Register for free small business workshops to gain big ideas!

Published on 10 May 2019


From tips on increasing your business’ cyber security to becoming export ready and even learning how to tap into major projects like the Shoalwater Bay Military expansion – local small businesses are invited to Advance Rockhampton’s free Small Business workshop, Friday 31 May.

As part of Small Business Week, Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said the Advance Rockhampton team has pulled together a range of topical presentations from industry leaders to suit a range of local operators. 

“It is an extremely challenging climate to be a small business operator, which is why our Advance Rockhampton team is committed to supporting our local businesses day in, day out where possible to see them thrive,” Mayor Strelow said.

“These workshops will suit entrepreneurs with an idea right through to longstanding local business operators who have always been a part of our Region’s local economy.”

Some topics will include financial management, cyber security, social media, procurement practices, export readiness and opportunities with Laing O’Rourke.

“We always say it’s important for businesses to have an online presence, but it is equally important to network at events like this, whether you sell uniforms or sell machinery - there is always something to learn or an opportunity to tap into,” Mayor Strelow said.

For a chance to learn new skills and opportunities to enhance your business, register at

The workshops will be held at the Fitzroy Room in the Rockhampton Library from 9am to 3pm on Friday, 31 May. It is a free event and you must register to attend.







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Best Practice Financial Management Tips for Small Business

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How the SmartHub can help you succeed in Business

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Small Business Cyber Security & Network Password Security

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Most owners might think cybercriminals aren’t interested in targeting their small business, but the reality is very different. Hints and tips will be delivered during this session to improve cyber security within your business.





Interactive Presentation – Social Media in Business

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Learn what social media platform is best for your business. 3 simple steps to get more customers and how to stand out online.







Local Major Projects & Rockhampton Regional Council’s Procurement Practices

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Export Readiness

Presented by: Charmaine Smith, Business Development Manager, Australian Trusted Trader

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Presented by: James Foreman, Project Leader, Laing O'Rourke Australia

With Defence injecting up to $660M into the regional economy over a 5 year period, construction work (to commence by the end of 2019) will bring significant economic opportunities to the region with Laing O’Rourke committing to source over 80% of work from the CQ region.






Case Study - Fishing the Fitzroy

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Fishing the Fitzroy has been an economic and tourism initiative of Advance Rockhampton which has launched many local small businesses. Learn about the journey and other small business opportunities.