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Free advice sessions open for business

Daniel Bouwmeester    October 14, 2022    2 min read   

Ipswich City Council is offering a free advisory service for small businesses in Greater Springfield to aid in their recovery from recent economic disruptions, particularly the pandemic.

‘Strengthening Business’ is a four-hour session, held in Central Ipswich at 9am on the Tuesday morning of either November 15 or 29, covering topics that include: business goals and roadmaps, building on current strengths, becoming more resilient, and crisis preparation.

It is being offered free by the Council in partnership with Deloitte’s national Entrepreneurs’ Programme, which is supported by state and federal government, as well as the non-profit Rural Solutions Queensland’s Small Business Financial Counselling Service (SBFCS).

Business owners can come and learn practical ideas and strategies from experienced and independent industry experts, helping them to become better connected and adapt to the challenges of a changing world.

Division 2 Councillor Nicole Jonic, who is also the Council’s Economic and Industry Development Chairperson, said the focus of the sessions is to offer constructive advice and tools for future crisis planning.

“We recognise the impact that COVID-19 lockdowns and natural disasters have had on businesses, and Council wants to ensure that they can bounce back,” Cr Jonic said.

“The floods and COVID-19 brought fast-moving and unexpected impacts for business, and many were unprepared and are still trying to pick up the pieces.

“Our small businesses are the heart and soul of our city and are a key economic driver, so we want to explore new ways to help our local business community to thrive.”

Cr Jonic has assured attendees that the program would not involve any sales pitches, hooks, or after-session traps.

“We look forward to offering our local businesses new ways to adapt to disruptions and turn uncertainty into an advantage.”

‘Strengthening Business’ will be held at Fire Station 101 on Limestone Street, Ipswich, between 9am to 1pm on November 15 and 29.

For more information, visit ipswich.qld.gov.au/bestnextmove or email business@ipswich.qld.gov.au.

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.