Start me up - Business skills series

Gold Coast Libraries offers a diverse and exciting range of free programs and events for all interests and ages. There is something for everyone. 

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Our 'Start me up - Business skills' series provides support for emerging businesses, entrepreneurs and startups to develop core business skills to help launch and grow your creative enterprise or business idea.

Harness your ideas to build a business with access to our practical monthly workshops delivered by current industry experts, and get advice and inspiration from leading entrepreneur role models. Our 'Start me up - Business skills' series will provide an opportunity to network with like-minded Gold Coasters and business leaders, and get access to essential skills that can help launch or scale up your business or idea.

Create your success in business. Start at Gold Coast Libraries.

Find the information you need to start and grow your business with free access to business planning tools and databases for research and reports. Attend a free workshop, find books for learning and inspiration or develop your business skills and knowledge with online tutorials. Discover how Gold Coast Libraries can help you succeed in business.

Free workshops, events and workspace! Stay connected with us online and keep an eye out for upcoming business skills events and workshops to help you create your success in business.

Upcoming workshops


Business basics: Developing a business plan 


Kick off the new year with your business plans in place! Get back to basics, and learn about the first steps for getting your business started with Sharon Hunneybell from the Gold Coast Innovation Hub. Find out about evaluating the feasibility of your business idea and get tips and advice on how to develop a successful business plan. 

Sharon Hunneybell is CEO of the GC Hub, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to connect Gold Coast based innovation businesses and assist them with growth, attracting investment and expansion to global markets. Sharon has co-founded a number of start-up initiatives, and held senior roles in some of Australia's fastest growing companies.

Tuesday 4 February, 6pm to 8pm at Burleigh Waters Library.

Book online now or phone 07 5581 1700.

Sharon's business reading recommendations:

  • For timeless business advice: The 7 habits of highly effective people: powerful lessons in personal change by Stephen Covey. Request it, download or listen now.
  • For personal accountability and leadership: The 5am club: own your morning, elevate your life by Robin Sharma Request it, download or listen now.
  • For achieving mental and creative flow states: Stealing fire: how Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALS and maverick scientists are revolutionizing the way we live and work by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal. Request it, download or listen now.

Government support for small business and start-ups


Get informed about the Government support available to support your business or start-up, with advice from experts from AusIndustry and the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training has a number of services to support local employers and individuals. These services include funding for training to promote a skilled workforce, and small business grants to promote capacity building and employment. AusIndustry provides assistance, programmes and funding to support industry, research and innovation.

Thursday 27 February, 6pm to 8pm at Runaway Bay Library.

Book online now or phone 07 5581 7220.

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