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Cyber Security  

Now more than ever the ‘evil empire’ is targeting small businesses and individuals on their computers, phones, and other devices. events

I guess the chambers know about these events and are sharing on social etc. and they are getting good at it! Every minute of every day someone is trying to ‘hack’ in.

Queensland businesses at risk of compromising their confidence, reputation, data and bottom line with cyber-attacks have access to a suite of free, local and accessible workshops and resources to help protect their cyber security – …read more

If you would like to know more and understand what you can do to help avoid being a target, here are some upcoming workshops…
Register for a workshop near you:
Cairns (Oct 6th
Brisbane (Oct 12)
Toowoomba (Oct 13)
Mackay (Oct 19)
Rockhampton (Oct 20)

Media Release:

> Sustainable Business – help socialise this info & share the attached PDF with your members…

> Queensland businesses could be among the last in the country to be afforded certainty as to what it will take for them to be able to get back to business…read more

Grants & Funding Opptys – Here’s a link from Regional Development Australia (‘RDA’) with all of the gov’t and private funding opportunities currently available – LINK

NOTE: for any Dept of Employment & Small Business (‘DESBT’) grants, they are taking about 2 weeks to process (per DESBT).

If you applied and it’s taking longer than 2 weeks, please call them and let them know, as there could be something wrong with the application or possibly they never received it!

Mentoring for Growth

There is currently a free program being offered by the government called “the Mentoring for Growth (M4G) program” and it’s a Qld Gov program which supports businesses grow. They are looking for new volunteer business mentors. Perhaps something to go out to Chambers in your usual catch up?

M4G mentors are business and industry specialists who volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise to help small business owners overcome challenges and identify opportunities through free mentoring sessions.

You are welcome to share the info in M4G communication toolkit and the first of our socials have gone out today if you wanted to share them as well:

Round will close on 31 October.

Please contact Kerry (details below) or email should you have any questions about this free program.

Kerry Thorburn
Principal Project Officer
Mentoring for Growth, Customer Partnerships – Engagement Division
Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
Please note I work part-time – Monday to Thursday
P 07 3025 6475