The Gold Coast has cemented its position as one of Australia's most exciting small business hubs.
Global investors, thought leaders and innovators are set to explore its further potential at Gold Coast Business Week 2019 (8-12 July).
GC Business Week will once again culminate in its signature 'Way Ahead' event on Friday 12 July.
Way Ahead will feature a keynote addresses by award-winning global futurist and speaker Chris Riddell alongside three of Australia's most influential entrepreneurs from Shark Tank.
Janine Allis will share insights from her journey as a self-made businesswoman who grew a juice and smoothie empire from her kitchen bench to an international success story.
Alongside Boost Juice, Allis is the entrepreneur behind Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill, Betty's Burgers and CIBO Espresso.
Founder of Greencross Dr Glen Richards will take attendees through his wealth of experience as a professional investor, mentor and director of several companies.
Dr Richards sits on the board of ASX-listed companies Healthia, People Infrastructure and Regeneus. His area of interest is to help health and allied health companies scale their businesses.
The trio of sharks is completed by none other than Steve Baxter, one of Australia's most successful tech entrepreneurs and former Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.
Baxter is the founder of Transition Level Investments, a company which invests in early stage startups, as well as popular Brisbane co-working hub River City Labs.
Way Ahead will also concurrently feature three separate panel sessions on the topics of AI, blockchain and robotics, marketing for the consumer and the new economy.
These breakout sessions are packed with some of the country's most talented Young Entrepreneurs including Taryn Williams, Mia Plecic, Nick Bell and Layton Mills.
While GC Business Week is packed with sessions that provide essential guidance for SMEs, Mayor Tom Tate says the Way Ahead event is truly not to be missed.
"The success of the inaugural event last year really proved the passion that Gold Coasters have for business development and new opportunities," says Tate.
"Gold Coast Business Week is a real opportunity to learn about emerging business trends and opportunities to grow in a city that is way ahead."
Chris Riddell's featured address on Friday will provide deep insights into the fusion of humanity and technology.
He will also explore the new styles of leadership that businesses need in order to thrive in the long term, plus key trends and new waves of disruption that will be happening over the next three years.
Riddell's own journey as a technologist and now futurist has been shaped by fast paced innovation.
"Since the beginning of my career I've been in the technology industry and I've always found myself in new or complex areas where I've had to translate complex ideas into digestible messages," he says.
"Attending events like GCBW19 is critical to broadening your prospective on the trends and the movements that are taking place around the world. It's also about taking the opportunity to discover new ideas and ways of thinking.
"We must create a culture where innovation is deeply embedded within the structure of the business."
Gold Coast Business Week 2019 calendar of events
MON 8 JULY
Get Up Gold Coast: Champagne breakfast networking event
COST - $29.00
Growth & Profit diagnostic tool. MGI Gold Coast delivers the City's Growth Accelerator Program
This free business growth and profits solutions (GPS) diagnostic tool will help you identify where you should best focus your attention to achieve the greatest improvements in your business.
ABA Legal Group: Business strategies, finance and growth [FULLY BOOKED]
ABA Legal Group are hosting a workshop at their offices in Burleigh Heads to enable you to better understand your business through new strategies, opportunities and negotiating outcomes to strengthen your growth for world domination.
Commercialising creativity & culture
BEST FOR: Small business owners, Owners and managers looking for new 'out of the box' marketing ideas, Start-up creatives who want some genuine advice without the sales pitch, Business students, Entrepreneurs In general.
KEY TOPICS: Connecting with potential customers, Customer culture, Image is everything, websites, social media and bleached hair! Q&A.
TUE 9 JULY
Power-Up Your Marketing [FULLY BOOKED]
If your company's approach to marketing is usually reactive and you find it hard to determine what's working or what your ROI and ROAS is, then this workshop is for you! This interactive masterclass will take you through the steps of building succinct and powerful marketing and advertising strategies, as well as the best approach for building a marketing calendar and budget for the financial year 2019-2020. TIME 8:30am
The Power of Content @ Businesshub Southport
Lead your business to success by taking control of your content, humanising your brand and navigating the social scene. What your content says and how it is presented is vital for your business.
COST - $29.00
Students meet Industry night
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur or an innovator wanting to tap into the next big idea? Whether you're a student looking to get started or a seasoned campaigner seeking to connect with like-minded souls, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Student and Industry Night is your opportunity to engage with, and hear from, industry professionals as they provide valuable insights and highlight the pathways for their future careers.
Springboard for Growth [FULLY BOOKED]
Springboard for Growth: Getting the basics right so your business is ready for success. Hear from the Head of Bell Legal Group's new Embark business division and Chaz Prezident from Whitehouse Private Wealth.
Past, Present & Future for GC startups [FULLY BOOKED]
Gold Coast's home for creatives, Hotel Miami, will be hosting an event focussing on technology, innovation and co-working environments.
City Library Program : Connecting through social media
Say goodbye to social media overwhelm. This workshop will cover how to optimise your current channels, how to craft and plan your content strategy, our favourite tools to help you manage your channels and the basics of Facebook and Instagram advertising. Bring your laptop.
WED 10 JULY
Growth & Profit diagnostic tool
MGI Gold Coast delivers the City's Growth Accelerator Program. This free business growth and profits solutions (GPS) diagnostic tool will help you identify where you should best focus your attention to achieve the greatest improvements in your business.
