Help­ing busi­nesses to fo­cus on dig­i­tal

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WORK­ING in the dig­i­tal econ­omy will be the fo­cus of a Small Busi­ness Lunch Box Ses­sion to be held in Air­lie Beach next Mon­day, March 9.

The ses­sion is an ini­tia­tive of the Small Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice pro­vided by Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and Devel­op­ment Limited (WMDL) and funded by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment through AusIn­dus­try.

WMDL Small Busi­ness Ad­vi­sor Deb Lewis said the ‘lunch box ses­sions’, launched last year, fo­cussed on one spe­cific topic at a time, cov­er­ing ar­eas of fi­nan­cial plan­ning, busi­ness man­age­ment, risk man­age­ment and busi­ness plan­ning.

“The ses­sions are in high de­mand and also present an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to get busi­nesses work­ing to­gether by es­tab­lish­ing im­por­tant busi­ness–to–busi­ness re­la­tion­ships,” she said.

In her role as the small busi­ness ad­vi­sor, Ms Lewis has helped over 265 busi­nesses across the re­gion in the past year.

WMDL Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Jeff Aquilina said the re­gion had seen a huge spike in new busi­nesses open­ing up over the past six months and as­sisted by the ad­vi­sory pro­gram.

“We are very proud to an­nounce that we have ex­ceeded our tar­gets for the two-year pro­gram within its first year,” he said.

“This is a ter­rific re­sult for the Whit­sun­days and I would like to congratulate Deb Lewis on the suc­cess of the pro­gram.”

Ms Lewis said it was great to see the pro­gram mak­ing a dif­fer­ence by pre­par­ing lo­cal busi­nesses for fu­ture events, as­sist­ing in con­ti­nu­ity plan­ning and es­tab­lish­ing re­silient busi­ness mod­els.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of busi­nesses in this re­gion are of small to medium-size and we have as­sisted many of those busi­nesses through one on one men­tor­ing, busi­ness net­works and work­shops,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the ad­vi­sory ser­vice or to reg­is­ter for Mon­day’s ses­sion, con­tact Deb Lewis on 0427 577 339.

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