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Tourism, business and economic monthly newsletter from Cassowary Coast Regional Council. Keep up-to-date with what's going on in the region and how to get involved. Business workshops, planning & development news, industry updates and more.. 
Local small businesses wanting to boost their digital presence can now apply for matched funding of up to $10,000 under the State Government’s latest round of Small Business Digital Grants. Applications close 11 April 2018. For information & application forms visit www.business.qld.gov.au/digital.
Business Flood Survey

Has your business been affected by the recent flood event? The Queensland Government is undertaking a survey to assess the impact of a natural disaster on the affected businesses and the regional economy. 

Simply click here to access the natural disaster business survey.
Want to increase sales and reach more customers? 
If you're looking to grow your business or simply need some direction when it comes to all things digital, then make sure you take advantage of Council's free business workshops.

Discover how to create a no or low cost and easy-to-use website, help customers find you with Google My Business and understand the do's and don'ts of Social Media. Overall, this workshop will improve your knowledge of the digital world and how it can assist with growing your business.

The Digital Workshop covers;
  • Developing and refining your social media approach. Tips and tricks to promote engagement on Facebook.
  • Learn ways to quickly and easily build your own website.
  • Tips on how to make your website engaging and turn browsers into buyers. 
  • Understand the importance of e-mail communication to your customers.
  • Understand the benefits of having an up-to-date Google My Business page for your business and why it's important for local search.
This is a beginner workshop designed to provide business owners or managers basic understanding on how to best market their business online and reach more customers. Book Now

Workshops coming soon to Innisfail and Cardwell.
Learn about minimum pay rates, conditions of employment and which awards to use for your business at the Awards, Wages & Benefits Workshop Wednesday 28 March in Port Douglas hosted by TTNQ. Click here for more information and bookings.
Cassowary Coast Development Incentives offering reductions in infrastructure charges has been extended. The Reduction in Infrastructure Charges Policy was amended on March 8 to broaden the type of development which is eligible for a 100% discount on infrastructure charges.

The aim of this policy is to encourage development that achieves certain strategic objectives for the Cassowary Coast by allowing a reduction in the infrastructure charges payable in relation to certain developments that are completed within 2 years of the date of the approval taking effect. Click here for more information.

Community consultation for the Draft Innisfail Strategic Master Plan was concluded on March 16. Council will now review the submissions and take on community feedback in order to establish the final master plan.

The consultation process included targeted stakeholder engagement sessions with local community groups, feedback survey on Council's website as well as public notices and displays. 

Starting your own business is a rewarding and challenging career option. However, be aware that a high percentage of new businesses fail in their first 3 years of operation due to poor planning and management.

Following the 7 steps in this guide will help improve your chances of success.

Consider your suitability - ask yourself if you have the right skills, knowledge and experience to run a business.

Consider your idea - assess the merit of your business idea and determine whether people will be willing to pay money for your product or service.

Consider your market - identify your target market and develop a way of attracting them.

Consider your competition - research the level of competition to help determine your competitive advantage.

Consider your environment - understand the internal and external factors that can have a potential impact on your business.

Consider your finances - determine your start-up costs, running costs and pricing strategy.

Consider your start-up - consider the necessary legal requirements and resources you need to start your business.

Click here for more information and to download a free business planning kit.

Bag Ban Deadline: 1 July 2018

The Queensland Government will enforce a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags from 1 July 2018.

This ban will affect all retailers – from grocery stores to fashion boutiques, from convenience stores to fast food outlets – that currently use light-weight plastic bags, including HDPE plastic, biodegradable, compostable and degradable bags.

From April 2018, retailers should start to phase plastic bags out of their supply chain if they haven't already. Make the transition now to avoid penalties.

 

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Cassowary Coast Regional Council
70 Rankin Street, Innisfail Q 4860
Phone: +61 7 4030 2222 or 1300 763 903
Email: edo@cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au
Website: www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au


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