Want to grow your business? CCIQ Brisbane Bayside can help you with that!

CCIQ Brisbane Bayside is your local chamber of commerce and, if you run a business – or plan to – it should be your first port of call.

Previously known as the Wynnum & Districts Chamber of Commerce, in 2015 the Chamber joined forces with the peak body in the state – Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) to become CCIQ Brisbane Bayside.

GBSBAS logoAs well as organising regular networking events and business breakfasts and lunches, CCIQ Brisbane Bayside runs the Small Business Advisory Service in conjunction with the Greater Brisbane Small Business Advisory Service (GBSBAS). GBSBAS receives funding from the Federal Government and all services offered to small businesses (defined as businesses employing less than 20 people) are offered either free or at very reduced rates.

Through GBSBAS local businesses have access to a range of business mentors each with huge experience in their specific fields, such as…

1. Finance (banking, finance, cashflow management, data interpretation, accounting)
2. Business planning (assistance with marketing plans, guidance on entering new markets and overseas markets)
3. HR (employment, recruitment, retention)
4. General business management (creating/reviewing a business plan, supply chain management, succession planning, leasing, IP, credit management)
5. Digital marketing (email marketing, content marketing, social media, SEO/SEM, other digital marketing techniques and technology)

One-on-one mentoring and workshops

Businesses can either arrange one-on-one meetings with mentors, or can come along to special two hour workshops held by individual mentors, where numbers are limited to five per workshop to maximise outcomes for attendees. Some workshops are general presentations and discussions, and some are very practical ‘hands-on how-to’ workshops where attendees bring along their laptops and are guided through how to use the applications.

Here are some of the workshops being run over the next few weeks, focusing on helping businesses with their marketing…

Wed 27th Jan 9.30-11.30
Marketing Your Business – Concepts & Channels [5 places available]

Wed 3rd Feb 9.30-11.30
Content Marketing* (blogging/social media/email marketing) [5 places available]

Wed 10th Feb 9.30-11.30
Administering your own website or blog using WordPress* [5 places available]

Wed 17th Feb 9.30-11.30
Maximising Facebook for business* [5 places available]

Normally $90 per attendee, the fee for attendees who qualify for GBSBAS assistance is just $20 per person per workshop.

To book in to any of these workshops visit https://brisbanebayside.cciq.com.au/event/

Other topics which will be covered in future workshops include marketing planning, advanced marketing techniques, publicity/PR, email marketing, SEO, and Google AdWords.

For more details on the workshops or the one-on-one assistance that can be provided, contact Melinda Pugh at CCIQ Brisbane Bayside on 07 3893 2628. The CCIQ offices are open Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm.

*these workshops are ‘Hands On How To’ style, so bring along your wi-fi enabled laptop to make the most of the sessions.

More details on the sessions

Wed 27th Jan 9.30-11.30
Marketing Your Business – Concepts & Channels
Some aspects of marketing have remained the same over the years and some have changed out of all recognition. This workshop runs through six critically important concepts of marketing your business, and the most powerful marketing channels available to small businesses today. After attending this session you will have a good grasp of techniques which will allow you to punch well above your weight in your marketing.

Wed 3rd Feb 9.30-11.30
Content Marketing* (blogging/social media/email marketing)
Content marketing refers to techniques for engaging customers and potential customers online with useful, informative and/or entertaining content. This session will follow on from the first workshop and look at what content marketing channels are available to businesses and guide attendees as to how to go about creating great content that engages people. This is a Hands On How To workshop, so we recommend you bring your wifi enabled laptop to get the most out of the session.

Wed 10th Feb 9.30-11.30
Administering your own website or blog using WordPress*
This is a very practical workshop running through the mechanics of using the most popular website platform in the world to run your website or blog. This is a Hands On How To workshop and we recommend you make sure you already have WordPress installed on your website and that you have your login details.

Wed 17th Feb 9.30-11.30
Maximising Facebook for business*
As a small business you simply cannot ignore Facebook any more, regardless of what you sell. In this session we will run through what works and what doesn’t work on Facebook, and look at some of the advanced tools Facebook has built into their application to help small businesses promote their products and services. This is a Hands On How To workshop.

CCIQ Brisbane Bayside is a Silver Sponsor of WynnumCentral.

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