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THE North Burnett Region Futures team prioritises fostering partnerships with local, state and federal government organisations and businesses to help co-ordinate economic and workforce development initiatives.
Strategic economic development consultant Neil McPhillips said the team’s coordination of economic development activities and employment and skills-related initiatives had been a real windfall for the region.
An ongoing priority is a recognition that the flow-on effects of the 2011 disaster will continue to affect businesses and community organisations in the North Burnett.
In partnership with North Burnett Regional Council, a second suite of the 7 Resilience Strategies to Maximise Business workshops will be facilitated in Mundubbera and Biggenden in February 2013.
Running for five weeks, the workshops are designed and contextualised to introduce businesses and community organisations to seven strategies to combat the ongoing effects of the floods and economic downturn and build resilience to continue to provide their essential services to the region.
Created and presented by regional facilitator Trudi Barlett, the director of Trans- forming Small Business (from Headache to Heaven), these hands-on, practical workshops are free.
They will equip participants with the confidence to improve their customer service standards, increase their turnover, better manage their teams and themselves, set up effective business processes, implement marketing strategies that are cost-effective and be resilient through these tough economic times.
Ms Barlett’s engaging and practical workshops have been made possible through funding provided under the Community Development and Recovery Package, which is a tripartite initiative of the Australian and Queensland governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, the North Burnett Regional Council and the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO).
The NBRF team has had a productive year, facilitating 25 events across the North Burnett region.
Key regional events are the business breakfasts.
Biggenden recently played host to 16 people who were inspired by guest speaker, Robert Atherton of Gin Gin Community Bank, who spoke of building strong communities.
Council’s involvement in the Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee was instrumental in bringing the Grow Your Business Online workshops to Mundubbera with 25 registrants from across the region building their technology and online marketing skills.
The North Burnett’s first New Entrant Truck Driver Program has seen 14 participants working towards a HR truck licence and a national transport skills set.
Eidsvold and Gayndah have also hosted Leading and Working Well Together work- shops with 17 participants at each location.
Next year is shaping up to be a busy period for the community and businesses across the North Burnett given the diverse activities and events the NBRF team has planned.
The workshops – Excellence in Customer Service and Selling, Doing Business with Council and Creating an Effective Workforce – compliment a monthly program of business breakfasts.
■ To register for the 7 Resilience Strategies to Maximise Business workshops contact Peta Jamieson on 0400 131 669. For information about any of the North Burnett Region Futures initia- tives contact Lisa Wain on 0427 654 909, Meredith Jackson on 0439 315 822 or Peta Jamieson on 0400 131 669.
TOP DRIVING: Final day for participants attending the New Truck Entrant training.
LIVELY SPACE: Branding and Marketing session held in Gayndah.