23 March 2015

Supporting jobs and business growth in the aftermath of ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia will be one of the key priorities when the Queensland Government resumes the Business Boost program in Rockhampton on Tuesday, 21 April.

An initiative of Queensland's Department of State Development (DSD), this program will provide small to medium-sized enterprises with workshops, confidential mentoring and benchmarking to develop new skills and plan for growth.

DSD Fitzroy and Central Regional Director Phil Henry said the program, which was to have included workshops in early March, was rescheduled because of the cyclone and will now be offered at no charge to help businesses make improvements to maximise their potential.

"The impact on businesses in the region varied following ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia, with some businesses suffering considerable damage and loss while others incurred minimal or no damage.

"Regardless of how they were affected, the Queensland Government is keen to support businesses and get communities in the region back on their feet as quickly as possible.

"The Business Boost program incorporates workshops mentoring and benchmarking sessions delivered by a range of experts to guide attendees through development opportunities to equip them with the necessary skills to grow."

Participants can take part in one or the full series of workshops taking place over the next few months covering:

  • business planning
  • marketing
  • exploring opportunities in the digital economy
  • financial management
  • developing organisational culture and
  • competitive advantage.

Mr Henry said the first Business Boost workshop, 'Reinvigorate Your Business' for businesses with more than five employees, was well received in February.

"The workshop provided participants with innovative tools to undertake business model mapping, track where they are generating returns and better understand how to target customers delivering the best profit margins."

Business Manager Kalair Conaghan of MICOMM, a Central Queensland company, said the workshop and optional confidential mentoring session was worthwhile for local businesses following her experience at the first session.

"It's helped clarify and confirm several business decisions related to our business management while the mentors adeptly drew out critical information to fully understand issues we are facing in our business.

"The presenters provided a tool for exploring new ways to progress our business… (including) useful examples that would be valuable to businesses from all sectors."

The next event in the Business Boost workshop series is the 'Reinvigorate Your Business' workshop for businesses with less than five employees in Rockhampton on Tuesday, 21 April from 8am to 12pm.

Those wanting to attend are urged to register as soon as possible as places are limited. This is a free workshop.

To register and secure a spot for "Reinvigorate Your Business" visit www.rockhamptontickets.com.au

To see the full Business Boost program or for more information visit www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/business-boost or call (07) 4924 2914.


Media contact: Michael O'Meara (07) 3452 7826