small businessesVodafone and the Queensland Government are teaming for 2017 Queensland Small Business Week to deliver a program designed to give small businesses the insights needed to start, grow and employ.

Queensland Small Business Week 2017 – themed Time to Thrive – is an opportunity for business owners to learn new skills and workshop new ideas so they can take their businesses to the next level.

It is also an opportunity to strengthen collaboration and connectivity between government, small businesses and key stakeholders.

More than 5,000 people are expected to take part in Queensland Small Business Week activities and events across the state.

State-wide more than 406,000 small businesses contribute $100 billion to the state’s economy.

Vodafone Chief Executive Officer Iñaki Berroeta said the company was looking forward to delivering this program in collaboration with the Queensland Government.

“Vodafone is excited to be at Queensland Small Business Week, and to show how the power of mobile technology can help Queenslanders do business,” Ms Berroeta said.

“Small businesses are the core of Australia’s economy, and the lifeblood of local communities. We are very proud to be supporting small businesses in Queensland, and to help business owners use connectivity to open up new doors and succeed.”

Local councils, chambers of commerce, individual businesses and Queensland Government agencies will deliver more than 100 events throughout the week.

Registrations for 2017 Queensland Small Business Week events will open in March at