WHAT'S ON

WHAT'S ON

eCommerce Meet Up

Swanky, 431 Ruthven Street, Toowooomba

Do you own an online retail store?  Have you been thinking about starting one?  Whether you're operating from a garage or have an existing bricks and mortar store, all retailers and wholesalers are welcome to this meetup run by global Shopify agency Swanky.   Free, registrations essential.

Thurs 30 Jan
6:30pm
Facebook for Tourism and Events

Dalby TBC

• The role of Facebook in your business and destination
• Maximising the features and functionality
• How reach and engagement works
• Creating content that connects with your audience
• Monitoring and responding
• Measuring and identifying what works
• An intro to Facebook Advertising

This is a free workshop, however registrations are essential.

Tues 4 Feb
9am - 1pm
Dalby Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Business After Hours

TBC

Dalby Chamber’s Business After Hours are a great way to discover a new business whilst networking with colleagues and potential new clients.   Members - Free.  Non Members - $20.

Wed 5 Feb
5.30pm
Online Booking and Distribution

Toowoomba - Venue TBC

This workshop is aimed at increasing your sales potential and growing the leads into your business. It not only focuses on online booking technologies for your website, but also covers: 

- Your customers' purchase behaviours 

- Fundamentals of creating a distribution strategy

- Choosing the best online booking solutions

- Optimising your website for direct business

This is a free workshop, however registration is essential.

Thur 6 Feb
1-5pm
Miles and District Chamber of Commerce Meetup
Murilla Room, Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Miles and District Chamber of Commerce is the go to organisation linking business and opportunity in Miles, Condamine, Drillham and Dulacca.  If you're seeking to connect with businesses in the cotton, grain, beef production, gas and renewables industries, the monthly meetup is a great opportunity.  Members - free. 

Thu 6 Feb
5:30pm
Tara Futures Group

Tara Memorial Hall

Tara Futures Group is the key community and business group in Tara.  Come along and share your ideas and enthusiasm to make Tara a great place to live and work.  All welcome, free.

Mon 10 Feb
5.15-7pm
Wandoan Community, Commerce & Industry Meetup

Wandoan Surf Club

Small but mighty, the Wandoan community is working on growth and the WCCI helps link people with opportunities.  This monthly meet up is a great way to connect with local business, large and small.  All welcome, free.

Thu 13 Feb
5.30-7pm
The Business of Tourism - Introduction Workshop

Toowoomba City Library

The first in a 2020 workshop series forming the Tourism Industry Business Capability Program.  Delivered by the Qld Tourism Industry Council, micro, small and medium businesses across all sectors of the tourism industry are encouraged to attend, network and participate.  Free, registrations essential.

 

If you'd like to rideshare from Chinchilla or Dalby please reach out to ariane@navigatorwesterndowns.com.au - leaving Chinchilla 11am, Dalby 12 noon.   

Tue 18 Feb
1.30-4.30pm
The Business of Tourism - One on One Mentoring

Toowoomba City Library

Follow up session to the "The Business of Tourism Introduction Workshop" to assist individual businesses in ensuring their product is tourism ready for distribution and sales. The process will include a face to face meeting and follow up correspondence to establish a travel trade ready rate and fact sheet.  Free, registrations essential.   

Wed 19 Feb
8:30am-5pm
Get Investment Ready

Online Webinar

Without more early investment in female entrepreneurs, it will be difficult to increase the proportion of female entrepreneurs in Australia. This webinar, delivered by Impact Innovation for Advance Qld, will outline how female founders can improve their chances of obtaining investment.  An impressive panel of Female Founders and Queensland Investors have been assembled.    Free - registration essential.

Wed 19 Feb
12-1pm
Chinchilla 2040 Vision Workshops

Chinchilla Cultural Centre

What do we want the Region to look like in 2040?  Join the Chinchilla Community, Commerce and Industry to help identify and discuss the key initiatives that can be implemented by CCCI and others, to achieve this Vision.  All invited - follow the CCCI Facebook page for more details.

19-2o Feb
TBA
Rapid Prototyping and Minimum Viable Product Workshop

Cobb and Co Museum, Toowoomba

Learning how to prototype and develop a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), increase the chance of success by getting a solution or service into the hands of customers as quickly as possible. Delivered by Advance Queensland, this hands on workshop will discuss innovation theory and the differences between a prototype and an MVP.   Free - registration essential.

