Free business planning workshop series starting March 2021

Register for free business planning workshop series starting March 2021

Do you want to create a business plan to source funding from banks/grants/investors? Do you want to learn how to pitch your product? Are you a small business owner in the Moreton Bay Region? Register for this FREE workshop program delivered by USC Caboolture.

This free USC workshop series will give small business owners and managers in the Moreton Bay region the chance to learn how to future-proof their success while earning credit towards a Business degree and joining a research project to monitor their progress.

When are the workshops held?

Head of USC’s Caboolture campus Dr Wayne Graham, a Senior Lecturer in Management, will present short sessions over six weeks from 4 March to 8 April, with Pitch to Panel Presentations scheduled for April 22 & 23. Find out more

Successful pilot program

The first pilot program hosted by USC ran from October 2020, with 27 local business owners and professionals completing the six week course. With the huge success of the pilot program USC immediately started looking at dates to run a similar workshop series in 2021.

Learn more about the business planning pilot program here.

Workshops aimed at prosperity and long-term business success

Dr Graham, who coordinates the University’s MBA program and in 2018 received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, said the business planning workshops would give participants a clear understanding of the key factors underpinning their prosperity and ensuring their long-term survival.

“The workshops offer a platform for owners to strengthen their businesses by learning and implementing strategic management principles,” Dr Graham said.

“This includes the development of a customised business plan designed to source funds from banks and investors or through grant applications.

“Participants will also have the opportunity to join a research project involving post-workshop visits to their businesses to monitor and measure progress.”

He said the series could potentially open a pathway to university education, with completion of the workshops earning credit for one course in a USC postgraduate Business degree.

Each session includes a 90-minute workshop and 30 minute Q&A and networking opportunity, and is hosted on campus at USC Caboolture. The workshop series will culminate with a one full-day pitch to an expert panel where business managers will present their plan in 30-minute sessions.

How to register for the free USC workshops

The workshop series is a joint initiative of Moreton Bay Regional Council, Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT) and Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay.

Dr Graham said employers based in the Moreton Bay local government area with fewer than 20 staff and have been operating for at least two years were eligible to register interest.