After not being able to proceed in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Small Business Exchange – known as SBX21 – returned in 2021 affording small business owners the opportunity to showcase their services, equipment and products to the public at the Goods Shed yesterday (26 May).

Coordinated and hosted by the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Department of Employment Small Business and Training, and supported by event partner Optus, and sponsors Glifford Gouldson and Robertson Scannell, the trade show provided a platform for small business owners to meet potential customers and employees face-to-face.

Toowoomba Chamber CEO, Todd Rohl, said the event was always highly anticipated in the business community as it allowed direct communication with customers. “The outcomes for businesses that participate in the Exchange include financial gain through sales leads, increased customer database and face-to-face meetings with target markets,” he said. “It is a great opportunity for businesses to be on show and engage with the customers as well as meeting like-minded personnel; and with a few stands still available, it’s not too late for businesses to still be involved.”

Jeff Schulthiess, owner of Darling Fresh, said he was delighted to be back at the Small Business Exchange this year launching a brand-new product range. “Launching my business at the Small Business Exchange two years ago was a fantastic decision and I’m hoping that launching my new product range at this year’s event will see the same success,” he said.

Communication and connectivity remain a key factor in driving businesses forward; a guiding principle supported by SBX21’s event partner Optus. “Supporting and connecting local communities is vital, which is why it made perfect sense for Optus to once again partner with the Toowoomba Chamber in support of SBX21,” said Nick Channell, Territory General Manager – Southern QLD / Northern NSW.

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