Welcome to the new monthly newsletter from RBHQ!

Regional Business HQ is the Wide Bay Burnett’s leading support hub for the business community. We have launched this newsletter to provide valuable information to the business community on grants and funding opportunities, upcoming events, relevant news and tips and tricks. We want this newsletter to be valuable for you, so we appreciate if you can share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve.

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In this newsletter:

  • AgForum 2021 – Tickets now available!
  • Grants and Funding Opportunities
  • Our Partners
  • Our Sponsors
  • Upcoming Events
  • The Generator has a new website
  • Meet our Business LEAP team
  • Vacant suites at HQ

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AgForum 2021

Tickets now available!

Primary producers, agribusinesses and stakeholders of the agriculture sector are invited to participate in AgForum 2021 being held in Bundaberg on Friday, 30th April 2021.

This year’s AgForum will explore export opportunities and megatrends in international markets, take a look at employment issues facing the agricultural industry and will showcase water and agtech innovations. The forum

will be headlined with a keynote address and panel sessions with Trade and Investment Queensland Trade Commissioners from Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The 2021 AgForum will be an excellent opportunity to meet other agribusiness stakeholders working in the region, to interact with an amazing line up of speakers in facilitated panel sessions, and to learn about the latest happenings in the agriculture sector.

Join us for presentations on:

  • International Market Opportunities and Challenges with Queensland Trade and Invest Commissioners from Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
  • Workforce Attraction Initiatives
  • Local Employment Issues in the Agriculture Sector
  • AusIndustry Support For Business
  • Water – Best Management Practice and Current Innovations
  • Wide Bay Burnett Ag Strategy
  • Hinkler AgTech Initiative and Hinkler Ag Hub

For full program details, visit the BFVG website

Date: Friday 30 April 2021

Time: 7:30am-12:00pm

Venue: CQ University, Bundaberg (Building 3, 6 University Drive, Branyan) (Online Attendance Also Available)

Cost: Free

Includes: Complimentary tickets to AgroTrend

Click here to register for AgForum 2021!

Grants and Funding Opportunities

Grants and funding can play a key role in helping businesses grow, start-up or target new service offerings. Each month, we bring you a snippet of some of the grants available that you might find of interest. If you are thinking of applying for a grant and don’t know where to start, contact the team at Regional Business HQ, who are happy to help.

Small business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program

Between $2,000 and $10,000 is available for small or micro businesses to:

  • Prepare for safe resumption of trading in the post COVID-19 recovery
  • Introduce digital technologies to improve business operations, transition into a new way of doing business or to up-skill and re-skill business owners alongside staff to ultimately benefit the business
  • Create and sustain employment to maintain potential long-term growth and continue to meet operating costs

Applicants have a maximum of 6 months from the date of approval to complete the project

For more information, visit: Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program

Community Gambling Benefit Fund

From $500 to $35,000 is available through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, which is open to not-for-profit groups operating in Queensland.

The program allows not-for-profit communities to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities

Round 109 is closing on 30 April 2021

For more information, visit: Gambling Community Benefit Fund | Business Queensland


Up to $200,000 is available for applicants under the ActiveKIT program, which is aimed at:

  • Inventive solutions to increase physical activity opportunities, creating resilience and enhancing capabilities
  • Programs trialing and implementing innovative products or services targeting two key challenges:
    • Increase physical activity participation of Queenslanders who are insufficiently active or
    • Strengthen the capability of organisations within the Active Industry including financial health and work force capability

Applications close on Monday 19 April 2021. For more information, visit: ActiveKIT

E-Commerce Grant Program

Up to $10,000 is available to small to medium sized business for

  • Designed to provide Queensland exporters with up to $10,000 of grant funding to enhance international markets, driving online sales
  • Small to medium sized enterprises can apply for funding to assist with the eligible project costs of successfully marketing, re-engaging or enhancing a new or existing e-commerce presence in an international market

Applications close 23 April 2021

For more information, visit: E-commerce Grant Program – TIQ

Our Partners

Sometimes you come across a hidden gem, and you just can’t stop shouting their praises…

At Regional Business HQ, we are always on the look out for products and services that really help small businesses cut through red tape and remove administrative burden to free up valuable time for people already stretched thin.

Two of the products we are happy to partner with are the Australian Employee Manual and Driversnote. The Australian Employee Manual provides you with a ready to go product that is up to date with all current legislation. Driversnote is an app that makes FBT reporting a breeze! It is simple and easy to use and is available on desktops as well as Android and Apple phones.

Australian Employee Manual believes in making managing your team easy. When you are in a small business or a not for profit, you may not have a human resources professional on your team or cant afford to hire a consultant. That’s where Australian Employee Manual can help. Since 2007 Australian Employee Manual has easy to apply employee templates, processes and forms that have been helping small business owners get back to growing their business or

delivering a service, rather than spending weeks bogged down writing policies.

Driversnote‘s logbook app is always at hand to record your trips and calculate your reimbursement. Save addresses you

visit frequently, add notes and set each trips purpose for a complete mileage log. Driversnote will keep your car logbook ready for download as a PDF or spreadsheet in line with ATO requirements. The best bit is that it is free for 20 trips per month! If, like us, after trying out the free version you think that the app is worth it to save the headache of manually counting logbook trips, head over to our affiliate page and purchase your subscription.

