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- 29 Sep 2020
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September 2020 Business News
Sunshine Coast tech star Alkira Software shines again in awards
- 7 September 2020
Local Business Champions - Sharing your success stories!
We have some amazing entrepreneurs and businesses here on the Sunshine Coast, one of which is Alkira Software. The local tech stars made this year's Anzac Day a special one for many who were under COVID-19 lockdown, by having more of its voice-activated technology used by the Queensland State Library to present audio recordings of WWII stories. Alkira has now been shortlisted at 2020 Mumbrella Awards for its amazing work with voice software. The team worked with The Studio at Southern Cross Austereo and Publicis Worldwide on the Queensland Eye Institute Foundation’s fundraising art exhibition Last Seen, which has them in the running for the top media-first voice skill creators title. The Sunshine Coast team can hopefully add this latest award to their mantelpiece after the software also won in the ‘Apps, Mobile and Voice – Education and Reference’ category of the Webby Awards earlier this year. Last Seen is a finalist in the "Best Use of User Experience" category alongside four other finalists and the Mumbrella Awards will take place as a virtual event on 8 October 2020, so let's tune in to see if this amazing Sunshine Coast tech genius helps put our region on the map again for tech superstars! Share you Business champions stories today!
Your September business read
- 7 September 2020
If we are to succeed in the current economic climate we need to rethink our approach to team and talent development and find more effective ways to attract, retain and leverage independent thinkers. Everyday creative: a dangerous guide for making magic at work is a powerful, practical and poetic guide for leaders who want to realise their full creative potential and build high-performing, innovative teams. It gives readers the confidence and skills to ignite a creative revolution within their organisation and position themselves as an indispensable asset to their clients, colleagues and company. Grab a copy at your local library today!
Support local events
- 8 September 2020We still have lots of great local events going on around the Sunshine Coast that have COVID Safe Plans to ensure you can get along to enjoy them and stay fit and healthy. Head to What's On to see what you can get up to this month to keep supporting local events and the associated businesses. If you are in the industry and know that this region is the right place for your next event, check out Hosting Events for how to apply for permits, our venues and parks to use, sponsorship, volunteers and so much more, or Events & Entertainment for information on food stalls, busking, filming on Council land and more.
Free professional advice to support your business
- 4 September 2020Do you want some free professional advice to help you make sure you are as ready as you can be for this new financial year to cope with COVID-19 impacts? Council's Professional Advice Support Program connects critically impacted local businesses to confidential professional advice. Eligible businesses will be able to access an initial session of professional advice at no charge in three categories - accounting and insolvency, human resources and legal services. Complete a short, easy to fill out Expression of Interest form to confirm eligibility. Complete EOI form or visit our webpage for more info.
Incentive Assistance Program
- 7 September 2020
Through our Sunshine Coast Incentive Assistance Program, part of the Sunshine Coast Economic Resurgence Plan, Council is looking to help businesses with shovel-ready projects to get them started and to boost local jobs. If you have a Development Approval for a project not yet commenced, or believe you might obtain an approval before 31 December 2021 if submitted, then talk to our staff to see how we might assist you to get your shovels in the ground faster! Like all programs, there is eligibility criteria so get in touch today to find out if your project qualifies and how our team can help yours to achieve business success.
Economic Resurgence Taskforce update
5 September 2020
- We have been working hard to address the issues impacting you from COVID-19 financially. The focus of our regional economic support, as outlined in the Sunshine Coast Council Economic Resurgence Plan, is working with the appointed business representatives in the Economic Resurgence Taskforce to stimulate economic activity in the Sunshine Coast to return our regional economy to the growth experienced in 2019/2020. Read more here and hear from taskforce member Heidi Walker of Walker Seafood what the first taskforce meetings have focused on here. If you have anything you want the taskforce to consider let us know.
Business association and chamber funding support
- 1 September 2020
Business groups and networks provide a vital resources to help support small businesses across the Sunshine Coast, so we are excited to announce that in the latest round of Community Partnership Funding Program grants, Sunshine Coast business groups received more than $112,000 to help their organisations deliver key projects. Some of the successful groups include your local chambers of commerce as well as the Food and Agribusiness Network; Maleny Visitors Information Centre; the Nambour Alliance; Silicon Coast; Sunshine Coast Chambers of Commerce Alliance. Read more here.
Become a Council supplier
- 3 September 2020
Sunshine Coast Council is committed to supporting local businesses, so we have a 20% local preference weighting in our Procurement Guidelines to support you. If you are a Sunshine Coast trade or maintenance business, we urge you check out the new Supplier Arrangement for Trade and General Maintenance Service tender released on 5 September. You can connect to these opportunities by subscribing to Council’s Tender Alert Service, and apply through the electronic tendering system Queensland Government QTenders. If you need support developing your tender documents, contact us and attend our programs and resources!
Bound For Success with Lightning CEO Danielle Smith
- 1 September 2020
In the September episode of Sunshine Coast Business podcast series Bound For Success we hear from Danielle Smith, inaugural CEO of the Sunshine Coast Lightning Netball Team. Sunshine Coast Lightning is the Sunshine Coast's first national elite sports team, winning two premierships in its first two seasons. Danielle shares the success story behind the team and valuable insights from her inspiring career in sport. She discusses community and performance as the two pillars of success, the importance of team members understanding their contribution to the team and the positive impact of sport on the community. She also shares tips on a career in sport, how vital it is to back yourself and why spending time with a diverse range of people creates great outcomes. Listen to Bound for Success today on our website or your podcast app.
Operation Bounce Back
- 2020 ongoing
In support of local businesses, we have partnered with Chambers of Commerce, Industry Associations and Education providers to share lessons learnt during COVID-19, to celebrate your success stories and to help you this EOFY with COVID-19 tax tips. Read your online copy today and get your coffee-table glossy print magazine in 5 June My Weekly Preview.
COVID19 business support
- 2020 ongoingSunshine Coast Council has been working hard behind the scenes with our State and Federal counterparts to gather the relevant information to help keep you up to date and to implement a range of local stimulus and support initiatives to help our economy and community during these difficult times. We’ve developed a COVID-19 business information and insights page, which we update regularly. Please take a look and bookmark this page in your browser and check back for updates.