SMARTHUB SHOWCASE: An opportunity to meet current members like Allied Business Group's director Michael Green to learn about their business projects and hear about their experiences being a part of a co-working ecosystem.
SMARTHUB SHOWCASE: An opportunity to meet current members like Allied Business Group's director Michael Green to learn about their business projects and hear about their experiences being a part of a co-working ecosystem. Leighton Smith

SmartHub Showcase reveals tomorrow's CQ business stars

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council has worked hard to nurture the business superstars of tomorrow through their SmartHub initiative and it's nowstarting to bear fruit.

The council established the co-working SmartHub as part of the Smart Way Forward Strategy in May 2016 to provide support, resources, workshops and information sessions for start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners to become the employers of tomorrow.

One person who has been there since the beginning, Allied Business Group co-director Michael Green, has taken advantage of the affordable, co-working space where members can collaborate with others, learn and grow from the sense of community plus have access to a variety of programs and events that will take an idea to the next level.

Mr Green was circling the SmartHub Showcase on Friday afternoon, talking with his peers and members of the public who were keen to check out SmartHub's new digs on the ground floor of Rockhampton's Custom House.

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He has greatly enjoyed developing his small business, which currently employs seven people, to provide business technology systems solutions to Australian businesses.

"Today's celebrating the opening of Smarthub in the Rockhampton area, being part of an ecosystem that helps each other to grow the area,” Mr Green said.

"In the past people have moved away from Rockhampton thinking that the grass is better on the other side of the mountain but now it's good to know that there is a vibrant business organisation here that council's behind and there's organisations that want to build and prosper in this area.”

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Mr Green said the collaborative environment in SmartHub brought the people together with ideas and expertise.

"Other organisations might be legal, might be health and fitness and we help each other out with different business problems and talk about them, it's all about helping each other,” he said.

"Whether it be staff issues, financial issues or just technical issues and its about being able to provide some solution into the group and obtain information back out of the group.

"We have workshops, had an accountant come through and talk about the accountant's side of how to set up a business, how to structure it from a tax perspective and then someone might come in and talk about the legal side of things.”

Mr Green said he appreciated the council's support and looked forward to realising his business plan of continuing to grow his business.



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