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, Brisbane City Council has a range of free business workshops and events to help.

Lord Mayor's Business Forums

The Lord Mayor’s Business Forums are held in different locations across Brisbane and 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 Workshops

This four-part series, delivered by Council and Growth Education Institute, will help you supercharge your small business, relieve stress and stay focused, with easy-to-use tools and takeaways you can use straight away. With topics on increasing your personal effectiveness, boosting your business performance,  growing your business, and resourcing you’ll be equipped with practical skills to take your business to the next level. Whether you attend one workshop or all workshops, you will walk away with strategies and actions you can use straight away to grow and sustain your business. Find upcoming Lord Mayor's Business Excellence Workshop events

Business Excellence: In Conversation

There’s no one size fits all secret formula to business success, but we can learn from those who’ve been there and grown their business from start up to success. 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

Power up at the Suburban Business Hub, Nundah

Power up your business at the Suburban Business Hub in Nundah. This free space is dedicated to helping Brisbane businesses start, run and grow. The Suburban Business Hub offers regular business training and support, including, social media workshops, Talk to a Business Liaison Officer, Guide to Food Licencing, Talk to a Procurement Officer, Lord Mayor’s Business Excellence Workshops, and Business Excellence: In Conversation events. It is also a space for businesses to co-work, network, host or attend meetings and workshops. Find upcoming training and events at the Suburban Business Hub  

Networking in the Suburbs

Meet with like-minded local business owners to discuss factors affecting your business and share ideas. These 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

Maker Entrepreneurship Program

Whether you’re an artist, a jeweller, a metalsmith, or designer, Council encourages makers of all kinds to register their interest in the Maker Entrepreneurship Program. Through this initiative, you’ll learn the skills required to grow and maintain a sustainable creative business. If you’re ready to take your maker business to the next level, take advantage of this free micro-business training delivered by BrisStyle Inc to grow your business online and at markets. Find out more about the Maker Entrepreneurship Program

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 out more about Lord Mayor's International Business Forums

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. Find upcoming supplier forums

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.

This blog was updated in November 2021.

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Last updated: 16 November 2021

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