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Welcome to Noosa Connects
Supporting Noosa Business to Connect. Plan. Grow
This month, the Premier announced a Plan for Queensland's Borders. We look forward to welcoming interstate visitors again as we meet our vaccination targets and open our borders, scheduled for before Christmas. Excitement is also building for this weekend's Noosa Triathlon. We wish all the competitors good luck and look forward to seeing our retailers and hospitality vendors full of patrons. And finally, we congratulate all the Noosa businesses and individuals named Finalists in both the Noosa Biosphere Awards and Sunshine Coast Business Awards. There is much to celebrate!  In this issue:
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Fast Five with Cooroy Termite & Pest Control
They may be a traditional business but Shane and wife Lorna O'Donnell have developed an innovative way to run their business. Cooroy Termite & Pest Control have found an environmentally responsible solution to traditional termite control and their goal is to stop 1000 tonne of chemical leaching into our Noosa Biosphere environment. Watch this Fast Five with Cooroy Termite and Pest Control
Noosa Biosphere Awards Finalists Announced 
The Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation announced the Finalists for the inaugural Noosa Biosphere Awards 2021. Well done and congratulations to all of the entrants and finalists. Noosa Council Economic Development sponsored the People & Economy Category Award. The three finalists are: EarthTech, Plastic Free Noosa, Noosa Environmental Education Hub. Winners will be announced at the Noosa Biosphere Wild Koala Gala on Tuesday 2 November at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas. Tickets here
Don't waste it. Re-use it!
Ever thought how coffee grounds could be repurposed as kitty litter? That’s one example of how the Aspire Marketplace is helping to reduce landfill and improve the circular economy. As a business you can trade, exchange or sell your unwanted waste with the ASPIRE program. Reduce your waste disposal costs and put your waste to good use. Business with less than 100 staff can become a member for free thanks to Noosa Council. Find out how to join or check out CCIQs upcoming webinar in the below events section.
New FAN Noosa Membership Coordinator
FAN has a new Noosa Membership Coordinator. Mim McWilliam has joined the team to help create opportunities for the food and agriculture industry in Noosa. If you’re not yet a member of FAN, contact Mim! A special congratulations also to FAN General Manager, Emma Greenhatch for winning Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award. Meet the FAN team here
Sunshine Coast Business Awards Finalists Announced
Congratulations to all 15 businesses in the Noosa Shire who are finalists in the 10 categories of the Sunshine Coast Business Awards. Sunshine Coast Business Awards Chair Jennifer Swaine said this year’s entries were of a very high calibre, with all entrants doing a lot of work putting their entries together. We wish our local businesses all the best on awards night. View finalists
business support
Business Support Panel
Running a business can be challenging at times. As you experience growth, new challenges arise and often it’s having access to specialist support when you most need it that can make all the difference. Get the support you need to grow your business with the Noosa Council’s subsidised Business Support Panel.
30 Day Small Business Health Kick
Are you feeling lost or defeated in your business development journey? Check out Navii’s 30 Day Small Business Health Kick series to help you. A growing number of people are choosing to start or expand a business online. It's important to know that your online responsibilities are the same as if you were operating a physical shop. 
Online business rights & responsibilities
The ACCC regularly hear from small business owners who have run into difficulty because they weren’t clear on their rights or responsibilities. To prevent this, they have collated a list of guidance material to help you protect yourself, your business, and your customers' rights.
COVID-19 Vaccination and the Workplace
All Australians over the age of 12 now have access to a free COVID-19 vaccine. It's important for you to know your rights and obligations regarding vaccinations for your workplace and your employees.
Business Mentoring Noosa
Business Mentoring Noosa still have a few free mentoring spots available, subsidised by Noosa Council. You’ll be paired with a mentor to guide, support and provide advice as you run your business. Learn more
Red Tape Survey 
From audits to permits, the regulatory compliance businesses face daily can cost you valuable time and money. CCIQ is conducting a survey about red tape which will highlight to government the red tape that's inhibiting your business. Take the survey
Pre-Apprenticeship Support Program
A new employment based, pre-apprenticeship pathway will help more than 300 people across Queensland, while the extension of existing programs will support hundreds more. This is one of various subsidised programs to assist employers upskill their workforce. Learn more

