Business Support Panel

The support you need to grow your business. 

Running a business can be challenging at times. As you experience growth, new challenges arise and often it’s having access to specialist support when you most need it that can make all the difference.

The Business Support Panel is designed to support the success of our local businesses at various stages of their business. The program provides Noosa businesses with free access to specialist advisors across key business focus areas. 

The program was initially introduced to assist business during the difficult early stages of the Covid -19 pandemic.  It now focuses on growing stronger and more resilient businesses that ultimately provide secure employment opportunities. 

The Business Support Panel is an initiative of Noosa Council’s Economic Development team.

How the Business Support Panel works

Noosa business owners and operators can access free personalised support from the Business Support Panel. Noosa Council will subsidise up to 2 hours of support from an approved Panelist.

Business owners can arrange a one on one (face to face or virtual) appointment for up to 2 hours at no cost to them. The Business Panelist will provide specialist advice specific to your business challenge so you can take action in your business.

Business owners may access support from no more than 3 Panelists, with each from a different focus area or category.


The Business Support Panel consists of specialists in the following areas: 

  1. Human Resources & Employment 
  2. Business Management & Strategy
  3. E-Commerce & Digital Strategy 
  4. Communications & Marketing 
  5. Arts & Culture 
  6. Sustainability Audit 
  7. Business Mentoring Noosa 

Eligibility to access the Business Support Panel: 

  • You are a local business wanting professional advice to start, grow, or adapt your business in one of the specialist advice areas listed.
  • Your business has an ABN with a registered business address in the Noosa Shire. 

How to access the Business Support Panel

To engage one of the Business Support Panel specialists, contact the provider directly on the contact details listed on this page.
 

List of Providers 

  • 1. Grange HR Consulting 

    Offering 

    Grange HR provides a range of advice and support to manage workforce growth, productivity, your team and leadership capability. Book a FREE consultation and meet us in person over a coffee, via phone call or an online meeting. 
     

    Compliance, Growth & Productivity
    •    Comprehensive policies, position descriptions, employment contracts and Award pay classification.
    •    Productivity and performance management for business growth.

    Teams
    •    
    Workforce planning, recruitment strategies and managing flexible working arrangements.
    •    Team building and development sessions to enhance the employee experience and engagement.
     
    Leadership

    •    Leadership development and one-to-one skills coaching for business owners and managers to build leadership capability, resilience and manage their teams. 
    •    HR Masterclasses to help manage HR functions, processes and matters more confidently.

    Grange Consulting

    Cost
    FREE (up to 2 hours) 

    Contact details
    Tammy Teplyj
    Telephone: 0425 734 680
    Email: tammy@grangehrconsulting.com.au
    Linked in: Tammy Teplyj
    Web: Grange HR Consulting 

  • 1. Causeway Innovation 

    Making Innovation Happen

    Generating & Implementing valuable new business ideas 

    This service is aimed at owner managers of small and mid-sized businesses in the Noosa Shire. The focus is looking at the big picture by considering personal and business objectives & then generating key strategies to help achieve them. 

    Offering

    Online consultation – typically 60 to 75 mins - to help business owner managers to identify opportunities to add value and grow the business through innovation. This is a chance to step back from the day-to-day business and think about what you would like to achieve over the next few years – ideas to boost your business and make it more fun to run. An opportunity to:

    •    Consider your personal and business objectives for the next 3 years and beyond.
    •    Identify the gap between current position and where you want to be.
    •    Generate new ideas and new ways of doing business.
    •    Review your business model to identify different ways of doing business and generating profit.

    Cost Causeway Innovation
    FREE

    Contact
    Colin Graham 
    Telephone: 0418 594 545
    Email: cgraham@causewayinnovation.com
    Web: Causeway Innovation
    Linked in: Colin Graham 

     

    2. Coombe Consulting

    Cashflow Planning, Business Planning & Coaching 

    I am a 20 year veteran of the big corporate world who grew a conscience and went into SME consulting 8 years ago.  My experience ranges across many industries and functions.  I have also started several businesses of my own, including the Coldstream Brewery in Victoria, so I am speaking from experience, not just textbooks. I specialize in cashflow management, leadership enablement, and business plans/strategic planning.

