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June Newsletter

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Message from Director Regional Development

A New Chapter
It is with a great deal of excitement that I take on the role of Director Regional Development (DRD) with RDA Sunshine Coast. In many ways it is a fresh beginning with a new Charter from the Federal Government, a new Chair with Carol Cashman’s recent appointment and a new Committee that will soon be finalised. One of the first tasks will be to develop a three-year strategic plan for the organisation - we will be reaching out to our key partners and stakeholders for input over the next few weeks. We will also make sure we build on the great work that has already been done by RDA Sunshine Coast. I would also like to thank my predecessor, Darrell Edwards, for all his hard work and for a smooth handover - as well as for his ongoing passion for the Sunshine Coast.

Small Business Week
RDA Sunshine Coast was delighted to be a partner of the Queensland Small Business Week Breakfast that was organised by the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance. It was great to see over 300 people in attendance, and to hear inspirational stories from new businesses on the Coast as well as some small businesses that are rapidly becoming medium sized businesses.

The Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2018 were also launched at the breakfast and I would strongly encourage all interested businesses to take part.

Phil Harman
Director Regional Development 
Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast

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Local technology entrepreneurs set to light up Digital Hub
Noosa Council has approved an exciting tenancy mix for the new Digital Hub at Peregian Beach. This follows a tender for private office tenancies and a registration of interest process for co-workers.
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Need help with your import or export activities?
Need help with your import or export activities? There may be loans, funding, subsidies and support available for your business. Visit business.gov.au to find assistance in the form of grants, low-interest loans, tax and tariff concessions and more.
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Queensland’s Regions Trading Globally
Queensland’s Regions Trading Globally highlights the key sectors and industries with investment and export potential.

Find out about key sectors, innovative and emerging industries, and investment opportunities on the Sunshine Coast - and across Queensland. Also find links to government trade and investment assistance, and access to the Queensland Trade Collaboration Portal.
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Applications now open!

THE Sunshine Coast’s longest established business awards have been celebrating business success since 1995 and from this year they will be Managed by the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance, bringing a stronger, region-wide focus to the prestigious awards.

Enter today for your chance to be recognised.

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Sunshine Coast businesses featured in the '100 Faces of Small Business'
Representing 17 industries, across every region of Queensland, the 100 Faces of Small Business are true advocates for small business in their community.

100 Faces of Small Business aims to inspire others to start, grow and employ more staff for their own small business.
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QLD Connect - Statewide Startup Survey

The level of entrepreneurial activity in Queensland has come a long way over the last few years. The challenge is capturing the cold hard facts about these new entrepreneurial activities: where are they located, who is involved and how quickly are they developing?

Have your say in the survey and help us to capture accurate data which will help to shape and inform policy decisions.

Survey
Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program
The Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program provides matched funding of up to $5,000 for new small businesses access to professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing a business.

#SCRIPT Advance Regional Innovation Program (ARIP)
The Advance Regional Innovation Program (ARIP) will provide $1 million over 3 years to develop innovation and entrepreneurial activities across the Sunshine Coast region.

Visit our Grants & Funding page for more grants and funding opportunities
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Small Business Solutions

With the right skills, it is possible for any individual or business to turn lofty goals into measurable realities. Small Business Solutions is dedicated to helping you design and implement the big ideas you have for your business. Delivered through a series of workshops and one-on-one mentoring, we work with you to figure out the ideal solution for your business.
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The future of work in Noosa
CCIQ Noosa is hosting an event on 7 June to share stories about “The Future of Work in Noosa”. Noosa is uniquely positioned to realise the opportunities that global connectivity provides. This event is designed to share stories of how we see the future of working in Noosa. By sharing these stories and understanding the impacts we can inform decision making and better provision for business enabling resourcing, training and infrastructure. 
Thursday 7 June, 5.00-8.00 PM
Noosa
Tendering Workshop - Helping your business make the connection
Tendering for business workshops help you maximise your chances of winning work, including on major projects. In this interactive workshop, you will learn the art of developing and submitting tenders.
Thursday 7 June, 8.30AM-12.30PM
Maroochydore
Growing your business through social media
Does the world of social media still baffle you? Is your business missing out because you're not effectively using social media?  Join FAN and Sophie Hansen from Local is Lovely and My Open Kitchen to talk to you about how you can use social media to turn your customers into advocates and build communities to help your business grow.
Tue 12 June, 5.00PM - 7.30PM
Woombye
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Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo
The 16th annual Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo presents an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in education and training or those seeking professional career development and employment opportunities.

The Job Shop is organised in conjunction with the Expo, presenting career seekers with "real jobs" and the opportunity to meet face to face with local and national employers. A variety of positions will be available and can be viewed on the website closer to the event. 
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Noosa Hill Climb
The Noosa Hill Climb is one of Australia's premier hill climb events, taking drivers over the uphill course with 14 corners winding through Tewantin National Park, just 15 minutes from Noosa Heads. 
Fri 8 June (street parade)
Sat 9 - Sun 10 June (hill climb)
Various, Noosa

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Sea N Sound Festival
The Sunshine Coast will once again be celebrating the region, its culture and its diversity as artists including Paul Kelly, Kingswood, Harts and the Pierce Brothers come together for this years Sea N Sound Festival to celebrate the local coastal lifestyle.
Sat 9 June, 12-10PM
Mooloolaba
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Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show
In 2018 the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show will celebrate its 113th Show. This year we will be hosting a three day event that will provide exceptional opportunities to showcase the extraordinary diversity found on the Sunshine Coast. This event enables us to keep our history alive, unites country and city; and promotes our iconic agricultural industries.
15 - 17 June
Nambour
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Grow Coastal Demo Day
Join the Innovation Centre for a morning of local food, networking and product exhibition to celebrate the conclusion of the Innovation Centre’s 2018 Grow Coastal program. 12 of the Sunshine Coast's most exciting foodpreneurs will present their products and showcase what they've learned about accelerating their business over the past three months.
Tue 17 July, 10.00AM - 1.00PM
Sippy Downs
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Velothon Sunshine Coast
Welcome to the ultimate winter cycling escape, bringing together a stunning riding location, dream riding conditions and a world class rider experience on and off the bike. Velothon Sunshine Coast is a Gran Fondo style, mass participation cycling event in and around the renowned hinterland and coastal roads of the Sunshine Coast.
12-22 July
Various
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NOOSA Alive!
NOOSA alive! is 10 days and nights of supreme culture and entertainment with performances in dance, music, literature, food, theatre, a Festival of Thought, visual arts, film, cabaret and free events. 
20-29 July
Noosa

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