Today the Treasurer delivered the Mid-year Economic Review

Today’s Mid-Year Economic Financial Review contains tangible support for small business said the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ). The COVID-19 Fiscal and Economic Review provides an update on Queensland’s economic and fiscal estimates over 2019-20 and 2020-21 that incorporate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to date. The report also outlines the Queensland Government’s economic strategy that builds on the Unite and Recover:

Presidents update for August

We are pleased to announce that our membership numbers now exceed 170 members and we have strong support from Gold Members and our Corporate Sponsors.

Don't forget to go to the member directory on our website and ensure your business profile is up to date and complete. Check out who your fellow members are and support them. You will see the Gold members and Corporate sponsors scrolling at the bottom of the website.

Cr Brooke Patterson Division 6 - August update Report

SOUTHPORT UPDATE REPORT

This week Council made an important decision regarding the City Plan and proposed amendments.

As many of you will know, the State Government is ultimately responsible for approving the adoption of our City Plan. Many of you will also be aware of the upcoming State election on 31 October.

Southport Chamber Extend offer free Annual Memberships to Gold Coast Based Businesses

Offer Extended - In a city first, the Southport Chamber of Commerce have launched a new initiative to help Gold Coast businesses on their road to recovery over the next 12 months.

The initiative will see annual membership fees waived for new and existing Gold Coast businesses who join the Southport Chamber before 30th September 2020

This initiative is open to all Gold Coast businesses, no matter what industry or size, with a focus on those trading within Southport and it’s surrounds.

Part Funded Expo Stands – Business and Jobs Expo

Our “Road to Recovery” Business and Jobs Expo will help businesses recover as well as provide pathways for people who need to redirect into new training and employment opportunities.

It is exciting to see that the Gold Coast Business and Jobs Expo will connect 200 exhibitors to 2000 local business professionals.

Gold Coast – 15 October, Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium, 10am to 4pm.

Treasury’s announcement on 21 July 2020 for JobKeeper 2.0

For millions of Australians and businesses large and small, the Government’s JobKeeper 2.0 is bigger than the annual Federal Budget. The nation’s strong balance sheet is literally propping up livelihoods and keeping businesses open. So what now?

Government’s Energy Efficient Communities program - Grants and Programs

Small businesses across Moncrieff can now apply for a grant that will support them to make their energy use more efficient and to reduce their power bills through the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities program.

Presidents Report and Welcome

To all new members including Business Members, Gold Members and Corporate Sponsors.

We thank you for joining the oldest Chamber on the Gold Coast and the Chamber for the official CBD of the Gold Coast.

Cr Brooke Patterson Division 6 - July update Report

SOUTHPORT UPDATE REPORT

I am pleased to inform you that Council unanimously voted in favour of my request for a proper, formalised approach to homelessness.

Southport Chamber Extend offer free Annual Memberships to help local businesses navigate recession

Offer Extended - In a city first, the Southport Chamber of Commerce have launched a new initiative to help Gold Coast businesses on their road to recovery over the next 12 months.

The initiative will see annual membership fees waived for new and existing businesses who join the Southport Chamber before 30th September 2020

This initiative is open to all Gold Coast businesses, no matter what industry or size, with a focus on those trading within Southport and it’s surrounds.

Qld Small Business Skills Hub and the Qld Skills Focus Hub

Through the Queensland Small Business Skills Hub small business owners, startups and their staff now have a great opportunity to access over 500 highly relevant online courses, ranging from a few minutes to an hour, for FREE until December 2020.

Presidents Report

To all members and businesses in Southport

For a limited time, the Southport Chamber are currently offering a year free membership. We encourage all businesses to sign up, and if you have already, encourage your neighbouring businesses and all businesses in your network to sign up for free membership of the Southport Chamber for a year.

Cr Brooke Patterson Division 6 June Report

SOUTHPORT REPORT

Last week Council adopted its 2020-21 roads to recovery budget – a budget that lays out the City’s economic plan to recover from the global pandemic.

Institute of Glycomics - One of Australia's Flagship Biomedical Research Institutes

Australian research into the use of convalescent plasma in clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 should be supported according to a leading immunologist from Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics.

Professor Michael Good AO, a member of the National COVID-19 Health and Research Advisory Committee and chair of the working group on convalescent plasma therapy.

Queensland Government - Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program – Round 2

The objective of this program is to support small businesses subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown restrictions announced by the Queensland Government, to adapt and sustain their operations, and build resilience.

After Round 1 of the program was allocated very quickly, a second round has been announced and will be accepting applications from 1 July 2020.

COVID-19 RDA Gold Coast Business Impact and Information Survey

RDA Gold Coast has released the findings from its COVID-19 Business Impact and Information Survey.

