If you’re a small business with an inspiring story, now’s the time to nominate for Queensland’s 100 Faces of Small Business and earn yourself a place in a digital showcase promoting small business.

The 100 Faces of Small Business promotion will highlight the human stories behind Queensland’s thriving small businesses, shining a light on real people and their unique business experiences.

Businesses chosen to be part of the promotion will feature in a Queensland Government digital showcase that will be launched in May as part of Queensland Small Business Week 2018.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said the initiative was a chance to highlight the critical role small businesses play in Queensland communities.

‘More than 97% of Queensland businesses are small businesses, so it’s vital that we continue to recognise the valuable contribution they make to our communities across the state,’ she said.

‘By showcasing the faces of our small business owners and their inspiring stories, we aim to highlight the hard work and heart that go into running a small business, while motivating other small businesses to start, grow and create more jobs.’

Ms Fentiman said Brisbane businesswoman Michelle Cummins, from Henry Hottie pet beds, was a great example of an inspiring small business story.

‘Michelle started making these awesome beds in her garage and is now ready for the overseas market and supplies the University of Queensland’s veterinary hospital.

‘It is one of our wonderful success stories for small business.’

Ms Cummins said she very much appreciated the recognition for Henry Hottie.

‘It’s wonderful to be recognised for being a small business and for all the hard work over the past six years,’ she said.

‘It’s been a very long journey but a very rewarding one, and now we are taking our beds to the world.’

Nominations for 100 Faces of Small Business close 5pm Monday 19 February.

Nominating businesses must be registered in Queensland, employ fewer than 20 staff and have operated for a minimum of 12 months at 31 December 2017.

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Minister Shannon Fentiman meets the Henry Hottie crew.