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Fast Five at Noosa Electric Vehicle Expo & Street Fest - Official Video

The 2022 Noosa Electric Vehicle Expo & Street Fest was Zero Emissions Noosa's most ambitious and successful yet - closing Sunshine Beach Road at Noosa Junction with the streets of Noosa Junction buzzing with an electric charge! The event hosted by Zero Emissions Noosa, in partnership with Noosa Council and the Noosa Junction Business Association promotes education and information about low emission transport and ways we can all contribute through our travel choices. Capture the flavour of the event in this short video

What is the green economy?

Have you heard about the green economy and wondered what it is all about? The green economy is an aspect of Noosa Council’s approach to local economic growth.

Green industry development primarily considers the supply of green goods and services (i.e. local industry production and export of the green economy), whereas green consciousness refers to any activity that applies environmentally friendly measures and/or technologies in its work.  Join Jordan Vance from the Noosa Council Economic Development Department to hear about Noosa's Green Economy Strategy and potential focus areas around green professional services, climate tech, and ecotourism. Register here

Final chance to Nominate your business for a SCBA!

Just a few days to go until entries close for the 2022 Sunshine Coast Business Awards! If you haven't started your entry, now is the time. Let’s see Noosa shine on stage! Applications close 29 August. Nominate or apply now

Noosa Council Economic Development is a proud 2022 Gold Sponsor and Sponsor of the Clean Tech Category.


QLD Small Business Commissioner business support information.

QSBC  have curated a (live) collection of handpicked information, support, services & assistance to help small businesses. You can find information and advice addressing the following areas: 

  • Your support crew (key people and agencies to be aware of)
  • Wellbeing (building your resilience)
  • Grants, loans, and rebates
  • Services (legal, tax, HR, disputes, financial support)
  • Employment and hiring
  • Business check up (ways to pay less for your business bills)

This document is now updated on the first of every month, so please bookmark the link and find the August edition online here.

Support for those experiencing financial hardship

With the COVID-19 pandemic placing many individuals and businesses in challenging financial circumstances, natural disasters such as floods and fires resulting in loss of homes and assets, and the rising cost of living amongst other factors, it can be difficult to know where to start to navigate your way through your options. 

AFSA is committed to supporting Australians experiencing financial difficulty by providing the right tools and information. If you are struggling financially, you are not alone and support is available. It is important to get help early and understand your options.

Innovate To Grow!

Innovate to Grow is a free 10-week program coordinated by CSIRO for Small to Medium Enterprises  who want to progress their R&D opportunities, or are in the early decision-making stages about engaging in R&D.  Applications are open for a free 10-week program for SMEs to investigate new R&D opportunities related to advanced manufacturing solutions

Are you ready for Australian domain name changes?

From September 20, 2022, changes will come into effect regarding domain names. If you have a website with a domain name there will be options available for other people to buy and register the same business name under a newly available .au domain name. 

More information.

Small Business/Entrepreneurs Scholarship 

Chief Executive Women (CEW) is offering a scholarship to an outstanding woman entrepreneur or small business owner/ co-owner. 

This scholarship will help the recipient acquire skills and knowledge to grow their business. Applicants can choose the course that best suits their learning needs. Applications close 29 August.

Future of Work Survey

The CCIQ Future of Work Survey is your chance to help us identify the emerging trends and impacts in Queensland. Contribute to a profitable, sustainable and meaningful future for businesses in Queensland. 

Take the survey

London Tech Week 2023

London Tech Week provides the tech eco-system with a platform to come together to drive change. The mission is to build a better, more inclusive, digital world by gathering the world’s most inspirational founders, global leaders, senior investors and rising stars to collaborate and discuss the vital role of technology on society.  You can now express your interest to be considered for London Tech Week 2023 here.


Project Control Group - Destination Management Project 

Nathaniel Bromley, Wayne Kayler-Thomson & Michael Tarrant will join a new project control group (PCG) established to guide Noosa’s new Destination Management Plan. The local trio was chosen from a field of 29 candidates to fill three positions on the PCG.  Combined, they have extensive experience in business, tourism and community involvement. Each of the remaining 26 applicants will be invited to be a part of a community panel which will provide intelligence & insights at key stages of the plan’s development and provide a sounding board. More information


Noosa Council’s Economic Development team are working with Tourism Noosa on an Eco-certified Tourism Destination Program which will assist Noosa to attain globally recognised certification as a sustainable tourism destination. 

