Small Business boost from strengthening local chambers

Friday 5 May, 2017

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has teamed up with natural gas producer QGC and local chambers of commerce and business groups to help rural and regional small businesses.

CCIQ and QGC are supporting the Western and Darling Downs through the Strengthening Local Chambers Program and are committed to helping local businesses grow and develop.

Together, they host the fifth series of CCIQ-QGC Business Forums in May, featuring experts across various fields who will pass on crucial advice to help small businesses.

The forums, from May 15-19, will cover essentials such as innovation, business development/sales and human resources and industrial relations.

“We know that this event will help you and your business to be more resilient, profitable and productive. Free for all local businesses, this event will be the smartest investment in your time you will make this year,” said CCIQ’s Business Relationship Manager Manelle Issa.

“Has business been slow? Worried about your financial future? Need help navigating the laws of business?  Attend the workshop and book in for one-on-one coaching to get the help you need to get back on track, grow your business and plan for the future.”

The one-on-one sessions include:

  • TFC Financial’s Anthony McAleer, based in Toowoomba with over 10 years in the financial services industry, will help with succession planning.
  • Nexus Innovation’s Chris Hodda, with 25 years in financial services and wealth management, will provide tailored advice and support for business growth and innovation.
  • CCIQ’s Damian Di Santo, with over 8 years providing HR advice, support and coaching to SMEs, will help businesses update and navigate difficult legislation that they may face managing employees.  

Workshops include business growth and innovation strategies, including common mistakes people are making in their business; tips for how to avoid these pitfalls in your business; focusing on attracting more customers, and keeping them.

Businesses can also learn how to identify the next steps for your business; what are the ways to build a business to sell on open market or pass on to family; managing the next generation.

During the CCIQ session, areas to be discussed include cashing-out annual leave; apprentice pay rate changes and what they mean; and a small business top five on policies and procedures.

Strengthening Local Chambers is a program developed in partnership by QGC and CCIQ to help provide resources and support services to members of chambers of commerce in the Western Downs.

Running across Chinchilla, Jandowae, Miles, Tara and Wandoan, the program will support local businesses by providing expert training, advice and support across a range issues from HR to marketing, as well as providing essential website and communications infrastructure for each chamber of commerce.

Businesses attending the forum will gain an understanding of the benefits of the Strengthening Local Chambers Program and how it can help support them.

Contact CCIQ to reserve your 30-minute free one-on-one with any or all three of our experts, available on the same day as the workshops. You will receive tailored and confidential advice to help your business.

Call CCIQ directly on 1300 731 988 to book over the phone. We look forward to your attendance.





Monday 15 May: (Breakfast 7:00am – 9:30am)

Club Hotel, 131 Heeney Street, Chinchilla



Tuesday 16 May: (Breakfast 7:00am – 9:30am)

Commercial Hotel, 35 Day St, Tara



Wednesday 17 May: (Dinner 5:30pm – 8:30pm)

Swagman Motel, 1-9 Marian Street, Miles



Thursday 18 May: (Breakfast 7:00am – 9:30am)

Central Motel, 53 Royd Street, Wandoan



Friday 19 May: (Breakfast 7:00am – 9:30am)

Jandowae Bowls Club, 94 High St, Jandowae

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