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

    New report declares Small Business Week a huge success

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

    Wednesday, August 09, 2017

    New report declares Small Business Week a huge success

    The success of 2017 Queensland Small Business Week continues to shine, with the release of the official report revealing 90 per cent of attendees rated events as helpful or very helpful.

    Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch said today (Wednesday) the 125 registered events held during the week (May 15 – 20) clearly hit the mark with attendees and delivered the information and skills needed by small business owners.

    “Once again, this annual event has surpassed expectations and confirmed Queensland Small Business Week’s standing as one of the most important events on the state’s business calendar,” Ms Enoch said.

    “Building on the success of previous years, we had more than 6000 people register to attend or listen to expert speakers across a range of signature events, masterclasses, workshops, webinars and live-streamed events.

    “More than 90 per cent of respondents who took part in our survey rated these events as helpful or very helpful, and 96 per cent rated event speakers highly,” Ms Enoch said.

    Steve Liddell of Street Science says Queensland Small Business Week is a chance to put small businesses under the spotlight.

    “As small business owners we get so caught up in the day-to-day,” Mr Liddell said.

    “Queensland Small Business Week is a chance for us to get to an event and understand some of the opportunities that are available to us. As a small business owner, we need that help and support.”

    Ms Enoch said digital engagement was strong in the lead-up to, and during the week.

    “We had an overwhelming response with people wanting to connect with Small Business Week via social media, the website, or the Queensland Small Business Week mobile app,” she said.

    “These tools made it easy for people to find and attend local events, learn about key speakers, receive notifications and access a range of resources.”

    Business partners for 2017 Queensland Small Business Week were Vodafone Australia and Australia Post.

    Vodafone Australia Executive General Manager Enterprise Stuart Kelly said: “It’s important to us that we reach small businesses on a personal level.”

    “Hearing directly from the coalface allows us to tailor our products to the changing demands of the digital world. It gives us the insight we need to deliver world-class services to our customers.”

    Australia Post General Manager Small Business Rebecca Burrows said the partnership with Queensland Small Business Week was a natural fit, with many of its post offices run as independent small business ventures.

    “I have been so impressed with the range and take up of events that were made available to help small businesses thrive and become the business they want to be,” Ms Burrows said.

    “Our team thoroughly enjoyed presenting our series of free Go and Grow Online events and social media masterclasses, as well as delivering a $10,000 kick start to a very deserving winner of the Social Media Challenge. We were thrilled with the very positive feedback from the broad mix of businesses who participated.”

    Ms Enoch extended her thanks to Vodafone Australia and Australia Post as well as to supporters, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Channel 7 and Business News Australia.

    “It’s imperative we build on this success and continue to deliver the tools and programs small businesses need so they can start, grow and employ,” Ms Enoch said.

    For more information about starting or running business in Queensland, visit the Business Queensland website at www.business.qld.gov.au

    To download a copy of the Queensland Small Business Week report, visit www.dtesb.qld.gov.au

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