Small Business Week Grants Program – February 2019

The Queensland Small Business Week is from 27 to 31 May 2019.  Application for funding of up to $5,000 is now open.  Closing on 3 March 2019.  This is a reimbursable fund for eligible individuals or organisations who are planning to host an event or activity on QSBW 2019.  They must be residing or have headquarters in Queensland.  This weeklong event will empower local small businesses and provide leadership in their communities.

If you have queries about this grant, please contact the Department of Employment, Small Business & Training directly here.


Currently Recruiting – Sales Executive (Full-time / Brisbane QLD)

Great job opportunity for an experienced salesperson – for more information and how to apply, please click here.


Government Grants Now Available for Business Coaching! – November 2018

Funding of up to $5,000 is now available through the Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program.  The minimum is $1,000 and this is a dollar for dollar match, so a 50% subsidy.

You may use it for business coaching, such as for the setup of a strategic business plan, create a marketing plan, sales or leadership training or business sustainability coaching.  If you are interested in using it for coaching, or any of the above, please make contact with me, so we can discuss your needs and I can prepare a customised quotation to address your needs.  You’ll need this quotation to go in with your submission.

This will close on December 13, 2018.  I will need to provide a detailed quote to you which also addresses outcomes, so please contact me ASAP if you intend to apply.  We will need to talk so I recommend you don’t leave it till the last moment.

For more information or to apply, click here.


Small Business Digital Grants Program – September 2018

Matched funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses for the purchase of hardware, software and services (such as digital coaching).  Digital Coaching can mean so many things to so many different businesses.  It may be coaching around mindset to going digital (and paperless) in your business, using technology to improve and make more efficient your business, or perhaps it’s even embracing, understanding and utilising the very powerful side of marketing which is digital.  Talk to me about this grant if you think that any of these aspects could not only improve your business but potentially allow you to take it to the next level.

Round 5 is now open.  This will close on 8 October 2018.

Here are the criteria for eligibility – you must:

  • have less than 20 employees at the time that you apply for this grant
  • have an ABN and be registered for GST
  • be based in Queensland or have a Queensland head office
  • have a sales turnover of $2M or less in the prior financial year
  • be solvent and not have any owners or directors who are undischarged bankrupt
  • not apply more than once (per ABN or person) per round for this grant
  • not have received this grant previously.

If you would like a quote from me for digital coaching, please contact me ASAP on 0411 622 666 or email to discuss what you are wanting.  If you would like more info or are ready to apply, click HERE.  Please remember this is 50% funding so you need to be prepared (and able) to pay the costs outright first, and then (if approved) you will be reimbursed the 50% at acquittal.  If you need a connection to a grant writer, please just ask – there would be a ‘fee for service’ situation with them.  The last grant intake was very successful for many of those I quoted for who applied.  Don’t dismiss this as ‘I don’t have a chance’. If you don’t apply, then yes, you have no chance.

For more info or to apply, click here.

Upcoming Grants Available

For more information on these community, sport or general grants, please click this link.  Last updated on 6 Aug 2018.


Charity Golf Day (Nov 2018) – Hole Sponsorship Opportunity

There is an opportunity for business promo through this major fundraising event for November 2018.  Check out this link for more information.


Grants of up to $250,000 are possible! – April 2018

Ignite Ideas Fund cater to startups and small to medium businesses in Queensland.  This is in support of activities for commercialisation of products and services that are ready for the market or already in the local market and wanting for an increase in exposure.  This may have the potential to make a big change in the industry.

Applications are now open and will close on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

Eligible for Queensland-based and GST registered business with no more than 200 staff, has a Queensland developed and owned product, process or service with a clearly defined project that will benefit the economy.

For more information click here.


Redland Foundation’s Christmas in July 2018

Get great exposure from our marketing, promotion and on the night.  Check out the sponsorship opportunities here:


Queensland Government Competition ‘100 Faces of Small Business’

If you are a small business with an inspiring and fantastic story to share, Small businesses will have their story and image in the digital gallery via a number of media channels.  They will be featured as part of the program, be offered a free invite to the Celebration Dinner, be profiled for 12 months and be provided photos and content they can use in their own marketing.  This would be a great achievement to have on your corporate resume!   Interests you … then here are the details:

  • This competition is open to Queensland registered businesses
  • You must be registered with an ABN (Australian Business Number)
  • Been going for a min of 12 months as of 31.12.17
  • Employ less than 20 staff
  • Not current be insolvent, bankrupt, under receivership or in voluntary administration.

It’s pretty easy; a total of 650 words max and supply 2 referees.   But don’t dawdle; nominations close 5pm on Monday 19th February 2018. To register and apply click here.


Fourth Release – Digital Grants Open – March 2018

The Small Business Digital Grants Program provides small businesses with matched funding of up to $10K for eligible businesses.  Click here for more info.  The current release is the same as the March 2017 release.


Currently Recruiting

I am currently recruiting a Casual Admin Position for a client who has been doing awesome work and has been steadily growing.  Please click here for more details.


