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April Newsletter

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Message from RDA Sunshine Coast

What do Sunshine Toyota, Good Bean and Alltech Industrial Abseilers have in common?
These three local businesses are reaping the rewards of the new and ongoing opportunities that have been created by the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital. A project the size of SCUH creates great opportunities for local businesses - many of which are outside of the provision of health services. Come along to the free Ripple Effect event to connect with current opportunities – and find out what exiting new opportunities may await you!

How Sunshine Coast employers can help beat traffic congestion
If Sunshine Coast residents continue to use their cars to travel to work, congestion on our roads will become critical, parking will remain an issue, and our region will eventually lose its unique lifestyle qualities. If Sunshine Coast employers use their influence to change the travel behaviour of their employees it will have a significant impact in reducing traffic congestion on our roads - and improve employee morale and productivity.

The good news is that alternate, subsidised and smart transport solutions for employees are readily available. Employers are invited to register for the free SMART Transport Forums - which could change the way our region tackles traffic congestion.

Committee Member Applications
Applications for Deputy Chair and Committee member positions are sought from highly motivated and experienced people who are knowledgeable about the economic strengths and challenges of the region. The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday 13 April 2018, 5.00PM.

Shanna Douglas
Project Officer
Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast

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As a local business owner have you thought about the opportunities that may exist for your business with the new hospital?

There are a number of ways you can access potential customers in the hospital precinct - regardless of the industry you work in. Come along to the free Ripple Effect event to connect with current opportunities – and find out what exiting new opportunities may await you...

Hear from:
Facilities Manager Spotless about how to connect with them – and what opportunities may exist with Spotless Group beyond the hospital. 
WishlistConnect about how to connect with the 7,500 health staff who are new to the Coast.
Alltech Industrial Abseilers about what winning a contract with Spotless has meant to their revenue growth and business expansion opportunities.

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The Sunshine Coast’s mobility challenge – employers CAN make a difference!

About 85% of trips made by employees are by private motor vehicle.
On average, motor vehicles are parked 95% of the time. Substantial amounts of land and buildings are set aside to accommodate stationary vehicles.
If 25% of the Sunshine Coast population left their car at home one day a week – there would be 40,000 less vehicles on our already-congested roads each week.

Employers are critical to influencing employee behaviour change. Alternate, subsidised and SMART transport solutions for employees are available now. Find out more at the free SMART Transport Forums being held in Noosa and Maroochydore.

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National Cities Performance Framework - Sunshine Coast
The Australian Government launched the first National Cities Performance Framework in December 2017. In one location, you can track the performance of Australia's largest 21 cities across key measures: Jobs and Skills; Infrastructure and Investment; Liveability and Sustainability; Innovation and Digital Opportunities; Governance, Planning and Regulation; and Housing.
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Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)
EMDG provides exporters who are aiming to increase their international sales with reimbursements of up to 50% of promotional expenses. Promotional expenses must be over $15,000 to a maximum of $150,000.

Ignite Ideas Fund
The Ignite Ideas Fund supports startups and small to medium Queensland businesses to commercialise market ready innovative ideas that will help them grow and compete in a global market and create new jobs.

#SCRIPT Advance Regional Innovation Program (ARIP)
The Advance Regional Innovation Program (ARIP) will provide $1 million over three years to develop innovation and entrepreneurial activities across the Sunshine Coast region.

Sunshine Coast Council Minor Grants Program
The Minor Grants Program provides support to community groups for one-off projects, events and activities that benefit the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area. Groups can apply for funding of up to $2,000. 

Work Skills Traineeships
In 2018–19, $37.05 million in funding will be available under Work Skills Traineeships to give long-term unemployed and disadvantaged job seekers access to tailored employment assistance and employment on community, public works and environmental projects

Visit our Grants & Funding page for more grants and funding opportunities
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Four Aussie businesses get $7.4m to innovate for the future

The funding will help get their innovations into domestic and international markets.

The funding has been provided from the Accelerating Commercialisation part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

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Writing Grant Applications Workshop
Not sure where to start with your grant application? Wondering what the assessors want to see? Using the Ignite Ideas grant as an example, Stephanie Moroz will discuss ways to strengthen your application and avoid common pitfalls.
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The Ripple Effect – How YOU can do business with SCUH
As a local business owner have you thought about the opportunities that may exist for your business with the new hospital? Come along to this free event to connect with current opportunities – and find out what exiting new opportunities may await you.
Tuesday 10 April, 4.00 - 6.00PM 
Sunshine Coast Health Institute, Birtinya
Innovate Noosa Networking Evening
Join Innovate Noosa for the first in our series of Innovation Networking evenings. These events are a chance to meet people in Noosa working across a range of industries and gain exposure to local interest groups, potential funders and supporters. Whether you're in business, starting a new venture or are interested in learning more about new and innovative approaches, this is an opportunity to connect.
Thursday 12 April, 5.00 - 7.30PM 
Noosa Convention Centre, Noosa
How Sunshine Coast employers can help beat traffic congestion
Sunshine Coast employers are invited to learn how to reduce congestion, travel costs, greenhouse emissions, and demand on limited parking resources – and improve employee morale and productivity – at these free SMART Transport forums.
Wednesday 18 April, 9.00 - 11.00AM (Noosa)
Wednesday 18 April, 2.00 - 4.00PM (Maroochydore)
Writing Grant Applications
Not sure where to start with your grant application? Wondering what the assessors want to see? Using the Ignite Ideas grant as an example, Stephanie Moroz will discuss ways to strengthen your application and avoid common pitfalls.
Wednesday 18 April, 5.00 - 6.30PM
SPARK Bureau, Maroochydore
Get your business head in the cloud(s)
If you run a small business, you have probably heard of cloud computing. But, what is it and how can it benefit you?
Tuesday 8 May, 12.30 - 2.00PM 
The Hive, Maroochydore
Commercial Disputes
We never want to be in the position of disputes with suppliers or customers. Sometimes in business disputes are unavoidable. As the Scouts say “Be Prepared”. This event is focused on what to do if/when disputes arise. 
Wednesday 9 May, 7.00 - 8.00AM
SPARK Bureau, Maroochydore

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SCBWN 2018 Awards Launch Cocktail Evening
Join the official launch of the 2018 Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network Awards and hear from some of the incredible 2017 award winners!
Tuesday 10 April, 6.00 - 8.30PM
Pacific Jaguar, Maroochydore

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Taste of the Hinterland
Let us take you to three boutique producers located in the stunning Noosa hinterland. 
Saturday 19 May, 9.00AM - 3.30PM
Noosa

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Maroochydore Q 4558
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