Know Your Numbers They are the Secret Language of Your Business
Seminars of this kind would have a ticket price of $1,495+GST, however, in support of Gold Coast Business Week, MWM Advisory will be running this session free of charge as a part of James' contribution to the Gold Coast Business Community. This will include a workbook full of effective resources, an MWM Advisory gift pack and is fully catered with some of the Gold Coast's best food.
Web Strategy Workshop
This event is a MUST for every single business owner who wants to dominate their online marketing strategy. Planning for online dominance doesn't have to be boring or hard and let's face it if you do it yourself it probably won't get done. Instead, we have 3 expert speakers in the room to share with you what will be working in 2019, the tools and systems you need and a plan to get it done.
COST - $29.00
Grow your business through the Art of Ethical Sales
ISR have grown 100% year on year since inception, founders Ryan & Jack proved their sales ability by adding 3 Australian entrepreneur powerhouses from channel Ten's Shark Tank, to the ISR board in March 2018. This will be a 2-hour immersion into ISR Trainings award-winning SWISH sales methodology. You will learn in 5 quick steps how to communicate your message to market clearly and with value.
Brand Like a Boss: From solopreneur to fortune 100 [FULLY BOOKED]
Learn how to brand just like a Fortune 100 company with no budget. Marketing and Branding Strategy are often too expensive for small business's so join us as we provide insight into the branding tools the big boys use and how as a Solopreneur or small business owner you can brand as well as them.
Connecting Business: Business lunch with Duncan Free
Join the team at onPlatinum and Gold Medalist Duncan Free for a fun and relaxed networking lunch hosted at their HQ in the Rocket Building Robina.
Looplabs Connect: Secrets to maintaining business brand [FULLY BOOKED]
Looplabs workshop is aimed to help new and existing business owners to demystify the processes behind the creation and maintenance of a brand. Our team of experts will share key information about the design industry to give you great insight when searching for a business to represent your company's digital arm.
Beyond 2020: Business growth and new opportunities [FULLY BOOKED]
Beyond 2020: Mapping a path for your business in changing times. The focus of this roundtable session hosted by Gold Coast Leaders CEO, Michael I'Anson and KPMG Gold Coast Partner Jeff Frazer is to provide business owners a forum to identify opportunities, better understand the environment they operate within and gain the tools to start to navigate a path forward.
AusBiotech Industry Event at Cohort Southport
Hosted in collaboration with the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct at the new COHORT Southport. There will be an overview of the State Government's 10-year roadmap for continued growth and how the investment into heath and knowledge precincts have been a key driver for growth, being the foundation for connection and innovation for the industry.
COST - $45.00
THU 11 JULY
Greater Southern Gold Coast Chamber: Business Breakfast
July Breakfast Event - presented by Jann Stuckey, State Member for Currumbin.
Gold Coast City Design Roundtable [FULLY BOOKED]
The Gold Coast City Design Roundtable will bring together the city's leaders in planning, urban design and related disciplines to discuss the strategic imperatives for the city's future and collaborative opportunities to champion and showcase the role of city planners and designers in imagining and delivering that future.
Mentoring for Growth [FULLY BOOKED]
Talk to mentors on matters including business strategy, marketing, management and governance, technology, intellectual property, market and export expansion or investment readiness, to name just a few. Mentoring can be done face-to-face, via Skype or at Queensland Government small business events across the state, depending on what suits your needs.
Hear from successful entrepreneurs about their fascinating journey. Learn from their ups and downs and uncover the secrets of their success.
COST - $39.00
Future of Business Tech for Business Leaders
Australia's premier IT firm, BITS Technology Group, will be launching a highly anticipated cutting-edge technology service, exclusive to the Gold Coast, ahead of anyone else in Australia. This will revolutionise the way your business operates, you don't want to miss out.
COST - $9.00
City Library Program: Advice for your new business from a Forbes 30 under 30
Join Gold Coast entrepreneur, Charlie Ercan Founder of Unique Muscle, who was recently named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for a workshop focusing on the key areas every entrepreneur should be fine tuning when starting their business including motivation, time management and budgeting. Charlie will be hosting a networking session following the one hour workshop.
FRI 12 JULY
Surfing is a piece of Cake
Get out of your comfort zone! and also learn how equity should be a piece of cake. Cake and its partners will run through some cool concepts and ideas on how to use your equity to grow your business. Enjoy one of the most beautiful spots on the Gold Coast and spend some time with the Cake team and their friends.
Gold Coast Way Ahead
Take part in this year's signature event Gold Coast Way Ahead on Friday 12 July Tickets are $79. Gold Coast Way Ahead will feature a panel of influential entrepreneurs including Glen Richards, Steve Baxter and Chris Riddell. This exclusive opportunity will cover several topics including emerging business trends, AI and marketing to today's consumer.
COST - $79.00
As part of the signature event, Gold Coast Way Ahead Friday 12 July, we have 3 panel sessions running simultaneous.
- SESSION 1: New Kids on the block. AI, blockchain & robotics.
- SESSION 2: Marketing & the new consumer. Customisation, experience & service.
- SESSION 3: Riding the wave. Business success & the new economy.