Business programs and projects from local, state and federal government agencies and from local not-for profit business groups below are available to foster business development. Council also sometimes partners with agencies to deliver programs and projects to support local businesses.
The Sunshine Coast is arguably Australia’s leading regional centre for innovation, with a substantial contribution from the Noosa community, and here’s why - view the Sunshine Coast Innovation video.
Take a look at Australian Government's business.gov.au website for ideas and support.
Digital Sunshine Coast Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
A draft map was created by Digital Sunshine Coast to provide a visual representation of the Sunshine Coast’s growing Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. It is designed to capture the support and resources available for new, emerging and established entrepreneurs within the Sunshine Coast region.
By mapping the Sunshine Coast’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Digital Sunshine Coast wants to encourage closer partnerships that will cement the Sunshine Coast’s position as a leading region for innovation and business development.
Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Program #SCRIPT has been launched
Noosa Council, Sunshine Coast Council and Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast, along with their project partners have been awarded Advance Queensland Regional Innovation funding. The funding was collectively matched by a number of organisations providing over $1 million over 3 years to develop innovation and entrepreneurial activities across the Sunshine Coast region.
2018 Grow Coastal - food accelerator program
After a successful inaugural program in 2017, the Innovation Sunshine Coast and the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) are excited to announce that applications for the 2018 program are opening soon. FAN has been appointed by the Innovation Centre to be the Program Manager for the 2018 Grow Coastal Program and is excited to be part of this excellent program to drive growth of food & agribusiness in the region.
The Grow Coastal program provides 12 of the best food and beverage businesses in the region with the opportunity to take part in Sunshine Coast’s first food accelerator program. Budding entrepreneurs can now apply to become one of only 12 businesses to access over $10,000 in value via the catalytic three-month accelerator program, designed specifically for producers looking to scale fast, bring their vision to life and deliver new food and beverage innovations to the market. For more information browse the Sunshine Coast Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.
ecoBiz Program - commenced September 2017
The CCIQ ecoBiz program kicked off again in September, following further funding being announced in the 2017-18 Queensland Budget. Previously, close to 100 businesses have achieved ecoBiz State partnership, cut their energy, water and waste bills by an average of 16%, and saved a total of $255,000. And ecoBiz Star Partners have saved almost 7,350 tonnes of CO₂ - equivalent to 2,880 cars being taken off the road every year.
Over 700 businesses have received personalised, one-on-one coaching sessions which provide tailored advice on how to reduce their energy, water and waste costs. Expressions of interest are now being sought fron Queensland businesses who would like to join the program, save money and reduce their environmental footprint. For more information take a look at the CCIQ Ecobiz website.
Go Local, Grow Local Campaign
The 'Go Local, Grow Local' initiative aims to help Queensland businesses promote their products and services, and encourages Queenslanders to support small businesses and farmers in their community by shopping local.
Back to Work Regional Employment Package
From 1 July 2017, the Queensland Government's Back to Work South East Queensland Program provides support for employers who hire a long term unemployed or young unemployed job seeker in our region. Employer Support and Youth Boost payments are available for employers who hire an eligible job seeker from now until 30 June 2018. For more information take a look at the Back to Work webpage.
Entrepreneur's Programme - Social Media Webinars
The business.gov.au Entrepreneurs’ Programme has launched a webinar series, delivered by marketing and social media experts and targeted towards Entrepreneurs’ Programme eligible clients on social media for business. With more and more customers connecting with businesses online each year, these webinars will provide an introduction to social media to support business innovation, increase productivity and competitiveness, and support business success. Find out more information and register for the webinars at the Business.gov.au website.
R&D Tax Incentive
The R&D Tax Incentive provides a tax offset for the cost of some companies to undertake eligible research and development (R&D) activities by reducing a company's income tax liability. Tax offsets of 43.5% or 38.5% are available for costs incurred on eligible activities depending on a company’s annual aggregated turnover. The 43.5% benefit is a refundable offset. Further details are on the R&D Tax Incentive webpage.
Digital Sunshine Coast
Have you obtained your Digital Scorecard?
Using the State Government's Business Queensland Information Technology (IT) for Business website, take a short assessment to obtain your Digital Scorecard. This is a great way to find out how digitally prepared a business is and how it compares to business-world peers.
GRANTS - You don't know if you don't ask...
DID YOU KNOW that 53 Sunshine Coast-based small businesses have been allocated more than $230,000 through Advancing Small Business Queensland grants. Forty one small businesses have been allocated $181,087 in Small Business Digital Grants, nine have been allocated $38,619 in Small Business Entrepreneur Grants and three small businesses have received $18,400 under the Accelerate Small Business Grants program.
Got your application ready to go? Learn about small business grants on the Business Queensland website.
Business Queensland's Small Business Grants Program
Small businesses keen to fast track growth to create jobs and grow the economy are applying for Accelerate Small Business Grants, which are part of the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20
The Accelerate Small Business Grants offer matched funding up to $10,000 to enable business owners to engage high-level experts and strategic advisors to work closely with them in their business.
Round 2 of this $3 million program has just commenced, following the success of Round 1 which saw 53 small businesses share more than $477,000.
The Queensland Government's Grants and Business Assistance Finder is a very helpful tool for your business funding and research needs.
DSITI and AusIndustry "Innovation Journey" document
Find out more about innovation funding, business support initiatives and product development opportunities available through the Australian and Queensland governments to help develop innovation and grow business.