Business growth programs


Noosa Connects brought together local business owners to meet key government agencies to  discuss opportunities and programs that help our local business grow. Our inaugural breakfast was held on November 17 and the following programs were represented.  This was a collboration between Noosa Council's Economic Development team and the Noosa Chamber of Commerce & Industry

View Keynote Speaker Peter Drennan's presentation "Spotlight on Noosa"

  • The QTIC Industry Workforce Advisor program is funded by the Queensland Government to support tourism, hospitality, and events operators address their workforce challenges, provide tailored workforce planning services, and connects eligible small businesses to HR Support Grants of up to $5,000, ensuring a skilled and dynamic workforce.

    More information

    QTIC Industry Workforce Advisor program overview and business registration page

    HR Support Grants for Small Business 

  • The Queensland Small Business Commissioner (QSBC) provides a range of services for small businesses under the Small Business Commissioner Act 2022 focussed on enhancing the operating environment for small businesses in Queensland and reducing the time and costs associated with resolving disputes involving small businesses.
    We provide help resolving different types of business disagreements including a mediation service for leasing disputes under the Small Business Commissioner Act 2022 (SBC Act) and the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (RSL Act). We also help small businesses navigate government to find relevant help and advocate to government at all levels to enhance policies, improve services and streamline practices.

    We also run the Small Business Friendly (SBF) Program which provides the framework, support and tools required to help local governments, Queensland Government agencies and large enterprise to realise their role in supporting small businesses. By bringing people together around a common goal, the program aims to enhance the operating environment for small businesses and provide the opportunities they need to thrive.

  • Trade and Investment QLD  supports QLD Businesses to understand more about exporting and expanding your reach into overseas markets.

    • Ross Tilly is also a TradeStart officer for Austrade, useful exporting tips on GoGlobal Toolkit
    • Michael Virgona  is a TIQ Ecommerce specialist that can guide the international connectivity of your online business presence and offshore platforms.

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  • The Digital Solutions – Australian Small Business Advisory Services program works with small businesses to make the most of digital tools and offers broader advice specific to your business needs such as:

    • how digital tools can help your small business
    • websites and selling online
    • social media and digital marketing
    • using small business software
    • online security and data privacy.

    Digital Solutions offers up to 4 hours of one-on-one tailored support as well as unlimited attendance at group workshops or webinars.

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  • Workforce Australia Local Jobs (Local Jobs) is a program that supports tailored approaches to accelerate reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways. The program is designed to help address current and future workforce needs of local communities. The program focuses on helping individuals get the skills they need for local jobs.

    DEWR Website 

    Workforce Australia (Local Jobs) Fact Sheet

  • We help businesses to start, grow and thrive through grants and support programs and to help keep Queenslanders in jobs. We also assist regions by supporting and maintaining regional partnerships and working with regional business and industry on projects and programs to support economic resilience and growth.


    Business Queensland 

  • Information, grants, services and support from across government to help your business succeed. 

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  • Business Mentoring Noosa (BMN) is a voluntary organisation, based in the Noosa Shire but also covering businesses in the Sunshine Coast, that helps local small to medium businesses (SME's) address new opportunities, resolve business issues or address skills issues, through the one to one mentoring of business owners.

    BMN website 


  • Business Chamber Queensland have a number of free programs, tools and support resources available to Queensland Businesses, including EcoBiz, that helps businesses audit their resource use and reduce costs from waste, water, and energy bills. 

    Business Chamber also delivers Workforce Evolve - a free program designed to assist employers attract and retain a wider range of employees particularly from those groups who may struggle to gain employment through traditional recruitment and attraction practices


    Workforce Evolve

  • Working with you to figure out the ideal solution for your business, the Small Business Solutions program from TAFE is designed specifically for active and operating entrepreneurs and small business owners. You will be guided by an experienced mentor from the business community who will work with you to develop a business plan specifically tailored to your business.

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