Business Expo to return in 2014

Expo Co-ordinator Mel Shelton and Cr Steve Robinson

Expo Co-ordinator Mel Shelton and Cr Steve Robinson
Expo Co-ordinator Mel Shelton and Cr Steve Robinson

More than 70 business people from across the Sunshine Coast converged this morning to celebrate the launch of the 2014 Sunshine Coast Business and Workstyle Expo, which is once again set to exceed expectations with a number of impressive keynote speakers, exhibitors and several new elements to continue to build on the Expo’s success.
Sunshine Coast Business and Workstyle Expo Chair Ross Hepworth said the upcoming Expo was set to be bigger and better than ever before, with organisers looking to add a ‘jobs and careers’ feature in 2014.
“While confidence is building amongst businesses on the Sunshine Coast, there are still plenty of newcomers to the area and members of the local workforce that are focused on securing and maintaining secure jobs in the region.”
“Many community members are also looking to gain qualifications in the fast-growing allied health industry, so we’re working hard to address this when developing the ‘jobs and careers’ element of the Expo.”
Mr Hepworth said organisers were also looking at incorporating a ‘business pitch’ competition in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre, which aimed to help innovative start-up businesses get off the ground.
“The Sunshine Coast is fast becoming somewhat of a hub for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, with a substantial number of locally-based businesses leading the way in industries like clean and health technology and ICT,” Mr Hepworth said.
“It’s important we get behind these businesses and offer them a helping hand to get up and running, and we thought a ‘business pitch’ competition might be a great way to showcase these entrepreneurial ideas and pick some lucky winners.”
Mr Hepworth said Expo organisers were also considering a venue change to accommodate the event’s growth.
“The Expo has been held at a number of great venues over the past few years, and we’re looking forward to testing out another local facility this time around,” Mr Hepworth said.
“With last year’s event attracting more than 3,000 attendees and the Expo continuing to grow from strength to strength, we’re looking at venues that have that have the capacity to hold increased visitor and exhibitor numbers.”
Mr Hepworth said the Expo went beyond the traditional ‘booth and customer’ model, incorporating an interactive element to keep attendees engaged.
“The 2014 Expo is set to include interactive forums and workshops, as well as presentations from well-known and respected keynote speakers,” Mr Hepworth said.
“Last year’s presentations from finance expert Ross Greenwood and sporting legend John Bertrand will undoubtedly prove a hard act to follow, but I’m confident we’ll have some exciting keynote speakers to announce in the coming months that will set the bar even higher.”
Expressions of interest from businesses and organisations looking to exhibit at the 2014 Sunshine Coast Business and Workstyle Expo are now being accepted. For more information visit www.scbizexpo.org or contact (07) 5443 5661.