Charity Golf Day – Redlands – October 2017

As a not-for-profit organisation, Crime Stoppers do need to raise funds for operations.   This is an organisation that keeps our local communities safe through education and providing an anonymous number to call to report a crime.  The Charity Golf Day on October 13th will be heaps of fun and great networking, whether you are a pro or somewhat of an amateur (like myself) with an Ambrose game.   We need teams ($380 inc GST per team) or hole sponsorship ($330 inc GST) or donations of prizes for the raffles and lucky door prizes.   Come on board to help this organisation raise funds to keep our community safe.  Click on the docs below to show interest or email or myself at

Hole Sponsor

Player Registration


Latest Grant – Released September 2017

$10,000 is available for eligible small businesses focussed on high-growth and employment.  This is Round 2; I had a couple of clients access Round 1 successfully.   Eligibility includes that you must:

  • have a trading history of a minimum of three years at the date of application
  • have a $500 000+ in the previous 12 months and be in growth mode
  • have less than 20 employees
  • have Queensland headquarters or significant Queensland operations
  • have competitive opportunities in domestic or international markets

For more information, including guidelines and terms and conditions and to apply for funding, visit Business Queensland.  If you need a quote from me for business coaching under this grant, please contact me directly on 0411 622 666 or email


Government Grants Open July & August 2017

Accelerate Small Business Grant

This one is for small business (turnover must be at least $500K) for up to $10K of grant funds (matching dollar for dollar) to engage business mentors, coaches or an advisory board for 6-12 months.   You need to be an established Queensland based business with the potential for high growth in 1 to 2 years.   To learn more, read all the criteria or apply visit:

If you require a quote from me for this service, I’m experienced in this and happy to do so, after of course we have had a chat.  But first, check out all the criteria as there are a few conditions.

Innovation Connection Grant

This is more for medium businesses with a turnover of $1.5M to $100M (or $750K to $100K if you are remote).  This one relates to technology, where you can access up to $50K (matching dollar for dollar).  There are quite a few criteria for this one, so be sure to investigate further, directly via this link:

Incubator Grant

The government has allocated $23M to this grant, geared towards regional development, where there are projects worth $20K or more.  This one works on ‘merit points’ criteria method and is essential to expand mentor networks, facilitate innovative start-ups, and facilitate innovation networks.   Again, learn more by following this link:


Currently Recruiting

I am currently recruiting for a Junior Office Administrator.  Please click here for more details.

Employee Reference

I was employed by Donna Stone as her Junior Office Administrator while I was in my final years of High School. It was an attractive position as it was far better than just ‘flipping burgers’, but what I didn’t expect was the quality of training and wealth of knowledge I gained in my time with Donna.  >>Read More


Currently Recruiting

A wonderful client of mine has a problem.  They are super busy (great) and want to continue to provide exceptional service (even better), so definitely need another team member.   They are seeking a Full-time Handyman who will be based in the REDLANDS and who will take as much pride in their work, as do the rest of the team.  To learn more or apply, visit:    ‘CLOSED/FILLED’


Currently Recruiting

I am currently recruiting for a Part Time Personal Assistant based in Sunshine Coast for an International Wellness Coach.  Please click here for details on how to apply.    ‘CLOSED/FILLED’


3 Government Grants Available March 2017

Currently there are three Government grants up for grabs – Acceleration grant (for business which will grow and employ more staff), the Digital grant and the Entrepreneurs grant.  Up to $10K available.   See here for conditions, eligibility and details.   If you need a quote from me for coaching, please contact me directly on 0411 622 666.


Qld Growth Grant Available February 2017

Round 1 is open; offering up to $5K with 50/50 contribution (you pay half and they pay half).  This can be used for a number of services including coaching and mentoring.   In brief, you must be a Qld business, have an ABN, be GST registered, your business name be registered 4 years, have less than 20 staff and never been bankrupt.   If this interests you and you want to know more, please read the attachment.   If you require a quote to submit for coaching or mentoring, I’d be more than happy to do this (and get the wording right); just email me at, or better, ring me on 0411 622 666 as I really need to speak to you first.   Act fast as round 1 closes 3rd March 2017.   Rounds 2 and 3 won’t be till July and then December.


Sales Workshop for you and all your Team

Some of us just struggle with closing the deal and for many small businesses there is simply no clear sales process; so it becomes somewhat hit or miss.   In this workshop I’m going to cover some essential fundamentals as well as best practice.   These systems work – they are tried and true and once followed, you will start to get great results.  This course will pay for itself many times over.  Numbers will be capped to a small group – so book your spot.  Let me know your interest and I’ll schedule a date based on demand.   For details visit  Sales Workshop Info.

P.S.    If you know someone who is in business, who would like more sales and more profit, please pass this article onto them … they’ll really appreciate it.


More Government Grant Money Available

Want to know more? Check this out.  For enquiries on how I can help you – just email me at and I’ll send you some info about the grant and how it operates and how you can get started with a helping hand from the Government.   Please include a contact phone number in your email.


Currently Recruiting

I am currently recruiting for an international music academy, Vocal Manoeuvres Academy, a Part Time Co-ordinator, who will be based Brisbane Southside (Cleveland & Coorparoo). For details, please click here.

Please do not direct any queries or applications to me directly; all applications should be actioned as per attached Job Description which includes detailed process to apply. Good luck with your applications.    ‘CLOSED/FILLED’


Currently Recruiting

I am currently recruiting for this company an experienced Part Time or Full Time Bookkeeper for Cleveland – click here for details and how to apply.    ‘CLOSED/FILLED’


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