Archive: 2017

CCIQ represents over 448,000 state SMEs and advocates on local, state and federal matters to advance the interests of Queensland’s robust SME sector.

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Mid-Year Financial Updates Review

Wednesday 20 December, 2017 | By: Steven Gosarevski

Both the Federal and Queensland governments have released their respective mid-year budget updates, providing updated details of the fiscal outcomes for FY2017 and revised budget projections for the outlook period to FY2021. Read more.

It’s the most wonderful(ly hot) time of the year

Tuesday 19 December, 2017 | By: James Flaherty

‘Tis the season to be jolly! But unlike our northern counter parts who worry about white outs, Queensland business have a higher concern about black outs. With soaring temperatures and parts of Queensland experiencing 45 degree days this week, expect the air conditioners to be cranking. However, with electricity prices having doubled in the past decade small businesses are turning to alternatives to keeping their operational costs down this summer. Electricity bills represent a significant chunk of mum and dad small business operating budgets and will continue to exert greater pressure on profit margins as prices remain volatile and continue to rise. Read more.

CCIQ Welcomes Combined Portfolio

Monday 11 December, 2017 | By: James Flaherty

In the run up to the state election small businesses called for greater emphasis to be placed on skills and workforce developments and will be pleased at the announcement of a combined portfolio of Employment, Small Business and Training and Skills Development in the new Palaszczuk government. Read more.

What to do with the Weinstein in your company

Monday 11 December, 2017 | By: Courtney Scales

In the wake of the Weinstein situation, wherein over 65 women have come forth amidst allegations of sexual harassment and assault by serial predator Hervey Weinstein, communities across the globe have joined together to revolt against oppressive sexual harassment, starting the #metoo campaign, and leading to a worldwide ‘purge’ of predators across various industries and vocations. Read more.

Why your website is the best sales tool you have

Tuesday 28 November, 2017 | By: Lars Frederiksen

From payroll and rent to advertising expenses, there are many costs that come with operating a small business. Some are more important than others but one expense you should never try to downscale is building a professional and usable website. Read more.