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Business at Sunrise

President's Report

With the festive season upon us it was quite timely to have a presentation on how Businesses are being scammed and what you can do to prevent it. Our guest presenters Robert Lentile and Michael Seymour from Volunteer in Policing , Queensland Police Service.

Robert discussed the following which some of the facts were quite alarming and many scams don't get reported.

In 2018, Businesses have been scammed a total of $89,087,643.

  • Types of scams
  •  How are Scams delivered. 
  • Who are the targets. 
  • The known cost to the community    
  • How to deal with scammers.
  • Recent and relevant statistics on Scams 

Our Business of the Month was Rebecca Llewelyn from Kaibizzen Pty Ltd  Business Coaching . The best way to some up what they do is a quote from one of their clients. ' They're genuinely focused on what you want to achieve and they have this innate ability to get that out of you, so you can identify what you want to achieve and it's not someone else's goal.'

It was a big day for Rebecca who has taken over the Presidency of the SEBCC for next year, congratulations Rebecca.

We have been approached by Griffith University to participate in a survey on small business cashflow. If you can find the time to participate and complete the survey it will be useful for research for the industry.

 Give your insight to small business cashflow

You are invited to support research that seeks to understand how small business best manage their cash flow to ensure their continued success.

If you are the owner or operator of an Australian small business (< 20 employees) you can provide your insight by completing an anonymous online survey, go to

The survey should take 20 minutes to complete and as a ‘Thank You’ you can go into the draw to win one of two $250 Visa gift cards. More information about the survey is available online.

More information about the survey is available online (including a preview of the survey) at:

State Government Grant Funding Available for the following

Solar Energy Battery Grants - available for the installation of solar systems and battery storage at small businesses.

Small Business Entrepreneur Grants – matched funding up to $5,000 to engage a consultant, advisor or business coach for up to 3 months to help establish or develop the business.

As this is my last Presidents report I'd like to say how much of a pleasure it has been to be the President of the SEBCC over the last 4 years. Small Business is the cornerstone of the Economy and statistics show that many businesses fail in the first 2 years and usually because they are not prepared and understand the fundamentals of business. The presentations we provide at the chamber are there to assist with these fundamentals and  prevent our members from being one of those statistics.

Have a fantastic Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you all at the SEBCC in 2019.

Ray Strong 

President's Report