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How do businesses stay resilient and innovate during challenging times?

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Innovate Moreton Bay presents the fireside chat: How do businesses stay resilient and innovate during challenging times?

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How do businesses stay resilient and innovate during challenging times?

Thursday 29 October (10.30am - 11.30am)

Innovate Moreton Bay presents a fireside discussion as part of the 2020 Moreton Bay Region Business & Jobs Expo.

About this presentation:

Like businesses everywhere, Moreton Bay businesses are experiencing significant negative impacts due to the pandemic.

Resilience can assist firms in times of crisis.

This panel will share some early findings from USC Research, conducted by Drs Retha de Villiers Scheepers and Noel Tracey, outlining how Moreton Bay businesses have been affected and how they are adapting and innovating amidst all the uncertainty. Megan Avard from Surepact, Joe Hoolahan from JESI and Michael Holmstrom from StemPunks will share their experiences about changes they have had to make this year.

Join this panel to learn from other businesses about:

  • Being resilient;
  • Ideas to refocus your business during challenging times;
  • How to ensure you practice self-care and show leadership;
  • How to take your team along on the journey.

Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers

Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers is an innovation academic, with expertise in entrepreneurial decision making and regional innovation across startups, growing, and established organisations. She has been awarded for her contributions to experiential learning, entrepreneurial problem-solving, and regional development. Her work with Advance Queensland’s Regional Innovation Program on benchmarking innovation across the state is supported by six regional councils. It focuses on stimulating business innovation and appropriate policy responses to develop local entrepreneurship and innovation within regional business ecosystems.

Retha has taught internationally, leads the Entrepreneurship Major at USC, and embeds her research work by engaging with regional communities. Her work has received Advance Queensland awards, the USC Business School Award for Excellence in Engagement (2019), the USC Vice-Chancellor and President’s Award for Excellence in Engagement (2015), and the ATEM Tribal Award for Excellence in Community Engagement (2015). Her research and teaching focuses on regional innovation dynamics, effectual entrepreneurship, and neuroscience applications in entrepreneurial decision-making.

Dr Noel Tracey

Dr Noel Tracey has lived and worked in the Moreton Bay region for most of his adult life. He has held positions ranging from store and regional manager to Executive Chair in several retail, hospitality and eco-tourism ventures. His knowledge of the wider Moreton region, operational experience and qualifications in management, human resource management and information technology, have provided the basis for his interest in regional innovation and development. As part of the research team partnering with Innovate Moreton Bay and focusing on the development of entrepreneurial talent within the Moreton region, he recognises the potential for improving the region’s capacity for innovation and collaboration; essential to future growth in a knowledge economy.

As the Program Coordinator for the USC Bachelor of Business, Noel is committed to ensuring students from all walks of life can engage with further education, as this becomes ever more crucial to continued innovation and regional economic development. His current research draws on his PhD in corporate reputation and financial performance. Noel applies this knowledge to better identify and improve regional reputation.

2020 Moreton Bay Region Business & Jobs Expo

The Moreton Bay Business Expo and Jobs Expo have combined to create a greater platform for local businesses and job seekers to connect. The expo is expecting more than 150 local businesses exhibiting, connecting and doing business on Thursday 29 October at The Hope Centre, Rothwell.

The expanded program which includes additional workshops, presentations and opportunities is all aimed at assisting businesses getting back to business. The program will also include an Innovation Precinct with fireside chats and workshops available for attendees.

The Moreton Bay Region Business & Jobs Expo is proudly presented by Small Business Expos and supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council, Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism, Regional Development Australia - Moreton Bay, and Innovate Moreton Bay.

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