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Influencer Marketing: Make it Work for your Business (Ipswich)

An Event by Y(E)P IPSWICH

Danielle Lewis is the Co-Founder & CEO of Scrunch, a global analytics and education platform for Influencer Marketing. Scrunch is considered a game-changer in the competitive Influencer Marketing arena.

Thu 23rd Sep 2021, 9:30 am – 11:30 am AEST

Danielle has raised over $3 million in capital for Scrunch and scaled it into a global software business working with brands including Red Bull, Universal Music, NewsCorp, Publicis, and MediaCom.

At this Ipswich workshop, Danielle will share her learnings from the last decade with real-world examples to help short-cut your way to marketing success with Influencers. She will:

  • break down what Influencer Marketing is
  • explain how it can work for your business
  • provide a framework to make running an Influencer campaign easy
  • empower you with tools needed to get your first campaign off the ground

For tickets click here.

Tourism Business Resilience & Continuity Planning Workshops

Scenic Rim Regional Council warmly invites tourism operators from across the region to come together for a series of practical workshops that will step you through the stages of planning and preparing for whatever the future holds.

Few could have anticipated the challenging events we have experienced over the last few years. Just because life can be unexpected, it doesn’t mean we have to be unprepared. If developing a business continuity plan is something you’ve been thinking you’ll get around to doing someday, let this be the day you get started!

Tourism Business Resilience and Continuity Planning workshops

Dates: Monday 13 September and Monday 11 October, 10am to 2pm

Venue: The Centre, 82 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert

Cost: Free! There is no cost to participants for these workshops

Bookings: Click here for more information and to secure your place today

Did you know that for every dollar invested in disaster mitigation, six dollars are saved in recovery costs?

Delivered by EarthCheck’s Dr Natasha Montesalvo, one of Australia’s leading tourism risk and resilience experts, join fellow tourism operators in this series of two half-day workshops to:

  • deeply analyse the risks you face
  • explore how to strengthen your business
  • develop a business continuity plan tailored to your specific risks and operations,
  • learn how to use the Scenic Rim’s CrisisReady app, giving you a disaster HQ in the palm of your hand
  • create a network of support for when you need it most.

We all know that when a business is prepared, it’s more resilient and can respond and recover more efficiently. Now is the time to act and rethink how you prepare for, respond to, and recover from any disaster that may impact your business.

Don’t delay! Limited places are available for these workshops.


Members are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting

Boonah District Chamber of Commerce Inc.



3907 Ipswich-Boonah Rd. Boonah.


Wednesday 22nd September: 2021

6.00p.m. for a 6.30 start.


As a precursor to our AGM & Members Meeting, we are emailing the following information to members.

  • Minutes from last year’s Annual General Meeting held at Boonah Golf Club 23rd September 2020.

  • Nomination form for the Executive Committee.

  • The audited financial report will either be e-mailed prior to the AGM or will be tabled at the meeting.

  • All positions will be declared vacant at the AGM.

The current Management Committee would like to encourage additional Chamber Members to nominate for Executive positions. If you are interested in supporting local business and the community, please fill out a Nomination Form and submit to the secretary by the 8th September 2021.

Membership must be current to enable you to nominate.


If you do not nominate for an Executive Role, you will not be nominated – please do not stay away because you do not want to be on the management committee. Your attendance at the AGM will be greatly appreciated.


The invitation and the agenda will be forwarded closer to the event.

Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards – Nominations Open!

Update – Nominations have been extended until 9am 27 September 2021 so there’s still time to get your submission in. But don’t wait until the last minute, get your nomination started today!


The Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards aim to showcase, promote and unite businesses within the Scenic Rim by recognising excellence in innovation, productivity and customer service.

Delivered by Scenic Rim Regional Council, the awards seek to highlight your ideals and aspirations while applauding your achievements and endeavours to succeed, whether you are a large, medium or small business.

The Business Excellence Awards Ceremony is a highlight of the business social calendar, bringing together the region’s business community to celebrate and share in our successes.

Why enter the awards?

