Start me up - Business skills series

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! Find out what's on in May at your library to help you create your success in business.

Dave Lydiard

Business skills workshop: create an authentic brand that people will love

Brand authenticity is critical in modern business. Thanks to social media and the ability to access information anywhere, any time, customers can easily learn whether a brand's claim is unsubstantiated and if a products is worthy of their money.

This workshop will explore what it takes for a brand to connect deeply with its audience and take a look at some of the low-cost design and marketing tools that can be utilised to tell your brand story.

During this workshop, Dave Lydiard will cover:

  • traits that can be infused into any brand that increases authenticity
  • the power of a brand story and personality
  • why honesty and transparency are important
  • communicating to your audience on a budget.

Dave Lydiard is the Studio Manager and a designer at Oven Creative. Dave works with clients from a range of industries to increase the value of their brands through honest communication and design. He has been working with local and interstate brands for over a decade and holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Masters of Marketing.

Tuesday 11 June, 6pm to 8pm at Broadbeach Library. Book in now to secure your free ticket to this workshop. Book online or phone 07 5581 1555.

Nancy Donaldson

Business skills workshop: how to sell your art online

Most artists spend years working their craft but when it comes to 'selling' their art they feel lost. Join Nancy Donaldson, co-founder of Art Lovers Australia, one of Australia's largest online galleries, for insights into selling art online.

  • building an audience
  • pricing your work
  • working with galleries
  • essential social media for artists
  • favourite apps for artists.

"Art Lovers Australia is based on a shared love of art and a genuine desire to see artists thrive". Nancy Donaldson.

Saturday 29 June, 9.30am to 11am at Elanora Library. Book online now or phone 07 5581 1671.

Business skills workshop: connecting through social media

Say goodbye to social media overwhelm. In this workshop we’ll cover how to optimise your current channels, how to craft and plan your content strategy, our favourite tools to help you manage your channels and the basics of Facebook and Instagram advertising. This is an interactive workshop, so bring your laptop and we can help you execute some of the concepts we’ll cover.

Presented by Hannah Sabih, Social Media Specialist at Lemon Tree Marketing. As Lemon Tree's social media maven, Hannah loves nothing more than helping businesses leverage paid and organic social media to grow their brand and community.

With over five years of experience working with a diverse range of clients, Hannah has a deep understanding of how to enhance online presences. Her unique skillset allows her to achieve results through building social media strategies, content plans and managing advertising campaigns. Hannah also has a wealth of knowledge of social media best practices and stays up-to-date with the most effective techniques to boost social media campaigns across all platforms.

Tuesday 9 July, 6pm to 8pm at Burleigh Waters Library. Book online now or phone 07 5581 7230.

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland.

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