A new Brisbane Business Hub offering hundreds of courses and workshops has been launched in the CBD.
The Brisbane Economic Development Agency initiative will offer businesses of all sizes extra support to ensure they are in a strong position as the economy recovers post-pandemic.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said range of industry experts, commercial partners and government agencies will stage workshops and individual mentoring sessions on everything from managing cash flow, to branding, legal advice and customer growth.
Some of these include Gadens, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Westpac, Shopify, Youngcare, the Australian Tax Office and Brisbane City Council business support officers.
“Small business is the backbone of our economy, and this space will give residents a unique opportunity to network with experienced business figures who are willing to help our business community getting back on their feet and in a strong position to survive and thrive in this economic climate,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Businesses have been hit hard and we want to support residents in pursuing their dream of getting into business or taking their operation to the next level.
“The Brisbane Business Hub is an affordable, flexible and accessible space for people to do business or shift their business model,” Cr Schrinner said.
The Hub has modern meeting spaces, digital assets and in-person workshops or virtual webinars, one-on-one mentoring, online learning and a content and resource centre.
Finance, Small Business and Administration Chair Adam Allan said the Hub will offer a ‘virtual’ space, with 24/7 access to information and online advice as well as an actual physical space in Queen Street Mall that businesses can book, or just drop in for casual visits.
“The Taskforce has engaged with businesses, industry, community groups and residents to understand where support was needed most and develop targeted initiatives to assist small businesses,” Cr Allan said.
“It was clear that many businesses wanted support through ongoing skills development, networking and mentoring opportunities.
“The Taskforce has enlisted support from a network of industry experts and leaders and will provide a suite of resources and programs tailored to both emerging and experienced local businesses.
“Whether you’re a novice or a professional, the Hub will provide guidance and support from local experts, covering a number of current business challenges, ranging from managing money and cashflow, through to sourcing new customers, business strategy and legal advice,” Cr Allan said.
Cr Schrinner said the Hub was another shot in the arm for small business in addition to Council’s $7.9 million business relief package.
“Our business fee relief package which has put money back into more than 10,000 businesses and by slashing payment terms to seven-days, we’ve paid close to $490 million to almost 3000 suppliers between April and October 2020,” he said.
The Brisbane Business Hub has a calendar of workshops and webinars launching in late October, led by Brisbane’s business leaders and industry experts.