  1. You, and your employees, work hard in your business and deserve to be acknowledged and rewarded.
  2. Participation provides an opportunity to showcase your services and products, and awareness of your business, to a broader audience.
  3. It’s a chance to examine your business and evaluate core strengths, strategic focus, performance and achievements.

Award Categories

  • Excellence in Tourism and Accommodation
  • Excellence in Hospitality – Food and Dining
  • Excellence in Retail
  • Excellence in Trades and Construction
  • Excellence in Agriculture
  • Excellence in Transport, Logistics, Manufacturing and Mining
  • Excellence in Professional and Community Services
  • Most Outstanding New Business
  • Excellence in Business (20+ Staff)
  • Excellence in Workplace Skills Development
  • Trainee/Apprentice of the Year
  • Regional Prosperity Award (awarded by the judges to the most outstanding category winner)

Key dates

Nominations open 20 August 2021
Nominations close 27 September 2021
Juding (assessing applications and site inspection) 21 September to 1 October 2021
2021 Business Excellence Awards Ceremony – tickets on sale 13 September 2021
2021 Business Excellence Awards Ceremony – ticket sales close 29 October 2021
2021 Business Excellence Awards Ceremony – Boonah Cultural Centre 5 November 2021

How to nominate:

Complete the application online via the SmartyGrants platform:
Questions regarding nominations and submissions can be sent to or call 07 5540 5111 and ask for Regional Prosperity.

Deep Dive into Modern Marketing

Tuesday 31 August, 9:00am – 3:00pm @ Fire Station 101

Y(E)P Ipswich Presents – Deep Dive into Modern Marketing


Our popular Unconference style Deep Dive is back and this time we’re plunging into all things around Modern Marketing.

Connections over presentations, an experience of awesome business-focused people together in a room.

An Unconference is a day of people coming together and using their different skills and knowledge to create mini-workshops on the spot. No PowerPoints in sight.

You decide what you want to learn, discuss, or share. The agenda is set at the beginning of the day by attendees. It starts with a bunch of post-it note ideas on a wall.

Multiple small groups then happen at the same time across different topics.
Pick what interests you most for this Modern Marketing Deep Dive,
some sessions might be about:

– Data security in marketing
– What is this TikTok phenomenon?
– Chat bots
– SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
– Talk and engage, don’t sell

Made possible by Business Ipswich and Crowd Round Unconference.

For more information about registering, please email

Support for Queensland Businesses

With today’s announcement of an extended 11 Local Government Area lock down, Scenic Rim Regional Council has shared information for business support, as it becomes available.


2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants

The Queensland Government has announced that $5,000 grants will be made available to small and medium businesses across Queensland affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown (commenced Saturday 31 July 2021) and lockdowns in other states.

The Queensland Government recognises the short interval between lockdowns in South East Queensland, and the unique circumstances faced by regional economies who are impacted by multiple border closures. These $5,000 grants will provide cashflow support for businesses to help them adapt to evolving circumstances.

Support payments will also be provided to affected large tourism and hospitality businesses within the lockdown areas.

The 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants will provide grants of $5,000 (excluding GST) to:

  • employing small and medium businesses across Queensland that are impacted by the current SEQ lockdown; and
  • large businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors operating in the 11 local government areas in lockdown.

Businesses must have experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover as a result of the lockdown to be eligible as well as meeting other eligibility criteria.

Small and medium businesses are defined as businesses that have a turnover of more than $75,000 per annum and have an annual payroll in Queensland of up to $10 million.

Sole traders that are employing businesses will be eligible for the grants if they are not receiving, or are not eligible to receive, income support through the Australian Government’s disaster payment.  Non employing sole traders may be eligible for support through the COVID-19 Disaster Payment with further information available on the Services Australia website.

Further information on the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants including eligibility criteria and details of how to apply will be available shortly from:

Updated health directions

Keep referring to the Restrictions for Locked Down Areas (South-East Queensland) for the latest information on restrictions.

More information about Queensland’s Public Health Directions, including questions and answers can be found on the Queensland Health website.

