A ‘Dedicated Week’ for Queensland Small Business

5 Jul 2013 4:29 PMJann Stuckey

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Newman Government has dedicated a week in July exclusively for the Queensland small business sector, to highlight its importance and provide opportunities for growth.

Small Business Minister Jann Stuckey said the first Queensland Small Business Week will run from 24 to 31 July at locations across the State.

“Queensland Small Business Week is a fantastic opportunity to promote the significant contribution the sector makes to job creation, local economies and the communities they sustain,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Newman Government has a clear plan to grow small business and we are following through to create an environment where Government ‘gets out of the way’ so business can prosper.

“In May, we launched the Small Business Strategy and Action Plan 2013-15 and next month’s Queensland Small Business Week builds on this momentum.

“A range of activities and events will be on offer to help people start, grow or succeed in business.

“July 27 will become Buy Locally Saturday which expands on the successful Think Queensland, Buy locally campaign to encourage consumers to choose local products and services.

Buy Locally Saturday also highlights the vital role the sector plays in building local economies and communities and I urge people across the State to show their support.”

Premier Campbell Newman and Minister Stuckey will attend the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) National Small Business Summit in Brisbane on 24 and 25 July, which marks the beginning of Queensland Small Business Week.

The Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (DTESB) is coordinating a number of events for the week, including:

  • Mentoring for Growth mentors’ networking breakfast at Mt Coot-tha, 24 July
  • Live-streamed small business panel discussion on high growth start-ups and networking afternoon tea at the Queensland State Library, Brisbane, 26 July
  • Small business breakfast at Mt Isa, 29 July
  • Small business breakfast at Townsville, 30 July
  • Small business breakfast at the Gold Coast, 31 July
  • The Asian Century Trade Forum at Bundaberg, 31 July
  • A range of webinars on topics from how to attract new customers, to managing your online reputation throughout the week.

Ms Stuckey also launched an online events calendar that will promote the week’s activities before being used to promote future small business events in Queensland.

“The Small Business Events Calendar allows us to promote events on the Business and Industry Portal (www.business.qld.gov.au ( http://www.business.qld.gov.au/ )) that are run by, or in partnership with Queensland government agencies,” she said.

To view some of the activities and events already scheduled for the week – or to register a new event for the week yourself – go to the new Small Business Events Calendar at www.business.qld.gov.au/events ( http://www.business.qld.gov.au/events )

To find out more about the week, visit http://www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessweek ( http://www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessweek ) or email SmallBusiness@dtesb.qld.gov.au ( mailto:SmallBusiness@dtesb.qld.gov.au )

For more about the week’s first event, the COSBOA National Small Business Summit to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, visit www.thenationalsmallbusinesssummit.com.au (external site) ( http://www.thenationalsmallbusinesssummit.com.au/ ).

[ENDS] 30 June 2013