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 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


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.


Building a successful social enterprise

Amelia Gow is a local social entrepreneur, and founder of Active Opportunities, a not-for-profit organisation assisting people with a disability to gain skills and experience employment. Amelia was recently awarded the 2019 Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Social Entrepreneurship and assists business owners to branch out into diversity and inclusive recruitment.

In this workshop, Amelia will share her own journey and outline how to build a successful social enterprise, and cover:

  • Reasons to set up a social enterprise
  • Who will benefit and how?
  • Different models for social enterprises
  • Funding options and support for social enterprises
  • How to evaluate impact.

Tuesday 24 March, 6pm to 8pm at Southport Library.

Book online now or phone 07 5581 7200.

Amelia's recommended business reads:

Download or request a copy today!


Navigating the digital marketing maze

The team at digital content and design agency Glass Engine,  will be joined by a panel of guest speakers who will share their insight and knowledge into how to effectively share your brand and connect with your target markets in this fast-evolving digital landscape. It’s more important than ever to cut through the digital noise but with the future of advertising fast evolving, how do start-ups, small business, community groups and larger companies do that in a cost effective way? Join us for the event and ask your own questions to gain invaluable knowledge from industry leaders to help you grow your business. Then, stay on to network with others in your local business community after the event.

Tuesday 7 April, 6pm to 9pm at Helensvale Library.

Book online or phone 07 5581 1625.

Recommended books for business owners, startups and entrepreneurs provided by Neil McGregor (Founder and Digital Creator - Glass Engine):

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