Council will host a workshop to help existing and emerging entrepreneurs in the Douglas Shire commercialise their new and innovative ideas into real businesses.
The Start-Up Business Planning Workshop, which Council has organised in consultation with Tourism Port Douglas Daintree and the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, will be a two-hour interactive session with Cairns-based not-for-profit organisation The SPACE that will enable attendees to develop a business plan to build and grow a start-up business based on their ideas.
The SPACE specialises in providing skills and advice to overcome the blocks and challenges that entrepreneurs face on the path to commercialising their idea, product or service.
Mayor Julia Leu said the workshop will be preceded by an information session that targets key industry leaders, professional and specialist business services, media, investors, all levels of government and entrepreneurs.
“To grow and diversify the local economy within the Douglas Shire requires innovation and supportive environments for existing and emerging entrepreneurs to be able to seek advice, plan and test their business ideas in ways that mitigate or minimise risk,” Mayor Leu said.
“It also requires the participation and involvement of key stakeholders within the region which include service providers such as accountants, lawyers, educational institutions, key industry leaders and all levels of government.
“Good business planning is an essential part of having a successful and profitable business, yet plenty of small businesses plunge into the competitive arena without a formal plan.”
Building a Start-Up Ecosystem and the Start-Up Business Planning Workshop will be held on 12 June 2015 at the Port Douglas Community Hall. Tickets cost $20 with all proceeds going to charitable organisations within the Douglas Shire.