This study was undertaken to gain real time insights on the impact of COVID-19 on Gold Coast businesses, how businesses are reacting to government support packages, their current situation, and future projections.

Institute for Glycomics researchers tackle COVID-19

Four teams of expert scientists from Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics are targeting the virus SARS-CoV-2 to discover new vaccines and drugs to prevent or cure COVID-19.

The teams are led by the Institute’s group leaders Professor Mark von Itzstein AO, Professor Michael Good AO, Professor Michael Jennings, and Professor Johnson Mak, all world-renowned research scientists in their various fields of infectious diseases research.

It’s time to get serious and ease restrictions

• Small business revenues could collapse by up to $27 billion during the June quarter as a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions

• $13 billion of revenues were lost in of Queensland during the March quarter according to the ABS

• Time to act now and not wait for specific dates

Queensland businesses need to start operating fully and it needs to happen now said the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

Southport Chamber waives Annual Memberships to help local businesses navigate recession

In a city first, the Southport Chamber of Commerce have launched a new initiative to help Gold Coast businesses on their road to recovery over the next 12 months.

The initiative will see annual membership fees waived for new and existing businesses who join the Southport Chamber before July 30, 2020.

This initiative is open to all businesses, no matter what industry or size, with a focus on those trading within Southport and it’s surrounds.

Small Biz Training

he Queensland Government have just launched free online training for small businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19 as part of their plan to unite and recover for Queensland jobs.

More than 400 free training courses will be available to Queenslanders through two portals.

The Queensland Small Business Skills Hub will have courses across four topic areas:

Presidents Report May 2020

President’s Report

The Chamber is the principal petitioner of a petition sponsored by Rob Molhoek to parliament to act on the homelessness issue in Southport.

The Southport Community Consultative Committee, chaired by the Chamber, has been meeting monthly and bringing homelessness to the urgent attention of the Police and Council.

Q&A with Cr Brooke Patterson

Ian Kennedy our Chamber President recently had the opportunity to have a Q&A with Cr Brooke Patterson our newly elected Councillor for Division 6

You spoke to a lot of residents and businesses during your campaign and since. What were the major one or two issues raised by them?

The Roadmap back to Business

The Queensland Governments Roadmap to Easing Restrictions

From the desk of the QLD Government

"Our strong health response to COVID-19 means we’re well positioned for recovery" We are planning ahead with our roadmap to easing restrictions, as well as supporting business, industry and Queensland jobs.

A brief look at the Funeral Industry on the Gold Coast During COVID-19

Jenny from White Lady Funerals Southport guides us through the the difficult changes needed during this time of COVID-19

Like so many other businesses, we have adjust to changes in our work conditions and the services we can provide to people at the time of a death in the family.

From comforting families, social distancing, limiting numbers and new technologies.

Queensland Parliament E-Petition 3332-20 - Urgent request for action on homelessness in Southport

Queensland residents of Southport draws to the attention of the House:

The ongoing concerns regarding homelessness in Southport CBD and surrounds.

Homeless individuals are currently falling through the cracks, particularly with current health directives, and it is of upmost importance to have this issue addressed as a matter of priority given heightened health concerns and fast approaching cooler months.

Business Help Finder - Have you been affected by COVID-19?

Business Help Finder - Is your business affected by Covid19?

To support the Chamber, Angie Bell MP Federal Member for Moncrieff has created an easy to navigate tool which provides answers to those important questions to assist your organisation during this time.

COVIDSafe app

An update from Australian Government Department of Health 

We have all been doing a great job - playing our part to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of coronavirus. The new COVIDSafe app will help us take the next step, and keep our friends, family and community safe.

The appointment Queensland’s first small business commissioner

The Southport Chamber fully supports this initiative by the QLD Government. Ensuring that landlord and tenants can reach equitable agreements will be key to the post-COVID recovery, getting all small businesses trading again as quickly as possible. We will continue to track the establishment of the commission and provide updates and assistance where we can.

(COVID-19) impacts on the Broadwater Parklands

The Broadwater Parklands remains open with visitors encouraged to take recommended health and social distancing precautions while exercising. The rockpools, bouncy pillows, BBQ’s, outdoor gym equipment and aquapark are closed. The Fish Shak and Café Rockpool are open for take away only.

JobKeeper and Government Assistance for Employers

The Government has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper payment to help keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the significant economic impact caused by the Coronavirus.

Our valued corporate members

Our corporate members are highly valued for their contribution to the Southport Chamber.

The MBA Partnership Gold Coast Business Hub Study Gold Coast

Our valued gold members

These members are highly valued for their contribution to the Southport Chamber.

Sonic HealthPlus Gardian State Member for Southport VMA Promotional Products Small Business Expos Fiskl Advisory Feddersen Consulting Group BADGE Constructions First Asset Management Sewroo Key Business Network Gold Coast Tweed