This status will ensure visitors, that Noosa as a certified destination, is backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to ongoing improvement of sustainable practices and provision of high-quality nature-based tourism experiences


Forward Fest Sunshine Coast - 

26-30 September

Five day conference with 120 speakers, focusing on innovation & technology, customer experience & marketing, and skills of the future – aimed at helping Small to Medium businesses (SMEs) to continually improve their business. Events are aimed at SMEs in many sectors, such as:

  • Future Professionals | 26 Sept – for professional services (eg. accounting, legal, real estate).
  • Future Infrastructure | 27 Sept - for construction, developers, utilities, cleantech, procurement, sustainability in construction.
  • Retail | 28 Sept – included in Wednesday's FutureX program.
  • Food and Agribusiness 28 Sept – also included in FutureX program on Wednesday.
  • FutureX | 28-29 Sept – emerging technology, digital solutions, investment.
  • Export Market Readiness Program | 26-27 Sept - free for attendees of FutureX. Sponsored by Queensland AI Hub.

One and two day tickets are available | Register

Supply Chain Mapping Event at Peregian Digital Hub

Join Manufacturing Excellence Forum (MEF) for a live mapping session of our Sunshine Coast Manufacturing Supply Chain.

What MEF will  need from you at the event:

  • An understanding of your core, high level capabilities
  • The gaps in capabilities within your supply chain that are hurting you
  • Who’s in your supply chain that is excellent and might benefit others

What you’ll get out of it

  • A better understanding of the ecosystem around you
  • The ecosystem will have a better understanding of what you do

Once MEF has processed all of the data, you’ll also have access to an interactive database that can be used to identify key supply gaps in your value chain and to generally better understand the capability around you.

Register for the free event

August 25 | 5-8pm

Peregian Digital Hub

Green Drinks Noosa 

Are you a clean green business that provides solutions, or are you a business looking to become more sustainable?  Meet like-minded greenie businesses at Green Drinks Noosa.  Green Drinks is a global initiative that we are taking up in Noosa to encourage our hard working environment sector to build strength and get to know each other and our projects.

August 25, 4-6pm | Free, no registration required 

Heads of Noosa Brewery 

Monthly Meetups 

Meet, mingle and learn from local and visiting digital industry professionals at one of Peregian Digital Hub’s monthly meetups:

1 Sept, 6pm: Coding from Beach meetup (software devs, coders, hackers)  Details 
5 Sept, 6pm: Screen industry meetup (film & tv)  Details
13 Sept, 6pm: REBOOT Noosa industry meetup (digital marketing/social media professionals).  Details

Hub Holiday Program for kids and teens!

Learn digital, future-focused skills and have fun in the September holidays! The upcoming Hub Holiday Program offers two weeks of fun, hands-on workshops for kids and teens taught by talented Hub Cadets. Workshops include robotics, coding, video editing, digital art/design, Minecraft and more!

17 Sept to 2 Oct | Peregian Digital Hub | 


An insiders guide to Business & University Collaboration 

A practical two-part workshop series for university researchers and businesses on building industry-university collaborations that deliver results.

30 August | 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Online | Register

New annualised salary arrangements in hospitality industry

New annualised salary arrangements in the Restaurant and Hospitality Awards will commence from 1 September 2022. Learn about these important changes in this dedicated webinar hosted by the Fair Work Ombudsman.  

2pm – 2.30pm | August 25 

FREE | Register

GreenX Talks Conference & Expo

The inaugural GreenX Talks Conference & Expo. A full day conference and expo at Caloundra, Wednesday 19 October 2022 will feature up to 16 inspiring, knowledgeable and diverse speakers on a broad range of sustainability in business topics.


Australian Business Growth Fund

This program aims to provide specialised funding for small to medium-sized Australian businesses looking to expand, grow and scale and is open on an ongoing basis. The Fund will inject between $5 million and $15 million of capital into a growth-ready business.

Noosa Council Economic Development Grants

Council’s Economic Development Grant Program supports projects that will have a positive impact on Noosa’s business environment, economy and encourages local partnerships. Apply now 

Apply now for QLD's Low Carbon Accelerator

Do you have an innovative product or service that will help Queensland achieve zero emissions?

 Apply for the Low Carbon Accelerator (LCA) – an initiative by the Department of Environment and Science in partnership with the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, and delivered by Innovation Architects to help achieve Queensland’s emissions reduction targets. 

Apply by 11 September.

More grants are always being launched so make sure you register with Noosa Council's Grant Guru, to keep on top of all upcoming opportunities!

Mental health support for business owners  
Free & confidential mental health support for small business owners

Business Associations

Join your local Business Association to connect with other local businesses, & get additional support.

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