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Welcome to our February issue

Welcome to our first issue of Noosa Connects for 2021! We hope you enjoyed a busy Summer trading season and that you also managed to take a little time out with family and friends over the festive break. Our Economic Development Team are looking forward to helping your business to stay connected and informed this year through our Noosa Connects Facebook page, our website and this Noosa Connects e-newsletter. 

  

If we've learnt anything during the past year of COVID, it's that support networks are really important, not only from a business perspective but also to your mental health.  If you are not already a member reach out to your local Business Association - they're keen to connect with you. 

   
fast five video

We caught up with Joel Laventure from iO2 Insurance to learn how their business adapted to COVID-19 and what their future plans are. iO2 Insurance are a family run business and provide an insurance broker service to help protect Noosa businesses.  Watch Fast Five with iO2 Insurance below.  

   
business news

Second Business Resilience Survey Results 

In case you missed it, you can find the results of the second Business Resilience Survey here.  The information captured reflects the circumstances of respondents in the financial quarter ended 30 September 2020.  Just shy of 200 local businesses completed the survey. 

   
support local

Support local businesses

The beginning of the year is a great time to join your local Business Association if you aren't already a member. It's a great way to connect with other local businesses, make new connections, get additional support and support local.

   
Business Grants

Noosa Business Support Panel 

The Noosa Business Support Panel is being refreshed with a new team of professional advisers. If you'd like some specialist advice in running your business, e-commerce, HR, marketing, you can arrange a one on one (face to face or virtual) with one of our panel advisors and Noosa Council will cover the cost for up to two hours. Learn more 


Digital BizKeeper Programs 

Queensland small businesses have access to Tourism Tribe‚Äôs introductory and intermediate Digital Bizkeeper programs from now until 31 March 2021. The self-paced programs will help with sprucing up your online presence, growing online sales, Google rankings, email marketing and more. Learn more


Free business coaching 

Queensland Tourism Industry Council is offering free online coaching for eligible tourism businesses. Offer ends in May. Learn more


Tax insolvency relief   

New legislation has come into effect providing temporary restructuring relief for businesses that are trading insolvent. Offer ends in March so act quickly. Learn more


Agri-Business Support 

The Federal government's Agri-Business initiative aims to help agri-businesses expand their export markets. This program includes one on one support services, matched grants and market intelligence. Learn more


   
Business Grants

Business Events Grant 

This program provides delegates, including buyers and sellers, with financial support to attend and participate at exhibitions conference and conventions. Learn more 


Cyber Security Skills Partnership

This fund provides industry and education providers with funding to deliver innovative projects to improve the availability of cyber security professionalsLearn more


Building Better Regions Fund - Round 5 Announced 

Round 5 Community Investments Stream supports new or extended local events, strategic regional plans or leadership or capability strengthening activities that provide economic benefits to local communities.  Learn more


More grants are always being launched so make sure you register with Noosa's Grant Guru, to keep on top of all upcoming opportunities!

   
   
Events Workshops

Great Aussie BBQ - this Sunday

 A celebration for our business owners at Lions Park - hosted by Noosa Chamber. 

Free.  Event info & registration (21 Feb) 


FAN Network Meet the Makers is South East Queensland's largest independent food and beverage trade event, showcasing produce and products from the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie and Moreton Bay. Event Info | (15 Mar)


Tourism Noosa Workshops

Tourism Noosa are hosting workshops for members, including Eco Check, Linked In and Understanding Instagram. Event Info


Noosa Hinterland Property Expo 

An expo showcasing the Noosa Hinterland businesses & property in our hinterland Event Info | (20 & 21 March)   

Innovate Queensland's Money Magnet Workshop 
This free, online workshop explores funding and investment options for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Event info |  (24 Feb) 


Zero Emissions Noosa 

Hear from Noosa Shire businesses how energy efficiencies and solar are saving them $ on their electricity bills. 
Event info | (24 Mar) 


Australian Body Art Festival 

Online booking for all participants now open - Spectators, Artists, and Volunteers Event Info | (9-11 April) 


ATO Webinars 

The ATO offers free webinars on a range of small business topics.   More information 

     
Council update

Signage Local Law 

Are you up to date with Councils new requirements for signage? Council has extended the time frame for businesses to comply with the new signage requirements for temporary signs by another six months until August 2021. All other new signs need to meet the new local law requirements.  New freestanding, pole, pylon and illuminated signs require an approval under the local law. Council Officers will be out visiting local businesses over the coming weeks with info about the new local law. More information

Business Mentors Noosa

Business Mentors Noosa is keen to hear from our local businesses and what is concerning them right now. Responding will take less than a few minutes. Survey

Noosa Alive Reignite

Council's Economic Development team have been working with Noosa Alive to secure Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery funding to allow for a fantastic program for this year's Noosa Alive Reignite, being held in March. View program

Coastal Hazards Adaptation Plan 

Council has completed a draft Coastal Hazards Adaptation Plan to help Noosa Shire adapt to and prepare for the potential affects of rising sea levels. 
Have your say by 8 March. 

Noosa Council Information Hub

An information hub has been launched which provides financial information, council grants, council expenses and other council information providing more transparency and accountability to our local community. Learn more 
     
Pivot

ATO Online Services 

New online services from the ATO to help you manage your tax and super obligations

Telco tips 

Make the most of your telco with a small business tip sheet.

Notebook

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

               

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