Business News: December 2019
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  • 07 Sep 2020

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  • New report shows exciting Sunshine Coast growth
    December 2019

    New CBRE report shows population growth, increased skilled workforce, strong investment in infrastructure, upgrades to transport, and the enhancement in data technology  through the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network has lead to our Sunshine Coast property landscape changing with notable developments across the office, industrial, retail and residential sectors.

  • High-speed data
    13 December, 2019

    Make sure you get your business ready for our bright fast data future! In preparation for the submarine cable connection later this month, the landside fibre network has been delivered along with works on the horizontal directional drilling required to facilitate the landing of the cable. Council will soon start the installation phase for the 550km undersea fibre optic cable and then we are full steam ahead for service next year.

  • Tourism precinct
    13 December, 2019

    From big data to the Big Pineapple! The multi-million-dollar upgrade of the Sunshine Coast’s most iconic tourism attraction is now approved by council. Total value of the development works is projected to be more than $115 million and the master plan will realise 815 jobs during construction and 700 ongoing permanent jobs. This could see increased visitation to 1 million visitors yearly, with more than 500,000 overnight local stays in the region.  

  • Get tech savvy
    13 December, 2019

    Give your business a boost through our 12-module Level Up Program and make sure you keep up in this digital world. Aimed at helping local small and medium businesses to have the necessary skills and capacity to fully utilise digital tools, innovation principles and business solutions, this program enables you to improve productivity, profitability and the ability to compete nationally and internationally. Visit Level Up and watch the videos

  • Planning for the future
    13 December, 2019

    We can also help you make your 2020 business year be a success through our Economy.id resource providing powerful local government area data to help you plan. Target market selection, finance application assistance and the best locations are all ways your business can benefit. Make sure you also plan your workforce with this suite of user-friendly resources to support small and medium-sized businesses to undertake workforce planning. Download the toolkit


  • Quick tech tips
    13 December, 2019

    Spoil your business self this Christmas through a suite of apps to help you streamline and keep on top of your finances, files, communication, and so much more, and don't forget ASIC's Money Smart First Business app too. If you are looking for some holiday business reading make sure you take a look through the Starting A Business Guide

  • Online business security
    13 December, 2019

    A Sunshine Coast not-for-profit is helping to keep your business, yourself and your family safe online. iDcare provides critical front-line services to the growing number of people affected by increasingly sophisticated online scams and the misuse of identity information.

  • Event leverage
    13 December 2019

    Looking to expand your customer base and increase your brand recognition? Consider potential sponsorship opportunities for Council-owned and -supported events. These partnerships can connect you with potential customers through extensive event promoter databases and 360 experiential event activations. Build you brand's equity in a catchment of more than one million people, through association with world-class brands and events. 

  • Drought support
    13 December, 2019

    The Sunshine Coast Council area has been drought-declared. We know local agribusinesses are facing tough times so we have added a drought funding button to our Funding Finder portal to make it easier to access support. Jump onto our B-Well & Prosper portal to ensure your wellbeing is supported and get in touch with our Local Business Support Program Officers for additional help. Access more assistance at Business Gateway, Export Program, Level Up, Business Development, Food Handling and ecoBiz

  • Top business reads - December
    13 December, 2019

    There are many articles about why business owners should keep reading, learning and sharing, so we are going to show you some of the interesting business reads we love. Our top pick is Good to great: why some companies make the leap and others don't, by James Collins. We hope you enjoy this holiday reading! Share you best business reads with us today! 

  • State of Our Region- our economy is thriving
    11 December 2019
    Strong economic growth was announced as part of the Sunshine Coast Council's State of Our Region address. Mayor Mark Jamieson said our region's economic growth is exceeding national and state averages and that the international broadband submarine cable is expected to further provide the basis for a wide range of new employment options to further boost business confidence and performance.


  • How to avoid anxiety and burnout for a great 2020
    1 December, 2019

    Want to learn how to be happy and healthy for the new year? Listen to our latest Bound For Success Sunshine Coast business podcast. James Colquhoun, Food Matter CEO and founder, reveals how we can avoid burnout, anxiety, depression and live a fulfilling life. Listen on website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Android