April newsletter

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Noosa businesses connect

RDA Sunshine Coast has applauded Noosa Council's inititative #NoosaConnects networking event held last month in partnership with Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and the Queensland Department of State Development. #NoosaConnects aims to connect local businesses with business support services that will boost knowledge and help establish local professional networks useful for business success.

Students gain insight to smart cities

Six Sunshine Coast high school students were given a rare opportunity last week to hear from international and national thought leaders at the forefront of smart city technologies. 
Sponsored bySunshine Coast, the students from Kawana Waters State College, Mountain Creek State High School, Caloundra State High School and Unity College attended the Australian Smart Communities Summit last month which explored new challenges for the administration of communities to bring about transformational change to the way they are managed. Read more...

RDA Sunshine Coast Project Officer Shanna Douglas (right) with Megan McMaster (Kawana Waters State College), Danielle Gowlett (Caloundra State High School), and Jane Argue (Mountain Creek State High School) at last month's Summit in Caloundra.

Accelerate your export sales and profits

Registrations of interest are now open in the 2016 Sunshine Coast Export and Global Capability Program to help local businesses start or accelerate their export sales. The program will assess each business’s current export readiness, guide businesses through key elements of their export journey including exposure to new markets and developing an export plan, and deliver coaching from experienced consultants who will provide personal advice relevant to each exporter’s needs and opportunities.
The Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions program aims to encourage Queenslanders to explore and enjoy the benefits of the digital age – through the stories and activities of inspirational champions. Champions may come from all walks of life and may represent a business, industry, community or demographic group in Queensland. They will be outstanding individuals who are positive role models and want to ‘give back’ to their communities.
Round 2 nominations now open
If you/your Champion have assisted your community be more digitally savvy, share your story at
Congratulations to Sunshine Coast-based Round 1 Community Champions announced in March:
Nominations for the iAwards have been extended to 18 April. These awards recognise the best innovations and innovative projects from start-ups, mid-sized companies, students, government, corporate, research and academia. The awards honour individuals and institutions that innovate to make a difference to society through solving a simple or complex solution.

Explore local heritage walks online

Download the History Pin app to your smart phone and you can follow the map, see the photos, and read the stories, while you walk.

You can also take a look at the Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Library History Pin page to discover more pins.

Trial closure of Ocean Street on Friday and Saturday nights

Maroochydore’s Ocean Street will temporarily close on Friday and Saturday nights, between 5pm and 4am, over a six-week trial period approved by Sunshine Coast Council. The trial was initiated due to the increased patronage at Ocean Street restaurants and concerns about safety. Read more...
Term 2 workshops start in April in Noosa and Maroochydore. Coder Dojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based coding clubs (Dojos) for young people between the ages of 7 and 17.
ATO Small business newsroom
Check out the latest news, previous articles or download reminders to your calendar.

Mentoring for Growth program

Mentoring for Growth (M4G) offers eligible businesses a panel mentoring experience. If eligible, your business could benefit from the combined expertise of a panel of 8-10 volunteer business mentors. M4G is for businesses with challenges relating to business growth and innovation. It is not recommended for start-ups or early stage businesses.


The future of manufacturing in Queensland
Tuesday, 5 April
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: webinar

Code Club Teacher Training (Scratch)
Wednesday, 6 April
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm

Defence business 101
Tuesday, 12 April
Time: 8.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Maroochy RSL

Early warning signs of business failure
Tuesday, 12 April
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: Webinar

Demystifying business management systems
Wednesday, 13 April
Time: 9am - 11am
Venue: Bokarina

Doing business with council workshop
Friday, 22 April
Time: 8am - 9.30am
Venue: Maroochydore

CCIQ Business Breakfast
Wednesday, 27 April
Time: 7am - 9am
Venue: Maroochy Surf Club

Business Management Workshop
Thursday, 19 May
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Bokarina

Innovation and Competitiveness Summit
1-3 June
Venue: Adelaide

Doing business with Council workshop
Friday, 26 August
Time: 8am - 9.30am
Venue: Caloundra
RDA Sunshine Coast
17 Ocean Street
Maroochydore Q 4558
Ph: 07 5479 6554
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Grants and funding opportunities

Visit our regional grants page for a list of grants available for business, events and other community programs including:
  • Noosa Council is offering advice about its community grants program to not-for-profit community groups which are in need of financial help. The current round closes 8 April.
  • Businesses and startups can apply for up to $250,000 to help turn their ideas into market-ready products through the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund
  • The Capital Grants Programme provides funding to assist non-government primary and secondary school communities to improve capital infrastructure.
  • The 2016 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program encourages community organisations to apply for of one-off cash payments of up to $10,000 for funding for projects that benefit the wider community.
  • ecoBiz Queensland provides self-assessment tools, training and information to help Queensland businesses to improve efficiencies and resource use for financial and environmental benefits.
We welcome your feedback about any of our projects or news items featured in our monthly newsletter. If you have regional news stories or economic development events relevant for the Sunshine Coast community, please contact us at deadline is by the 28th of each month.
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Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast is an Australian Government initiative that works in collaboration with the Queensland Government, Sunshine Coast and Noosa Councils to support economic development within the region.

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