CCIQ joins with Cairns Regional Council on Small Business Week

Friday 6 May, 2016

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is working with Cairns Regional Council to ensure Queensland Small Business Week (May 16-21) is a major success in the Far North.

CCIQ and the Council will present four workshops aimed at helping small and medium-size business owners, with easy-to-implement practical tips and real-life local business stories.

“Council is proud to sponsor these workshops as part of our ongoing commitment to fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth,” said Cairns Mayor Bob Manning.

“Cairns has one start-up for every 5300 residents, which is a higher per capita rate than South East Queensland.

“Our city is truly emerging as the ideal location for new enterprises and this Small Business Week program will help give local businesses the skills and knowledge to take their ideas to the next level.”

Cr Manning said the workshops are a perfect complement to the Council’s Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards (TNQIA), which will be launched during Small Business Week.

“It will provide an opportunity for local inventors, innovators and businesses to showcase their ideas to potential investors, mentors, government officials and the public,” he said.

CCIQ Regional Manager for Far North Queensland Amy Turnbull said the practical take-away tips from the workshops could be implemented by small business immediately.

“This is a great opportunity for business owners in the region to get involved in Small Business Week and take advantage of what we are offering,” she said.

“No matter which stage your business is at – from start-up to a CBD mainstay – there will be a workshop for you.”

Speakers throughout the week include Dr Malcolm Johnson, CQUniversity; Cheryl Overlack, BDO; Renee Dembowski, Social Butterfly Marketing; Sally Mlikota, CBC Staff Recruitment; Pip Miller PR, Donna Patane, MacDonnells Law and CCIQ CEO Stephen Tait.

“These experts will distil their knowledge and experience into bite-sized presentations to propel your business to the next stage,” Ms Turnbull said.

“Expect to hear advice about pitfalls to be aware of, funding opportunities, the free resources and support available to you and advice about the simple actions needed to give you an edge.”

The workshops will run for a duration of two hours with networking opportunities after the event and will costs $15 per person per workshop (light refreshment and materials included).

Ms Turnbull said the workshops will have limited capacity, so business owners should secure their spots soon.


Workshop #1 - How to get technology helping (and not hurting) your business

Date: Monday May 16

Time: 10am-12 noon

Venue: MacDonnells Law, corner Shields and Grafton St, Cairns


Workshop #2 - How to turn ideas into invoices

Date: Tuesday May 17

Timing: 2pm-4pm

Venue:  The Bolands Centre, 14 Spence Street, Cairns


Workshop #3 - The business basics that impact your bottom line

Date: Thursday May 19

Time: 10am-12 noon

Venue: CQUniversity, Level 3, corner Shields and Abbott St, Cairns


Workshop #4 - Expand your business without the growing pains

Date: Friday May 20

Time: 10am-12 noon

Venue: BDO Nth Qld, Level 1, 15 Lake St (Cairns Corporate Tower), Cairns


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