Sunday 6 January 2013
Turning your idea into a rewarding business
The 2012/13 season of Ideas2Market small business workshops is now well underway with entrepreneurs in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns already taking part in the program.
An initiative of the Queensland Government’s Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, the Ideas2Market small business program is delivered by the AIC to provide innovators and small-to-medium-enterprises (SMEs) with information and skills to improve their competitive advantage. .
The Ideas2Market workshops are delivered by the AIC’s professional facilitators and have already assisted over 1,500 Queensland entrepreneurs along their path to commercialisation.
There are two types of workshops in the program. Introductory Workshops are designed for those who would like to start a business, novice inventors, or those with early-stage business ideas, while the Masterclass Workshops are designed for existing businesses that are looking to grow, improve and gain a competitive advantage.
More workshops are already planned for early 2013 in Mackay, Rockhampton, Mt Isa, Maryborough and Ipswich with positive feedback received on the workshops previously conducted:
"I would highly recommend this workshop for anyone at all who is thinking of starting their own business or who has already started their own business. Very relevant content, very engaging and interesting and informative." (Robyn Hallewell, Rohallart.com)
"Refreshing business workshop, lots of valuable info and speakers with great business experience." (Jani Burdett, Creative Personal Development)
"Helped me to realise what things I needed to do to get my business to market successfully." (Francis Harvey, Pooch to 5K)
Participants regularly highlight the fantastic networking opportunitites that come from attending the workshops.With such positive feedback and results from the Ideas2Market program, Events and Education Manager Paula Hunt is enthusiastic about the five additional workshops planned for 2013.
“We have five more workshops to be delivered this financial year and two exciting new webinars. We’re looking forward to assisting Queensland’s ambitious and talented entrepreneurs with more useful content, tools and resources.”
The webinars are a new feature for 2013, and will be targeted at entrepreneurs starting their new businesses. To receive more information about the webinars click here. To find out when Ideas2Market workshops are scheduled near you, visit the AIC’s Ideas2Market webpage or call the events team on 07 3364 0614.
Limited seats are available for each workshop, so register early to secure your place. Both the Introductory and Masterclass workshops each run from 8.30am - 5pm, and cost $110 per person (incl. GST) which covers all catering on the day and hard copy course materials and reference notes.