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Small Business, big impact! Southern Downs celebrates Queensland Small Business Week

Next week is Queensland Small Business Week and Southern Downs Regional Council is hosting two special events to celebrate!

The region’s small businesses can take part in a series of FREE small business workshops in Stanthorpe and Warwick followed by the week’s signature event, the Small Business, Big Impact Dinner in Warwick.

Employment expert Robin Grundon will facilitate SDRC’s workshop program consisting of three short workshops in Stanthorpe on 27 May at the Civic Centre and Warwick on 28 May at the Council Chambers.

Council will then host the Small Business, Big Impact Dinner at the Warwick Showgrounds on Wednesday, 29 May with Warwick’s Blue Bird Kitchen and Bar on hand to cater for the event.

The Small Business, Big Impact Dinner will feature guest speaker Jeff Flood from Summer Land Camels who will share his incredible story of resilience and the challenges his business faces operating across multiple industries including tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and retail.

The dinner will also showcase three local small business owners including Power Tynan, Ensbey Electrical and The Physiotherapy Centre.

Councillor for Economic Development, Regional Promotion and Tourism Rod Kelly said small businesses play a vital role in the region’s economy and significantly contribute to the fabric of our region.

“We have more than 4000 businesses across the Southern Downs which employ more than 15,000 local residents,” Cr Kelly said.

“Council’s free workshops will give small business owners the opportunity to learn new skills, tools and ideas to grow their businesses. A successful and growing small business community benefits the entire region through increased employment opportunities and boosting the economy.

“Our Small Business, Big Impact Dinner, along with the workshops, will give our small businesses the opportunity to connect and share ideas, and I strongly encourage all local businesses to take part and attend these events.”  

SDRC’s workshop program will include three half-hour workshops: Building a Better Business: 10 Top Tips Managing Difficult Employees/Absenteeism and Lateness, and Employment Contracts and Policies—Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace.

Local businesses can register to attend the workshops in Stanthorpe and Warwick by contacting SDRC’s Economic Development and Tourism team on 07 4661 0455 or

Residents interested in attending the Small Business, Big Impact dinner can purchase tickets from until Tuesday, 28 May.

The Queensland Government will hold Queensland Small Business Week from 27 to 31 May 2019 to celebrate all the important ways small businesses contribute to Queensland’s vibrant economy.

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