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Business Workshops

Workshops and events are extremely beneficial for business owners as they aid in skill development. Such development can result in business growth and of course job creation.

Workshops and events are also a great place to network, creating partnerships and relationships with other businesses. There are a number of organisations who host business workshops and events. 

Below is a list of Hinchinbrook Shire Council run business workshops. For a list of other business workshops please visit the Business Resources page.

Smart Seeds Workshop

Innovation and the creation of ideas go hand-in-hand with SmartSeeds, a program focused on influencing change and equipping future innovators with the capability, confidence and connections to drive change within their industry and community.

This is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with a dynamic group of individuals to shape a positive future direction for our community and build the capacity of young talent and future leaders. It will also provide you with the practical tools and knowledge to drive and enable change in our Shire.  

This event promises to be a stimulating and rewarding experience for all involved.

The workshop will build on the ideas and challenges identified in the Challenge Workshop (held 22 March).

What is Smart Seeds?

Smart Seeds is a global innovation program for young talent focused on generating fresh ideas to solve complex infrastructure challenges. The program also sees participants develop professional skills and networks to open up new possibilities for their careers and organisations.

Led by industry, Smart Seeds brings North Queensland together with a focus on innovation. It demonstrates the potential power of collaboration across organisations, sectors, disciplines and generations. For more information, visit www.smartseeds.org

Smart Seeds is brought to North Queensland by the I-TAP NQ partnership, a collaboration between industry and government to stimulate innovation across North Queensland.

Who should attend this workshop?

Community and industry leaders committed to the region’s economic prosperity and liveability. We encourage you to invite other positive change-makers and young talent to attend and participate in this workshop.


Saturday 25 August

8.30am – 3.30pm

TYTO Conference and Event Centre

Lunch will be provided, along with tea, coffee and water.


Please advise whether you are able to attend this workshop by Monday 20 August via email to events@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au or phone 4776 4726.

Think Business 2018: Hinchinbrook Economic Development Series

The Think Business 2018: Hinchinbrook Economic Development Series offers a number of workshops running from February to November 2018 as well as the Build a Better Business program. This series provides pivotal information that will aide in the growth and development of our regions business community and assist in keeping business transactions and jobs local. Training is delivered locally in the Hinchinbrook Shire and is tax deductible.

All workshops will be held at TYTO Conference and Event Centre and cost $25 per workshop or $165 for the 10 sessions. 

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To register for any of the below workshops, please contact our Events Team by email events@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au or phone 4776 4646.

Workshop Time 

NEW - Hinchinbrook Storytelling Workshop

  • Capture the marketing benefits of Storytelling that are now dominating the world’s major brand and product messages.
  • Discover how you can maximise your impact on visitors before they arrive and at your experience. 
  • Leverage your promotions off the Hinchinbrook Way Storytelling framework. 
  • Tourism Operators and Service Providers, Tour Guides and Communications Personnel, Small and Large Businesses can all take game-changing learnings and techniques from this valuable workshop.

The Hinchinbrook Storytelling project is funded by Townsville Enterprise and the Australian Government, administered by the Queensland Government and Queensland Tourism Industry Council.

Date:   9 May 2018 

Time:   1.00pm to 4.00pm

Venue:  TYTO Conference and Events Centre

Cost:     Free

NEW - Maximising Your Stories

  • Take the next step – a focused 90 minutes of brainstorming and development around your own experience or brand.  
  • Examine your website and social media in advance to draw out key story opportunities and sit with you for a concentrated session looking for new low cost angles to boost your brand and guest connection.  
  • Two free sessions available to selected participants worth $275 each
  • Further sessions are available at cost to business.

The Hinchinbrook Storytelling project is funded by Townsville Enterprise and the Australian Government, administered by the Queensland Government and Queensland Tourism Industry Council.

Date:     10 May 2018

Time:     8.00am to 9.30am


Date:     10 May 2018

Time:     10.00am to 11.30am

Tendering for Government Business Workshop

This workshop will assist you to maximise your chances of competing for government and private sector work, including project opportunities. You will learn the art of developing and submitting a conforming and effective tender, including:

  • the principles of government procurement policies and processes
  • how to interpret and effectively respond to offer and tender documents
  • where to look for current and upcoming tendering opportunities
  • how to conduct market research to maximise your chances of success
5.30pm to 8.30pm Monday 14 May 2018

Record Keeping for Small Business

Good record keeping is important even before your first transaction occurs. It can save you time and helps you to claim all the deductions to which you you entitled. You will learn:

  • why good record keeping is important
  • what records to keep and for how long
  • tips for retaining good records
  • where to get help and support
2.00pm to 5.00pm on Monday 11 June 2018

Superannuation and Succession Planning 

Superannuation and Succession planning can be a minefield of information and options. Come and hear from Bendigo Bank to discover the right solution for you and your staff in regards to superannuation and ensure the next stage of your business journey is securely in place to begin succession planning. 

5.30pm to 8.30pm on Monday 9 July 2018

Accounting in Business 

In this session you will receive accounting advice from our local firm Coscer Financial Professionals. You will learn about the common traps and issues in business. 

5.30pm to 6.30pm on Monday 13 August 2018

Business Plans and Planning

Come to this workshop and hear from the NAB bank about key things to include in a business plan and how to plan for the future success of your business.

5.30pm to 8.30pm on Monday 10 September 2018

Small Business Tips 

The NAB will provide some business tips for small business on a range of topics from business projects such as merchants, online business banking and business cards to cash flow planning. 

5.30pm to 8.30pm on Monday 8 October 2018

Business and Law

In this session, local legal firm Spina Kyle Waldon Lawyers will discuss general traps and issues that face businesses today. Learn how to legally safeguard your business. 

5.30pm to 6.30pm on Monday 12 November 2018

This is a partnership with Australian Tax Office, Bendigo Bank, Coscer Financial Professionals, Department of State Development, National Australia Bank, Small Business Solutions, Spina Kyle Wardon Lawyers and Townsville Enterprise Ltd.

 Bendigo Bank image      Townsville Enterprises   

Further information about the Think Business 2018: Hinchinbrook Economic Development Series can be found on Council’s TYTO website by clicking here

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