Showcasing Small Business Friendly activities

Organisations that have joined the program are committed to enhancing the operating environment for small businesses they work with and reporting their achievements.

The following stories showcase the work being done by Small Business Friendly (SBF) organisations to help small businesses thrive in Queensland.

Find out what these organisations have done to be Small Business Friendly.

Banana Shire Council recently held its inaugural Renewable Energy Pipeline Supply forum to ensure local small businesses in the region were aware of proposed projects, and to be in the best position to take advantage of these upcoming opportunities. 

By organising this forum, local small businesses were able to benefit from:

  • information on the region's pipeline of renewable energy projects
  • a pre-procurement briefing from a major project supplier
  • the opportunity to participate in a renewable energy supply chain forum Q and A
  • receive information about supply chain initiatives to improve capability
  • network with major industry to learn about innovations and future growth
  • network and connect with major industry organisations who will be involved with the projects
  • learn about innovations and future growth opportunities from major industry players

Through this important event, 5 local small businesses were able to secure contractual work. This keeps money in the local economy and employs local people. A win for all involved!

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The Cairns Regional Council is playing Cupid by turning a one-off event into a regular fixture by implementing 'speed dating' techniques.

In a world where everyone is time poor, the council is playing matchmaker to get small business owners in front of potential buyers.

At each Meet the Buyer event, a variety of local small businesses get to pitch their goods and services to decision-makers and procurement teams.

As well as serving as an introduction, these events allow businesses to gain a better understanding of tendering and procurement policies, and business owners learn how they can become part of the local supply chain.

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The Fraser Coast Regional Council implemented a unique payment solution to get their local community to refocus their spending habits and support local small businesses.

Watch the video to find out more about Fraser Coast Regional Council's Open for Business – Buy Local initiative.

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Douglas Shire Council is conducting Tech Time sessions to help community members download and link their vaccination certificates to their Check In Qld app.

Tech Time sessions are being held in both the Mossman and Port Douglas libraries, and are facilitated by library team members who understand how to download the supporting apps and link vaccination certificates to the Check In Qld app.

Sessions are conducted for individuals and can vary in time depending on the challenges each person is facing. Community members can watch for the new Tech Time sessions to become available in 2022. They can also seek assistance by talking to the library staff at any time.

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Small to medium business owners located within the Toowoomba region can now access fully subsidised training starting in February, to improve their business skills and digital marketing expertise.

The Digital Marketing Mentoring Program is aimed at business owners who are looking for ways to use digital marketing to attract new clients and find more efficient service delivery methods.

The program will be delivered in 4 sessions through a video link or other arrangements. Numbers are limited for this program, so check the eligibility criteria before applying.

Expressions of interest for the program are open until January 31, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified in early February. There are 2 intakes for this program; the first intake takes place from mid-February and the second on April 2022.

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