Getting Back to Business Resources – JUNE/JULY Updates
Here's the latest collection of resources we've compiled for your convenience since our last member's newsletter. For members, information about the following can also be found in Chamber's Member Information Centre (MIC) online.
Council adopted the 2020/21 budget at a special meeting on 25 June 2020, which aims to “support our community and businesses to get back on their feet”.
For a snapshot of this year’s $782 million budget, which also lists ‘Capital Works Highlights by Division’ to review funding allocations for Division 10 READ MORE here…
The new campaign “Queensland – You’re good to go”, launched by Tourism Events Queensland (TEQ), encouraged Queenslanders to see more of their state.
“Inspiring us to explore the very best of our own backyards and reconnect with friends and family”, the campaign initially targeted Queenslanders and intrastate travel to “see Queensland first”. With borders now open, the campaign now extends interstate (other than in Victoria) whilst further restrictions are eased.
With key messaging “holiday here this year”, the campaign encourages visitors to get outside again, be “immersed in our natural wonders, and reconnect with those closest to them”.
The campaign, projected to deliver $1 billion for Queensland tourism operators, sends the message that Queensland's tourism industry is open, ready to welcome visitors and is following COVID Safe practices.
So, how does your business get involved? READ MORE HERE…
The Queensland Government has joined with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIQ) to promote the #SupportSmall campaign, which encourages people to shop locally and share the stories of the people behind the business.
The campaign has some great ideas and simple ways for you to promote your business and get involved.
Australian businesses with annual turnover of less than $500 million will be able to take advantage of an extended timeframe to invest in assets to support their business as the economy reopens and pandemic related health restrictions continue to ease.
Further information about recent changes, eligibility, thresholds, exclusions and limits etc are accessible via the ATO website.
The ATO has released a toolkit for small business with fact sheets on home-based business expenses; motor vehicle expenses; travel expenses; using your company's money or assets, and pausing or permanently closing your business due to COVID-19.
As well as several fact sheets for small businesses, the toolkit also includes a directory of links to help small businesses find information, tools, calculators and services to assist at tax time and throughout the year.
This program provides small businesses with grants from $5,000 up to $20,000 to improve their energy efficiency. Grants may be used for equipment and component improvements, energy audits, feasibility studies and/or energy use and emission monitoring.
Applications close August 26, 2020 and are for small business with an annual turnover of less than $10M per annum based on previous 12 months Business Activity Statements.
A high level of interest is expected in this grant opportunity. To obtain more information, check eligibility criteria, and how to apply visit Business Queensland website.
Launched as an Australian Government initiative delivered by Business Australia, the Business Energy Advice Program is a FREE independent energy advice tailored to individual businesses across a range of industries.
The program is aimed at helping small businesses and their representatives get better energy deals, increase their energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.
The "Buy Queensland" approach, launched by the Queensland Government Department of Housing and Public Works, makes Queensland jobs the first priority and is increasing opportunities for Queensland SMEs, ie businesses employing less than 200 people, to supply to the government across six major categories of procurement.
From 1 July 2020, 25% of all government purchases are to be from Queensland small and medium sized businesses, being extended to 30% by 30 Jun 2022.
This target aims to increase government spending with SMEs, building confidence in the sector and creating more local jobs, business growth, innovation, competition and capability to access new markets.