The inaugural 2021 Business Expo Ipswich will showcase some of Ipswich’s 10,000 businesses over two days with workshops, seminars, networking events and information stalls.
The free event is open to anyone operating a business but also locals who’d like to learn about the businesses that are in their own backyard.
For businesses attending, the expo will provide a wide range of business topics to help grow your business; tendering for government contracts, supplying to council, marketing, workplace wellness and new opportunities in our new, post-Covid world.
The expo’s guest speaker, former army sniper and globetrotting TV cameraman, Julian Mather, will share how to embrace growth through life-long change.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said council is committed to supporting local small business owners with opportunities and resources to start and grow their businesses.
“As Queensland’s first Small Business Friendly Council, it is our priority to work with the city’s chambers of commerce and providing meaningful support for local traders,” Mayor Harding said.
“The expo is a great opportunity for business owners to ‘top up’ mentally and emotionally, be inspired and connect with like-minded local businesses.”
Deputy Mayor and Economic and Industry Development Chair Councillor Nicole Jonic said the business expo is for people just starting out in business or for those ready to take their business to the next level.
“In addition to all the local businesses, the three levels of government will have representatives available to share the latest on grants, funding, tendering and resources available to support you running your business,” Cr Jonic said.
“We also encourage the local community to attend and get to know your local business better, talk to the staff and find out what is available right here on your doorstep. If we all ‘shop local’ then we’re creating local jobs and strengthening our local economy.”
Ipswich Region Chamber of Commerce president Phillip Bell said strong partnerships underpin the success Ipswich enjoys as a city.
“There is so much opportunity and many Ipswich businesses are leading the way by providing exceptional products and creating jobs,” Mr Bell said.
“The Ipswich Regional Chamber of Commerce, supported by Ipswich City Council will bring business together with the expo to learn from each other because we are stronger together.”
The 2021 Business Expo Ipswich is on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 May at the Ipswich Showgrounds.
Tickets to the seminars and workshops can be purchased via these links:
Find the full list of events for May’s Queensland Small Business Month on now here.