Program designed to help local businesses bloom
THE seeds have been sown at Central Queensland's first ever Economic Gardening program, but now it's time for 28 local businesses to grow on their own.
Capricorn Enterprise's free High Growth Business Program concluded yesterday after almost four months of workshops.
Tamara Eyles, co-owner of Yeppoon business Dzign-R, said the program helped her as she worked to expand the business outside of CQ.
"We are about to launch our business down in the south-east corner and this has helped us," she said yesterday.
"It helped me put in place some ideas and strategies about how to go about that in the right way and not just going about it blindly.
"It hasn't taken me step by step; it has given me some tools to put that in place."
Capricorn Enterprise economic development manager Neil Lethlean said the event was received well by all businesses, which all had different targets.
"It was quite a mixed bag of businesses... we have exporters like Capricorn Sandstone, innovation businesses, small business, retail and engineering," he said.
"Hopefully it is not just a feel-good situation; hopefully they can implement the strategies into their business.
"Livingstone has committed to it from day one and Rockhampton Regional Council has since agreed to fund the program for Rocky-based businesses starting next year."
Mr Lethlean said the end game for the program was not only to educate owners, but to grow the region's employment pool through nurturing local business.
"Based on the success of the current Economic Gardening Program we look forward to delivering further sustainable programs to assist local business to grow, both domestically and globally," he said.
"(It provides) real employment opportunities for local jobseekers and ensuring the growth of the regional economy.
"I told the participants this is about your business, it is not about Capricorn Enterprise, it is about your own success."