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Back on Track – Free Online Workshops

To help community groups recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and bushfire, Scenic Rim Regional Council is presenting a free online workshop series delivered by industry professionals, CPR Group.

Session 1: Governance
Thursday 27 May
12:30pm and 6:30pm

Session 2: Marketing
& Sponsorship
Thursday 3 June
12:30pm and 6:30pm

Session 3: Making &
Keeping More Money
Thursday 10 June
12:30pm and 6:30pm

Session 4: Attracting
& Keeping Volunteers
Thursday 17 June
12:30pm and 6:30pm

For more information, contact Scenic Rim Regional Council
Phone 5540 5111 or email



Wednesday 26th May, 7:00pm-8:00pm Online

Anyone with an interest in WordPress is welcome to attend, we have members who range from bloggers and early business owners who use WordPress, through to experienced designers and web-developers. 💻

You’ll find a great community of people who are happy to share their WordPress wisdom and information. 🤗

Guest speaker and topic will be announced before the event.

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Friday 21st May, 12:00pm-1:00pm Online

Dr Michelle Perugini is an entrepreneur, academic and an internationally renowned expert in health, medical research, advanced analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI). 🤓🧠
Michelle is now the CEO and co-founder of Presagen, which focuses on building scalable AI products for women’s health. Presagen’s first commercial product is called Life Whisperer, an AI application for embryo viability assessment during IVF.

Founder 2 Founder is a series of informal events with in-person and virtual entrepreneurs sharing their journey, tips, and strategies to become a successful high-growth technology startup. The event will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions in a safe environment and connect with other tech entrepreneurs in regional Queensland.

We welcome current and aspiring founders and employees of regional startups! 😁



Wednesday 12th May, 9:30am-10:30am Online

Beginning or growing a business involves many moving parts!
Where is help, and how can you access it? 🤔

This free one-hour workshop can point you to resources, education and connections in our region and online. 😄💻

If you live in Ipswich and the surrounding areas you may be surprised to learn just how much information and support is available for building your business.

Register here

The Business Launchpad for Small Business

ave time and effort when starting your small business by using the Business Launchpad, a new digital tool that makes it easier to discover licences, permits and regulatory information tailored to your business needs.

Visit Business Launchpad

In this first release, you can use the tool for starting a food and beverage or residential construction business within Logan and Townsville City Council areas. More council information will be added soon. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn about new releases.

How the Business Launchpad works

Simply tell us about your business type, location and services, and the Business Launchpad will generate a tailored guide of results from the Australian, Queensland and local governments. You can:

  • create an account
  • refine your results
  • manage your priority applications
  • find, pre-fill and complete forms
  • apply online
  • learn who to contact about what.

Currently, if you’re thinking of opening a café and wanted to prepare fresh food on-site, sell alcohol with meals, provide background music and alfresco dining, and have a new sign on the footpath, you’ll need licences from multiple agencies across all 3 levels of government. Keeping track of everything you need can be time-consuming.

Now with the Business Launchpad, just answer 2 quick questionnaires and let the tool do the discovery work for you.

How to use the Business Launchpad

Watch this video to learn how to use the Business Launchpad to save you time and effort when setting up your small business.

Managing your business in uncertain times

Thursday 13 May 2021

10.00am – 11.30am

The Centre, 82 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert

Register via link:


Join the Department of Employment Small Business and Training and Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

and industry specialist Damien Berglas (Mentoring for Growth Mentor) for an insightful presentation geared towards supporting small businesses including:

  • An overview of the Department of Employment Small Business and Training and what resources and assistance it can provide small businesses 
  • An overview of the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning 
  • A presentation around small business and recruitment 
  • An overview of employment programs including Skilling Queenslanders for Work, and Back to Work 

Presented by Scenic Rim Regional Council, Department of Employment Small Business and Training and

Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning as part of Queensland Small Business Month 2021.



Have a question? Please contact the Scenic Rim Regional Council, Regional Prosperity team on 07 5540 5111 or

Cut your business costs with ecoBiz

As businesses begin focusing on EOFY accounting and developing next year’s budget during uncertain times, cutting costs, and boosting savings has never been more crucial.

One of the biggest expenses for businesses is water, energy and waste bills. But there is an easy way to save for FREE, through ecoBiz.

ecoBiz is a completely FREE program for Queensland’s small businesses, to help them find the best ways to reduce the cost of running their business, with the added bonus of helping the environment – it’s a win-win!

We have been running this program in Queensland for more than 7 years. Right now, we have around 400 businesses participating, from small cafes and offices through to large manufacturing and processing facilities.

As a member of the program you’ll receive on-site, one-on-one coaching with our sustainability experts, tailored advice and recommendations, as well as benchmarking assistance to help you keep track of your savings.



Thursday 27th May, 9:30am-10:30am @ Ipswich

Google My Business is a valuable, free platform that provides more ways for your business to attract and engage with customers online. 😁💻

With 4 out of 5 customers using a search engine to find local information, businesses, and services, it’s vital that you use this platform effectively. 🤩📈

Join Lysa Dugandzic, GM Marketing & Communications at MTAQ for this
essential workshop and learn to:
– Find and manage your online profile
– Create a free account
– Optimise your listing
– Encourage reviews