Woorim Ocean Beach, Bribie Island (Image credit: Visit Moreton Bay Region)
Are you one of the 100 Faces of Small Business?

Are you a small business owner with an inspiring story? Did your business start from a small idea and grow into something you never imagined possible? Have you embraced change to succeed following an unexpected challenge?

100 Faces of Small Business will highlight the human stories behind Queensland's diverse small business sector, shining a light on real people, their unique business experience and their inspiring stories.

By becoming one of the 100 Faces of Small Business, your business will feature in a digital showcase to be launched as part of Queensland Small Business Week 2018 (QSBW 2018).


Register your event for Small Business Week 2018

Registrations are now open for small businesses looking to host an event for Queensland Small Business Week 2018 (QSBW) being held from 28 May to 1 June.

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Shannon Fentiman said the week is a celebration of the state’s diverse small businesses and provides them with the opportunity to discover support programs to allow their business to start, grow and employ.  “Last year more than 6,000 people participated in the week long, state-wide event that showcased more than 414,000 small businesses in Queensland".

Event hosts are able to promote their events on the Business Queensland website and receive promotional support, while building their organisational profile. 


Image credit: Queensland Government

Have you completed your Business Digital Scorecard?

Work out your digital score to find out if your organisation is destined to thrive, succeed and compete in the global marketplace. Complete the scorecard and get a clear visual of how you’re doing compared to your industry and within your region. The scorecard will give you pointers for where you can improve across areas:

  • Operational efficiency
  • Vision and planning
  • Sales and marketing
  • Digital capabilities


Image credit: Queensland Government

Free ASEAN exporting conference for SMEs

If you’re a Queensland SME exporting to South East Asia or considering it, now’s the time to register to attend a free, high-profile conference in Sydney in March.

The ASEAN-Australia SME Conference will bring together regional specialists, business leaders, and successful exporters to share their business insights about South East Asia with small to medium-sized enterprises.


Seeking innovative solutions to help preserve the Great Barrier Reef

A $2 million challenge to innovators is seeking novel solutions to boost coral abundance on the Great Barrier Reef and restore reefs exposed to the impacts of a changing climate.

Solutions can focus on anything from reducing the exposure of corals to physical stressors, to boosting coral regeneration rates by cultivating reef-building coral larvae that attract other important marine species.

An information session for this challenge is scheduled for 8 February 2018. This session will provide an opportunity to ask questions of challenge experts, and network with other potential applicants who may be ideal partners to address the challenge


Youth Jobs PaTH internship program helps young people find work

The Australian Government's Youth Jobs PaTH internship program is helping young people find work that they love.

Jon had been looking for a secure job for a while, but couldn’t find anything fulfilling. After completing a PaTH internship at the Moreton Bay Region's Eckersley Print Group, he landed an apprenticeship. Now, he not only has a new career that he loves, it’s also had an overall positive effect on his health and outlook.


Commercial fishers are invited to participate in Community Supported Fisheries survey

Samantha Paredes, a PhD candidate from the School of Economics and Finance, Faculty of Business, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is examining the likelihood of setting up a community supported fishery (CSF) in Queensland. The CSF model is an alternative way for consumers to purchase seafood by directly connecting to the fisher. 

Commercial fishers in Moreton Bay who are 18 years and over are invited to participate in a 20 minute survey as part of Samantha’s PhD project. The survey will determine which factors would be most important for the success of a CSF from a commercial fisher’s perspective and whether there is interest in setting up a CSF in Queensland.


Participate in the Business Mentoring for Innovation Program

Round Two of the Business Mentoring for Innovation Program is now open for applications.  The Program is a key ECRi Hub initiative that supports companies with new product ideas through a two-stage process to commercialisation.


Tax Essentials for Small Business
Monday 19 February 2018, 9.30 - 11.30am, North Lakes Community Centre

Are you new to business, or thinking of starting a small business?

Give your business the best start!

REGISTER NOW to come along to this FREE introductory workshop run by the Australian Taxation Office Staff.

R&D Tax Incentive Information Session for Tax Agents
Tuesday 20 February 2018, 10.00am - 12.00pm, AusIndustry Qld State Office, Brisbane

This workshop is for smaller tax agents and consultants who are considering assisting their clients to register for the R&D Tax Incentive Programme, or who would like to refresh their knowledge of the Programme.

The interactive workshop will cover:
  • General knowledge and benefits of the Research and Development Tax Incentive Programme
  • The programmer’s eligibility criteria
  • How to complete and lodge a client's registration form correctly.

Developing Disciplinary Policy & Procedures: An Introduction
Thursday 22 February 2018, 9.00am - 12.00pm, Ai Group Office, Spring Hill (Brisbane)

Proactively and consistently addressing poor employee performance and misconduct is a key step to improved employee productivity and team function.

This free workshop will address:
  • What Fair Work Practices mean for your organisation, and who is liable for them
  • Essential elements of a disciplinary policy
  • How to turn your policy into procedures
  • Holding people to account

Record Keeping Workshop for Small Business
Monday 26 February 2018, 9.30am - 12.30pm, North Lakes Community Centre

Are you new to business, or thinking of starting a small business?

Good record keeping is important even before your first transaction occurs. It can save you time and helps you to claim all the deductions to which you’re entitled.

So give your business the best start!

REGISTER NOW to come along to this FREE introductory workshop run by Australian Taxation Office staff.

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. 
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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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