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Small Business To Be Empowered Through Free Workshops

Crunching numbers and thinking social media will see Isaac region’s local businesses empowered during Small Business Week this year.

Isaac Regional Council, together with the Local Buying Foundation and the Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative in conjunction with the Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3), will see some of the region’s influential presenters share their expert knowledge across a series of events.

Mayor Anne Baker said Council is committed to supporting and being a strong advocate for small businesses in our region.

“Our small business owners are real people, who work hard daily and I am excited to see these tailor-made programs come to fruition,” she said.

“They are part of the backbone in feeding, powering and building our unique communities.

“The sessions on offer will focus on improving digital strategies, payroll and tendering tips, and identifying better ways to connect and communicate to customers.”

Chair of the Local Buying Foundation Kristy Marks said the Foundation continues to support organisations including Isaac Regional Council, Moranbah Traders Association and GW3 to offer business development workshops and training opportunities which support the business skills development activities identified in the Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative Strategy.      

“The recently provided Foundation funding supports the delivery of business development workshops for local businesses throughout the Isaac and Central Highlands regions,” she said.

“Workshops like these are incredibly important for businesses and to help them as they build on, grow and develop sustainably, which in turn helps enhance our broader communities.”

Greater Whitsunday Alliance CEO Garry Scanlan said it was vital for small business owners to have the opportunity to learn new skills that will help propel their businesses into the future.

Mr Scanlan said GW3, with the support of the Local Buying Foundation, have established the Isaac Business Support Program (IBSP) which assists businesses in the western rural and resource communities to be successful and sustainable. Part of IBSP is that it provides a Business Support Officer based in the Isaac region.

“Small business owners in the Isaac region know how important it is to undertake professional development and to evolve their business as conditions change,” he said.

“These events will help build business resilience and help business owners connect, find their purpose and build confidence to create new ideas,” he said.

These engaging workshops will equip small businesses with invaluable skills.

Small Business Week is a great opportunity for local businesses to listen to new ideas, network with others and learn how to make their business more successful.

The events will be held from May 27 to June 1 at Clermont, Dysart, Glenden, Nebo, Middlemount, St Lawrence and Moranbah.

There are limited spots available, so make sure you RSVP by this Friday, May 17 to secure your place on Council’s website.

For more information on the Isaac Region and Local Buying Foundation’s 2019 Small Business Week workshops on Social Media Trends, Business Basics and Start-ups, Digital Marketing, Tendering Tips, Human Resources and Legal Basics for Business, Staff Retention and Attraction and Single Touch Payroll visit Council’s website to register.

Greater Whitsunday Alliance in conjunction with Moranbah Traders Association, Belyando Enterprise Network Incorporated, the Clermont Community Business Group and the Dysart Business Group Inc will host networking events in Moranbah, Middlemount, Clermont and Nebo.

The week aims to celebrate the vital contribution small business makes to Queensland’s vibrant economy.

For more information on Small Business Week in the Isaac region including a full list of events, visit, call 1300 ISAACS (1300 47 22 27) or visit an Isaac Regional Council office.


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15 May 2019