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Welcome to our November issue

As the end of 2020 nears, we reflect on the resilience of Noosa businesses in what has been a trying year to say the least. We hope business is looking up for you and we'll know more when we see the results of the 2nd Business Resilience Survey. As we continue to work to support you in your business, remember to follow our Noosa Connects Facebook page to stay connected with local business news and updates.


Economic Development Team  

business news

Noosa businesses receive national recognition

Congratulations to two local Noosa businesses for receiving national recognition for their innovations:

Fireball.International based at the Peregian Digital Hub was awarded $500,000 from the Aus Gov's The Entrepreneurs’ Programme Accelerating Commercialisation grant.  

Fireball.International will use its funding to help commercialise its innovation that can warn authorities and emergency services in as little as 3 minutes about the start of a wildfire. Learn more

Helitak Firefighting Equipment was announced winner of the Disaster & Emergency category of the Australian Technology Awards in October for their innovative next generation Aerial Fire Suppression Systems for Helicopters. Learn more

Innovation on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast's reputation a a creative, innovative region is entrenched.  Read more about the Coast's entrepreneurial culture in the University of Sunshine Coast's  Innovation Benchmark Report.

International Freight Assistance Mechanism

Are you having international supply chain issues? The Australian Government has committed an additional $317.1m for the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) to keep international supply chains open. Read about support for you.

support local business

Business Support Panel Expressions of Interest open

Council's Business Support Service provides subsidised specialist advice to Noosa Businesses. We're refreshing our service and looking for providers to join our Business Support Panel. 
We are looking for qualified specialists in the following fields:

  • Accounting incl. cash flow/forecasting/insolvency  
  • Business Management & Strategy  
  • Communications & Marketing  
  • Retail Transformation  
  • Arts & Culture Specialist  
  • Human Resources  
  • E-commerce 
  • Digital Marketing Audit  
  • Digital Transformation Strategy 

Support our local entrepreneurs

SunCoast Angels facilitates connections between entrepreneurs and investors and provides a first stop for local entrepreneurs looking for investment. 

The following events are upcoming:

Angel Investor Masterclass 

Monday 16 November 

10.30am – 12.00pm 

Sunshine Beach Surf Club  

November Pitch Meeting

Monday 16 November 

4pm – 6pm 

Sunshine Beach Surf Club (upstairs)

Contact SunCoast Angels to register.

100KECP program  
Local entrepreneurs are incubated at Noosa's St Teresa’s Catholic College. The eco-friendly business initiative teaches entrepreneurial skills with an environmental focus. Support their businesses at the 100KECP website.

Support our Screen industry

The Sunshine Coast Screen Collective is in the running for a grant from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Pitch: Isolation initiative. 

Their psychological thriller script, Two Hours From is one of 20 finalists and if they win, they'll get $10,000 towards this local production. 

Show your support and enthusiasm for our screen industry and help bring Two Hours From to the big screen by liking their Facebook page. 

Business Mentoring Noosa

Our favourite local mentoring group, Business Mentoring Noosa now has a Facebook page. Head over and like their page to stay in touch and hear their success stories. 

Business Grants

Building Better Regions Fund Opening Soon

This program provides funding for new infrastructure and community projects for non-profits including Chambers. Learn more about the BBRF.

Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect 

This program by the Aus Gov provides funds for organisations who provide business advisory services to SMEs to raise awareness and promote actions to address cyber security risks. Closes 30 Nov

New Business Assistance with NEIS 

The Federal Government's New Business Assistance scheme has been revamped to help new and existing micro business owners impacted by COVID-19. NEIS provides small business training, mentoring and assistance in developing a business plan.

Covid-19 International Tourism Adaptation Grant 

This funding boost aims to support regional Queensland tourism businesses that have suffered losses of income because of the international travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. View Grant

Social and Community Participation Grant

The Australian Government is inviting applications from organisations for grant funding for 12-month projects that help enable the participation of people with disability in community life – particularly in arts, culture, sport and recreation. Closes 8 Dec

Economic Development Grants

Noosa Council's Economic Development Grants Program is open all year round support small one-off projects, project partnerships and multi-year programs that will provide economic benefit to Noosa. 

Council update

Business Roundtable

The Business Roundtable acts as a conduit of communication between our business community, Local Chambers and council. The Group met in October to discuss current business conditions and environment, as well as the Local Economic Plan. 

Major Events Policy Review

Council’s Events Policy which looked to manage large scale events in Noosa during the COVID pandemic will now be reviewed in early December.

Business Survey 

The Business Resilience Survey helped Council know how our businesses are faring during the pandemic. Thanks to those businesses who completed the survey, keep your eye out for the second survey outcomes soon to be released. 

View the June Survey Results.

Chat with a Councillor

Councillor Community Chat sessions are held on the last Friday of each month.  Check times and locations on our website and Facebook page 

Events Workshops


Take advantage of Council’s Connecting Noosa free community activities to help boost your physical and mental health after what’s been a challenging year.

Tuesday CHAT with the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (24 Nov)

nbn Support Sessions

nbn is providing 15 minute one-on-one online sessions for individuals seeking some education or guidance on the nbn™.

Have Your Say

The Aus Gov has launched a public consultation for the development of road maps for manufacturing priorities.


Send us your feedback

What business related topic would you like to read about in future editions? We'd love to hear  your feedback!   



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