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Opportunities on offer for Small Business Month

Bundaberg Business Breakfast
Small Business Month will bring local businesses together for networking opportunities, workshops and more during the month of May.

May is Small Business Month and to celebrate Bundaberg Regional Council is joining local organisations to showcase small businesses through a range of initiatives and events.

From this week, local businesses can get involved in a calendar full of activities and workshops including chamber breakfasts, webinar sessions, free courses, masterclasses and more.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said small businesses were making amazing things happen in the region and it was important to offer support.

“Our region is made up of a range of thriving small businesses who continue to make a vital contribution to our economy and our community,” he said.

“Small Business Month is about recognising these fantastic operators and offering support and opportunities to create positive connections, stronger networks and more.”

The Small Business Month calendar of events includes:

  • Childers Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
  • Time management free course
  • Support to Grow Your Own Business – free State Government webinar
  • Love Your B.O.S.S. (Jobs Bundaberg event)
  • Financial literacy free course
  • An intimate dinner with Justin Herald
  • Business breakfast masterclasses
  • Doing Business with Council – Council Procurement Summit
  • Careers expo and much more

The calendar is updated daily, and bookings can be made here.

Council signs Small Business Friendly charter

Small Business Month comes after Bundaberg Regional Council signed a charter to join the Small Business Friendly program alongside Queensland Small Business Commissioner Dominique Lamb and three local chambers of commerce.

The SBF program provides the framework, support and tools to help local governments, Queensland Government agencies and large enterprise to realise their role in supporting small business.

Commissioner Lamb said it was important that the local community and Council helped small businesses to flourish.

“The Bundaberg Region is incredibly diverse in terms of its offering and its industries are very broad,” she said.

“From medical to manufacturing and construction, through to customer service, tourism, retail, hospitality and more, the region has a very large offering which is great to see.

“Having such a broad and diverse network of supported businesses within the community means that there's the creation of more services and more jobs for the people that live here.”

Bundaberg Small Business Friendly survey

As part of the signing of the Small Business Friendly charter, Bundaberg Regional Council is surveying small businesses.

The survey will be open throughout Queensland Small Business Month, closing at 5 pm Wednesday 31 May 2023.

Any questions regarding this survey can be directed to Council's Community Engagement team at engagement@bundaberg.qld.gov.au 

To participate in the survey click here.

To find out more about Small Business Month click here.

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