Business Resources for June 2021
The Queensland Government has launched a new digital disaster hub and free app to help Queensland small businesses prevent, prepare, respond, and recover when disaster strikes.
Designed as an online one-stop shop the Small business disaster hub is tailored to small business sectors, providing information to help them manage nine different types of crises from natural disasters to workplace emergencies and reputation incidents.
The Hub provides information for all small businesses, primary producers, tourism and hospitality operators, retailers and construction, transport, and logistics businesses, making it easier and faster for small businesses to access the information they need to manage a disaster within a few clicks.
Resources include tailored checklists, messaging, how-to videos, insurance claim tips, links to financial assistance and downloadable resources to print.
Jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), this initiative was developed in partnership with the Small Business Recovery Advisory Council and in consultation with small businesses, industry and local councils impacted by the 2019 North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough.
How to access the resources
Please note that Business Queensland will be replacing it’s Preparing your business for natural disasters web page with the new Small business disaster hub. So make sure you update your bookmark to this resource.
Fee-free training is NOW available for a range of short courses and certificates with low-fee training of no more than $400 available for higher-level qualifications.
These training places are providing skills needed to find work, re-enter the labour market or explore new work opportunities as Queensland’s economy recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.
Business Health Check is a new online tool from Business Queensland to help you get your business deal with disruptions and emergencies and be ready for change.
The tool will assist in identifying changes you can make to help your business survive and thrive, such as assessing your business strengths, and identifying areas for improvement.
Upon completion you will receive a personalised report with next steps and recommendations, along with links to support and resources.
The Big Plans for Small Business Strategy 2021–23 by the Queensland Department of Small Business and Training (DESBT) aims to help small business thrive and grow through a commitment of $140 million over 2 years.
The objectives of the strategy are to:
- support small business to recover and increase their ability to thrive and grow
- increase the skills and capability of small business owners and their workforces to take up new business opportunities
- drive jobs growth within small businesses
- support local and regional economies and communities.
The Big Plans for Small Business Strategy has 4 key focus areas as follows:
- Skills to succeed
- Building business skills
- Grow your business
- Doing business better
Each focus area is supported by specific actions to help small business at all stages of the business lifecycle in Queensland.