Thu 27 Feb
12:30-2:30pm
Instagram for Tourism and Events

Toowoomba - Venue TBC

 

• The role of Instagram in your business and destination
• Maximising the features and functionality
• How reach and engagement works
• Creating content that connects with your audience
• Monitoring and responding
• Measuring and identifying what works
• An intro to Instagram Advertising

This is a free workshop, however registrations are essential.

Tue 3 Mar
9am-1pm
Protein 2020 Conference

Dalby Events Centre (Dalby Showgrounds)

 

This full day conference for the dairy, pork, beef and poultry industries will include 4 sessions to discuss:

- Future Needs and Availability of Water for our Intensive Animal Industries
- African Swine Fever - Threats and Opportunities for the Nations Protein Providers
- Industry Updates and Key Investments
- Innovation - Brightest New Innovation Assisting our Protein Sectors 
- Site tour on the following day

$195

Thu 4 Mar
9am-5pm
Miles and District Chamber of Commerce Meetup
Murilla Room, Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Miles and District Chamber of Commerce is the go to organisation linking business and opportunity in Miles, Condamine, Drillham and Dulacca.  If you're seeking to connect with businesses in the cotton, grain, beef production, gas and renewables industries, this monthly meetup is a great opportunity.  Members - free. 

Thu 5 Mar
5:30-7pm
Business Navigator Workshop Series - Leadership & Governance 
Envision Partners Boardroom - 58 Heeney St, Chinchilla

 

Good corporate governance is essential in both businesses and community groups. Delivered by leadership and governance expert Julia Spicer, this workshop is for you if you're leading a team or aspire to.  Learn how to run an effective team meeting, handle difficult situations around the table, be clear on strategy, differentiate between strategic and operational activities and manage risk.   

Part 1 of a two part series on leadership and governance. Workshop 2 will be held in June 2020.    Free.  Limited to 10 places - registrations essential.

Fri 6 Mar
9am-2:30pm
Tara Futures Group

Tara Memorial Hall

Tara Futures Group is the key community and business group in Tara.  Come along and share your ideas and enthusiasm to make Tara a great place to live and work.  All welcome, free.

Mon 9 Mar
5.15-7pm
Wandoan Community, Commerce & Industry Meetup

Wandoan Surf Club

Small but mighty, the Wandoan community is working on growth and the WCCI helps link people with opportunities.  This monthly meet up is a great way to connect with local business, large and small.  All welcome, free.

Thu 12 Mar
5.30-7pm
Business Navigator Pitch Challenge - The Finals

Chinchilla Cultural Centre

Join us for dinner,networking and to witness the six Pitch Challenge finalists battle it out for over $30,000 in prizemoney.  Have you got a great business idea?  Entries close 20 January 2020.  Audience ticket sales are open! 

Thu 19 Mar
5:30pm
QODE Brisbane

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Be part of a gathering of over 5,000 curious minds under one roof.  Workshops, keynote speakers, demos, pitchfest, hackathon, exhibition, networking events - this is Queensland's premier innovation festival.   We have five passes to giveaway, including travel to Brisbane.  Enter via www.navigatorwesterndowns.com.au before 20 January 2020  

24-25 March
2020
Miles and District Chamber of Commerce Meetup
Murilla Room, Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Miles and District Chamber of Commerce is the go to organisation linking business and opportunity in Miles, Condamine, Drillham and Dulacca.  If you're seeking to connect with businesses in the cotton, grain, beef production, gas and renewables industries, this monthly meetup is a great opportunity.  Members - free. 

Thu 2 Apr
5:30-7pm
Wandoan Community, Commerce & Industry Meetup

Wandoan Surf Club

Small but mighty, the Wandoan community is working on growth and the WCCI helps link people with opportunities.  This monthly meet up is a great way to connect with local business, large and small.  All welcome, free.

Thu 9 Apr
5.30-7pm
Tara Futures Group

Tara Memorial Hall

Tara Futures Group is the key community and business group in Tara.  Come along and share your ideas and enthusiasm to make Tara a great place to live and work.  All welcome, free.

Mon 13 Apr
5.15-7pm
400M Agrifood Innovation Forum

Armitage Centre, Toowoomba

The agrifood industries are facing a number of challenges:

  • Lack of connectivity slowing the rate of adoption

  • Slow adoption of technology and lack of connection between different innovations; and

  • Maximum natural resource use

The 400M Agrifood Innovation Forum will help drive the innovation needed to solve these identified issues.  Presented over 2 days - $395.