    Offering

    Offering advice on:

    • Cashflow planning
    • Business plan development
    • Strategic reviews / business expansions
    • People management skills development
    • Advisor management (Making sure you get the best out of your accountants and lawyers)
    • Business coaching (Over the years I have seen it all!)

    Cost
    Free

    Contact
    Peter Coombe
    Telephone: 0425 715 160
    Email: Peter@coombeconsulting.com.au
    Website: Coombe Consulting 
    Linkedin: Peter Coombe 

  • 1. HULK Media  

    HULK Media is a data-driven marketing consultancy with over 25 years of experience and demonstrated results in business growth. We believe the core of all business and marketing decisions are anchored in how effectively your brand engages your audience at every touchpoint they have with your brand – before, during, and after they buy. Our data-driven approach helps businesses make informed marketing decisions that are grounded in facts and grow revenue.

    Offering 

    If you're looking for specialist business guidance no matter the industry, or size, if it’s a start-up or ASX listed, book a 90-minute consultation with HULK Media.

    We specialise in

    • Digital Marketing & Strategy – Google, Display, Social Media
    • Website – useability, engagement, eCommerce, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
    • Digital Transformation & Innovation
    • Business Modeling & Optimisation
    • CRM (Customer Relationship Management) – what software is best for your business, lead nurture, lead scoring 
    • Sales

     

    Before we meet, we will get a good understanding of your business to maximise our time together and follow up our conversation with a written review, including our recommendations.

    Cost: Free 
     
    Contact Hulk Media
    Mobile: 0416 306 675
    Email: hello@hulkmedia.com.au
    Web: www.hulkmedia.com.au 
    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/jaysen 
    Video: Hulk Media

     

     

     

    2. BWitched 

    BWitched is an independent digital marketing and advertising consultant with over 17 years experience focusing on conscious marketing.

    Offering 

    Our consultation will take 60-90 minutes, either via Zoom or in person (depending on location) and is for small to medium size business and organizations.

    You will receive an online questionnaire beforehand and BWitched will follow up with a summary and next steps after our meeting.

    BWitched can assist with the following areas: 

    E-Commerce, which can include: 

    • Quick website audit based on e-commerce best practice (usability etc) 
    • Quick marketing and platform audit 
    • Define gaps
    • Recommendations on what to focus on next 

    Digital Marketing Audit, which can include:  

    • Assess current digital marketing activity (including advertising)
    • Discuss recent developments in the digital world
    • Understand what works &  what doesn’t
    • Define gaps
    • Recommendations on what can be improved

    Communications & Marketing, which can include:

    • Social Media best practice 
    • Paid digital advertising (Facebook/Instagram advertising, Google ads, Microsoft Ads, Native Advertising)
    • Marketing challenges 
    • Define marketing objectives 
    • How to reasearch your competitive landscape 
    • Your ideal customer 
    • Marketing Strategy 

    Cost 

    FREE (up to 2 hours) bwitched

    Contact details 
    Yvonne Pflieger
    BWitched
    Telephone: 0438 693 158 
    Email: Yvonne@bwitched.com.au
    Web: www.BWitched.com.au
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/yvonnepflieger

     

  • BWitched

    An independent digital marketing and advertising consultant with over 17 years experience focusing on conscious marketing.

    Offering 

    Our consultation will take 60-90 minutes, either via Zoom or in person (depending on location) and is for small to medium size business and organizations.

    You will receive an online questionnaire beforehand and I will follow up with a summary and next steps after our meeting.

