IN a first for the region, the inaugural Gympie Region Business and Community Forum will be held next week at the Gympie Civic Centre.
Gympie Regional Council’s Economic Development and PR officer Lynne Wilbraham said the forum would feature internationally recognised and inspiring guest speaker Karen Schmidt from Let’s Grow.
Other presentations include how to write successful funding applications, business planning and marketing workshops and information on how to bring it all together to help your business or organisation develop long term resilience and focus on future growth.
Ms Wilbraham said the idea for the forum came from council’s economic and youth and community development areas which tried to find a way to help increase the capability and capacity of community based organisations and businesses in the region.
She said the aim was to try and get community groups and businesses to link together.
The simple tools learnt at the forum could be implemented straight away, Ms Wilbraham said.
Guest speakers will give information on developing plans for growth and sustainability, accessing funding sources and developing marketing plans and effective business planning.
Entry to the forum is free, however, registrations are essential for catering purposes.
To RSVP for the June 16 event, to be held in the Gympie Civic Centre Fossickers Room from 9am to 4pm, call Coriena McLellan on 5481 0760 by June 9.