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Sunshine Women in Business will be delivering a series of educational content and resources to help you grow and succeed in business.

Throughout 2020, we will be updating our Sunshine Women in Business community on a range of topic areas including:

If there are any specific topic areas which you would like us to cover, please get in touch.


One Woman’s Journey to Building a Brand in Regional Queensland

Patrice Brown started life living in a hut with a dirt floor and no power on “Yatton” a cattle property in Brigalow country located between Rockhampton and Mackay. Today, Patrice operates a successful business with offices in five different locations.

Sarah-Jane interviewed Patrice about her journey building a business in regional Queensland. In this article, Patrice shares how she worked to establish the credibility of her personal and business brands to achieve sustainable results in alignment with her personal values.

Leading a business through crisis and uncertainty

“Any business person, particularly someone who’s kicked around as long as I, that says they haven’t had a crisis is being a bit economical with the truth!” says Bernadette Eriksen, founder and CEO of Flavour Creations. “You need to be agile, and ready to respond to changes.”

This month, Sarah-Jane interviewed Bernadette to discuss practical tips and principles for leading a business through crisis and uncertainty. For 23 years, Bernadette has successfully led her ground- breaking dysphagia and nutrition company, currently employing around 100 staff.

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Aiming for excellence in business, while being a model parent is a noble goal, but achieving it under the best of circumstances is easier said than done – at least not without sacrificing your own health in the process. Working from home with your children around you is an additional challenge which, for many of us, can simply feel impossible.

This is the first article in our monthly series on women in business, in which ATech's managing director, Sarah-Jane, shares with us the high's and lows of running a business from home with children, and offers some tips on how we can approach this challenge.

COVID-19 Support

If your business has been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be eligible for financial assistance or other types of relief.

The Small Business COVID-19 adoption grant program, is intended to support small businesses subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19), to adapt and sustain their operations, and build resilience. 

Use the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Assistance Finder to discover what support is available from the Queensland and Australian governments, plus Queensland local councils.

The JobKeeper Payment Scheme supports businesses significantly affected by COVID-19. Impacted businesses will be able to access a fortnightly payment of $1500 per eligible employee until 27 September 2020.

The Australian Tax Office is offering additional support if you’re having difficulty meeting your tax and super obligations because of COVID-19.

The Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme provides support for small and medium enterprises. Under the Scheme, the Government will provide a guarantee of 50 per cent to lenders for new unsecured loans to be used for working capital. 

Coronavirus Payroll Tax Relief may be available for your business as a result of the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Supporting Apprentices and Trainees Wage Subsidy is being delivered by the Australian Government to support businesses to manage cash flow challenges and to keep apprentices and trainees employed.

COVID-19 Financial Reporting Resources have been released by the Australia Securities and Investment Committee (ASIC) to assist you in understanding your reporting and solvency requirements.



The Instant Asset Write Off threshold has been increased to $150,000. The Australian Government is further backing business investment with accelerated depreciation of assets.

Financial Resilience Webinars are being delivered by The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training in partnership with TAFE Queensland. These webinars will help you identify risks,  build financial skills and plan to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on your business.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Resources have been provided by Safe Work Australia including a range of industry specific information and resources.

Printable Business Safety Resources are available from The Queensland Government for you to display on your premises for customers and employees to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your business and workplace. 

Fair Work has a wide range of coronavirus information to help you find out about your workplace entitlements and obligations if you're affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. This includes information about stand downs from work, flexible work arrangements, workplace health and safety, and pay and leave entitlements.

Beyond Blue provides a wide range of resources to support mental health including information about how business owners can manage their mental health during the coronavirus, how to manage difficult converations with employees, and how to support employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

Need more guidance? Phone the Queensland Government Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687 or take the Queensland Government business impact survey so you can be linked with relevant support.

Grants & Programs

If you are interested in starting a business, or if you already run a business in Queensland, you might be able to access grant funding or other support. Try the Grants & Programs search tool to find support relevant to your business.

The following list outlines just some of the support which is available to Queensland women in business:

Startup Onramp is a suite of structured training and mentoring programs to equip first-time founders with essential skills to launch and grow their startup.

The Business Development Fund helps to turn ideas into reality with co-investment in Queensland businesses at the forefront of commercialising ground-breaking research or innovations.

The Female Founders Advisory Board Program is designed to deliver the skills and exposure to engage effectively with advisors and to establish best practice governance and advisory foundations in your business to support growth.

The Female Founders Impact Program is designed to assist women at different stages of the entrepreneurial lifecycle.

The Women's Research Assistance Program supports female scientists within Queensland-based research organisations to maintain their research when they are on maternity or adoption leave.

Mentoring for Growth offers eligible businesses free access to volunteer business experts who provide insights, options and suggestions relating to challenges and opportunities you are experiencing in your business.

Deadly Deals supports targeted Indigenous businesses and innovators to undertake the next step in the development of a product, process or service to market.

Life Sciences Catalyst provides entrepreneurs and innovators in the life sciences sector with access to new knowledge and training, resources to help scale up or diversify into new markets along with services for those seeking to access capital.

The Business Growth Fund Program is a grant program which provides targeted assistance for small and medium businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations.

The Small Business Digital Grants Program can assist small businesses to access digital technologies and services to help them work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.

The Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneur Pathway Program provides opportunities for Indigenous business persons to work with experienced Indigenous trainers and other businesses, from the greater community, to consolidate business skills and explore new opportunities for innovation and business change.

Business Resources

There is so much to learn when starting and running a business. Here we have collated some of the key resources to help Queensland women who are interested in starting their own business, or who are looking to grow an established business:

The First Business app provided by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) helps you prepare for starting a business.

Free Business Webinars are regularly provided by The Queensland Government covering a range of topics to help you plan for, and continually improve, your business.

The Fair Work website contains a wealth of information and resources to assist small business owners in meeting workplace obligations including pay calculators, award information, record keeping templates, and employee management tools.

The Australian Tax Office outlines clear information for business owners about tax, super, record keeping and reporting.

Trade and Investment Queensland aims to help Queensland companies earn more export dollars through individualised and targeted services such as workshops, seminars, networking events and mentoring.

The Australian Business Licence and Information Service is a free online service that will help you find the right local, Queensland and Australian government licences, permits, registrations and other support services that you need to operate a business.

The ASIC website provides resources and information about starting and running a business, as well as information about key responsibilities for company directors.

Business Queensland offers a wide range of tools and information to help you start and run your business. is a whole of government website providing information and resources for all Australian businesses.

WorkSafe provides detailed information about managing workplace health and safety, and WorkCover insurance.

Innovate Queensland helps innovative small to medium Queensland enterprises to develop the skills, knowledge and networks required to commercialise new products and services, develop winning business strategies and grow.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides valuable information about almost 240 countries and economies for potential exporters seeking viable markets.

The Guide to Exporting from the Australian Trade and Investment Commission provides a step by step process to expand your business by exporting.

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