Business owners from the Ipswich region can find real-world solutions to their export challenges at TIQ’s Export Connections workshop on 16 March.

The free workshop will include a brainstorming session where every participant will have the chance to explain a current challenge and receive advice from their exporting peers.

The workshop will also feature a presentation from Summer Land Camels CEO Jeff Flood, whose Scenic Rim business is successfully marketing camel-milk products to consumers in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Export Connections workshops have been running around Queensland since October 2019, and previous participants say they have been remarkably helpful.

Owner of functional foods company Symply Too Good To Be True Annette Sym said the Sunshine Coast workshop in December was a perfect opportunity for her to hear current information about exporting.

‘Workshops like this are a good first step where you get to meet other businesses as well as people from TIQ, who are always ready to help,’ she said.

‘When thinking about exporting, you really need to get organisations like TIQ involved to make sure you are dealing with the right contacts internationally.

‘It’s easy to attend these workshops – all it costs is your time.’

TIQ has previously helped Symply Too Good To Be True secure grant funding and attend a food and hospitality tradeshow in Hong Kong.

Annette is just one of many participants who have received practical advice from an Export Connections workshop.

PS2 (Problem Shared Problem Solved) founder Dr Danielle Lester, who attended a Brisbane workshop in November, said even young companies just beginning to think about exporting could benefit from attending.

Her virtual reality collaboration agency was still in the conceptual stage when she attended the workshop but she still found it very useful.

‘You’re in a space where everybody understands what it’s like to be in that position of just starting out,’ she said.

‘So they’re able to offer the specific level of support you need, no matter where you are in the process of developing your business.’

Dr Lester said sharing business challenges in the brainstorming sessions was particularly rewarding.

‘I’m a global person so I was able to provide plenty of global contacts for other attendees,’ she said.

‘Being able to provide that useful information, while getting such valuable feedback from other small businesses and start-ups was just fantastic.

‘I left the place absolutely buzzing by the end of it.’

The Export Connections workshops are an initiative of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.