6-7 May
2020
Miles and District Chamber of Commerce Meetup
Murilla Room, Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Miles and District Chamber of Commerce is the go to organisation linking business and opportunity in Miles, Condamine, Drillham and Dulacca.  If you're seeking to connect with businesses in the cotton, grain, beef production, gas and renewables industries, this monthly meetup is a great opportunity.  Members - free. 

Thu 7 May
5:30-7pm
Tara Futures Group

Tara Memorial Hall

Tara Futures Group is the key community and business group in Tara.  Come along and share your ideas and enthusiasm to make Tara a great place to live and work.  All welcome, free.

Mon 11 May 
5.15-7pm
Business Navigator Workshop Series - Commercialisation & Growth 
Chinchilla, Venue TBC

Delivered by the team at Innovate Queensland, this workshop explores the process of taking new ideas to market, from idea through to execution and is contextualised by real-world situations. It is aimed at businesses looking to grow by turning their ideas into new products or services – or extend their existing ones. At the end of the workshop, attendees should have a better understanding of the practical tools and techniques needed for commercialisation.

 

Key topics addressed in the Commercialisation & Growth workshop are:

  • Commercialisation: designing products & pathways that suit your business

  • Intellectual Property: creating and protecting your ideas

  • Prototyping: Market validation and testing techniques

  • Business Models: Increasing the value of your business

  • Value Proposition: How to make your business attractive to customers

Free.  Registrations essential.

Wed 13 May
2 hrs
Time TBC
Ideas to Outcomes - Group Workshop 1

Western Downs TBC - 1st of four workshops

Turning an innovative idea into a viable venture has unique challenges.  To survive the journey and make an impact, you need to know how to:

  • Express your value proposition

  • Develop the right go to market strategy

  • Build, measure and learn from customer feedback

  • Protect your intellectual assets

  • Reduce investment risk

You’ll also gain a Certificate IV in Small Business Management when you complete all the workshops, online assignments and one-to-one sessions. The workshops are where you’ll learn the steps (and pitfalls to avoid) for creating value from new ideas, including business modelling and IP basics, managing risks, preparing and pitching for investment, entrepreneurial thinking, and collaborating successfully.

Business Navigator Western Downs has 8 full scholarships available for this 12 week course, which commences with a group workshop on 14 May 2020 and should be complete by 24 July.  To express your interest in a place, please email suzie@navigatorwesterndowns.com.au by 31 March.  Full course details can be found here.

Thu 14 May 
3 hrs
Time TBC
Wandoan Community, Commerce & Industry Meetup

Wandoan Surf Club

Small but mighty, the Wandoan community is working on growth and the WCCI helps link people with opportunities.  This monthly meet up is a great way to connect with local business, large and small.  All welcome, free.

Thu 14 May
5.30-7pm
Ideas to Outcomes - Group Workshop 2

Online - 2nd of four workshops starting 14 May

Turning an innovative idea into a viable venture has unique challenges.  To survive the journey and make an impact, you need to know how to:

  • Express your value proposition

  • Develop the right go to market strategy

  • Build, measure and learn from customer feedback

  • Protect your intellectual assets

  • Reduce investment risk

You’ll also gain a Certificate IV in Small Business Management when you complete all the workshops, online assignments and one-to-one sessions. The workshops are where you’ll learn the steps (and pitfalls to avoid) for creating value from new ideas, including business modelling and IP basics, managing risks, preparing and pitching for investment, entrepreneurial thinking, and collaborating successfully.

Business Navigator Western Downs has 8 full scholarships available for this 12 week course, which commences with a group workshop on 14 May 2020 and should be complete by 24 July.  To express your interest in a place, please email suzie@navigatorwesterndowns.com.au by 31 March.  Full course details can be found here.

Thu 28 May 
3 hrs
Time TBC
Miles and District Chamber of Commerce Meetup
Murilla Room, Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Miles and District Chamber of Commerce is the go to organisation linking business and opportunity in Miles, Condamine, Drillham and Dulacca.  If you're seeking to connect with businesses in the cotton, grain, beef production, gas and renewables industries, this monthly meetup is a great opportunity.  Members - free. 

Thu 4 Jun
5:30-7pm
Tara Futures Group

Tara Memorial Hall

Tara Futures Group is the key community and business group in Tara.  Come along and share your ideas and enthusiasm to make Tara a great place to live and work.  All welcome, free.

