QLD BUSINESS OWNERS RECEIVE FREE ACCESS TO ONLINE LEARNING, PULLING THEM OUT OF THE TRENCHES OF COVID-19 INTO A PROFITABLE FUTURE
The Queensland Government has committed to helping Queensland businesses get back on their feet, funding a free business education program designed to help navigate the severe impacts of COVID-19.
The government has partnered with leading business education platform Navig8Biz who, in collaboration with Jane Anderson, developed The Business Ignite Project which offers a suite of free online courses available to every business in Queensland. The program is available to:
- Small Business Owners (fewer than 20 employees)
- Their Staff
- Any individual who has been retrenched from small business
- Anyone who aspires to work for small business
- Anyone who aspires to open/launch a small business
The Business Ignite Project includes easy access to online libraries, materials, activities, masterclasses, workshops, courses, e-books, templates and tools to help Queensland businesses move through Australia’s first recession in 30 years.
It’s anticipated that up to 450,000 businesses will access the program in Queensland alone, which will not only elevate the profits of businesses but also improve mental health, employment, industry growth and the state’s economy.
With a focus on businesses which have been impacted by COVID-19, people currently employed by small business, those who were stood down from a small business, or those who are wanting to transition from employment into small business, the program will provide far more than a post-pandemic recovery plan.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for small business owners to receive government-funded business education,” said Mr Barnsdall.
“Businesses will receive content to help improve all facets of their business including content creation, digital marketing, accounting, finance, branding, recruitment, supply chain, business basics, productivity, pivot opportunities, mindset and more.
“Every business owner should take up this chance while they can. If you’re not growing, you’re shrinking.”
Ms Brooks said, “The program is suitable for anyone in business, from early conception to start-up phase to growth mode to established, and every enterprise in between. It’s also for anyone who is hoping to start a new business.”
Ms Brooks says while accelerating existing industries, the program will ignite entirely new industries, businesses and jobs to come to fruition.
“It’s been a difficult time for so many, but the opportunities are exciting and endless,” said Ms Anderson.
“With authentic content, human support and an effortless platform, this is easy, fun, on-the-go learning. It’s available in text and video, but the content is only free until March 31st 2021 so, businesses owners will need to jump on board quickly.”
Grace Martin, Founder of sustainable footwear label Lost Sols started the Project with a small mindset but the program changed all that as her business has now seen its biggest month in sales yet.
“The Project allowed me to see the bigger picture. I had always wanted to design sustainable footwear and knew there was a gap in the market, but I had no idea how to build a profitable business.
“With the online content I was able to quickly implement the learning into my business, and launch and succeed even during a pandemic.
“Before I began the course, I thought I could just post a few pictures on social media and make sales. It’s not that simple, and the program taught me how to take my business from a hobby to a viable business.
Everyone told me not to launch an e-commerce business in 2020, but it’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” said Ms Martin. And the proof is in the pudding, as Lost Sols continues to grow.
At the end of the six-month period, business owners will see increased revenue, improved structure, better systems, lifestyle freedom, new concepts, growth opportunities and the fulfilment that comes with contributing a successful business to society, especially in typically harsh circumstances.
The complimentary program closes on March 31st 2021, with the option to continue learning via paid subscription.