Expo organisers plan to spread their reach Open for business
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.