Small Business Connect - August 2021 edition

Update includes information on current restrictions, regional round of business basics grants, support grants, and events.

Free mental health webinar | Learn what support is available for your business with Beyond Blue

Mental health is a significant issue right now, particularly for small business owners.

TEQ's 'Days Like This' campaign relaunches

TEQ's 'Days Like This' aspirational marketing campaign relaunched last weekend across the state.

Leverage TEQ's latest campaign by listing your best deal

Queensland's tourism businesses are encouraged to get involved in Tourism and Events Queensland's (TEQ) latest major tourism campaign - '20 Days of Holidays Like This' - by listing their best deal on

Business Support Hub for border businesses

Small Businesses in Coolangatta now have access to face-to-face support and information, after the Palaszczuk Government launched a pop-up hub to help those operating along the border between Queensland and New South Wales.

Division 14 Councillor Newsletter - September 2021

Read the latest news from Division 14 Councillor Gail O'Neill

Safer Suburbs Awards

Do you know an active community member or organisation that makes our city a safer place to live? Give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a 2021 Safer Suburbs Award.

Border restrictions are here to stay - Will you survive until November?

If your businesses is one of the many that is feeling the impact of no staff, no customers or not being able to trade, then now is the time to start to plan how to mitigate the impacts. The Southern GC Chamber has been lobbying for the QLD Government to recognise the very localised impacts being felt by almost every small business in the border area one way or another, and to get some very targeted support for those businesses.

Buy Local, Play Local $3M campaign

The City of Gold Coast is investing $3 million into a ‘Play Money’ rewards program to support the city’s tourism, dining, retail, and arts/culture industries. The program will be facilitated by Destination Gold Coast.

Can you donate some time assist the Palm Beach/Currumbin Red Cross?

Palm Beach/Currumbin Red Cross is looking for someone to donate their time to help with auditing their books.

QLD Covid support grants have now opened for applications!

Further to the announcements last week, the Qld Covid Support Grants have now opened for applications. The good news is that these grants are now open to more businesses and also they are for larger amounts. This is as a result of the changes following the Federal Government's further support announced last Friday.

WSL announces that Snapper Rocks will host the WSL Challenger Series

In partnership with World Surf League, Major Events Gold Coast have announced that they've secured the Gold Coast to place host to the opening event of the WSL Challenger Series in a three-year deal, from 2022 – 2024.

Division 14 Councillor Newsletter - August 2021

Read the latest news from Division 14 Councillor Gail O'Neill

$600M package to help Queensland businesses

The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments have reached a 50/50 funding agreement that will see the value of the Queensland COVID-19 Business Support Grants rise from $260 million to $600 million.

New National Trust of Australia (Queensland) CEO Announced

After five years with the National Trust of Australia (Queensland), Jayme Cuttriss has been announced as the new CEO, based at the National Trust’s largest property, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

CCIQ Pulse Survey: The latest results are in!

Deteriorating business confidence on the Gold Coast is the lowest in the state, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland’s June quarter Pulse Survey shows.

COVID-19 business update from the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Qld (CCIQ)

Support for COVID-impacted business announced: Rebates, refunds, tax relief and more!

COVID-19 Lockdown Business Support Grants

The Queensland Government has announced that $5,000 grants will be made available to small and medium businesses across Queensland affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown (commenced Saturday 31 July 2021) and lockdowns in other states.

SWELL Sculpture Festival


Register to apply for GCBF funding

Gambling Community Benefit Fund round 111 is now open and will close midnight 31 August 2021.


Check out the latest news on all things road works, local council investment and planning. Keep up to date with what happening in the local area and plan ahead for your small business.

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 4 consultation period has begun

There was a steady stream of residents at the community consultation session in Tugun with officers from Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland) providing information.

Training Ombudsman to review apprentice experience

The Queensland Training Ombudsman will examine the support available for the state’s apprentices and trainees, with a special focus on removing barriers for women in traditionally male-dominated trades.

New committee to focus on Gold Coast jobs

The Gold Coast is to receive support from the Queensland Government to create jobs and grow local businesses and industries, with a dedicated Regional Jobs Committee coming to the area.

Freeman's Organic Farm the feature of short movie

The short film captures the farms past, present and future with Owner and General Manager, David Harold Gower Freeman.

Mask Wearing EXTENDED

Anyone who has been in City of Gold Coast in the last 14 days must continue to wear a face mask.

CHECK OUT Mayor Tom Tate's address to members

Did you miss our 'Post Budget Luncheon'? Check out Mayor Tom Tate's address to members here.

Southern Cross University’s Open Day is here.

This year our friends at Southern Cross University are running their Open Day for a whole month! You can also win an Open Day Scholarship worth $15,000.

Business Boost Grants Program - Opening 30 July 2021

Applications for the Business Boost Grants Program from the QLD Government will be opening on 30 July 2021.

More vouchers added to Gold Coast Holiday Dollars program

The Gold Coast Holiday Dollars campaign will be boosted this week, with a further 10,000 vouchers to be distributed to lucky recipients who missed out in the original draw.

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