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Business Planning

Set your business goals and plan your strategy

Get your business off to the best start or map your business growth. Business planning helps you identify exactly what your business is and its journey to success. The following information and resources will give you the tools necessary to level-up your business.

Programs and support

Build a Better Business Program

Join fellow business owners through a hands-on business planning journey. Develop a tailored business plan, marketing plan, learn about auditing finances, supply chain agreements, staff agreements, policies and more. Participate in workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions to successfully complete the Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business (BSB40320) qualification.

Complete the Expression of Interest.

View the course guide.

Email [email protected] for further information.

UniSC Business Planning Course

This free course is delivered by the University of the Sunshine Coast and supported by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. The course provides participants with strategic skills and knowledge that helps future-proof businesses. Over the seven weeks of workshops, participants will build a business plan that will then be presented to an expert panel.

Find out more here.

Digital solutions mentoring and workshops

Australian Small Business Advisory Services provides tailored advice on digital solutions for small business that can save time, money and supports growth. Up to four hours of one-on-one tailored mentoring and unlimited attendance to free and low-cost events, workshops and webinars are included. The program delivers insights on:

  • how digital tools can help your small business
  • websites and selling online
  • social media and digital marketing
  • using small business software
  • online security and data privacy

Find out more here.

Self-employment assistance

Professional mentorship and accredited training are available to assist with establishing a small business. Self-Employment Assistance can help with:

  • work shopping business ideas
  • creating business plans and developing business skills
  • providing accredited small business training.

Eligibility requirements and further information can be found here.

Mentoring for Growth Program

Business Queensland provides this free program for businesses to engage with experienced business mentors to discuss challenges and opportunities. Mentors can assist with:

  • cash flow
  • growth strategies
  • marketing and sales
  • business development
  • finance
  • human resources
  • export and investment.

Find out more here.

Workforce planning course

UniSC deliver this free course designed to help business owners and managers fully understand their workforce. The course guides business through developing an agile and flexible workforce plan to respond to changes in the business environment. The content is delivered through in-person workshops or Zoom. The course includes the following modules.

  • Module 1: Introduction to workforce planning
  • Module 2: Who to involve in workforce planning
  • Module 3: How to understand your business and the environment
  • Module 4: How to identify your workforce issues
  • Module 5: Understanding what your future workforce looks like
  • Module 6: How to assess your workforce risk
  • Module 7: Developing your workforce plan

Find out more or express your interest here .

Workforce development program

This Queensland Government e-learning program is designed to address labour shortages. The six flexible online modules guide businesses on developing a recruitment strategy to unlock new job seeker markets.

Find out more here.

Migration Queensland

Migration Queensland provides prospective migrant businesses and skilled workers with visa opportunities to locate to Queensland. They work with a network of industry bodies, migration agencies and Trade and Investment Queensland contacts to promote the state as the destination of choice.

Find out more here .

First Nations Entrepreneur support

The One Business program delivers training, support and advice to First Nations entrepreneurs and business owners to help guide them in growing a successful business. Delivered over three parts, you will:

  • perform a health check on your business
  • receive procurement training and one-on-one mentoring
  • pitch or promote your business at an event.

Find out more here .

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