Budding business owners make most of Entrepreneur in Residence program

Date published: 27 August 2020

More than 25 Townsville budding entrepreneurs are taking advantage of Townsville City Council’s free Entrepreneur in Residence program to turbocharge their businesses.

The program, delivered by CityLibraries Townsville and Green Apple Marketing, coaches entrepreneurs on how to tackle business operation, grant writing, social media, and mindful entrepreneurship across four weeks of workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson, Ann-Maree Greaney, said the success of the program was great news for Townsville’s business landscape.

“We have had a huge turnout of entrepreneurs from a huge variety of businesses including mask makers, gardeners, wellness businesses and travel businesses,” Cr Greaney said.

“We had 20 entrepreneurs attend the launch, and from there we’ve had many more people join on and make the most of this expansive program.

“We’ve also had a lot of diversity in the experience levels of our entrepreneurs, with everyone from new business starters through to people who have been in business for a few years.”

Cr Greaney said the project was made possible thanks to funding from the Queensland Government through the State Library of Queensland and the timing was perfect to focus on strengthening local small businesses.

“There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting effect on the economy worldwide, however we want to do whatever we can to make sure our local businesses can withstand this pandemic and come out even stronger,” she said.

“CityLibraries Townsville also has an incredible selection of free resources for all library members. This means anyone from budding entrepreneurs to seasoned business owners can access the Harvard Business Review Press Collection, Gale Business, Newsbank and more.

“To check which resources might benefit you and your business, log on to the Council website.”