Celebrating small businesses

Published 2:00pm 13 May 2022

Celebrating small businesses
Words by Jodie Powell

Moreton Bay Regional Council is shining a light on the contribution of businesses as part of Queensland Small Business Month.

Mayor Peter Flannery says Council is committed to supporting the growth, resilience and innovation of the region’s 29,000 small businesses that support 140,000 jobs and provide essential services.

“Throughout May we are celebrating thousands of small businesses that have kept our economy moving across the region,” he says

“Over the past 12 months, we have introduced a series of programs and business events to support our small business community, including an advanced manufacturing series and a business data club series,” he says.

“We have also collaborated with a range of organisations on networking events that assisted small businesses across the region to tackle cyber-security, promote circular economy and other initiatives.”

As part of the celebrations Council is hosting a high tea for finalists in the 2021 Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence and Innovation Awards.

Other programs and activities

  • The Back a Local campaign, which encourages the community to actively make a choice to spend money with local businesses.
  • The Regional Economic Development Grants program, which provided $58,131 to eight business groups/recipients for activities such as membership drives, upskilling workshops, website rebuilds and strategy planning.
  • The Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence and Innovation Awards, which recognise, celebrate and support excellence across our business community.
  • Sponsoring the annual Moreton Bay Business and Jobs Expo to provide local businesses with an opportunity to showcase themselves to prospective clients, suppliers and employees.
  • Signing a contract with Innovate Moreton Bay to deliver a series of capacity building, technical and talent workshops and profile-raising initiatives for the next three years.
  • A new Working with Council web page that explains how local businesses can become a Council supplier.

Entry for the 2022 Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards opens on Monday.

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