A one-day conference to clarify the hiring process and understand what employment model will work for your business budget and capabilities. Hire sooner. Hire well.

Are you exhausted from running your business alone?

As a small business owner, I know it is a constant battle to manage my time and juggle the different priorities in my businesses. As a 'solopreneur' we must be the:

  • Administration Assistant

  • Marketing Manager

  • Bookkeeping and Finance Officer

  • Sales Team

  • Talent behind the product or service we sell.

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do everything as we believe that it will be better or faster to control the outcome. Getting OTHER people to do our tasks takes time; to find the right person and teach them. Nevermind the costs involved with wages...we know there is SAFETY and a COMFORT ZONE in doing everything ourselves.

But...this thinking will keep you small...will keep you trapped...will keep you from reaching your full potential as a business owner and talented professional.

We know (absolutely) that we are better at some things than others. So, if we could hire with confidence to a budget we could afford at every stage in our business, it would be an obvious solution, wouldn't it?

That is what this event is all about. I want to offer you the opportunity to learn HOW you could hire someone affordable, leveraging the current subsidies and employment types you have access to...but you may not know about. I want to demystify this process for you so you have the choice as to whether you stay a solopreneur, or whether hiring some help could be the solution you've been looking for in your business.

Dream it. Plan it. Do it.

Make smart, informed choices.

Forever your supporter in small business,


Preparing to

Hire Staff

Opening address by Charis Mullen MP followed by topics on digital tools and free programs to help you prepare and support new employees into your business.

8:30am Arrival; Tea & Coffee served on arrival.

Building and Financing your Team

Discover the different employment models from Intern to Trainee to Full Time, as well as the different wage incentives and financing options currently available.

10:45am commencement; Morning Tea included.

Start Up


Open networking with other attendees and the support organisations. Ask your questions and meet other like-minded professionals to connect and collaborate.

1:00pm commencement; Light Buffet Lunch provided.



Preparing to Hire Staff

Opening by Charis Mullen MP

1) Digital Transformation & Cyber Security by Rhonwyn Learner, Business Station

2) WIL for Digital Transformation by Rouz Fard, USQ

3) Federal Support for Small Business by Nikki Gallagher, AusIndustry

4) Accessing Job-Ready Candidates by Odette Pihl, Local Jobs Program

5) Local Small Business Mentoring by Michelle Martin, City of Logan


Building & Financing Your Team

Thanks to Darbeth, our recording team

1) Team Building by Rhonwyn Learner, Business Station

2) Trainees & Apprentices by Madeline Eagle, MRAEL

3) Internships by Geoff Carter, Griffith University

4) Virtual Assistants by Sarah Davis, Business Station

5) Wage Subsidies by Tracy Ellul, DESBT

6) Payroll Tax for Beginners by Gary Forbes & Damien Budd, Qld Revenue Office

Special Guest

Charis Mullen MP

State Member for Jordan

Assistant Minister for Treasury

Your Host

Rhonwyn Learner

Digital Advisor

Business Station

Your Co-Host

Michelle Martin

Small Business Advisor

Logan Office of Economic Development


DIGITAL SOLUTIONS is an Australian Government initiative providing advisory and training on digital skills to small businesses. If you are a small business with an ABN registered in Qld, NT or WA, you can register HERE. For $44, you will receive 3 hours of 1-1 Advisory plus group learning covering a variety of digital skills topics to suit your situation. REGISTER NOW

Presented By

Connect with the Speakers to understand more about their programs, grants and support.

Next Stage Start Ups_Speaker Connect.pdf


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