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  • 27 Feb 2020
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Our international broadband cable is finally here

Queensland’s first direct international data and telecommunications connection to global markets is currently under going final testing, after the undersea fibre-optic cable was pulled ashore and connected to our cable landing station in Maroochydore at Christmas.The project will deliver Australia’s fastest telecommunications connection to Asia from the East Coast.


  • In the "I do" industry

    14 February 2020
    Are you in the "I do" industry? If you know people who have been hit by Cupid’s bow and pop the question this Valentine’s Day, why not consider a romantic Sunshine Coast park or beach to celebrate their special day? Whether your clients are envisaging a jaw-dropping ocean vista or a rustic bushland backdrop, there’s a plethora of Insta-worthy ceremony spots sprinkled throughout the coast. Visit search ‘wedding’ for more information.

  • Turn a creative idea into a sustainable business
    12 February 2020
    Following its hugely successful launch in 2019, The Refinery creative incubator will return to the Sunshine Coast in 2020. The free eight-week program joins the dots between creativity and business and sees participants take part in an incubator program to refine, test and launch their creative ideas as a sustainable business. Find out more and submit an expression of interest.

  • Sunshine Coast in Top7 again
    11 February 2020
    The Sunshine Coast continues to strengthen its reputation on the world stage with the announcement the region is a Top7 Global Intelligent Community for the second successive year. The New York-based Intelligent Community Forum announced the finalists in the annual Top7 Awards in Taiwan. The Sunshine Coast is now in the running again for the prestigious Intelligent Community of the Year award, to be announced in June. Read more in News.

  • Leverage the Place2Play way
    8 February 2020

    If you are a Caloundra business make sure you leverage the Place2Play artistic activations popping up throughout the streets, parks and laneways. The first Place2Play event, Street Love, will take over Felicity Park on Valentine’s Day. The full Place2Play program will be revealed soon so stay tuned and start planning for how you can leverage these events to boost your business. Find out more about Place2Play.

  • Become a council supplier
    7 February 2020
    Ever thought about being a supplier to council? Make sure you come along to our free information forum for local suppliers to gain a greater understanding of council’s contracting and operational processes and policies. Find out all about the upcoming capital works and service contracts and take the opportunity to speak with council officers from across the organisation to have all your supplier questions answered. Register today for the 27 February event, at Venue 114, from 8-10am.
  • Health in the spotlight
    6 February 2020
    In the health industry? Don't miss the inaugural Sunshine Coast Health Symposium, 18-20 March. The event will be held at Sunshine Coast Health Institute, at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. The three-day event showcases innovation, diversity and excellence in health. Get along to informative presentations on education, research, innovation, safety and quality, working in partnership, and population and community health. Check out the full program and register.

  • Business reads
    5 February 2020
    There are many articles about why business owners should keep reading, learning and sharing, so we are going to show you some of the interesting business reads we love. This month we look at Everything Is Figureoutable by "a thought leader for the next generation" Marie Forleo. Make sure you write down your business goals today, she says. Share your best business reads with us today!

  • Boost business with Elton
    4 February 2020
    Want to enjoy part of the $4.17 million estimated Elton John

    economic impact? Tickets have been purchased from every state and territory and more than 13,000 visitors are expected next month. Visitors are being encouraged to stay and play, so they are looking for places to go, things to do, food to taste and unique things to experience. If your menu will feature his favourite dish - risotto; or you will be theming your business; or hosting an Elton-themed event let fans know by using #farewellyellowbrickroad #eltonjohnfarewelltour #tinydancers #Rocketman

  • Become a mentor or mentee
    1 February 2020
    Make 2020 your year! Refine your business strategy, map out the direction that your business should be taking and assist in setting goals for your business to succeed. Whether you're new to running a business or a seasoned business owner, a mentor can always help you reach new heights. Take an objective look at your business, brainstorm ideas and plan for the future, get an independent sounding board from an impartial source with no vested interest, inject new energy into your business and take it to the next level this year. Register today!
  • New home paves way for world-leading growth
    28 January 2020

    Sunshine Coast company Zone RV is revolutionising the global off-road caravan industry. The world-leading company has grown from 2015 startup to employing more than 90 staff and bringing nearly $40 million to the SunshineCoast economy. Economic Development Portfolio Cr Steve Robinson said "this is an incredible success story for the Sunshine Coast - three people blessed with an idea, ambition and entrepreneurial energy, and now, we have here one of the leading caravan manufacturers in the world - Zone RV. It is a privilege and an honour to be part of this."

