Regions Rising events to keep businesses on the ball
The Regions Rising events will feature rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston and Townsville-born Olympic gold medalist, beach volleyball star Natalie Cook.
They will be held in Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Hughenden, and Normanton in the last week of November with the aim of linking regional businesses with industry professionals and government services.
“During recent visits to the regions RDA became aware of the need to facilitate connections between regional businesses and industry and government bodies to help these businesses boom,” RDA chief executive officer Wayde Chiesa said.
“The Small Business Expo will bring together experts in business planning, marketing and accounting to provide advice to these businesses in a relaxed environment and the dinner event will allow further networking and help local businesses form stronger connections.
“We’re bringing along our fantastic speakers to ensure the night is a great success. We are really looking forward to hearing from Johnathan Thurston and Natalie Cook as their share their experiences and the highs and lows of their journey.”
Representatives from NBN, Smart Precinct NQ, ATO, the North Queensland Manufacturing Hub, the Department of Employment, Training and Small Business, and Business Station amongst others will be on hand to advise attendees and answer any questions.
RDA Committee Chair and Charters Towers Regional Council Mayor Frank Beveridge said the locations were chosen to ensure a good coverage across the North West region.
Depending on funding, he hoped more locations could be added in 2022.
“Part of the difficulty of operating a business in the regions is the lack of access to services and awareness of any available support and RDA are focused on ensuring these businesses are kept informed of these economic opportunities,” he said.
“I know in the Charters Towers region many businesses are busy with day-to-day operations and just don’t have the time to research or pursue available government support.”
Regions Rising is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Regions Rising events will be held in Charters Towers on Monday, November 22, in Hughenden on Wednesday, November 24, Cloncurry on Thursday, November 25 and Normanton on Friday, November 26.
Below: RDA Townsville and North West Queensland chief executive officer Wayde Chiesa at the launch with Jonathan Thurston and RDA Townsville and North West Queensland chair Frank Beveridge.
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