- - Collaborative effort will see more than $10,000 worth of business software given away to flood affected small business owners --
Massive flood damage in Queensland in some cases saw entire businesses disintegrate in a matter of minutes.And yet, even in these dire circumstances, small business owners throughout the disaster affected regions in Australia still stand up and are ready to give it another try. What makes them do that?
According to small business consultant Gordon Cramer, it’s "passion", a passion for doing their own thing, a passion for doing something different and a passion for being their own boss.
It was seeing that passion in so many business owners from those badly affected areas that motivated local business consultant Gordon Cramer to set about finding ways that he could offer assistance.
"Having looked at the situation, I wanted to do something that would be needed, practical and offer long term benefits to fellow business owners. Getting a business back up and running is a heck of a task that requires a lot of effort especially in planning just how you should do it, so that’s where I targeted the effort, Business Planning," said Cramer.
He made contact with a company in the US with whom he’d had a good association and told them of the situation facing so many businesses in and around SE Queensland. That company was Palo Alto, makers of the world’s leading business planning software tools and they immediately offered to help by donating more than $10000 worth of their software products.
Cramer made contact with a number of other business associates and colleagues both here in Australia and overseas and with their help was able to organise a series of seminars for small business owners throughout SE Queensland at which the more than $10000 worth of Business Planning tools would be given away.
The tools, (from Palo Alto Software), contain more than 500 example business plans including spreadsheets and financials from numerous business categories and integrated support allowing businesses to quickly bring together a professional and polished business plan."This has been a collaborative effort from the start," said Cramer. "The support and encouragement from Sabrina Parsons, the CEO at Palo Alto, huge efforts from Tony Axford at the BEC Ipswich Region, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland Toowoomba region and the local Toowoomba Chamber, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Lockyer Better Business, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, BEC Bundaberg and many others has made this all possible. Importantly, everything has been donated, the software, the marketing efforts, the venues and the presenters time and travel, all of it is at no cost which has enabled us to provide these Business Planning seminars for free."
Seminars are being held during the week commencing 21st March 2011 in Toowoomba, Gatton, Ipswich and Bundaberg. Full details of venues and times can be found at the BECIR website, www.becir.com.au and also at www.bundabergbec.org.au.
0457 338 348
Palo Alto Software
+1 541 284 1221
07 3282 7999
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
1300 005 872
07 4153 2333
Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce
07 4637 9276
Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland
07 4639 3277