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Business Planning Course

Registrations for the Townsville Business Planning Course close on Friday 30 September 2022 at 5pm.

The Business Planning Course is proudly supported by the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Future-proof your business

Micro and small businesses form the foundation of the Australian economy, employing approximately 44 percent of the Australian workforce and contributing around one-third of Australia's GDP. As approximately 97 percent of Australian organisations are categorised as micro and small businesses it is critical that this industry sector is supported in being successful.

The Business Planning Course is free and designed to provide local business owners with a clear understanding of the key factors that underpin their success and are critical to their long-term survival.

Participating in this course, comprised of a series of workshops, provides a platform for business owners to survive and thrive by adopting and implementing strategic management principles, thereby lowering the rate of business failure.

For businesses that are not located near a course delivery site, participants are welcome to join online, as per the below schedule. When registering, please choose the course with the most suitable dates.

Eligibility requirements

If your business employs fewer than 20 (full-time equivalent) staff and has been operating for at least 12 months, you are eligible to register for this series of workshops and we encourage you to take up this opportunity by registering now to participate.

Gain certification and credit

Participating in this course is a great way to experience what it is like to study at University and open up a pathway into a higher-level qualification. Upon completion of all modules and submission of assessment items, you will receive a UniSC Certificate of Completion and gain credit for one course in a UniSC postgraduate Business degree.

Course information

The content is delivered as workshops within this free, short course. The weekly schedule includes the development of a customised business plan that is suitably developed for sourcing funds from banks, investors or can be leveraged for grant applications. At the conclusion of the workshops there will be an opportunity for participants to deliver a 15-minute presentation to a panel of experts. Please note that minimum and maximum numbers may apply at each location.

Week 1: Overview of Strategy and Small Business Management Principles

Week 2: Organisation and Industry Analysis

Week 3: Marketing Strategy 

Week 4: Business Structures, Operating Plan and Risk Management

Week 5: Succession Planning and Human Resource Strategy

Week 6: Financial Management

Week 7: Communications Skills and Preparing for the Presentation

Week 8: Presentations to panel

Week 1-7 are 90-minute workshops, followed by a 30-minute Q&A and networking session.

Schedule

Townsville Business Planning Course

Please note: Registrations close on Friday 30 September 2022 at 5pm.

Dates: Friday 21 October - Friday 9 December 2022
Time: 9am-11am
Location: TBA

Week 1: Friday 21 October, 9-11am

Week 2: Friday 28 October, 9-11am

Week 3: Friday 4 November, 9-11am

Week 4: Friday 11 November, 9-11am

Week 5: Friday 18 November, 9-11am

Week 6: Friday 25 November, 9-11am

Week 7: Friday 2 December, 9-11am

Week 8: Friday 9 December*, 15-minute participant presentations

*extra dates will be added as required

2023 Moreton Bay Business Planning Course 

Dates: Thursday 2 March - Thursday 20 April 2023
Time: 9am–11am
Location: UniSC Caboolture

Week 1: Thursday 2 March, 9-11am

Week 2: Thursday 9 March, 9-11am

Week 3: Thursday 16 March, 9-11am

Week 4: Thursday 23 March, 9-11am

Week 5: Thursday 30 March, 9-11am

Week 6: Thursday 6 April, 9-11am

Week 7: Thursday 13 April, 9-11am

Week 8: Thursday 20 April, 15-minute participant presentations

2023 Sunshine Coast Business Planning Course

Dates: Thursday 27 April - Thursday 15 June 2023
Time:
9am–11am
Location:
UniSC Sunshine Coast

Week 1: Thursday 27 April, 9-11am

Week 2: Thursday 4 May, 9-11am

Week 3: Thursday 11 May, 9-11am

Week 4: Thursday 18 May, 9-11am

Week 5: Thursday 25 May, 9-11am

Week 6: Thursday 1 June, 9-11am

Week 7: Thursday 8 June, 9-11am

Week 8: Thursday 15 June *, 15-minute participant presentations

* extra dates will be added as required

Fraser Coast Business Planning Course

Please note: Registrations for the 2022 Fraser Coast course have now closed. However, you can still register for our other locations and attend online.

Dates: Tuesday 23 August – Tuesday 11 October 2022
Time: 9am-11am
Location: UniSC Fraser Coast

Week 1: Tuesday 23 August, 9-11am

Week 2: Tuesday 30 August, 9-11am

Week 3: Tuesday 6 September, 9-11am

Week 4: Tuesday 13 September, 9-11am

Week 5: Tuesday 20 September, 9-11am

Week 6: Tuesday 27 September, 9-11am

Week 7: Tuesday 4 October, 9-11am

Week 8: Tuesday 11 October, 15-minute participant presentations

Gympie Business Planning Course

Please note: Registrations for the 2022 Gympie course have now closed. However, you can still register for our other locations and attend online.

Dates: Thursday 25 August – Thursday 13 October 2022
Time: 9am-11am
Location: UniSC Gympie

Week 1: Thursday 25 August, 9-11am

Week 2: Thursday 1 September, 9-11am

Week 3: Thursday 8 September, 9-11am

Week 4: Thursday 15 September, 9-11am

Week 5: Thursday 22 September, 9-11am

Week 6: Thursday 29 September, 9-11am

Week 7: Thursday 6 October, 9-11am

Week 8: Thursday 13 October, 15-minute participant presentations

Feedback from previous participants

I now have a clearer direction, and my business is more structured, I feel I can roll out my marketing strategy sooner than I had intended.

It’s a game changer! If you have an existing business, I can highly recommend it.

It’s gold and it’s free to businesses and, you have so much accessibility to Wayne and the whole team and to the panel. It is really worthwhile doing.

This has been the best investment of my time that I could have made in myself and my business.

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People chatting in workshop
Image taken at the Moreton Bay Business Planning Course Pilot
UniSC course to help future-proof small businesses

Small business owners and managers can learn how to future-proof their businesses by taking part in a short course offered by USC that focuses on developing strategies for sustainability and success.

UniSC helps small business owners plan for success

Small business owners and managers can learn how to future-proof their businesses by taking part in a short course offered by USC that focuses on developing strategies for sustainability and success.

Meet the coordinator

Dr Wayne Graham is a Senior Lecturer in Management and has co-authored three case studies for an Australian textbook on strategic management, as well as presenting his research at national and international conferences.

In addition to his work in the higher education sector, Wayne has worked in the vocational education sector, the automotive industry and local government.

In 2018 Wayne received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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