Setting up and running a successful small or medium business is difficult even in the best of times.
Throw a global pandemic in the mix, and the challenges are amplified.
Business people feeling the impact or struggling to get their idea off the ground are invited to register for a free business mentoring and development program.
Delivered by the University of Southern Queensland in partnership with the Scenic Rim Regional Council, the 12-week online program was designed for people looking to get their business back on track, grow or up-scale, as well as up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
Professor Retha Wiesner, founder and program director of the University of Southern Queensland’s Entrepreneurial Hub, said the program would focus on helping business people and entrepreneurs develop the skills, and actions to adapt, innovate, and thrive in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the current challenging post-COVID business environment, this entrepreneurial and business development program can be a lifeline in helping local businesses to reset and reimagine their roadmap to success,” she said.
“Participants will be able to take a great idea to the next level, grow their business or progress their career with access to business experts and like-minded businesspeople they may not otherwise have access to.
“It’s a supportive environment where we learn from each other’s mistakes, exchange tips of the trade, share knowledge, build connections, learn new business skills and be held accountable for our progression.”
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the program would foster local business people to take their next big step.
“Whether you’re looking to expand your current business or have a great idea for something new, this program will connect you with business leaders and fellow entrepreneurs to help take your idea to the next level and realise your business goals,” he said.
“Supporting local entrepreneurs and businesses can have significant flow-on effects, including new job creation, boosting the local economy and adding to the richness of the community and lifestyle.”
Participants will need to commit to weekly online interactive sessions from February 25 to June 4.
The Scenic Rim Entrepreneurial Hub Online Program is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments through the Disaster Recovery Fund.
Applications for the program close on January 28.
Click here for more information or to apply