Business News: July 2020
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  • Take advantage of free business training
    9 July 2020

    Through the Queensland Small Business Skills Hub small business owners, startups and their staff now have a great opportunity to access over 500 highly relevant online courses, ranging from a few minutes to an hour, for FREE until December 2020. To access the free courses, eligible small business owners with an ABN registered in Queensland and a team of 20 or less staff can register at

  • Can your business get cleaner and greener?
    9 July 2020

    Are you looking to get a business edge, save on bills, protect our amazing natural assets and support your customers’ desires? Customers are seeking cleaner greener products as we move forward. Sunshine Coast food manufacturer Epicurean Products has recently partnered with Queensland business PlanetArk Power to install 240 solar panels at its Yandina factory, as a result 25% of their delicious sauces are powered by the Sunshine Coast sun. This year Epicurean Products will invest more than $4 million supporting contractors and suppliers from the Sunshine Coast and across regional Queensland, and EP employs more than 30 local residents. They are currently undertaking a number of sustainability projects with a focus on reducing packaging waste and increasing he development of plant based and organic products. They encourage all Sunshine Coast businesses to become cleaner and greener while generating a return for their business. Read here for more on our local clean technology industry and how we are supporting a cleaner greener future for the Coast.

  • Get your ideas noticed
    6 July 2020

    Are you a Sunshine Coast innovative business with solutions for large organisations and have a new product, service or digital offering? Make sure you submit your Expression of Interest to showcase as part of the annual Sunshine Coast Innovation Day. The audience will include leaders, executives, project designers, and procurement officers from across some of Sunshine Coast’s major private and public organisations interested in investigating and adopting new and innovative solutions to increase operational improvement. Register your interest to pitch or be in audience.

  • Sunshine Coast flights to take off again
    6 July 2020

    Are you ready to take off? Or maybe you are excited to be able to welcome interstate customers? Sunshine Coast Airport is gearing up to reopen its terminal and recommence selected domestic services this month. Regular passenger flights between Sunshine Coast and Sydney have been confirmed from 10 July. Read more.

  • Just in case you missed the webinar
    5 July 2020

    Did you miss the B-Well & Prosper business wellbeing webinar last month? Don't worry, we recorded it for you! Make sure you register on the B-Well + Prosper site to access the recording and many other useful business and wellbeing tools, such as fact sheets, videos, blogs, events, connect with you others and find additional support.

  • Level Up your business skills
    4 July 2020

    We’re all now starting to feel more at ease and productive running our businesses from home and even excited about the path to selling online. In our last blog From Bricks to Clicks we shared tips on the key areas your business needs to succeed when making the move to selling online. With some new options, steps taken, and decisions made about selling online, we can now look at some powerful digital marketing tips to get your online sales soaring. Each month our Level Up online program will add blog tips to help boost your business.

  • Resurgence taskforce launches
    3 July 2020

    Sunshine Coast business leaders have joined forces with council to advise on the delivery of the Sunshine Coast Economic Resurgence Plan, which is part of Tranche 3 of council's COVID-19 economic stimulus package. The group is charged with overseeing the delivery of council’s third economic stimulus package and providing ongoing support to local businesses as they seek to recover from the impacts of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more.

  • Build a better business
    3 July 2020

    Are you seeking to take your business to the next level but need some guidance? Submit your expression of interest to be a part of our July cohort of the TAFE Build A Better Business program. The program will be delivered in a live-streamed online format, which will include 12 one-hour workshops delivered over 12 weeks, and is scheduled to commence 28 July.  Program participants walk away with a Certificate IV in Small Business Management, plus a focused business action plan, including marketing, finance and implementation plans. 

  • Crafting a circular economy
    3 July 2020

    Join the change-makers crafting a circular economy approach to business. We are in the middle of a sustainability reset and challenging the notion of ‘business as usual’. You too can be part of the conversation. The Circular Conversation series stars serial collaborators who believe in reducing waste, increasing efficiencies and creating exceptional products and services to continue to find improved and new ways of doing things. Do you too have some great ideas to benefit business and the environment and community? Get involved.

  • IP and trade mark export workshop
    2 July 2020

    Exporting? Looking to expand internationally? Sign up for our free Expanding Your Business Overseas - IP Law & Trade Mark online workshop series. We kick off on 16 July, and the series of workshops will help businesses currently exporting, as well as those looking to grow and expand both nationally and/or internationally. Register before 10 July.

  • What's impacting your business?
    1 July 2020

    Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland wants to hear what is affecting your business today. The pulse survey of business conditions for the June 2020 quarter is now open. Your feedback about what's impacting your business and what will influence your decision-making over the next three months. The information collected helps CCIQ to better support your business into the future.

  • Sunshine Coast business podcast July episode
    1 July 2020

    Hear how to revive an existing business, how to find the right employees, find the secrets to a happy team and how to be a great leader. In this month's episode of Bound For Success, the Sunshine Coast Business podcast we hear from Ann Donnarumma, Director of the International College of Queensland and owner of the Demi International Beauty Academy. She shares a number of other fascinating insights from her incredible career thus far which includes teaching English to the Italian secret service, high level positions in banking and recruitment. Listen to Bound for Success today to find out more. Listen to Bound for Success today on our website or your podcast app.

  • Go plastic-free this July
    1 July 2020

    This month is Plastic Free July (PFJ), a time where both businesses and consumers are encouraged to support reuse, avoid single use and make easy swap outs to reduce plastic pollution. During Covid there has understandably been plenty of confusion about whether it was safe or even legal to accept or use a Reusable Cup for the morning coffee, so for PFJ the team at Living Smart #BYOSunshineCoast have done some research and prepared the most up to date info; so businesses and customers can know their options and build confidence to safely embrace and accept Reusable coffee cups back into their daily service. Get involved.

  • Grant support on offer
    1 July 2020

    Rural agricultural business with the opportunity to share in $10 million worth of grants to help fund job-creating projects across the state have until 10 July to submit their interest. Co-contribution grants of up to $250,000 are available for food and agricultural businesses to support ‘shovel-ready’ projects that create jobs for value added primary production and provide significant economic benefits to rural and regional communities.

  • July business read - find some Zen at work
    1 July 2020

    With all that's happened so far this year I think we can all do with a bit of zen. A new breed of mindful managers are using meditation, yoga and other techniques to focus on feeling good while making money - and using the money to do good too, let's jump onboard! In Mindful Work: How meditation is changing business from the inside out, business journalist David Gelles features insights from Fortune 500 managers through to the Dalai Lama.  

  • Get your sales soaring
    1 July 2020

    Start boosting your sales with wheel deals. Get to the Bulcock Beach ferris wheel ticket office to grab discount advertising promoting $2 off single price tickets and $5 off gondola tickets for Caloundra traders to give customers and make sure you take advantage of the free business owner and staff rides on 13 July and 4 August. You can also promote your business by bundling a product/package/service with a 50% discounted gondola voucher. You can offer your customers great discount deals such as: Get a 50% discounted gondola ticket for Caloundra's newest attraction by purchasing a double cake and coffee deal. Only pay $29 for the whole deal and save $15. Get in touch with us today to get your wheel deals for July-August.