Social Enterprise News

News from QSEC and the Social Enterprise Sector.

  • 01 November 2021 2:29 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Don't miss the Social Finance series beginning THIS WEEK: Susan Black and Allan English! Tickets: https://www.qsec.org.au/events


    Scaling your business and considering investment products for your business can be a minefield. 

    Are you ready to scale? 

    Have you got the right levers in place?

    What kind of finance suits your business needs? 

    How can you prepare yourself to be ready for investment opportunities? 

    This 6 week series is designed to help social enterprises understand the steps involved in becoming Investment Ready and identify opportunities, benefits and risks associated of the various investment options.

    Lead facilitator: ImpaQt Qld content based on the Impact Investment Playbook.

    Join QSEC and ImpaQt Qld, alongside the leading social finance providers and experts for a deep dive into social finance.

    Format: Online one-hour sessions with providers and mentors and a take-away FAQ/worksheet to help get your business ready for impact investment.

    Additional support: Social Finance Forum on the QSEC member portal for general guidance and support.


  • 01 November 2021 2:25 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    QSEC members should check their in-box and the forums to get $10 discount to attend the 2021 SESNA event.

    Full program and tickets:

    https://events.humanitix.com/sesna2021-beating-heart-social-enterprise

    At this year's digital Social Enterprise Summit for Northern Australia, hear from business leaders from the region such as Liandra Gaykamangu (Founder Liandra Swim and co-CEO Enterprise Learning Projects), Elena Wangurra (Founder of Queenmode), Natasha Short (Managing Director, Kimberley Jiyigas), Flora Warrior (Founder and Coordinator Mabuiag Island NILS Program), Bianca Stawiarski (Managing Director, Warida Wholistic Wellness) and MORE. 


  • 21 October 2021 11:50 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    The Lord Mayor launched the Women in Business Grant 2021 to provide funding to support female business owners to grow and develop their business. A total fund of $250,000 is available to provide eligible organisations with the help to build their business capability and thrive.

    The grant is now open for applications and will close on Thursday 9 December 2021.

    Women in business are key to the success of the local economy, representing up to 35% of small business owners. This grant will:

    • Support women in business to thrive and grow with confidence
    • Provide a business community of like-minded experts for networking and collaboration
    • Boost the local economy through skill development and local buy

    MORE DETAILS 


  • 21 October 2021 9:49 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Recognise those dedicated to positive social change

    Impact 25 winners spend their days advocating on the issues of the time, usually working over years and even decades to generate positive social change and support communities of interest. 

    These extraordinary people take action in their communities and influence the lives of those around them, sometimes without recognition or thanks.  

    The Impact 25 Awards were developed to create a platform to celebrate these people who embody the values of the social sector as Influencers, Collaborators and Innovators. 

    In these challenging times, never have those qualities been more important and these awards are an invitation to recognise them.

    You can help change that by celebrating and amplifying the stories of people from across Australia who are shaping the world to be a better place. 

    It only takes ten minutes to recognise a life of impact!

    CLICK HERE TO Nominate now!


  • 20 October 2021 11:13 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    A Workforce Innovation Network event exploring inclusive practices for attracting, recruiting, and retaining employees with disability.

    As an Industry CSIA know the social and economic benefits of hiring people with disability – increased innovation, productivity and effectiveness in business.

    But how do we become a leader in this space?

    Hear from the experts at this online event as we explore inclusive practices for attracting, recruiting, and retaining employees with disability.

    Walk away with insights and tools you can implement today to create more inclusive hiring practices.

    Be part of the conversation around what we can do as an Industry to be a leader in this space.

    More Details 


  • 20 October 2021 8:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) is an Australian Government initiative and a flagship program for the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC), curated and run by Social Good Outpost.

    Join the region’s leading entrepreneurs in bespoke workshops, networking and collaboration, and become part of the A2ELP alumni.

    Applications open now!

    Applications close 31st October.

    For 2022, the program will be run in a digital online format, with the potential for in-person networking once travel resumes. Participants will gain expertise from leading regional experts, entrepreneurs, government, community leaders and business, plus gain professional photography of themselves, live scribing of their pitches, high-level mentoring, access to the alumni network and more.