Have your say on QLD's Innovation Strategy 

The QLD government want to hear from you about issues & opportunities to grow QLD"s innovation places, to discover what our shared vision and aspirations could be and how we meet our innovation potential.  Read the Discussion Paper and submit your feedback here

Business Grants
COVID-19 Business Support Grants 
Applications for the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants are now open. All eligible businesses who apply for a grant during the 3-month application period will receive funding. Applications close in November. Apply Now
Tourism & Hospitality Hardship Program 
Tourism & hospitality businesses will be able to apply for grants from the Hardship Program from October.  This will provide one off grants of up to $50,000 to eligible  businesses facing hardship as a result of restrictions & interstate lockdown. 
Noosa Economic Development Grants
Noosa Council’s Economic Development Grant Program supports projects that will have a positive impact on Noosa’s business environment, economy and encourages local partnerships.
Young Professionals Mentoring Program
The program offers a competitive edge for employees working in the tourism & hospitality industry, who wish to receive guidance from industry experts and see their career progress. Applications are opening soon & participants are matched with senior industry professionals for 6 mths from Feb to July.
Go Global Export Program
Queensland’s export-ready small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could receive support to finalise an export deal in a new market. The funding is designed to help businesses overcome specific challenges they are facing with a planned export transaction through matched funding up to $25,000.
Grant Writing Tips
Grant funding is highly competitive. Assessors will be reviewing many applications so it's crucial that you present a concise easy to read application that addresses all the stated requirements. 
Access these great grant writing tips before your next application.

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

climate change
Revised Draft Coastal Hazard Adaptation Plan 
We're currently seeking Noosa residents’ views on a revised Draft Coastal Hazard Adaptation Plan. Following more consultation and six roundtable forums, Noosa Council has developed what it considers a more "balanced and workable" plan. To see what's changed or to provide a comment. 
climate survey
Climate Action Response Survey
Noosa and Sunshine Coast councils have joined forces to develop a climate action roadmap to prepare for climate events and the opportunities that can come from this. This will build on the work that Noosa is already doing to address climate change, knowing that climate change is a much broader issue with regional implications. Have your say by 31 October
employment roadmap
Noosa Employment Precincts Activation Roadmap
Noosa Council have secured $50,000 through the Australian Government's Building Better Regions Fund. Already highly regarded for our tech-innovation, this boost to the new strategic document will provide a roadmap to grow new diverse employment and business opportunities.
STA local law
New Short Term Stay Local Law
Noosa is set to become the first Council in Queensland to adopt a new local law to help manage the impact of short-stay and home-hosted accommodation properties on residential amenity. Coming into effect next year, the new STA local law aims to ensure property owners are being good neighbours, and dealing with issues as they arise.
ATO Webinars  
Check out a range of business webinars hosted by the ATO, including: Considering your small business viability; Starting your small business; Budgeting; Intro to business records.  More information
Industry Meetups at Digital Hub
The Digital Hub provides access to a range of industry groups who host regular meet-ups for networking and learning. 
Fair Work Ombudsman Small Business webinar
The webinar will cover workplace obligations including minimum wages, pay slips, record-keeping and the FWO’s free templates, tools and resources. 28 October | Register
Supporting small business owners mental health
This webinar with Beyond Blue aims to raise awareness around business owners mental health & provide support strategies.    
Friday 29 October | Register
COVID & Business 
Download a range of COVID-19 business health and safety posters, signs, fact sheets and resources.

Business Associations

Join your local Business Association to connect with other local businesses, & get additional support.


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