Free or low-cost workshops to help local business benefit from working with council
  • Wednesday 24 January 2018

Business owners and operators looking for a slice of $337 million are encouraged to sign up for Sunshine Coast Council’s upcoming supplier briefing, along with a number of other free or low cost workshops.

Council’s Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said approximately 70% of council contracts are awarded to local suppliers, which equates to about $240 million each year for the local economy, and he encourages businesses of all sizes to come along and find out how they can get a slice of the pie.

“Understanding how to do business with council is critical if local businesses wish to increase their chances of success,” Cr Robinson said.

“The free supplier briefing is a great way to hear presentations from a variety of council areas and to engage with council officers via a number of trade show style booths.”

The bi-annual supplier briefing, which will be held at the Lake Kawana Community Centre on Tuesday, February 6, will provide information about council’s upcoming capital works and services contract.

Businesses interested in better understanding council’s procurement process can also attend a free ‘Doing Business with Council’ workshop on Friday, February 16 at council’s Fred Murray Building in Nambour. Places are limited and registration is encouraged at

Councillor Robinson said businesses looking to win work on large or major projects must have the right business management systems in place.

“Choosing the right business management system for your business can be daunting, but it need not be the case,” he said.

“To be successful, businesses must have a recognised management system to show how they manage important factors such as quality, risk and environment.

“Council is offering a heavily subsidised workshop to help identify which systems are relevant for their business, providing templates to get their business systems started and assistance developing an action plan.”

The Business Management Systems event will be held on Wednesday, January 31 at the Lake Kawana Community Centre and registration is required at

A new initiative on offer by council this year is the Business Marketing Workshop, facilitated by Dr Wendy Spinks, a lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s School of Business.

Dr Wendy Spinks said marketing was much more than expensive advertising and there are many ways to promote your business to customers.

“This short workshop is designed to help businesses understand more about providing the right goods and services to the right target market and how they might raise their business profile and awareness more effectively and economically,” Dr Spinks said.

“Great marketing can increase sales, attract new customers, and increase your brand recognition.

“This interactive workshop aims to provide new insights to marketing for all business attendees.”

This workshop will be held at the Lake Kawana Community Centre on Monday, February 12 from 8am-11am.

For more information on the workshops visit or email one of council’s Business Development Facilitators at