  • Making a difference
    24 January 2020

    Important recognition and wonderful support from the business community for a local inspirational and dedicated founders. Congratulations to Mark Forbes who is the 2020 Sunshine Coast Citizen of the Year. Mark founded endED, a Sunshine Coast service that provides support to people with eating disorders and their families. In partnership with the Butterfly Foundation, Mark has worked tirelessly to raise more than $2.8 million to develop endED Butterfly House, Australia’s first national residential treatment facility for eating disorder sufferers.

  • Business blog
    20 January 2020
    Banking feeds (not fees!) are game-changing when it comes to small business banking. Make sure you read this month's Level Up blog, Council's small business digital upskilling program, to see how syncing bank feeds to your accounting software can help you keep on top of the game. Make sure you check back in to the Level Up website each month to read the latest business blog to help you achieve your goals.

  • Diversify your client base
    17 January 2020
    Florist? Mechanic? Accountant? Are you looking to make new business or community connections? The 2020 Anywhere Festival is seeking businesses, office space, homes and even backyards to host performances across the Sunshine Coast. If you have a warehouse, shed, Queenslander homes, garages, a unit, a balcony, a sauna, or even just a driveway then make sure you expand your customer base by registering your interest to host and sharing your great performance locations.
  • Sustainable business tips
    7 January 2020
    Water is an important issue for all of us. There are steps to take to be more water efficient and manage some of the increasing costs in business, such as checking water bills for inaccuracies, reducing consumption by detecting leaks early, and saving by installing water-efficient taps and appliances. Unitywater can help you manage your water usage and there are Sunshine Coast companies that can assist with water audits at your workplace. Check back next month for more sustainability business tips to help you save money and the planet.
  • New report shows exciting Sunshine Coast growth
    December 2019

    New CBRE report shows population growth, increased skilled workforce, strong investment in infrastructure, upgrades to transport, and the enhancement in data technology  through the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network has lead to our Sunshine Coast property landscape changing with notable developments across the office, industrial, retail and residential sectors.

  • High-speed data
    13 December, 2019

    Make sure you get your business ready for our bright fast data future! In preparation for the submarine cable connection later this month, the landside fibre network has been delivered along with works on the horizontal directional drilling required to facilitate the landing of the cable. Council will soon start the installation phase for the 550km undersea fibre optic cable and then we are full steam ahead for service next year.

  • Tourism precinct
    13 December, 2019

    From big data to the Big Pineapple! The multi-million-dollar upgrade of the Sunshine Coast’s most iconic tourism attraction is now approved by council. Total value of the development works is projected to be more than $115 million and the master plan will realise 815 jobs during construction and 700 ongoing permanent jobs. This could see increased visitation to 1 million visitors yearly, with more than 500,000 overnight local stays in the region.  

  • Get tech savvy
    13 December, 2019

    Give your business a boost through our 12-module Level Up Program and make sure you keep up in this digital world. Aimed at helping local small and medium businesses to have the necessary skills and capacity to fully utilise digital tools, innovation principles and business solutions, this program enables you to improve productivity, profitability and the ability to compete nationally and internationally. Visit Level Up and watch the videos

  • Planning for the future
    13 December, 2019

    We can also help you make your 2020 business year be a success through our resource providing powerful local government area data to help you plan. Target market selection, finance application assistance and the best locations are all ways your business can benefit. Make sure you also plan your workforce with this suite of user-friendly resources to support small and medium-sized businesses to undertake workforce planning. Download the toolkit

  • Quick tech tips
    13 December, 2019

    Spoil your business self this Christmas through a suite of apps to help you streamline and keep on top of your finances, files, communication, and so much more, and don't forget ASIC's Money Smart First Business app too. If you are looking for some holiday business reading make sure you take a look through the Starting A Business Guide

  • Online business security
    13 December, 2019

    A Sunshine Coast not-for-profit is helping to keep your business, yourself and your family safe online. iDcare provides critical front-line services to the growing number of people affected by increasingly sophisticated online scams and the misuse of identity information.

  • Drought support
    13 December, 2019

    The Sunshine Coast Council area has been drought-declared. We know local agribusinesses are facing tough times so we have added a drought funding button to our Funding Finder portal to make it easier to access support. Jump onto our B-Well & Prosper portal to ensure your wellbeing is supported and get in touch with our Local Business Support Program Officers for additional help. Access more assistance at Business Gateway, Export Program, Level Up, Business Development, Food Handling and ecoBiz

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