The program provides North Stradbroke Island business operators with access to training that will help them adjust to changes affecting the local economy and capitalise on new market opportunities as they arise.
Businesses will be eligible to access skills training and a one-on-one mentoring program focussed on improving their planning, performance and productivity. The three-year initiative will help businesses develop new networks that can lead to new opportunities, ideas and solutions to help them grow.
Business operators will learn to identify new ways to enhance the value of their enterprise so it contributes to a strong and sustainable local business community generating employment and investment opportunities to help grow the island’s economy.
This project compliments and builds upon the ‘Signature Straddie’ program which has been delivered by the Straddie Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Straddie Chamber of Commerce
- Department of State Development
- Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
- Redland City Council
- Tourism and Events Queensland
- Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
- Other relevant Queensland Government agencies
Expected economic benefits
- Develop business operator skills, capacity and capabilities
- Improve business operator planning, performance and productivity
- Expand, grow and/or improve island businesses
- Create a strong and sustainable island economy.
Expected social benefits
- Expand business networks and connect people
- Create new employment opportunities that in turn help improve the lives of residents.
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Provide new ideas and innovative solutions that allow businesses to sustainably capitalise on the island’s environmental and cultural strengths.
Project achievements to date
- Detailed project plan submitted
- First stage project funds transferred to project lead
- Stakeholder reference group meetings held with project partners and key stakeholders
Project next steps
- Survey island businesses to understand training and development needs
- Develop action plan prioritising business development training needs
- Identify and procure training providers
- Promote training opportunities
- Start training (anticipated early 2018)
- Modify planning for ongoing training based on participant feedback
- Meet funding agreement requirements and milestones.