Applications open for $15,000 small business grants

Queensland small businesses are being reminded that Business Boost grants of up to $15,000 open at 9am tomorrow, Friday July 30.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the grants can be used for upgrades and organisational improvements for established businesses.

“Business Boost is part of our $25 million Small Business Grants program that’s been rolling out this year,” Minister Farmer said.

“They are another example of how we are backing small business as part of Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

“Earlier this year I heard from more than 2,500 businesses as part of our Small Business Roadshow, and a key piece of feedback from business is that they wanted to know what grants were coming and when.

“That’s why we announced our overall grant plans during Small Business Month and published the guidelines and an example application form for these Business Boost grants on July 15.

“This means small businesses have had the last two weeks to read the guidelines and the frequently asked questions, and to prepare their application for the best chance of securing a grant.

“We know that our grants have been very popular, so I’d recommend businesses are ready to go with their applications at 9am tomorrow morning.”

The Small Business Grants program is part of the Big Plans for Small Business Strategy, and follows more than $181 million in the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption grants which have helped more than 20,400 recipients.

“That includes businesses like the Sunshine Coast’s tourist attraction, Bellingham Maze, and Toowoomba-based Garden City Auto Trimming and Upholstery, which each received $10,000 grants,” Minister Farmer said.

Bellingham Maze owner Adam Cheshire said support from the Queensland Government has been amazing and has helped the business come through tough times.

“The $10,000 Small Business COVID-19 Adaption grant went towards running costs and will also help finance a major rebranding and marketing of the attraction later this year,” Mr Cheshire said.

Co-owner of Garden City Auto Trimming and Upholstery Rebecca Wenham says the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant helped rebuild the business website and upgrade their social media presence, which has resulted in a significant increase in customers.

“We have recovered to such an extent that we employed an apprentice in auto trimming in April this year,” Ms Wenham said.

“It allowed us to expand our network and attract new business and the grant also helped another local business, which we engaged to build the new website.”

Business Boost grants can be used for activities such as website development and upgrades, strategic marketing, training and coaching, and advisory services.

Businesses need to have a turnover of between $300,000 and $600,000 to be eligible for Business Boost grants. Businesses will need to co-contribute 30 per cent of the total cost of their proposed purchases.

These grants are in addition to the Business Growth Fund grants of up to $50,000 and the Business Basics grants of $5,000.

The Business Boost grants program provides support to businesses to advance improvements in their efficiency and productivity.

This support includes funded activities in 3 project areas:

  1. Future planning
  2. Specialised and automated software
  3. Staff management, development and planning

The program is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).

You may be eligible to receive a grant payment of $15,000 (excluding GST) on completing your proposed project.

Successful applicants must co-contribute at least 30% of the total project costs.

To be eligible for this grant, your business must:

  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and registered for GST
  • have a Queensland headquarters
  • have a turnover of between $300,000 (minimum) and $600,000 (maximum) in the last financial year (2020–21)
  • have a publicly reachable web presence to identify business operations (e.g. business website and/or social media pages)
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

Check your eligibility to find out if your business can apply for the program.

Applications open at 9am on 30 July 2021. Start preparing your application now. application guidelines

Business Boost Grant applications open at 9am tomorrow Friday 30 July 2021 at

For further information about the program email us at or contact the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687.



Scenic Rim Small Business Hub Digital Marketing

As part of the Scenic Rim Small Small Business Hub Initiative, the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) South East Region (SER), would like to invite you to learn more about how digital marketing through Facebook and Instagram can help grow your business.

Join us online on the 28 July from 1:30 – 2:30 pm (via Zoom) to gain valuable marketing insights and techniques from Mentoring for Growth mentor, Simon Dell CEO of CEMHO Marketing Experts on Demand.

This session is open for all small businesses and start-ups who want to learn more around how to maximise opportunities in the marketplace via Facebook and Instagram.

To register for this session please click on the link below.

Once registered, a Zoom link will be provided via email.

For further information on the Scenic Rim Small Business Hub or how DESBT South East Region can assist with your business please feel free to email


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