Expo or­gan­is­ers plan to spread their reach Open for busi­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - by Tony Rag­gatt tony. rag­gatt@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THE group stag­ing the North Queens­land Small Busi­ness a n d F r a n c h i s e E x p o i n Townsville to­day is look­ing to roll out the model around Aus­tralia.

North Queens­land Small B u s i n e s s D e v e l o p m e n t C e n t r e m a n a g e r B r i a n Arnold said the group had al­ready been ap­proached by a sim­i­lar or­gan­i­sa­tion in Cairns to stage an event in that city.

He be­lieved t he events could be co-or­di­nated by its events man­ager Amanda Obara and be­come a busi­ness unit of the cen­tre, help­ing to raise fund­ing for busi­ness as­sis­tance ser­vices.

‘‘ We have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand t his across Aus­tralia,’’ Mr Arnold said.

‘‘ We would like to or­gan­ise the events and man­age them for other busi­ness en­ter­prise cen­tres.’’

T h e e x p o o p e n e d a t River­way Arts Cen­tre yester-

BIG PLANS: North Queens­land Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre CEO Brian Arnold pic­tured at the River­way expo d a y w i t h s u p p o r t f r o m T o w n s v i l l e M a y o r L e s Tyrell, fed­eral Lib­eral Mem­ber for Her­bert Ewen Jones and Townsville Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent John Carey.

The River­way Arts Cen­tre has been trans­formed into an e x h i b i t i o n a n d me e t i n g venue.

About 60 groups in­clud­ing ma­jor banks, ac­count­ing firms, law firms, busi­ness ser­vice com­pa­nies in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, debt man­age­ment agen­cies, gov­ern­ment agen­cies and rep­re­sen­ta­tive busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tions have taken stalls in the expo.

Busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als are also giv­ing free work­shops a n d o n e - o n - o n e a d v i c e ses­sions for busi­ness peo­ple.

Or­gan­is­ers are ex­pect­ing about 1500 peo­ple to at­tend over the two days, yes­ter­day and to­day.

Mr Arnold said Townsville was a hot­bed of busi­ness ac­tiv­ity.

‘‘ It has the strong­est regi onal econ­omy i n Aus­tralia,’’ he said.

‘‘ That is al­ways go­ing to equate to mak­ing money and peo­ple want­ing to in­vest and d o s o me­thing f o r t hem­selves.’’

Mr Arnold said many peo­ple com­ing to the expo were fo­cused on find­ing an­swers to their par­tic­u­lar prob­lems or ask­ing how to start a busi­ness.

‘‘ We see more than 1000 peo­ple a year at the de­vel­op­ment cen­tre and most of those are look­ing to start a busi­ness,’’ he said.

The expo op­er­ates 9am to 5pm to­day.

Any­body want­ing to at­tend work­shops or seek­ing ad­vice s h o u l d g o t o w w w . busi­ness­fran­chise­expo. com for a list of work­shops.

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