The Sunshine Coast Council Economic Development team would like to express big thanks to exhibitors, presenters and attendees for making the 2022 Thriving Through Change business expo a success! 
An experienced program of speakers and over 35 exhibitors provided advice, support and insight to over 350 attendees over the span of the expo. The expo brought together the Sunshine Coast business community to discover the expansive network of support available to help build resilience and the opportunities for growth. The venue was a buzz of energy as attendees engaged with exhibitors and connected with other local businesses. 
The expo may be over, but businesses can still find more support to help continue to “thrive” by visiting and the following programs: 
Sunshine Coast Funding Finder 
Build a Better Business Program 
Buy Local Sunshine Coast 
ASPIRE – circular economy  

Keep updated on support opportunities in your locality and industry by connecting with your local Chamber of Commerce and Industry Group. The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) is also a vital resource that will provide further assistance.
As always, businesses on the Sunshine Coast can contact us by emailing  

Smartline Medical

Smartline Medical is a Yandina business that has been supplying medical equipment to hospitals and medical practices on the Sunshine Coast for decades. The company now sends their equipment globally while employing a strong workforce of local people. READ MORE
SRJ Walker Wayland

‘Paying it forward’ - the Sunshine Coast business community has operated with this ideology for decades. It’s a concept practised by SRJ Walker Wayland that’s helped them develop meaningful relationships with clients and create a local network that thrives on each other’s success. READ MORE

Korea calling: Sunshine Coast health-tech business accelerates in multibillion dollar market

Sunshine Coast health-tech business Bundle of Rays has been selected into the prestigious K-Startup Grand Challenge Program, the world’s largest accelerator program. The K-Startup Grand Challenge is run by the Korean Government and attracts applications from enterprising start-ups across the globe with a clear objective to grow their business in Korea and Asia. READ MORE

New Planning scheme 
Earlier this year, more than 8000 people had their say on Sunshine Coast Council’s proposed planning directions for the new planning scheme.

Feedback is being used to help inform drafting of the new planning scheme, which will be released for further community comment as part of the next stage of consultation. Find out more and subscribe for project updates HERE.
Eumundi Main Street
More than 200 residents, business owners and visitors provided valuable feedback on the Draft Streetscape Concept Design for Memorial Drive, Eumundi.

With the final round of community engagement completed, the detailed design stage is underway now with construction planned to start in early 2023. READ MORE

On 20 September 2022, changes will come into effect regarding domain names with the launch of .au direct.

If you have a website with a domain name, (for example you will be able to buy and 
register the same business name under a newly available .au direct domain name.

But if you don’t apply for priority access for your .au direct domain name for your business, from 21 September 2022 someone else could buy and register the domain (e.g. These similar yet different domains could be confusing for your customers.

More information about how you can reserve or register your equivalent .au domain name can be found here.

Also from Australian Cyber Security Centre:

Sunshine Coast First Nations Supplier Day

October 10 | 3-8pm | Nambour Showgrounds

Returning after a successful inaugural event last year, this years' Supplier Day event will be held on Monday, 10 October 2022 at the Nambour Showground. This event is a platform to showcase local First Nations businesses and their ongoing contributions to the economic sustainability of the Sunshine Coast region. It is a real opportunity to create and nurture relationships between First Nations suppliers + government, NGOs and businesses and to showcase the contributions and collaborations between the corporate community and First Nations community.

Partnership opportunities – Email First Nations Partnerships
Stallholder enquiries – Email First Nations Partnerships
Caloundra Music Festival audience your target market?
Here is a great opportunity to promote your business, free of charge to the Caloundra Music Festival audience through our Festival App.

A number of businesses also offered special deals to attract event patrons. General ads, deals and discounts came from tourism operators, retailers, hospitality, venues and more. 
Need some inspo to get the Festival feels? 
Here are some random things you can do to attract our family friendly festival audience:
* catchy content - they are music and food lovers, rename a menu item something musical
* window dressing - put your best festival fashion look forward
* run the CMF Spotify playlist as your background music
* put up a CMF poster so they know you are a festival supporter
* you or your staff could wear a band or CMF t-shirt to create conversation starters
Sunshine Moments, For real is Visit Sunshine Coast’s (VSC) upcoming hero campaign. The campaign brings the Sunshine Coast brand to life and celebrates what sets the destination apart, whilst compelling consumers to come and ‘find their very own sunshine moment’. The campaign will be launched by a new advertisement through a wide range of media. The campaign will launch in early October and be in market through to the end of November 2022.

The campaign’s target audience will initially be domestic, including the Sunshine Coast’s key markets of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Emphasis will be placed on segments with flexibility to travel outside high demand periods, including empty nesters and young couples. To find out more and get involved, download the Campaign Industry Guide.
In Conversation – Life Repurposed
October 7 | 6.30-8.30am | Venue 114

Join Ronni Kahn AO, Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, as she shares her incredible life story. A recognised leader in the fields of entrepreneurship, social impact and innovation, Ronni will be joined by a panel of Sunshine Coast change agents who are using their life skills, passion and energy to power beyond the business-as-usual approach – and creating outcomes that benefit the greater good! Be inspired by what’s possible – as you enjoy a local, seasonal, ethical, zero waste breakfast.
ISC Connect
October 7 | 9am-6.30pm
Novotel Twin Waters

CONNECT 2022 is your opportunity to listen, learn and lead sustainably. Focussed on the major challenges of our time - climate change, inequality, resilience. Our sector must ensure that future infrastructure is fit-for-purpose. Our future will be defined by net zero, social value, natural capital and world class infrastructure. The purpose of infrastructure is to enable people to thrive. We need to accelerate collaboration to deliver positive impact for all. Collaboration is catalysed at CONNECT.
IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast has SOLD OUT with more than 2000 participants visiting our region for this elite event, including more than 150 international participants. A really good outcome for 2022, and negotiations are underway for the event to return for another 3 years through Council’s Major Events Sponsorship Program.

This Sunday, let's make them feel welcome! Come along and cheer on these IRONMEN AND IRONWOMEN out on course achieving their goals! There's easy undercover all-day parking for $5 at the Mooloolaba, ParkNGo Mooloolaba Central (Cnr Smith St & First Ave).

Please note there are changed traffic conditions for Alexandra Headland, Cotton Tree, Diddillibah, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Rosemount this week and on race day Sunday, September 11. If you are travelling to Sunshine Coast Airport access, please use David Low Way  on Sunday 11 September between 5-11:15am View the map and details
The Garmin Research & Fishing Competition starts tomorrow and is the next generation of competition fishing brought to you by SCF, Suntag & InfoFish Australia. The main focus of these events revolves around the health and wellbeing of our waterways, local fish stocks, and the condition of surrounding catchment areas. Using the SCF Research & Sustainably Smartphone App, they collect valuable data from all types of recreational fishermen/women to get an accurate understanding of the current condition of each location an event is hosted. This information will help determine what impact recreational and commercial fishing currently have on our waterways and the steps we need to take to improve or sustain them.
To celebrate 5 years of SCF events, the research & fishing competition will be a free community event. Join for the 24hr fishing shoot out, compete for the champion angler awards, stacks of giveaways & $5,000 cash
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