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City of Gold Coast provides a range of services and programs to support the development of one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.

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Grants and programs for Gold Coast business

Forward-thinking Gold Coast operators can access the City’s business growth programs, networking, high-level coaching and connect you with the appropriate resources to drive your enterprise forward.

The City’s Business and Industry Engagement team works closely with Gold Coast businesses. View the City’s programs and support for business below.


Gold Coast registered businesses with high growth potential are encouraged to consider the business growth programs.

High-growth potential businesses:

  • are established on the Gold Coast and must have been in operation for more than two years
  • have a business growth plan
  • undertake research and development
  • provide an innovative product that services a market need
  • have capacity to expand into markets beyond the Gold Coast.

The Growth Accelerator module

Specifically targeted at high growth businesses and will assist in identifying the critical steps needed to achieve the next phase of growth – rapidly and sustainably.

It equips business with the understanding of how to build a thriving business that is not reliant on one person and identify and overcome potential barriers to growth.

The module is delivered over approximately eight months and includes a health check of your business, group workshops and individual mentoring.

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Market identification master class

Targeted at business leaders, designed to give clear market identification and identify the best channels to reach these target markets.

Defined target markets will increase sales, effectively and efficiently.

Delivered over a two-hour, interactive workshop.

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Securing Council contracts

These workshops will help businesses understand the local procurement opportunities, advantages for local businesses and increase visibility of local business as potential suppliers to Council.

Delivered as interactive, three-hour information sessions and your chance to meet and connect with other businesses and key City procurement officers.

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Emerging Exporters Program

Assists businesses to develop export capabilities and explore international markets.

Consists of two series of four workshops each, under Driving Export Growth and Exporting Online.

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Lead for business growth

Will assist business owners with the tools and knowledge to successfully lead business towards continued growth.

Executive level overview of best practice leadership principles to improve staff performance and business.

Delivered over a two-hour, interactive workshop.

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Grants and funding

Export Assistance Scheme

Provides financial support to the city’s emerging and existing exporters who are export ready and have identified international markets for their products and services.

Funding ranges from $1500 to $3000 depending on the category and covers both outbound and inbound trade missions.

For dates, eligibility and to apply go to our Export Assistance Scheme page.

Investment and business attraction

We have a suite of programs to support business looking to invest or relocate to the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast is a city coming of age. It is a place of opportunity that, over the next decade, will transform into a globally-recognised city while retaining its enviable lifestyle and stunning natural environment.

Contact our business and investment team to discuss your eligibility and how you can take advantage of investment opportunities on the Gold Coast through the following programs:

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