    The consultation can include:

    • Social Media best practice 
    • Paid digital advertising (Facebook/Instagram advertising, Google ads, Microsoft Ads, Native Advertising)
    • Marketing challenges 
    • Define marketing objectives 
    • How to reasearch your competitive landscape 
    • Your ideal customer 
    • Marketing Strategy 

     

    We also offer a  Digital Marketing Audit  and E-Commerce Support.   (please refer to those topics on this page for more information) 

    Cost 

    FREE 

    Contact details Bwitched

    Yvonne Pflieger
    BWitched 
    Telephone: 0438 693 158 
    Email: Yvonne@bwitched.com.au
    Web: www.BWitched.com.au
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/yvonnepflieger

     

     

  • Lyn Allen Consulting 

    There a range of Business Grants that are published throughout the year which are highly competitive.  Writing a successful grant can be hard work and take time .  It is very important to understand and communicate how you will develop your project, explain clearly how you are eligible and meet the grant criteria.  

    Offering 

    Council is offering up to two hours grant submission support to eligible organisations.  This can be used to:

    • Determine eligibility for a grant
    • Outline the requirements for grant preparation and grant outline
    • Review your written grant application

    (eligibility limited to business related grants only)

    Cost 
    FREE

    Contact 

    Lyn Allen
    Lyn Allen Consulting 
    Contact:  Lyn Allen 
    Mobile: 0401 116 894
    Web:  Lyn Allen Consulting 
    LinkedIn: Lyn Allen 

  • Kevin Wilson - Curator and Arts Writer  

    Personalised  assistance from an experienced visual arts curator, consultant, and writer who has directed and worked across major public galleries in Melbourne, Brisbane, Albury and Noosa covering fine art, craft and design and social history. Founder of the Linden Postcard Show and the Noosa Floating Land art and environment project.

    Offering 

    Kevin Wilson can assist you to understand where your practice is positioned within the ecology of the art world and how you can develop strategies to develop it further. Kevin can provide critical feedback on your work and offer detailed advice on:

    • Applying for exhibitions and grants
    • Writing about your work 
    • Marketing your work
    • Running your art practice as a business

    Cost Kevin Wilson
    FREE (up to 2 hours) 

    Contact details 
    Kevin Wilson
    Telephone: 0423 186 862
    Email:Kevin Wilson
    Instagram: @kevincurator 
    Video: Kevin Wilson

     

     

  • Business Mentoring Noosa is a voluntary organisation that helps local small businesses address new opportunities, resolve business issues or address skills issues through the one to one mentoring of business owners.

    As part of the Panel, Business Mentoring Noosa are offering Noosa based businesses one free mentoring session (up to one hour) to provide the opportunity for businesses to assess suitability before committing to the membership and mentoring program. 

    *Please note that this is an addtional offer and does not count towards the limit of three service providers permitted under this program 

    Please email Business Mentoring Noosa directly to take up this offer.  

    Email: Business Mentoring Noosa
    Website: Business Mentoring Noosa 
    Telephone: 5406 1291

  • One of the biggest costs for business is waste, energy and water bills.  If you'd like advice on how to run your business in a more environmentally friendly manner and save money, talk to the local ecoBiz Consultant.  ecoBiz is a free program funded by the Queensland Government and delivered by the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) that helps businesses audit their resource use and reduce costs from waste, water, and energy bills.

    Offering 

    Receive a free two-hour onsite coaching session with one of our local sustainability experts, such as Sunshine Coast-based Michael Davis, to identify opportunities for your business to: 
    •    Save money by reducing your energy, water and/or waste bills.
    •    Become more efficient and improve sustainability.
    •    Take measures today to limit energy consumption, conserve water and divert waste from landfill.

    Following your coaching session, you will receive a report with tailored recommendations to help your business take action.

    Cost 

    FREE 

    Contact details 

    Phone: 1300 731 988

    Email: ecobiz@cciq.com.au

    Website: ecobiz.cciq.com.au 

*Businesses can access up to a total of three suppliers, with no more than one from each different category. 

Disclaimer: Please note that the advice offered will only be recommendations made by these panellists and does not constitute formal advice.   Noosa Council accepts no liability for the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of the advice provided to any business by any Panellist  to which you have consulted.  Council will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the use of, or reliance on the advice provided to you by these panellists. Council has relied on information provided by the  service providers in assessing their suitablity for involvement in the Panel and does not guarantee the suitability or quality of each provider. Eligible businesses should satisfy themselves that the professional they have engaged is suitable for their needs.