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.
Noosa Biosphere Reserve 'Big Ideas' 2017 Grants Round - now open
The Noosa Biosphere Reserve 2017 Grants Round seeks the next 'Big Ideas' for maintaining biodiversity and promoting sustainable development and living in Noosa. The NBR is calling on all sectors - community, reserach and business - to work together to develop ideas that will see long-term transformational change.
Expressions of interest close Friday, 25 August 2017. For more information read here.
ecoBiz Program - commencing September 2017
The CCIQ ecoBiz program will be kicking 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 wate 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 read here.
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 read here.
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. Read here for more information on the webinar series.
R&D Tax Incentive
The R& D Tax Incentive provides a tax offset for some of a company's cost of doing 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. Read here for eligibility and application details.
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 your business is and how you compare to your business-world peers.
Did you know that TAFE Queensland East Coast’s MAKE Magazine showcases students’ success stories and achievements. Read the lastest issue here.
Business Queensland's Small Business Grants Program
If you are looking for funding assistance, check out Business Queensland's grants page. Learn about small business grants in Queensland. Read how to find grants, apply and complete applications and find out about business support.
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.
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.