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Thank you to all our members and guests for joining us this month for Breakfast at Sunrise.

Andrea Anderson from Your Marketing Machines gave a dynamic presentation this month, sharing her Marketing Blueprint with our members and guests. It was a powerful presentation for businesses to understand the entire lifecycle of their customers - from cold suspect to raving fan. 

Some of the key takeaways were:
  • A model for your prospect experience: The Customer Relationship Model
  • 10% of your database is just waiting for you to ask them to work with you. Just ask them, “Are you ready to get started?”
  • The best low cost marketing strategies - Strategic Partnerships and Customer referrals!

Thank you Andrea for not only sharing your insights with us, but for also bringing such great energy to the room!
Next month we have Julian Mather presenting: Get Video Smart: Use Your Smartphone to Make Smart Videos That Boost Business.

Lord Mayor's Business Awards - A NEW CATEGORY FOR MICRO BUSINESSES!!
In very exciting news, Terri Cooper announced today that there is a category for Micro-businesses in the Lord Mayor's Business Awards.
For the last two years, Terri has worked tirelessly to have the contributions of micro-businesses recognised. I'd like to thank Terri for her continued support of small businesses and being a great advocate for us.

Awards are a great - not just for winning, but simply the process of applying for an award really makes you take a good look at your entire operation and helps you identify areas for improvement. 

For further information, go to: http://www.choosebrisbane.com.au/corporate/lmba/about-lmba/nomination-categories

Matched funding of up to $10 000 is available for the purchase of hardware, software and services such as digital coaching.
All the details are available at www.business.qld.gov.au/digital

Thank you to Di Farmer MP for attending this morning's breakfast and taking a moment to let our members know about the grant, but also about the ways that the State Government is working to make it easier for small businesses to interact and work with Government. If you'd like further information on how your business could supply to government, please contact Di's office for further information bulimba@parliament.qld.gov.au

Thank you to our members and guests for making our monthly Breakfast at Sunrise events great events every month. 
We'd love to expand our community. We invite you to share our upcoming event with your networks and encourage others to be part of the South-East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce. 

In other news...
Procurement changes to further support local business

Brisbane City Council is dedicated to growing Brisbane’s local economy and is backing small business with more support in the suburbs, small business liaison officers and a 24/7 business hotline. As the largest local government in Australia, Council works with hundreds of suppliers to help deliver efficient, cost-effective and innovative goods and services to Brisbane's residents and businesses.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has announced new procurement initiatives to further support Brisbane businesses, including:

a new target of an 80% spend with local Brisbane or South East Queensland suppliers
a preference of local suppliers first if the contract value is $250,000 or less – if there are no local suppliers, then Council will source from elsewhere
up to 30% weighting for local business suppliers during a tender process. 
The procurement changes are expected to be in place by August 2019. 

Carefully planning for a growing city means stronger communities, more local jobs and affordable housing in a Brisbane that’s sustainable for future generations. Protecting the Brisbane lifestyle will ensure our exciting future looks familiar, while making better use of space will mean more choice and easier access to local greenspace. 

For more on the resources and support Council offers Brisbane businesses, visit Business in Brisbane or call our Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).

National Minimum Wage and Modern Award wages increase by 3%: Fair Work Commission decision made 
On Thursday (30 May 2019) the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision regarding an increase to the National Minimum Wage. The commission determined that it was appropriate to increase the minimum wage by 3.0 per cent. 

The national minimum wage will increase to $740.80 per week, or $19.49 per hour. This constitutes an increase of $21.60 per week to the weekly rate or 57 cents per hour to the hourly rate. Weekly wages will be rounded to the nearest 10 cents. 

As a result of the decision, minimum rates of pay in Modern Awards will also increase by 3%. The increases take effect from the first full pay period commencing on or after 01 July 2019. 

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