    Timeline

    8th October 2021: Applications open
    31st October 2021: Applications close

    More Details

  • 08 October 2021 11:49 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Register for the Community of Practice on 
    13 October

    Queensland Government Procurement and QUTeX have joined forces to deliver the 13 October 2021 Community of Practice, in our first face-to-face Community of Practice since 2019. 

    Please take this opportunity to access free learning and development as well as network with your colleagues and share your innovative ideas.

    Hear our experts discus their approach to seeking value for money – from insurance through to innovative solutions and ways we can assist suppliers via debriefs.

    If you manage contracts or undertake procurement for your agency, we would love to see you there. 

    The face-to-face session is quickly filing, so get in quick. 

    Please see our program below for more information.

    Theme:  Driving value for money outcomes

    Welcome and introduction:  Professor Melinda Edwards, QUTeX.

    Queensland Government Procurement update:  Sharon Bailey, Deputy Director-General, Energy and Public Works.

    Topic 1:  Determining insurance requirements in procurement
    Serge Jacobs, Manager, Underwriting, Qld Govt Insurance Fund (QGIF).

    Topic 2: Supplier debriefs
    Maree Adshead, Queensland Small Business Commissioner, Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner.

    Topic 3: Value for money in procuring infrastructure: New Procurement Decision Tool – major road and hospital case studies, and OECD and Infrastructure Australia engagement
    Dr. Adrian Bridge, Associate Professor, QUT.

    Questions, wrap up and close.

    Morning tea and networking.

     Further details:

    When Wednesday 13 October 2021
    In person Executive Education Centre
    B Block, Level 5, Seminar 5
    2 George Street, Brisbane 4000
    Click here to access a map of the campus.
    Time 9am to 11am
    RSVP Register online by 11 October 2021. Registration is free, but face-to-face places are limited so book early to secure your ticket.

    How do I view the event? Zoom details will be distributed on 12 October. 

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    If you have any further questions, please email Skills2Procure@epw.qld.gov.au.  


  • 07 October 2021 12:46 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    The Centre for Social Impact Swinburne conducted recent research into Australia’s social venture ecosystem and invite you to attend the official launch of the attached report.

     

    The research, commissioned by the Paul Ramsay Foundation in late 2020, aimed to better understand a previously under-researched aspect of this social venture ecosystem - support programs, intermediaries and representative networks.  Please join us for the report launch and webinar, during which we will discuss the research, our findings and their implications for growing Australia’s social venture ecosystem.

     

    Webinar details

    Date: 28 October 2021, 1pm-2pm (AEDT)

    Registration link: https://lnkd.in/gUsNHMfF

    REPORT 

  • 04 October 2021 10:32 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    QSEC would like to congratulate the Social Enterprise Network of Victoria (SENVIC) on their contribution to the Victorian Government's new four year social enterprise strategy (2021- 2025). 

    • The strategy has identified four key pillars:
    • Building business skills and capability, and capturing impact
    • Enhancing recognition and access to innovative financing to scale impact
    • Fostering a connected and innovative social enterprise ecosystem across Victoria 


    You can read more about the strategy overview HERE 

    And watch the videos and the strategy detail HERE

    Congratulations once again!

    We look forward to continue working with SENVIC and the other state based networks through the Alliance of Social Enterprise Networks in Australia (ASENA) to help bring visibility and awareness to the growing movement for change! 

  • 28 September 2021 4:50 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Draft Queensland Organics Strategy

    Reducing organic waste

    The Queensland Government has developed the draft Queensland Organics Strategy 2022–2032 (Strategy) to propose how we can reduce the amount of organic waste that goes to landfill and look at other ways to avoid, reuse and recycle.

    Organic waste includes garden, food, food processing, bio-solids and agricultural wastes. It makes up around half of what Queenslanders throw away each week in their wheelie bin and is one of the main types of waste sent to landfill.

    Although organic waste is often seen as ‘natural’, when it breaks down it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is at least 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

    Some of the organic waste produced by Queensland homes and businesses is already being converted into new products including soil, potting mix and mulch. 

    Have your say

    Government, industry, businesses and community members all have a role to play in managing organic waste. 

    Take this short survey or email your feedback to ResourceRecovery@des.qld.gov.au.

    Consultation closes at 5:00pm on Monday 1 November 2021.

    More information is available on the website.



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