Business programs and projects from local, state and federal government agencies and from local not-for profit business groups are available to foster business development. Council also sometimes partners with agencies to deliver programs and projects to support local businesses.
For more information about business programs, also visit: Australian Government Business website and Queensland Government Business website.
Business Programs and Projects:
A CCIQ ecoBiz is a free program, funded by the Queensland Government, that helps businesses save money across their energy, water and waste bills.
For more information, please visit CCIQ ecoBiz Queensland website.
Go Local, Grow Local Campaign
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 Australian Government Business website.
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.
Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) is the Queensland Government’s dedicated global business agency, with representation in 15 markets across the world who can help you find and take advantage of export opportunities. There is a Sunshine Coast based TIQ office with experienced trade advisors linked to international networks.
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 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 website.