Our Sponsors

NBN Classification – Commercial

Bundaberg, Maryborough and Gympie are three of the 85 regional Business fibre Zones designed to level the playing field by improving the availability of fibre builds and flattening traditional pricing structures that typically favoured capital cities.

The Business Fibre initiative is all about helping unlock potential growth and productivity associated with technology investment and adoption, including job creation. As a key part of the initiative, we’re offering Enterprise Ethernet to

service providers with no up front build costs for an estimated 90% of business locations within the nbn network footprint.

This is part of nbn’s ongoing commitment to helping local businesses access the solutions they need for resilience and growth through access to fast and reliable connectivity at a time when online presence, digital collaboration platforms and cloud-based tools are becoming more significant for businesses.

Enterprise Ethernet is nbn’s premium wholesale business product, built upon a robust fibre network that designed to help businesses of any size, now and into the future.

For more information visit www.nbnco.com.au or contact Deborah Mead m: 0439 398 334

Bundaberg Fibre Zone Map | Maryborough Fibre Zone Map | Gympie Fibre Zone Map

Upcoming Events

Techstars Startup Weekend – Bundaberg

Join us for a weekend full event of Startup experience, designed for anyone passionate about business. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.

This event will be facilitated by award- winning innovation professional Baden U’Ren, Supported by the Generator and Community Lifestyle Support.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder specific skills sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends is the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup

Date: 16 -18 April 2021

Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Location: The Generator – Level 1, 155A Bourbong Street, Bundaberg, 4670

For more information and for registration details, visit: Techstars Startup Weekend Bundaberg (tilda.ws)

Taking Care of Business Webinar: Breakeven point for your business

In the ‘Break even point for your business’ webinar, you’ll learn valuable insights such as what break even point means (hint: its one of the single most important things a selling a service or product), costs verses sell prices and understanding what is eating away at the bottom line profits.

You’ll receive your own workbook, plus a one-on-one session with Entrepreneurship Facilitator Vicki after each workshop. By participating in this future Taking Care of Business workshops and webinars, you’ll join other locals on a similar learning journey and have access and support from peers and mentor Vicki.

Webinar details

Date: 16 April 2021

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm AEST

For more information and for RSVP details, visit: Taking Care of Business Webinar: Breakeven point for your business

Tax Time Webinar

Join Business LEAP and presenter Ben Ludlow from Ben Ludlow Accounting in this short webinar designed to teach you the tools to organise and make sure you have everything ready for tax time – and to make the most of your deductions!

Date: 21 April 2021

Time: 9:30am – 10:30am AEST

For more information and RSVP details, visit: Business LEAP – Entrepreneurship Facilitator Services – Tax Time Webinar

Taking Care of Business Workshop: Preparing your business for sale

In this final workshop in the series, ‘Preparing your business for sale’ you’ll valuable insights such as what you need to present your business for sale, what to look for in an sales agent and some of the costs that can be incurred when selling your business.

You’ll receive your own workbook, plus a one on one session with Vicki after each workshop. By participating in this and future Taking Care of Business workshops and webinars, you’ll join other locals on a similar learning journey and have access and support from peers and mentor Vicki.

Date: 8 June 2021

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Location: 26 Lyons St, Mundubbera, 4626

For more information and for registration details, visit: Taking Care of Business Workshop: Preparing your business for sale

The Generator has a new website

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The Generator has launched a new website! The new website lists all of The Generators upcoming events and open coworking days, and provides you with opportunity to purchase day passes and tickets to upcoming events directly online.

The Generator has day passes and also monthly access passes. We offer people the option to either have 24/7 access to coworking space or choose the VIP experience where you purchase the right to a dedicated desk with a lockable filing cabinet.

For more information on coworking and room hires, contact The Generator or check out www.thegenerator.org.au


Meet our Business LEAP facilitators

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Business LEAP provides practical assistance and support to help you develop business plans and gather information about what is required to start or grow a small business. Business LEAP can help understand aspects of business operation, including legal requirements, licenses, permits and registrations, marketing, financial management, taxation requirements and more. They can also provide referrals to services to help you start and run your own business, and provide tailored mentoring.

Introducing our Entrepreneurship Facilitators

Vicki Leeson - Bundaberg Business LEAP Entrepreneurship Facilitator
Jason Virtue  - Gympie Business LEAP Entrepreneurship Facilitator
Lynne Wilbraham  - Gympie Business LEAP Entrepreneurship Facilitator

If you are looking to book a session with an Entrepreneurship Facilitator or looking for more information on Business LEAP’s Entrepreneurship Services, check out www.businessleap.org.au

Vacancies at Regional Business HQ

Regional Business HQ has office suites available for people who want to launch or grow their business. As a business incubator, we offer a home for people who are looking to expand out of the home-based business, looking to start-up a new business or are growing and need an office Suite. We offer tenants favourable lease arrangements, including a 4 week notice period.