Sharpen your business skills


Whether you want to get to know your local business community better, brush up on your networking skills or get practical advice from business experts, Council has a range of free business workshops and events to help.

Lord Mayor's Business Forums

With eight forums held each year in different locations across Brisbane, the Lord Mayor’s Business Forums provide an opportunity to meet Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and hear about his vision for Brisbane. The forums bring together a large array of local businesses and provide the opportunity to engage with a range of successful Brisbane business leaders. Find upcoming Lord Mayor’s Business Forum events

Lord Mayor’s Business Excellence Workshop

Offering valuable practical information delivered by Council and Growth Education Institute, these workshops allow you to work on your business rather than in your business. Learn successful strategies from local business experts while asking questions and networking with other local business operators in a small group setting. Find upcoming Lord Mayor's Business Excellence Workshop events

Business Excellence: In Conversation

Engage with an expert panel of local business owners who share their thoughts, insights and lessons learned from their business journeys. Each session follows the same topic as the preceding Lord Mayor’s Business Excellence Workshop, so you can further develop the skills learnt at the workshop. Find upcoming Business Excellence: In Conversation events

Skills Shot Business Workshops

Improve your business skills in an intensive training session led by a local business expert. Each workshop focuses on a new topic. Previous topics have included effective grant writing skills and social media strategies for success. Find upcoming Skills Shot events

Networking in the Suburbs

Meet with like-minded local business owners to discuss factors affecting your business and share ideas. The one-hour sessions are attended by Council’s Business Liaison Officers, who are on hand to answer your questions and provide information on Council’s business support. Find upcoming Networking in the Suburbs events


Young people aged 17-25 years are invited to attend a series of four free presentation events which focus on improving career opportunities and employment skills. The events will be held in April, May, August and September in 2021. Find upcoming genYOU events

Lord Mayor’s International Business Forums

Gain insights on how to expand your business into global markets, with a particular focus on Brisbane’s Sister Cities including Auckland, New Zealand and Daejeon, South Korea. Find the upcoming Lord Mayor's International Business Forum event

Supplier forums

Find out more about Council’s buy local initiative, get tips on how to complete a tender and learn how to submit your Better Brisbane proposal.

More information

For more information or to register for an event, visit our Business events calendar.

This article was originally published in the April-June 2021 edition of the Business in Brisbane publication. Read the full newsletter.

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Last updated: 15 April 2021