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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: Stanthorpe

    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: Stanthorpe

    Former rugby league enforcer Shane Webcke will pass on valuable tips about “resilience’ at a Queensland Small Business Week (2017 QSBW) function organised by Southern Downs Regional Council.

    The former Brisbane Bronco, Maroon and Kangaroo hardman will feature in one of four events being hosted by the Council during the week (Monday May 15 to Saturday, May 20).

    Council’s Manager of Economic Development and Tourism Scott Templemansaid 2017 QSBW allowed council to give back to the sector and provide other small business owners with an opportunity to learn and acquire new ideas, skills and tools, so they can take their businesses to the next level.

    He said Mr Webcke will be taking part in a “Resilience in Community’ function.

    “We have a responsibility to support and nurture small businesses in the region. Hosting events as part of Queensland Small Business Week allows us to do that,” Mr Templeman said.

    “Shane (Webcke) will discuss his experiences playing football at the highest level for Queensland and Australia, but also the resilience he and his family showed battling drought and adverse farming conditions.

    “Joining Shane on stage will be a variety of local business leaders, representing a range of industries for a panel discussion.”

    Small Business Minister Leeanne Enoch said Stanthorpe small businesses are lining up to host events, workshops, webinars and seminars from Monday.

    She said the statewide event – to be held in partnered with Vodafone Australia - 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.

    “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.

    “The week will give everyone associated with small business the resources they need so their businesses can 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 to enter the $10,000 social media competition – proudly sponsored by Australia Post.

    The competition closes on Monday (15 May) and 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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