Registrations are now open for small businesses looking to host an event for Queensland Small Business Week 2018 (QSBW) being held from 28 May to 1 June.
Minister for Employment and Small Business, Shannon Fentiman said the week is a celebration of the state’s diverse small businesses and provides them with the opportunity to discover support programs to allow their business to start, grow and employ.
“More than 97% of Queensland businesses are small businesses and they make up 44% of jobs in Queensland, so it is vital that we continue to recognise the valuable contribution they make to our communities across the state,” Ms Fentiman said.
“Events held during Queensland Small Business Week 2018 will give small business owners the opportunities to learn and network with other small business owners to help them grow and lead to more local jobs.”
“Last year more than 6,000 people participated in the week long, state-wide event that showcased more than 414,000 small businesses in Queensland,” Ms Fentiman said.
“I encourage any Queensland small business owner wanting to take their business to the next level to take part in our celebration and register an event during Queensland Small Business Week 2018.”
QSBW 2018 will feature new and innovative events and activities including a Small Business Summit and Celebration of Small Business Dinner held on Friday 1 June 2018.
The Summit will give small businesses an opportunity to hear from a variety of experts and provide opportunities to collaborate and learn, whilst the Celebration of Small Business Dinner will showcase the new digital gallery featuring Queensland’s 100 Faces of Small Business, which is currently open for nominations.
“The State Government recognises small businesses are the engine room of our Queensland economy,” Ms Fentiman said.
“Our successful Back to Work program has given almost 70% of grants to small businesses that are creating jobs for Queenslanders.”
As a QSBW 2018 event host, you will be supporting small businesses and local operators in your region. Event hosts are able to promote their events on the Business Queensland website and receive promotional support, while building your organisational profile.
Each event host will receive a pack with a range of print and electronic resources including posters, cards and templates.
To register your QSBW 2018 event, visit www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessweek.