Solid Business Program

The Solid Business Program is designed to deliver business training, advice and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses who are looking to develop and grow their opportunities. While the program is open to all Indigenous business owners, there will be some focus on growing your business through a range of mechanisms including procurement so established businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.

Focus regions

This program will focus on the North Queensland regions of Burdekin Shire and the Whitsundays, Mackay and the Cassowary Coast.


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned; and
  • Based in Queensland.

Who should attend?

  • Indigenous businesses: Business owners, employees, partners in an Indigenous business based in Queensland who wish to develop their business growth opportunities.
  • Indigenous community organisations: Board members and senior staff are invited to participate to develop an understanding of business opportunities, including tender writing.

The program

The program consists of:

  • Access to a series of workshops
  • 1:1 coaching mentoring for the eligible businesses
  • Business Health Check Assessment
  • Procurement Health Check Assessment
  • Digital Health Check Assessment
  • How to Pitch your Business
  • Full day expo to exhibit business including pitching

Register your interest


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Module Themes

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4





Where is your business?

Where do you want it to go?

How will we get there?


Strong Business and organisational foundation including:

  • Business Strategy and Planning
  • Value Proposition and Knowing your customers

Procurement, quotes and grant writing including:

  • Getting ready to tender
  • Creating a Capability Statement

Opportunities from Digital 

  • Online presence, marketing and selling online. 
  • Cyber-security, efficiencies through technology 

Expo, graduation and pitch event 

Three Modules over 3 months 
– 3 full day workshops per month which includes activities

  • Now
    Module 1: Creating a strong business and organisational foundation
    Business Strategy and Planning
    Value Proposition and Knowing your customers

  • Where
    Module 2: Procurement quotes and grant writing
    Getting ready to tender
    Creating a Capability Statement
    Getting ready to pitch

  • How
    Module 3: Digital
    Online presence, marketing and selling online.
    Cyber-security, efficiencies through technology 

  • Showcase
    Module 4 Expo
    Graduation and pitch event

Dates and Location:


Chjowai Housing Co-Operative Society, 18 McGowan Drive, Innisfail

Module 1


Wednesday 18, Thursday 19, Friday 20 November 2020
Module 2


Wednesday 9, Thursday 10, Friday 11 December 2020
Module 3


Wednesday 3, Thursday 4, Friday 5 February 2021


Wednesday 10 February 2021

Program Objectives

At the end of the Program participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the areas of
    • business planning,
    • business systems needed to manage growth,
    • opportunity assessment,
    • tendering and quotes; and
    • utilising digital technologies
  2. Have a clear understanding of government standards and procurement processes plus a clear pathway of the next steps they need to take to become a Local and State Government supplier.
  3. Be equipped with practical, usable and transferable tools, systems and frameworks to help assess, manage and grow their business.

Specific Business Outcomes

The Small Business Growth Program focuses on equipping businesses with the key skills, knowledge, and systems to grow their business to the next level including the development of and/or access to:

  • A Business Plan (short-term and medium-term business strategy)
  • Digital literacy including digital security, social media and a range of cloud computing solutions
  • A Business Capability Statement and /or Company Profile
  • Business case studies, testimonials, and references
  • Opportunity selection (go/no go tool) and basic due diligence processes
  • Advice on key business systems and documentation (e.g. WHS system, HR, IT and Recordkeeping).

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Jordan 0478 323 216 or [email protected]