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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Small Business Week events near you Rockhampton

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Small Business Week events near you Rockhampton

    Rockhampton businesses are lining up to host events, workshops, webinars and seminars from Monday, as part of Queensland Small Business Week (2017 QSBW).

    Partnered with Vodafone Australia, the statewide event (15 – 20 May) will celebrate the sector’s $100 billion economic contribution to Queensland and champion the importance of technology, promote a culture of entrepreneurship, and reinforce to small business owners it’s their time to thrive.

    Startup Capricorn, a group specialising in startups, innovation and entrepreneurship, are hosting a free event that will discuss opportunities relating to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

    Startup Capricorn Director Warren Acutt said the event allowed him to give back to the sector and provide other small business owners and startups with an opportunity to learn and acquire new ideas, skills and tools, so they can take their businesses to the next level.

    “The National Disability Insurance Scheme supports a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability, and their families and carers,” Mr Acutt said.

    “Our forum and Q&A session with local expects and industry leaders will identify entrepreneurial opportunities within the sector.

    “It’s an opportunity to carve out a new space, or create a service or product that’s currently lacking.”

    Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch said small business advocates like Startup Capricorn help the sector thrive in Queensland.

    “There are more than 414,000 passionate small business operators throughout our state. Irrespective of their location or passion, they all have a common goal, and that’s for more Queensland small businesses to start, grow and employ,” Ms Enoch said.

    Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne, Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga and Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said the week will give Central Queenslanders associated with small businesses the resources they need to help their businesses thrive.

    More than 5000 people are expected to attend Queensland Small Business Week events across the state.

    Time is also running out for Queenslanders, small business owners and current small business operators aged 16 years and above enter the $10,000 social media challenge – proudly sponsored by Australia Post.

    The competition closes on Monday (15 May). Entries (up to 60 seconds in length and no more than 4GB in size) must be uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and include two hashtags: #QLDsmallbiz #Time2thriveQLD.

    To be eligible for the prize, applicants are also required to follow Business Queensland on either Facebook (@businessqldgov), Instagram (@businessqld) or Twitter (@businessqldgov).

    A panel of judges will select the winning entrant, who will be awarded the $10,000 first prize.

    To discover more about 2017 QSBW or to search for an event near you, visit or download the 2017 QSBW app.


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