Queensland SMALL BUSINESS 2018

Date: 28-May-2018


Queensland Small Business Week 2018 celebrates the vital contribution small business makes to Queensland’s vibrant economy. An important part of the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20, this state-wide event will consist of a suite of programs to enable small businesses to meet the challenges of a changing economy and help them to start, grow and employ.

Queensland Small Business Week 2018 hits the road
As part of Queensland Small Business Week 2018, the Office of Small Business is pleased to present regional events in Townsville, Gladstone and Toowoomba.

The Regional Roundtables in Townsville and Gladstone will present a program for you to learn and acquire new ideas, skills and tools to take your business to the next level. Joining the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Employment and Small Business, you will hear from a range of industry experts through keynote and panel presentations and have the opportunity to workshop the discussions with small business Mentors.

The Regional Networking event in Toowoomba will provide the perfect opportunity to connect and collaborate with small businesses, industry stakeholders and small business mentors. An essential part of any business, building a well-established network can help you identify new opportunities, ideas and innovative solutions for your business.

These events are free to attend and open to all small business owners, managers and industry stakeholders. As places are limited, book your place today to avoid disappointment.

Regional Roundtable Townsville
Tuesday 29 May 2018
4:00pm to 7:00pm
The Banquet Centre, Townsville
For more information and to register, click here

Regional Roundtable Gladstone
Wednesday 30 May 2018
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Oaks Grand Hotel, Gladstone

For more information and to register, click here

Regional Networking Event Toowoomba
Thursday 31 May 2018
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Picnic Point Function Centre, Toowoomba

For more information and to register, click here

Register for an event near you
Each year, Queensland Small Business Week continues to grow, with more events in more locations, delivering a range of opportunities for small business owners to network, connect, and learn new skills and tools that will help them succeed now and in the future.

New events are being added each week and here is just a selection of what is coming up in Queensland Small Business Week 2018:

Monday 28 May 2018

  • Dalby Small Business Podcast Series, hosted by Dalby Chamber of Commerce
  • Yellow's Breakfast of Online Champions in Bundaberg, hosted by Yellow
  • Startup for Success, hosted by UPTURN Business Advisory
  • Mindfulness in Business - Introductory Workshop, hosted by Mindful Moments Counselling

Tuesday 29 May 2018

  • Queensland Small Business Week 2018 Regional Roundtable Townsville, hosted by the Office of Small Business
  • "Do I Need Legals for That?", hosted by Legally Shalini

Wednesday 30 May 2018

  • Queensland Small Business Week 2018 Regional Roundtable Gladstone, hosted by the Office of Small Business
  • Surviving the first 12 Months: Budgeting & Cashflow Secrets, hosted by Beankeepers Pty Ltd

Thursday 31 May 2018

  • Queensland Small Business Week 2018 Regional Networking Event Toowoomba, hosted by the Office of Small Business
  • Google Digital Garage in Brisbane, hosted by Google
  • Sale Ready Business, hosted by DLA Partners

Friday 1 June 2018

  • Business Insights: The Real Stories of Business Success hosted by Family Business Australia (Queensland)
  • SHINE Business Women's Conference hosted by SHINE Business Women
  • Profit Improvement Strategies for Your Small Business, hosted by Tablelands Regionals Council

To see a full list of events being held during Queensland Small Business Week, head over to theBusiness Queensland event calendar and search for QSBW.

If you run events that support small business owners, why not take part in Queensland Small Business Week 2018 and register to host an event. Registrations close on Friday 11 May 2018. Visit the Business Queensland website for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at Queensland Small Business Week 2018, presented by the Queensland Government in partnership with Australia Post, Bendigo Bank and Vodafone.

Source: Queensland Government

Latest news

The Curious Case of a QLD Infrastructure Business Case

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

All regions of Queensland want to see more major infrastructure projects to kickstart their economies.

We’re talking about major, significant infrastructure projects with at least a nine-figure price tag that are essential to accommodate the growth of our cities and towns for the next few decades , projects which NSW and Victoria seem to have plenty of. As our southern State counterparts further ramp up investment in infrastructure over the remainder of this decade, construction will continue to lag in Queensland compounded by our ageing workforce.

The Queensland Major Projects Pipeline 2018 report shows that while there are 190 projects valued at $39.9 billion in the pipeline, 98 of them (51%) are still awaiting funding and 17 per cent of the overall pipeline is unlikely to proceed.

Unfortunately, infrastructure announcements have become a key metric for political popularity, and real effective growth planning takes a back seat to governments’ obsession with opinion polls. Too often, projects are committed to before a business case has been prepared, and even before comprehensive analysis of any alternatives has been undertaken.

As a result, funding presents itself the largest hurdle in getting projects up and running due to the business cases not stacking up. At the same time, funding can be given almost on a political whim, despite there being independent bodies at both the federal and state level signalling priority on other more important infrastructure projects.

The State Infrastructure Plan and Building Queensland’s Infrastructure Pipeline Report comprise an extensive list of major infrastructure proposals, yet the business cases - undertaken by the State Government - struggle to convince the Federal Government to hand over funding required to start the projects.

Few things are to blame.

Firstly, in an era of gold-plating our infrastructure, major projects become too expensive and the ROI is considered too low. The lack of long-term thinking when it comes to town planning means corridors are no longer reserved, instead we go underground for our transport infrastructure which is not only outrageously more expensive, but also more hazardous to construct and use, much longer to build, and much more difficult to operate and maintain.

Secondly, as the business case framework is being driven by the States – and not templated by the Federal Government – the assessment process drags on as the back and forth for more information plays out.

Thirdly, as the business cases are never released for public scrutiny, politicians are able to play political football and rely on public and media pressure to try and get projects over the line, or otherwise quashed.

The framework for business cases for major infrastructure projects must change. Early this year in July, Infrastructure Australia released a set of guidelines for future infrastructure projects designed to lift government works to the same level of accountability, planning and cost rigour as the private sector.

Outlined in the guidelines are 11 infrastructure decision-making principles:

  1. Governments should quantify infrastructure problems and opportunities as part of long-term planning processes.
  2. Proponents should identify potential infrastructure needs in response to quantified infrastructure problems.
  3. Proponents should invest in development studies to scope potential responses.
  4. Where an infrastructure need is identified, governments should take steps to ensure potential responses can be delivered efficiently and affordably.
  5. Governments should undertake detailed analysis of a potential project through a full business case and should not announce a preferred option or cost profile before undertaking detailed analysis involving multiple options.
  6. Proponents should assess the viability of alternative funding sources for each potential project.
  7. Project proposals should be independently assessed by an appropriate third party organisation.
  8. Governments and proponents should undertake meaningful stakeholder engagement at each stage, from problem identification and option development to project delivery.
  9. Governments and proponents should publicly release all information supporting their infrastructure decisions.
  10. Governments should commit to, develop and release post-completion reviews.
  11. Where projects are funded as part of a broader program, the corresponding decision-making processes should be robust, transparent and prioritise value for money.

Successful initiatives such as City Deals is a model which needs to be rolled out across the State and the country a lot quicker than it currently is. The announcement of a South East Queensland City Deal, following the success of the Townsville City Deal, is a genuine bi-partisan approach and a step in the absolute right direction when it comes to long-term planning.

Infrastructure needs to separate itself further from politics. The undertaking and success of major projects has been proven to be directly tied to the economy, and our economy is more important to the small business community that political point-scoring.

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