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Make Your Way in 2018!

Start your dream business with the Startup Moreton Bay region program - back by popular demand!

SMBR is designed specifically for startup owner-operators, partnerships and entrepreneurs to develop core entrepreneurial and small business management skills through engagement with a proprietary set of strategic planning tools which generate a One Page Business Plan.

Startup Moreton Bay Region (SMBR) provides training, coaching & peer support, focuses on planning, executing & sustainability, and animates small business by combining fun & practical learning experiences with formal training (*BSB30315 Certificate III in Micro Business Operations).


What's changed for small business in 2017?

Have you kept up with law changes that might affect you?

As a small business owner you’ll know how important it is to be aware of rules and regulations that affect your business.

Keep yourself and your staff informed! Do you know about the law changes that happened in 2017?


Looking to see what Business Grants are available?

Looking for grants or assistance to start or run your business? While the government generally doesn’t offer funding just to start a business, there may be other forms of assistance available to help you.

Try searching for activities you’re looking to achieve with your business, such as research and development, trade, innovation or employment. You may also find assistance in the form of grants, low-interest loans, tax and tariff concessions and much more.


Looking for Staff?  Get the pick of the crop via The Sweetest Job campaign!

If you are a business within the Food and Agribusiness sector and are looking for high quality, trained and motivated staff, then the Sweetest Job is a project that can add value for you.

Having identified over 850 candidates that are looking for careers in the Food and Agribusiness sector, we are screening, training and preparing the top candidates ready to be placed into your business.

Candidates will have completed their Certificate II in either Horticulture or Logistics (with Food Processing) and will have also completed work experience to ensure that all candidates are a valuable part of your business from day one. 


2018 Changes coming - Make sure your business is ready from 1 July 2018!

Changes are coming to GST and food labelling – make sure your business is ready from 1 July 2018!

From 1 July 2018, the goods and services tax (GST) will apply to retail sales of low value physical goods ($1000 or less) that have been imported to Australia and sold to consumers. The existing processes to collect GST on imports above $1000 at the border are unchanged.

The new Country of Origin Labelling requirements come into play in less than 12 months – make sure you’re prepared!

Do you grow, produce, manufacture, distribute, import or sell food products? If so, your business has less than 12 months to comply with the new Country of Origin food Labelling requirements.


Social Media Bootcamp for Startups
Every Tuesday starting 16th January 2018 (6 weeks)

Register now for the next Social Media Bootcamp for Startups!

Your Bootcamp Includes:
  • 6 weekly, live, interactive webinars ongoing access to all recordings
  • over 250 ‘How to’ slides to accompany the webinars
  • 7 must have templates to utilise in your strategy, planning and implementation
  • membership to a closed Facebook group for coaching, questions and collaboration.

"This Bootcamp is the best professional development program that I have undertaken in a very long time. I have paid for other courses on social media, but this one was so in-depth and practical." - Jenny W

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) drop-in sessions
30 & 31 January 2018 (plus further sessions in February)

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) provides funding for projects that promote and develop arts, culture and heritage in the Moreton Bay Region. RADF is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Moreton Bay Regional Council.  Find out more at the drop-in information sessions.

Government Business Links
AusIndustry in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science puts Australian businesses first by simplifying and streamlining access to information, advice and services.

Australian Trade Commission
The Australian Trade Commission – Austrade - helps Australian businesses develop international markets and win productive foreign direct investment.

Department of Employment
The Australian Government Department of Employment is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.
Department of Education and Training
The Australian Government Department of Education and Training contains information about developing your skills and the skills of your employees; keeping your business competitive. 
Australian Taxation Office Small Business Newsroom

The ATO Small Business Newsroom is all your tax and super news in one place.
Advance Queensland

Advance Queensland is investing in our future by harnessing innovation to strengthen and diversify the economy and create jobs.
Workplace Health & Safety Queensland

The Small Business Program provides free work health and safety advisory services to small and medium-sized businesses throughout Queensland. 
Find out more
What is Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay?

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of Committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the economic development of their regions.

RDA Committees have an active and facilitative role in their communities and a clear focus on growing strong and confident regional economies that harness their competitive advantages, seize on economic opportunity and attract investment.

Working in close partnership with fellow RDA Committees, all levels of government, and the private sector, RDA Committees will:


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