Business News: June 2020
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  • 07 Sep 2020

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  • Change makers challenge Coast businesses
    15 June 2020

    A powerful, online conversation series challenging Sunshine Coast business leaders to shift their sights and change their habits to a circular economy approach kicks off this week. The Sunshine Coast Council series will start with a virtual event live-streamed from Malt Shovel Taphouse on Wednesday 17 June at 7.30pm and will feature influential changemaker Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO & Co-Founder of The World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS), and Michelle Christoe, Co-Owner of NightQuarter and Founder and Director of Food Focus Australia. Be part of the conversation and join the livestream on council’s Living Smart website. Read more.

  • Free online business training
    8 June 2020

    The Queensland Government has launched free online training for small businesses and employees. More than 400 free training courses will be available to Queenslanders through two portals - The Queensland Small Business Skills Hub and The Skills Focus Queensland portal. Take the opportunity to up-skill today.

  • Find funding support today
    3 June 2020

    Head to Sunshine Coast Funding Finder to apply for more than $133.6 billion worth of grants. If you search “COVID-19” it will show you 47 grants available for you to apply for today. Due to COVID-19, there has been a 65 per cent increase in searches on the Funding Finder website. The website also assists with advice and top tips for finding and applying for grants to maximise your chances of receiving the funding you need, or you can get help in the RDA Sunshine Coast grant webinar.

  • Cyber security boost
    2 June 2020

    To further cement our region as a technology industry leader, the Sunshine Coast has landed a Cyber Security Innovation Node, one of only two regional nodes appointed in the country. Supporting the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network and Cable Landing Station, this role will deliver increased cyber security capability, talent and education programs across the region, as well as fast-tracking cyber security exports internationally. 

  • Wellbeing webinar
    1 June 2020

    The widespread impacts of COVID-19 in our local community will be felt for many months, and possibly years to come. Navigating that recovery stage can be tricky, particularly when managing a small business and its unique needs right now. So the B-Well + Prosper team want to make it simple, achievable and actionable for each of you to make those small strong steps towards more solid wellbeing and stronger mental fitness. Register for the June 18 webinar.

  • Get ready to export
    1 June 2020

    Join this online three-part masterclass for the most practical and actionable advice on export, delivered by Export Connect. This Masterclass is part of an integrated Export Program with a focus on the ASEAN region, it will build export readiness and support you to access new export opportunities. This Program is a collaboration between Sunshine Coast CouncilFAN, Export Connect, Trade and Investment QueenslandRDA Sunshine CoastRegister.

  • Level Up your business skills with e-commerce
    1 June 2020

    For businesses who have not previously offered an e-commerce solution for their customers, it can be a daunting prospect to transition your business model to selling online.  And while e-commerce is a marketing discipline that can take years to master, there are plenty of options available to get started quickly to help make your life a bit easier.  Check out Level Up each month for business blog updates.

  • Business podcast - "Authentic and consistent leadership is key"

    1 June 2020

    Myles McNamara is the CEO of Eye on It, a successful software solutions company based on the Sunshine Coast. In this episode Myles talks with us about how he entered the IT industry, built a highly successful business and maintains a vibrant, solutions-focused and fun working environment. Discover pragmatic and practical tips on attracting the right talent for your business, trends in tech and the concept of organic mentoring.  Listen to Bound for Success today on our websiteAppleSpotifyAndroid or wherever else you get your podcast fix and tell us who you'd like to hear us interview.

  • Book of the month - Leadership is Language
    1 June 2020

    This month we look at Leadership Is Language - The hidden power of what you say, and what you don't. From the acclaimed author of Turn the Ship Around!, former US Navy Captain David Marquet, comes a radical new playbook for empowering your team to make better decisions and take greater ownership. As a leader in today's networked, information-dense business climate, in order to harness the eyes, ears, and minds of your people, you need to foster a climate of collaborative experimentation that encourages people to speak up when they notice problems and work together to identify and test solutions.

  • Free business program for builders and construction industry
    1 June 2020

    Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) and HIA are teaming up to deliver a Small Business Training Program tailored to the Queensland building and construction industry – fully subsidised. The program is designed for owners and key employees of small building and construction businesses in Queensland. You do not need to be a HIA member to sign up, the program is open to anyone that meets the eligibility requirements.

  • Enter your innovation
    1 June 2020

    Do you have an idea that can make a real difference to people's lives, either personal or business? Make sure you pitch it by 31 July to the iAwards - the Biggest Pitch Innovation Competition. Entry is free and you can win cash, mentoring, scholarships and more to make your big ideas come to life.

  • Food and agriculture program for innovation and sustainability
    1 June 2020

    You can create better and change for good, through the SPRUNGG Sustainable Change Accelerator program, from Sustainable Innovation CO, powered by FAN. This program is designed to help food and agriculture businesses bring about radical change, better innovation and a more sustainable world. It is a four-month online program, starting 30 June. FAN members get reduced program rates, but the program is open to anyone. Register to make a difference.