New Business Starters

Gladstone Regional Council and community partners will start the trial of a pilot program from today to support the development of new business starters.

Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said the Gladstone Region Social Enterprise Model (GRSEM) was formulated following success in June of the Gladstone Region Social Innovation Incubator.

“Results of the Social Innovation Incubator form a strong foundation for this pilot program with GRSEM encouraging keen business operators to develop a strong social consciousness and consider implementation of innovative approaches,” Councillor Sellers said.

Eight organisations will be part of the GRSEM in a pilot capacity, participating in various events scheduled until April 20.

Cr Sellers said Council was pleased to facilitate the pilot program and work in strong partnership with community partners.

“Development of the GRSEM pilot may provide the Gladstone Region with alternatives and innovative self-employment opportunities for everyone in the community,” she said.

The pilot model will launch today with a workshop titled, ‘What tools do I need to help me successfully run a small business other than a bright idea?’ A second workshop will assist with development of a business plan with both workshops facilitated by Gladstone-based business consultant, Many Rivers’ Donna Burton.

CQU Gladstone campus will then deliver the second iteration of its Incubation Program, a five-day immersion process to assist participants by improving design and innovative thinking, learning about innovative practices and visualising prospective commercial opportunities.

Participants may opt to undertake a professional development opportunity, with CQU offering its Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation, as of the first academic term in 2016.

GRSEM participants will also be offered networking opportunities, individually hosted by Gladstone Engineering Alliance, Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Gladstone Area Promotion Development Limited.