The Southern Downs Regional Council is hosting two special events to celebrate Queensland Small Business Week. 

The region’s small businesses can take part in a series of free workshops in Stanthorpe and Warwick, followed by the week’s signature event: The Small Business, Big Impact Dinner in Warwick. Employment expert Robin Grundon will facilitate the workshop program, consisting of three short workshops in Stanthorpe on 27 May at the Civic Centre and Warwick on 28 May at the Council Chambers. The Southern Downs Regional Council will then host the Small Business, Big Impact Dinner at the Warwick Showgrounds on Wednesday 29 May with Warwick’s Blue Bird Kitchen and Bar on hand to cater for the event.

The Small Business, Big Impact Dinner will feature guest speaker Jeff Flood from Summer Land Camels who will share his  story of resilience and the challenges his business faces operating across multiple industries, including tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and retail. The dinner will also showcase three local businesses, including Power Tynan, Ensbey Electrical and The Physiotherapy Centre.

Councillor for Economic Development, Regional Promotion and Tourism Rod Kelly said small businesses play a vital role in the region’s economy and significantly contribute to the fabric of our region. “We have more than 4000 businesses across the Southern Downs which employ more than 15,000 local residents. Council’s free workshops will give small business owners the opportunity to learn new skills, tools and ideas to grow their businesses. A successful and growing small business community benefits the entire region through increased employment opportunities and boosting the economy.”

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