Mon 8 Jun
5.15-7pm
Wandoan Community, Commerce & Industry Meetup

Wandoan Surf Club

Small but mighty, the Wandoan community is working on growth and the WCCI helps link people with opportunities.  This monthly meet up is a great way to connect with local business, large and small.  All welcome, free.

Thu 11 Jun
5.30-7pm
Ideas to Outcomes - Group Workshop 3

Online - 3rd of four workshops staring 14 May

Turning an innovative idea into a viable venture has unique challenges.  To survive the journey and make an impact, you need to know how to:

  • Express your value proposition

  • Develop the right go to market strategy

  • Build, measure and learn from customer feedback

  • Protect your intellectual assets

  • Reduce investment risk

You’ll also gain a Certificate IV in Small Business Management when you complete all the workshops, online assignments and one-to-one sessions. The workshops are where you’ll learn the steps (and pitfalls to avoid) for creating value from new ideas, including business modelling and IP basics, managing risks, preparing and pitching for investment, entrepreneurial thinking, and collaborating successfully.

Business Navigator Western Downs has 8 full scholarships available for this 12 week course, which commences with a group workshop on 14 May 2020 and should be complete by 24 July.  To express your interest in a place, please email suzie@navigatorwesterndowns.com.au by 31 March.  Full course details can be found here.

Thu 11 Jun 
3 hrs
Time TBC
Ideas to Outcomes - Workshop 4

Online - 4th of four workshops starting 14 May

Turning an innovative idea into a viable venture has unique challenges.  To survive the journey and make an impact, you need to know how to:

  • Express your value proposition

  • Develop the right go to market strategy

  • Build, measure and learn from customer feedback

  • Protect your intellectual assets

  • Reduce investment risk

You’ll also gain a Certificate IV in Small Business Management when you complete all the workshops, online assignments and one-to-one sessions. The workshops are where you’ll learn the steps (and pitfalls to avoid) for creating value from new ideas, including business modelling and IP basics, managing risks, preparing and pitching for investment, entrepreneurial thinking, and collaborating successfully.

Business Navigator Western Downs has 8 full scholarships available for this 12 week course, which commences with a group workshop on 14 May 2020 and should be complete by 24 July.  To express your interest in a place, please email suzie@navigatorwesterndowns.com.au by 31 March.  Full course details can be found here.

Thu 25 Jun 
3 hrs
Time TBC
Business Navigator Workshop Series - Leadership & Governance Workshop
Western Downs - Venue TBC

Good corporate governance is essential in both business and community boards. Delivered by leadership and governance expert Julia Spicer, this workshop is for you if you're leading a team or aspire to - learn how to run an effective team meeting, handle difficult situations around the table, be clear on strategy, differentiate between strategic and operational activities and manage risk. 

Part 2 of a two part series on leadership and governance. Workshop 2 was held in March 2020.     Free.  Limited to 10 places - registrations essential.

June TBC
9am- 2.30pm
Miles and District Chamber of Commerce Meetup
Murilla Room, Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Miles and District Chamber of Commerce is the go to organisation linking business and opportunity in Miles, Condamine, Drillham and Dulacca.  If you're seeking to connect with businesses in the cotton, grain, beef production, gas and renewables industries, this monthly meetup is a great opportunity.  Members - free. 

Thu 2 Jul
5:30-7pm
Wandoan Community, Commerce & Industry Meetup

Wandoan Surf Club

Small but mighty, the Wandoan community is working on growth and the WCCI helps link people with opportunities.  This monthly meet up is a great way to connect with local business, large and small.  All welcome, free.

Thu 9 Jul
5.30-7pm
Tara Futures Group

Tara Memorial Hall

Tara Futures Group is the key community and business group in Tara.  Come along and share your ideas and enthusiasm to make Tara a great place to live and work.  All welcome, free.

Mon 13 Jul
5.15-7pm
Business Navigator Workshop Series - Funding Strategies
Western Downs - Venue TBC

Delivered by the team at Innovate Queensland, Learn how to communicate the potential value of your innovative ideas to grant assessors, venture capital firms, industry backers, and other potential project partners.  At this workshop you'll learn:

  • What investors are looking for

  • What to consider when it comes to grant proposals

  • What makes investors hesitate

  • How to use your value proposition to attract investment

  • How to structure your business for successful growth

  • How to develop an investor-ready pitch

Free.  Limited to 20 places, registrations essential.

Aug TBC
Half Day

Oct 12

10am

Wed 6 Nov 

5:30pm

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