We want to hear from you!

Thank you to all those who have completed the business and industry survey which will help inform the update of the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) 2013 – 2033.

If you are yet to complete the survey, you have until COB Friday March 10 to have your say and go into the draw to win an iPad.

Hear more about why the REDS is important from White House International Director, Min Swan.

As a valued member of our business community, your feedback and participation can help make a difference in shaping our region’s future.
Take 5 minutes to have your say.  

Surfside festival gains a new wave of support

Thousands of music lovers, local artists and businesses will be cheering after the Caloundra Music Festival was secured for another three years to 2025.

The festival attracts fans and musicians from far and wide and injects more than $3 million into the local economy each year.

The festival continues to provide affordable, family-friendly entertainment to a broad demographic, performance opportunities for local artists and support for charities, venues, businesses, accommodation providers and schools. FULL STORY
Caloundra Music Festival relies on the generosity of its sponsors to deliver such an amazing event each year. Many sponsors have been involved with the event from the beginning, and there are always more opportunities to engage with new companies. MORE INFO.

Do you want to build your local networks, grow your business and scale up?

Your business is worthy… even if you think you’re not ready!
To help local businesses in their growth and expansion phase, we are supporting an exciting new program, “Scaling Up…A smarter way to business growth program”, delivered by Groei Education.

Hear more about the program from council’s Head of Economic Development, Andrew Eves-Brown.
Program starts March 10, 2023. Only a few spots left! Click here to register.
Sunny Coast Showdown winners ‘shocked’ and ‘blown away’

A Sunshine Coast film and TV competition that uncovers the region’s best up-and-coming screenwriters and producers has announced its 2023 winners.

Each winner receives mentoring, support and funding to elevate their projects, produce them locally, and deliver the final product at the Sunny Coast Showdown showcase festival on June 24, 2023.

The Sunny Coast Showdown also gives locals the opportunity to showcase their talents nationally and globally. Read more.
Locals and visitors invited to #ExploreNambour

A passionate team of Nambour business and community groups have been working together to build some great digital assets to promote living, working, shopping and exploring Nambour.
Developed to encourage locals and visitors to explore Nambour, the digital makeover includes dynamic #ExploreNambour video series, e-newsletter, blogs, social media content, and a revamp of the I AM NAMBOUR website.
JUST RELEASED! Sunshine Coast Insider’s Guide
Hot off the press and ready to land in the hands of soon-to-be visitors, the Sunshine Coast Insider's Guide is packed with local knowledge and insider tips.

 There are 50,000 copies of the Insider's Guide, sustainably produced, printed with vegetable-based inks on FSC Certified paper.

It will be available at Sunshine Coast Visitor Information Centres (VICs), Brisbane Domestic and International Airport terminals, and select state and interstate VICs. A digital version is also available via the Visit Sunshine Coast website here
How the Sunshine Coast is helping combat cyber-crime

The Sunshine Coast has been selected as the location for a new national organisation aimed at protecting the nation against cyber criminals.

The Critical Infrastructure – Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (CI-ISAC), featuring some of the nation’s best and brightest when it comes to “threat intelligence’’, has started operations from Maroochydore.

Under the guidance of CI-ISAC’s Chief Executive Officer David Sandell, the not-for-profit industry-based organisation provides comprehensive information and analysis advice to assist its membership base protect Australia’s most critical infrastructure. FULL STORY

GreenX Talks is next week!

Learn from business leaders, sustainability experts, innovators and educators (in 15 minute TED Talks style format) on how to be more sustainable in your business. 
Key speakers include Stewart Moore, founder and CEO of EarthCheck, Andrew Eves-Brown, Head of Economic Development, Sunshine Coast Council and Amanda Pummer, Events Sustainability Officer, Tourism Noosa.

This event offers an incredible opportunity for networking, learning, and sustainable growth. 

Don't miss out! Book your ticket today.

Trade Capability Workshops - last chance to register

Want to grow your business domestically or internationally?

Attend Council’s Trade Capability Workshop series and be guided by facilitator AiGroup who have in-depth knowledge and experience in many export markets.

Walk away with everything you need to be export-ready, including a step-by-step strategy and tailored business plan.

Program consists of three half-day, in-person workshops on March 8 & 29 and April 19 at Maroochy Surf Club.

Secure a ticket here.

QLD Music Awards – People’s Choice Awards

Take a minute to vote for our local festivals and venues nominated in this year’s Queensland Music Awards People’s Choice Awards.

Each vote you cast enters you into the draw to win a double pass and a nights accommodation to attend the QMAs in Brisbane on March 28. 

Buskers by the Lake and Caloundra Music Festival are in the running for ‘Festival of the Year’ Regional Venue of the Year nominees are Solbar and Eleven Dive Bar.

Voting closes March 7. VOTE NOW

Naturally Good Expo 

Expressions of Interest are being sought from Sunshine Coast businesses to participate in the largest event for healthy retailers, brands and practitioners in the southern hemisphere. 

Delivered by FAN and supported by Sunshine Coast Council, there’s an opportunity for FOUR Sunshine Coast businesses to exhibit at the Naturally Good Expo, Australia’s only trade show that’s 100% devoted to all things healthy, organic and natural. 

Date: 5-6 June, 2023 (EOI close March 17). 

EOI and more information

Food Tech Tour…producing it better! 

Express your Interest in joining the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) and Sunshine Coast Council on a day tour to Brisbane, where you will have the opportunity to see and experience best practice operations firsthand at Lang’s Gourmet and the DAF Food Precinct. 

Date: March 28, 2023 (EOI close March 14). 

There will be time to network with fellow tour participants, and to enjoy informal discussions on processes, products, equipment, ingredients, and technologies. 

EOI and more information.

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