An expo dedicated to driving small business development and innovation on the Gold Coast will be held next month. The Gold Coast Bulletin Small Business Expo and Innovation Clinic will showcase small businesses across industry sectors.
A key focus of the free two-day event will be educational workshops on innovative business practices, preparing business plans, search-engine optimisation, marketing and software solutions. The expo also will feature keynote addresses from business experts. Stakeholders include TAFE Queensland, Griffith University and CCIQ.
Organiser Chris Davies said small and medium businesses on the Coast would be able to showcase what they do best and gain access to some of the best business brains. :"Small business makes up 98 per cent of all businesses on the Gold Coast, greater than anywhere else in Australia," he said. "We have gathered professionals from marketing, sales, digital platforms, advertising and innovation to give small business access to experts. "We are delighted the Gold Coast Bulletin has come on board with an event aimed at helping to power the potential of small businesses."
More than 40 exhibitors have booked for the event at Southport TAFE on February 27 and 28. Further exhibitors are encouraged to register. Amy Panuccio, CCIQ regional manager, Gold Coast, said: "This event is a great opportunity for all Gold Coast businesses to showcase what they do and gain a competitive advantage through access to critical information." Professor Debra Henly, Pro vice-chancellor (sciences), Griffith University, said: "We believe we can help Gold Coast small businesses grow and become more innovative by working with Griffith Sciences and by ensuring our graduates are ready to develop the next generation of businesses . "
Bulletin deputy editor Ken Robinson said small business was the Coast's economic engineroom. "The Coast is the capital of small business in Australia and a key economic driver for the city," he said. "The Bulletin every week devotes a dedicated section to promoting the Coast's best small businesses because the sector is so important." To register, go to the smallbusinessexpo.com.au