QSBM Partnership Program

About the Partnership Program

The theme for Queensland Small Business Month (QSBM) 2021 is Bounce Back Better with the month focusing on connecting small businesses with information, initiatives and events to come back even stronger following the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The QSBM Partnership Program aims to proactively sponsor initiatives or events that build the skills and knowledge of small business operators, and promotes networking and idea-sharing among Queensland's small business community.

Applications for the Partnership Program closed on 9 April 2021.

Successful projects

The Partnership Program will support the following initiatives during Queensland Small Business Month 2021.

Dates Host organisationLocationInitiative
4–7, 18–21 and 26–27 May Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Toowoomba Small Business Month workshop series and Small Business Exchange (trade show)

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5 May Red Lanyard and The Event Managers Network Brisbane Fundraising, Fetes and Community Festivals – How to raise money, build community and gather and celebrate beyond 2021

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6 May Balonne Shire Council St George Grow, diversify and pivot your business for opportunities in the Balonne Shire and South West region

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13 May Townsville Business Development Centre Townsville There’s no business like show business

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19 and 26 May Ai Group Gold Coast and Brisbane A complete guide to government grants and services for small business

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20 May Living with IT Pty Ltd trading as Small Business Expos Logan 2021 Logan Business and Jobs Expo

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24 May Ipswich Region Chamber of Commerce Ipswich Food and Agribusiness Conference

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25 May Central Highlands Development Corporation Emerald Central Highlands Businesses Bounce Back Better breakfast

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25 May St George and District Chamber of Commerce St George and online Readying your business for major tourism events in Balonne Shire – capitalise on the opportunities

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25 May Proserpine Chamber of Commerce Proserpine Leveraging LinkedIn for Business to Bounce Back Better
25–28 May The Women's Business School Mission Beach The Reimagine, Reinvent and Recover Conference

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27 May Engage and Create Consulting Goondiwindi Regional Women in Business Long Lunch

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27 May Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development Ltd T/A Capricorn Enterprise Rockhampton Technology in Business event

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28 May Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Ingham Business breakfast with Gus Balbontin and family at Mungalla Station

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28–29 May Ipswich Region Chamber of Commerce Ipswich 2021 Business Expo Ipswich

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Various Greater Whitsunday Alliance Various Small Business Month in Isaac

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26 May

27 May
Cairns Chamber of Commerce Cairns Lessons in business

Mental health in the workplace

Tax planning essentials

SEO foundations

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20 May Pine Rivers Chamber of Commerce Mango Hill Women in business workshop

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Funding release details

Funding will be released upon completion of the event/initiative/project.

Successful applicants will receive planning packs to assist them with their event, including Queensland Small Business Month branding and promotional assets. Events open to the public will be listed on the Business Queensland events calendar.

Sponsored initiatives and events must be held in May 2021.

Sponsorship funding will be distributed in accordance with the Queensland Government Sponsorship Policy (PDF, 322KB). Applicants must meet their milestones, as agreed in the sponsorship agreement, before payment can be made. Should these milestones not be met by the specified date or level, the department reserves the rights to revoke or amend the offer of sponsorship funding.

Reporting requirements

To finalise each sponsorship, the recipient must complete and submit a final report detailing the success of their project or event to the department by 18 June 2021.

Contact us

If you have any questions, email events@desbt.qld.gov.au.