· In Queensland, there are 445, 830 small businesses
· Collectively they pump $113 billion into Queensland's economy
· They employ 44% of Queensland's private sector workforce
· This election they need to know who will invest and support their success
Small Business is a BIG deal. They are the engine room of local communities, drivers of the economy and key to creating a prosperous future for all Queenslanders, and Chambers of Commerce across Queensland are uniting to make sure business knows how the next elected government plans on doing business with them.
Throughout this election campaign CCIQ alongside the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce will be amplifying the needs of the business sector as Queensland businesses need the reassurance that any incoming government has their back with policies that will support their recovery and future success.
But it's not going to happen by reverting to what was happening before, stated CCIQ's general manager of advocacy and policy, Amanda Rohan.
"As we have been saying consistently throughout the COVID-19 crisis, there is no reverting to business as usual. And that goes for the priorities we are calling for.
"Our priorities are based on enabling businesses to succeed now, and creating an environment for them to grow and be resilient and sustainable into the future.
Michael Shadforth, Caloundra Chamber of Commerce President, stated "There needs to be investment in small to medium businesses to skill up and grow. This is something that has been on the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce's agenda for some time."
"There also need to be shovel ready funded projects as soon as possible."
While Queensland is a diverse state what is consistent in the importance small business play in every community and region, Ms Rohan explained.
"Queensland's future success is reliant on business success, we can't emphasise that enough.
"This election, all political parties need to show business they are prepared to back their success and commit to these election priorities," said Ms Rohan.
CCIQ's election priorities will focus on:
· Business-friendly policies by reducing operating costs and complexity;
· Connecting businesses through advancing technology and creating access to it;
· Developing and enhancing products and services for future sustainability;
· Smart infrastructure to strengthen and build their resilience; and
· Investing in a skilled workforce to support the upskilling and opportunities for employees.
Olivia Sainsbury, CEO at the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, is facilitating meetings with presidents of Chambers from Caloundra up to Gypmie, to ensure there is a Sunshine Coast approach to the upcoming election.
'The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Meet the Candidates forum this Thursday 17th September at 5.30pm via Zoom for the Caloundra electorate. I am working with other Chamber's presidents to ensure we are maximising the opportunity for business and the community to make an informed decision on election day.'
Ms Sainsbury stated 'There are too many young voters who do not know who to vote for in the upcoming election and it is our responsibility to make forums and information available.'
Contact your local Chamber of Commerce to see when they are holding a Meet the Candidates forum in your electorate.