to hundreds of tourism and hospitality businesses in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and the Gold Coast.
Although the face-to-face workshops have finished, a free online program has been developed. It is suitable for all your staff and it's free to complete all resources in the program. Learn more about the My Guest Online Learning Program.
Watch 2 videos to learn more about your role in welcoming guests to Queensland:
Support for tourism businesses
Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) launched their Best of Queensland Experiences Program to identify those experiences that best bring the Queensland story to life and consistently deliver a high quality visitor experience. These exceptional experiences were promoted on apps, websites and social media to GC2018 visitors.
Read more about the Best of Queensland Experiences Program.
Further information and support is available for businesses within the tourism industry including:
- Tourism service quality toolkit
- Big marketing guide, includes the Working with events guide (PDF, 892KB)
- Experience development guide
- Ecotourism development toolkit
- Inclusive tourism guide.
- Check the Business Queensland events calendar for webinars and workshops that provide assistance to Queensland small businesses.
- Learn about managing business growth and consider registering with our Mentoring for Growth program.
- Read about Go Local, Grow Local and find out how to grow your business, create local jobs and help your community.
- Learn more about the City of Gold Coast Council's Business Toolkit, or find out what business growth support your local authority can offer.
- Last reviewed: 30 Apr 2018
- Last updated: 30 Apr 2018