The Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance (SCTechIA) and NEXTDC SC1 Data Centre was successfully launched on Friday 8 April evening at The MET, Maroochydore City Centre. 

Supported by Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with SCTechIA, NEXTDC and RTI, the event attracted 120 guests from the local and Brisbane Tech industry. The region’s newest industry group was officially launched by Mayor Mark Jamieson and SCTechIA Chair, Kris Carver with keynote presentations from Russ Matulich, RTI Group CEO and Jeff Van Zetten, Chief of Engineering and Design at NEXTDC. READ MORE 

CCIQ Pulse Survey

How was your business directly or indirectly impacted from the recent Queensland floods? 

The CCIQ Pulse Survey of business conditions for the March quarter (2022) is now open. Have your business voice heard and help advocate to government on behalf of businesses across the state for better business conditions in Queensland.  
TAKE the 10min SURVEY

QLD Tourism Awards 

A great way to recognise the outstanding achievements of our tourism industry, including individuals, businesses (industry operators) and events. The Awards cover 30 categories ranging from attractions, events, tour and transport, accommodation, restaurants, culture, marketing and more. 

FIND out how to NOMINATE

NEW incentive scheme 

The Tradies in Paradise incentive scheme targets specific qualified tradespeople and building industry professionals from interstate (except New South Wales) to relocate to eligible Queensland locations to work on flood reconstruction with $$$ incentives. Criteria apply.


Earlier this month Council and Visit Sunshine Coast officially launched the GAP YEAR campaign. Sunshine Coast employers can upload their tourism and hospitality vacancies onto the website for free. 
The website includes a range of information about the jobs on offer, things to do on the Sunshine Coast, education, and training opportunities and all you need to know about living, playing, and working on the Sunshine Coast. READ MORE 

Study Sunshine Coast, Council and Trade & Investment QLD welcomed back international students 

With interstate and international borders reopening earlier this year students have been encouraged to enter the State to commence or resume studying, living and working. READ MORE 
The Curated (side) Plate EOI

With one week to go until submissions close, we are keen to add more small-medium cafes and restaurants into this incredible program.  
Every event or business offering must have a food and/or beverage element – but we are after creative ways for businesses and producers to be involved. Collaboration with other businesses or local producers is highly encouraged. 
For more ideas on how you could be involved contact the program coordinator Zoe or visit The Curated Plate website. 
We Eat Local

Sunshine Coast businesses are invited to sign up for free to the We Eat Local app dedicated to putting local food and you on the map!  
Along with its useful food-finder functionality, the app has an array of fun, social functions that inspire regular interaction and healthy competition with a layer of high ROI promotional opportunities designed to bring back loyal customers and create new ones. 
Council is supporting the rollout of the app, with the aim of more locals eating food that is produced locally. READ MORE.
SEQ'S best food and beverage products and produce take centre stage at the 2022 Meet the Makers Showcase - May 3

With a reputation based on quality and innovation, Queensland’s food and agribusiness industry continues to go from strength to strength. With one-third of Australia’s primary produce coming out of Queensland, this sector now contributes more than $18.8 billion to the state economy. 
Working closely with growers, producers and manufacturers, from all over South-East Queensland, the Food & Agribusiness Network (FAN) is once again bringing many of them together for the annual “Meet the Makers” event.


2 - 5.30pm Buyer Session - REGISTER HERE and use promo code BUYER when booking. 
5.30 - 7.30pm Networking Session - GET TICKETS

Celebrating Queensland Small Business Month (May) and the Sunshine Coast Business Awards launch - May 5

'Love your local business' is the theme of this year's Small Business Month. The breakfast is a great opportunity to join more than 300 fellow small business professionals as we share stories of success, strategies for growth, reflect on the past 12 months and hear about the initiatives of the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance, Sunshine Coast Council and Noosa Council in supporting our business community. 

Guest speakers include Paul Fisher (MC), CEO Regional Development Australia, Andrew Eves-Brown (Interviewer), Head of Economic Development, Sunshine Coast Council, Sonia Martin, Sunny Street, Deb Caruso, IN Publishing, John Langmead, Advanced Aquarium Technologies.

Date: Thursday 5 May, 2022 
Time: 6:30am for 7- 8.30am   
Location: Maroochy RSL 

A new iteration of Council's TAFE Build A Better Business program starts May 10

The Build A Better Business Program has supported more than 130 Sunshine Coast business owners and managers with building their business capability. The new and improved Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business will continue to bring 10 local business owners and managers together, with each participant mentored through the development of a dynamic business action plan that includes comprehensive finance and marketing plans.  
This practical six-week course will combine three mandatory face-to-face workshops and three one hour online mentoring sessions. Face-to-face workshops will take place at Venue 114, and have been scheduled as below:  
Tue 10 May, 5:30-8:30pm
Tue 24 May, 5:30-8:30pm 
Tue 7 June, 5:30-8:30pm 
Pending subsidy eligibility, Council is still able to offer the program for $150. However, this is strictly limited to 10 business owners.

REGISTER HERE or click here to express interest in the next cohort. 
IP Law & Trade Mark workshops 3 & 4 combined, now on May 12

Open up your consumer world by exploring e-business and the set up needed for different countries. Make sure your Business name registration or incorporation meets global needs, and decide if you need that next step of Trade mark protection for your business name as well.  
Get some practical tips for setting up social media accounts and website content with brand unity and recognition and open the door to a global market. We will also dive into how to stop infringers, counterfeit products and fake websites. 

Exporting is an exciting, dynamic activity that can open significant opportunities for businesses to grow and profit. It’s all about making connections overseas. 

If it’s time to export your products and services and access worldwide consumers or enter the global marketing place with business-to-business opportunities, make sure you have the right agreements and systems in place to succeed. 
Talk practicalities of trading overseas with a leading law specialist in the Australian intellectual property and trademark landscape.


Amzaon Masterclass: The why, what and how to sell on Amazon starts May 19

Council is offering two FREE practical workshops to support Sunshine Coast businesses develop export capabilities and accelerate their time and cost to entering international markets through ecommerce.

The workshop series will be held 19 May & 16 June at Bli Bli and is a great opportunity to skip the learning curve of selling your brand on Amazon and gain insight, tools, and techniques into selling your products on the Amazon marketplace.

The masterclass is limited to a specific number of attendees to encourage high interaction. 
Please EMAIL to register your interest.

Korean Market Briefing and cultural awareness training on May 25

Council is hosting the Australia-Korea Business Council to present a program aimed at building a deeper understanding of opportunities in the Korean market and an overview of Korean business culture.

TIQ Commissioner (Korea) Ryan Freer will present a market briefing followed by the Korean cultural training program delivered by Australia-Korea Business Council.

A local Sunshine Coast business will also give an overview on their exporting journey. 
Date: Wed 25 May, 2022 
Time: 9 - 11am  
Location: Maroochy Surf Club


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