New program set to empower Townsville entrepreneurs

Date published: 23 July 2020

Budding entrepreneurs can now accelerate their business plans thanks to a partnership between Townsville City Council and local business Green Apple Marketing.

The free Entrepreneurs in Residence program was the brainchild of Council’s CityLibraries and is designed to turbocharge entrepreneurs in the business world.

The program will take entrepreneurs through practical ways to manoeuvre the business landscape, including tackling topics like business operation, social media and mindful entrepreneurship when it kicks off next month.

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the State Library of Queensland.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson, Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney, said Council was pleased to facilitate this program.

“Council is proud to deliver the Entrepreneurs in Residence program which caters for people wanting to learn what entrepreneurship is all about right through to those people who want take their idea and product to the next level,” Cr Greaney said.

“We know that when we invest in small business, we feel the ripple effect of each and every dollar across our community. Local small business owners not only provide valuable services to residents, but they also reinvest back into their city.

“By empowering entrepreneurs to either start their business or expand on their existing business, we are helping to strengthen Townsville’s business community.”

Green Apple Marketing co-owners Mitra Maggs and Filitsa Kounias said they were thrilled to be part of the program.

Entrepreneurs play a great role in promoting and creating social change through offering innovative and unique services and products to their local and regional communities,” Ms Maggs said.

Ms Kounias said the program would go a long way to helping local entrepreneurs fulfil their dreams.

“We believe in supporting entrepreneurs to realise their potential and this initiative is a big step giving local entrepreneurs access to relevant and useful resources, an opportunity to develop their skills and a way to feel supported through their entrepreneurial journey,” Ms Kounias said.

Cr Greaney said CityLibraries Townsville also provided free access to valuable resources for entrepreneurs.

“With your CityLibraries Townsville membership, you can access the Harvard Business Review Press Collection, Gale Business, Newsbank, and more. There are so many ways to learn how to progress your business here in Townsville, so make sure you log on to the Council website to see what you have access to with your CityLibraries membership,” she said.

The Entrepreneurs in Residence program runs from 10 August to 6 September and is free to attend.