Business Planning Course - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Business Planning Course

future-proof your business

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 small businesses it is critical that this industry sector is supported in being successful.

The free Business Planning Course is 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 free 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.

If you are a business owner based between the Moreton Bay and Fraser Coast regions, this structured business development course is your opportunity to gain skills and knowledge which can be implemented immediately to strengthen your business.

In addition, you will be provided the opportunity to participate in an approved research project where post-course visits to your business will occur to monitor your progress and measure the impact of your learning.

Is your business eligible to register?

If you are a business (employing fewer than 20 staff), are located between the Moreton Bay and Fraser Coast Local Government areas and have been operating for at least 12 months, you are eligible to register for this free 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 six modules, you'll receive a USC Certificate of Completion and gain credit* for one course in a USC postgraduate Business degree.

* To be eligible for credit for a USC Business School course, participants will have to successfully complete the development of the business plan and present the plan on the ‘pitch to panel’ day.

Course information

There are six modules delivered as workshops within this 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 present a 30-minute pitch to a panel of experts. Please Note: Minimum and maximum numbers may apply at each location.

Week/Module 1: Overview of Small Business Management Principles

Week/Module 2: Organisation and Industry Analysis

Week/Module 3: Marketing Strategy and Business Structures

Week/Module 4: Risk Management and Human Resource Strategy

Week/Module 5: Financial Management

Week/Module 6: Operating Plan, Action Plan and preparing for the Pitch

Each week is a 90-minute workshop, followed by a 30-minute Q&A and networking session.

Pitch to Panel Presentation:

30-minute presentations by each participant to a panel of local business experts.

Schedule

Moreton Bay Business Planning Course 

Dates: Thursday 19 August – Thursday 23 September 2021
Time: 9am–11am
Location: USC Caboolture

Week 1: Thu 19 Aug, 9-11am

Week 2: Thu 26 Aug, 9-11am

Week 3: Thu 2 Sep, 9-11am

Week 4: Thu 9 Sep, 9-11am

Week 5: Thu 16 Sep, 9-11am

Week 6: Thu 23 Sep, 9-11am

Pitches: Thu 7 Oct, 30 minute time slots

Partners in this initiative

This project is a joint initiative of USC, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) and Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay.

Sunshine Coast Business Planning Course

Exclusive to members of Chambers of Commerce located in the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area

Dates: Tuesday 17 August – Tuesday 21 September 2021
Time: 9am–11am
Location: USC Sunshine Coast

Week 1: Tue 17 Aug, 9-11am

Week 2: Tue 24 Aug, 9-11am

Week 3: Tue 31 Aug, 9-11am

Week 4: Tue 7 Sep, 9-11am

Week 5: Tue 14 Sep, 9-11am

Week 6: Tue 21 Sep, 9-11am

Pitches: Tue 5 Oct, 30 minute time slots

Gympie Business Planning Course

Dates: Thursday 19 August – Thursday 23 September 2021
Time: 3pm–5pm
Location: USC Gympie

Week 1: Thu 19 Aug, 3-5pm

Week 2: Thu 26 Aug, 3-5pm

Week 3: Thu 2 Sep, 3-5pm

Week 4: Thu 9 Sep, 3-5pm

Week 5: Thu 16 Sep, 3-5pm

Week 6: Thu 23 Sep, 3-5pm

Pitches: Thu 30 Sep, 30 minute time slots

Fraser Coast Business Planning Course

Dates: Friday 20 August – Friday 24 September 2021
Time: 9am-11am
Location: USC Fraser Coast

Week 1: Fri 20 Aug, 9-11am

Week 2: Fri 27 Aug, 9-11am

Week 3: Fri 3 Sep, 9-11am

Week 4: Fri 10 Sep, 9-11am

Week 5: Fri 17 Sep, 9-11am

Week 6: Fri 24 Sep, 9-11am

Pitches: Fri 8 Oct, 30 minute time slots

Tiaro Business Planning Course

Dates: Friday 20 August – Friday 24 September 2021
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: TBC

Week 1: Fri 20 Aug, 3-5pm

Week 2: Fri 27 Aug, 3-5pm

Week 3: Fri 3 Sep, 3-5pm

Week 4: Fri 10 Sep, 3-5pm

Week 5: Fri 17 Sep, 3-5pm

Week 6: Fri 24 Sep, 3-5pm

Pitches: Fri 1 Oct, 30 minute time slots

People chatting in workshop

Image taken at the Moreton Bay Business Planning Course Pilot

Register now

Registrations are now open for the August 2021 Business Planning Courses. Register now to secure a spot.

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USC helps small business owners plan for success

A free USC workshop series will give small business owners and managers in the Moreton Bay region the chance to learn how to future-proof their success while earning credit towards a Business degree.

Wayne Graham And USC Banner

Meet the presenter

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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