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Workshops organised for Small Business Week in Logan

Published: 19 May 2016

Workshops organised for Small Business Week in Logan

Small businesses and would-be owners will have the opportunity to learn from some of Queensland’s most successful operators at a networking function in Logan on Friday 20 May.

The Get Fit For Change Breakfast, at the Logan Entertainment Centre, is one of several organised for Small Business Week.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Gemma Alker from Club Kidpreneur, a program that encourages entrepreneurial thinking in children
  • Kim Serafini from Mind PT, a system that cultivates a mindset and habits of happiness and success
  • John Sharpe, founder Riverlife, which offers riverside venues, adventures and major events
  • Darren Attard, owner of Jet Pilot Clothing, manufacturer and global exporter of water sports apparel
  • Tony Chadwick from The Chadwick Group, an authority on digital transformation, innovation and disruptive technology
  • Adam Dierselhuis from chartered accountants and small business advisors O’Connells OBM

City Treasurer Councillor Trevina Schwarz encouraged small business owners and prospective operators to come along and take part.

“Small businesses – those with fewer than 20 employees – account for 97 per cent of all businesses in Australia and they are often the engine room of innovation,” she said.

“Yet figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that two-thirds close within the first three years of starting, usually because they need more planning, capital and training.

““This is an opportunity to hear from some of the best in the business, with 20-minute workshops on how to address what we call the ‘pain points’, that is, financial, people, marketing, succession planning, digital innovation, and thinking forward.”

Small Business Week will also see the return of the Queensland Migrant Small Business Expo at the Logan Entertainment Centre today, 19 May, from 10am to 4pm.

Presented by Access Community Services, the expo provides information to help current and future migrant business owners navigate the requirements and obligations of running a small business in Australia.

Cr Schwarz said Council had received very positive feedback on the event.

“The Migrant Small Business Expo has been very helpful and inspiring to our new residents who want to get a business up and running and bring new ideas to our economy,” she said.

To register for the Get Fit For Change Breakfast, visit