WHAT'S ON

Event updates due to COVID-19 will be made as we're advised. 

Please check with the organisation delivering the event before attending.

WHAT'S ON

Wed 1 April
9am-10am
Local Update on Federal and State Government response to COVID-19
Webinar - hosted by Envision Partners Accountants, People Smartz​ & de Jonge Read
Stay up to date on Stage 3 of the stimulus package and how this you will affect you, your business and your employees.  Ask questions directly to Matthew Burke (Director, Envision Partners, Tony Perkins (Director, People Smartz) and Ashley Shield (Executive Director, de Jonge Read.)  Free Webinar Register here
Thu 2 Apr
5:30-7pm
Miles and District Chamber of Commerce Meetup - CANCELLED
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. 

Tues 7 April
5:30-6.30pm
Western Downs Retail Webinar Series
Retail Sales - Online

​During this interactive webinar participants will learn how to maximise sales by determining customer's needs, matching products and services to those needs, and using questioning and active listening to facilitate the sale.
Free webinar. Please register.

Thurs 9 April
5-6.30pm
Financial Resilience Webinars in response to COVID-19
Business Planning Strategies 

This webinar will help you build business and financial resilience. An interactive webinar designed for small businesses in Darling Downs and South West Queensland who are currently or may be impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Register here

Thu 9 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.

Tues 14 April
5:30-6.30pm
Western Downs Retail Webinar Series
Visual Merchandising - Online

During this interactive webinar participants will learn to prepare, produce and maintain merchandise displays that attract customers and maximise sales. 
Free webinar. Please register.

Tues 21 April
9-10.30am
Financial Resilience Webinars in response to COVID-19
Managing Cash Flow

In this webinar, you will be provided with practical information on effective cash flow management in times of financial crisis. You will gain the knowledge and tools to build a perpetual thirteen-week cash flow plan for your business, using Microsoft Excel.
Register here

Tues 21 April
5:30-6.30pm
Western Downs Retail Webinar Series
E-commerce 101 - Online

During this interactive webinar participants will learn about e-commerce and who can do it. Channels available to sell on the internet and getting visitors through your virtual doors.
Free workshop. Please register.

Mon 20 April
6-7pm
Financial Resilience Webinars in response to COVID-19
Panel Mentoring Sessions 

Join a one hour webinar and hear from a panel of TAFE Queensland facilitators and small business experts from a range of professions, such as accounting/finance, legal and turnaround specialists. This webinar is interactive and you will be able to ask questions and gain knowledge specific to your circumstances.
Register here

Mon 13 Apr
5.15-7pm
Tara Futures Group - CANCELLED

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.

6-7 May
2020
400M Agrifood Innovation Forum - TO BE DELIVERED ONLINE

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.

Thu 7 May
5:30-7pm
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. 

Mon 11 May 
5.15-7pm
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.

Wed 13 May
2 hrs
Time TBC
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.

Thu 14 May 
3 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
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.

Tue 26 May
9am-1pm
Facebook for Tourism and Events

Toowoomba, TBC

Delivered by Southern Qld Country Tourism, you'll learn about ways to work more efficiently on Facebook's Creator Studio and you will have the opportunity to explore Facebook Advertising and hear how you can incorporate paid advertising into your overall marketing plans.  The workshop will include the following topics:

• 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

Free, registrations essential.

Thu 28 May
1-5pm
Online Booking and Distribution for Tourism Businesses

Toowoomba, TBC

Delivered by Southern Qld Country Tourism, 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 the following topics:

- Your customers' purchase behaviours

- Fundamentals of creating a distribution strategy

- Introduction to working with distributors

- Choosing the best online booking solutions

- Optimising your website for direct business

Free, registrations essential.

Thu 28 May 
3 hrs
Time TBC
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 4 Jun
5:30-7pm
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. 

Mon 8 Jun
5.15-7pm
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.

Thu 11 Jun 
3 hrs
Time TBC
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
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.

Fri 19 Jun
9am- 2.30pm
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 1 was held in March 2020.     Free.  Limited to 10 places - registrations essential.

Thu 25 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 2 Jul
5:30-7pm
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 9 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.

Mon 13 Jul
5.15-7pm
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.

Aug TBC
Half Day
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.

Oct 12

10am

Wed 6 Nov 

5:30pm

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