Libraries

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. 

Events calendar

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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 business.

Boost your business with access to workshops and events 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.

Recommended business reads

We have curated a selection of new and classic business titles that can help you stay informed of trends, best practice, and boost your business skills! Browse through our selection of recommended business books that you can listen to or download for free on OverDrive! Or check out our recommended business eBook and audiobook reading lists.

Upcoming virtual workshops

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Good news - our business events are going virtual! We have finalised a packed program of virtual business workshops to continue to keep you informed and access advice and upskilling opportunities from current industry experts to help give your business a boost!

Check out the upcoming events from May to July below, and register to secure your free place. Once registered, you will be sent the link and instructions to access the webinar prior to the event.  

Not a library member? No worries! Complete the temporary online membership form and start accessing our virtual events and digital resources.

May

Tax support for small business
Wednesday 20 May, 12pm to 1pm.

Is your small business affected by COVID-19? Join this free 60-minute webinar to find out how the Government’s stimulus package can help your small business.

Presented by the Australian Taxation Office. Bookings are essential - book online now.

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The top sales mistakes people are making right now
Wednesday 20 May, 2pm to 3pm.

The current situation presents a challenging environment for businesses, and how they continue to approach sales.

Ryan Tuckwood, CEO of high impact sales training business, ISR Training, will talk you through all the mistakes people are making right now, and how to avoid them.

Book online now.

Setting up a killer online presence
Wednesday 27 May, 6pm to 7pm.

Whether you are starting out a new business or have had to pivot and change your business to trade online during COVID we’ll cover what you need to know to set up a killer digital presence and get ready for advertising.

Live webinar presented by Lemon Tree Marketing. Book online now.


June

Creating a break even for your business
Wednesday 3 June, 6pm to 7pm.

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How viable is your business? Do you know what the break-even point is for your business? Learn how to calculate your break-even point so you can determine if your business model is sound, or whether you need to adjust spending or adapt your current model in order for your business to survive or continue operating.

Presented by James Marshall, Director of Gold Coast based accounting and business services firm, MWM Advisory. James was the recipient of the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Finance in 2018, and was listed in Australia's Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs 2019.

Book online now.

Cash flow for small business success
Wednesday 10 June, 12pm to 1pm.

Cash flow is the life blood for small business. Join this 60-minute session to learn critical knowledge and cash flow management skills. Find out how to identify issues and use a range of tips to help maximise your cash flow.

Presented by the Australian Taxation Office. Bookings are essential - book online now.

Sales tips during a crisis
Wednesday 10 June, 6pm to 7pm

Get some expert, targeted sales tips and advice on how to sell and maintain relationships with customers in the current challenging business environment. Live webinar presented by ISR Training.

Book online now.

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Digital marketing and advertising during a crisis
Wednesday 17 June, 12pm to 1pm

Whether you are already advertising online or looking to start now,  we’ll cover how to adapt your online marketing strategy and advertising plan during a crisis. Live webinar presented by Lemon Tree Marketing.

Book online now.

Home based business
Wednesday 24 June, 12pm to 1pm

Join this 60-minute webinar presented by the Australian Taxation Office to learn about claiming home-based business expenses and how capital gains tax may apply.

Bookings essential - book online now.


July

Introduction to business records
Wednesday 8 July, 12pm to 1pm.

Are you starting a new small business? Come along to this free introductory 60-minute session. You will learn about which business records to keep, the legal requirements and how long to keep your records. This basic session also introduces you to the benefits of developing good record- keeping habits as well as tools to help you manage your records.

Presented by the Australian Taxation Office. Bookings essential - book online now.

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Stocktake your business
Wednesday 8 July, 6pm to 7pm.

Create a business plan and roadmap for your business. What is working, what needs to change or adapt in order for your business to survive.

Presented by James Marshall, Director of MWM Advisory. Book online now.

Digital marketing strategy post COVID
Wednesday 15 July, 6pm to 7pm.

We’ll cover what you need to know, how to prepare and adjust your digital strategy once the crisis is over. Live webinar presented by Lemon Tree Marketing.

Book online now.

Adapting your sales strategy due to COVID
Wednesday 22 July, 12pm to 1pm.

Well laid business plans may have gone out the window in the current environment! Get advice on how to adapt your sales strategy to meet the current market, and keep your business going. Live webinar presented by ISR Training.

Book online now.

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Budgeting for your commitments
Wednesday 29 July, 12pm to 1pm.

Join this one-hour session to learn a straight-forward, five-step process to stay on top of your regular financial commitments. Find out how to identify business activities that trigger financial responsibilities as well as practical help to plan for and meet your future commitments.

Presented by the Australian Taxation Office. Bookings are essential - book online now

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