Queensland has many inspiring business women who are leading the way for others to follow,” Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business during Queensland Women’s Week

Early in 2017, OTM worked with the Queensland Government’s Office of Small Business (part of DTESB) to develop an Action Plan for Advancing Women in Business, assisting the Queensland Government with this important component of its Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20.

In developing the Action Plan, consultations were held with a cross section of women who are business leaders across Queensland. The consultations provided perspectives from women who represent a variety of businesses or business networks and who come from diverse backgrounds and regions across the state.

The Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20 is intended to create an environment in which Queensland is the place for small business to start, grow and employ.

The Strategy focuses on stronger advocacy for small business, simplified and coordinated service delivery, connecting small business to opportunity and empowering small business to grow and employ.

Supporting women business owners and generally creating an environment to advance women in business is a key element of the Strategy.

The role of the Queensland Government in supporting and advancing women in business to deliver on its Strategy is to advocate for women, empower, enable and connect women in business.

“It was incredibly rewarding to to work with the team at the Office of Small Business to develop an Action Plan that aids in supporting, connecting and empowering women in business.  No matter your gender, or cultural background, starting, managing and growing a small business is not for the faint-hearted.  Initiatives that connect business people with the networks and resources that can help them are always of great value.”  Amy Ward, Director, OTM