Funded by the Queensland Government and delivered by TAFE Queensland, offers Indigenous business owners and entrepreneurs access to training, mentoring and support designed to provide them with access to the skills and networking opportunities required to develop and grow business opportunities.
With rolling starts, the Solid Business program will focus on the North Queensland regions of Burdekin Shire and the Whitsundays, Mackay and the Cassowary Coast, with participants outside of delivery locations welcome to register for online participation.
TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mary Campbell said the program will help equip Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses with the key skills, knowledge, and systems to grow their business to the next level, even in times of economic uncertainty.
“The Solid Business program will provide valuable support to Indigenous business owners through training, mentoring and networking opportunities to not only adapt to the changes, challenges and opportunities brought about by COVID-19, but to also grow their businesses,” Mrs Campbell said.
“Delivered in three modules, as well a final expo and pitch event, participants will focus on where their business is, where they want it to go, and how they will get there.”
Participants will cover a range of topics including business planning, systems needed to manage growth, tendering, quotes, and associated digital technologies.
“Ultimately they will gain skills and knowledge in the use of practical, usable and transferable tools, systems and frameworks to help assess, manage and grow their business,” she said.
Registrations are now open online and are open to Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs and community organisations across all industries.