When it comes to business, innovation can mean implementing new ideas and more effective workflows, developing dynamic products or building on existing services.

There are a range of online resources available for Moreton Bay Region business owners and operators, including: information on local workshops, services, trade and investment opportunities, and more.

Local initiatives such as the Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence & Innovation Awards aim to provide a platform for forward-thinking businesses

Innovate Moreton Bay (part of Advance Queensland's Advancing Regional Innovation Program - ARIP) is focused on positioning the region as a location choice for entrepreneurs, innovators, exporters and investors. Head over to Facebook to find out more about Innovate Moreton Bay

Regional Innovation Coordinator

Steve Butler | E: | M: 0412 911 546

More business innovation information, resources and news items are available below.

Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS)

Small businesses can access advice and training from ASBAS providers across Australian on: Funding avenues and financial analysis Building your business Making the most of your talent and team Management capabilities and digital engagement implementation

Advance Queensland

  Online information on all of the programs and support under the Advance Queensland initiative. It includes information on funding and support programs, case studies, and how to join a network of successful innovators and entrepreneurs. There are a wide range of programs including KTP, BDF, Ignite Ideas and the Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund.  

Innovate Queensland Workshops

Helping Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) turn their ideas into income or boost their business by learning the skills of innovation development, preparing new technologies for market and investment, and practical collaboration.

National Innovation and Science Agenda

A number of initiatives to embrace new ideas in innovation and science. Initiatives include: Tax breaks to encourage risk and innovation Funding incentives Ensuring we have the skills needed for high wage, high productivity jobs Making is easier for start-ups and innovative small businesses to work with government

Moreton Bay Region Community Profile

The Moreton Bay Region Community Profile provides demographic analysis for the City and its suburbs based on results from the 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing. The profile is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures.

Moreton Bay Region Economic Profile

The Moreton Bay Region's economic profile presents economic information that enables you to describe the area's role within the broader economy, explore options for economic development and promote the area's strengths. Access to valuable statistics to determine future growth opportunities for your business.


As Australia’s export credit agency, Efic operates on a commercial basis and partners with banks to provide financial solutions for Australian companies: Exporting In an export supply chain Looking to expand their business operations overseas to better service their clients And/or operating in emerging and frontier markets

Regional Trade Adviser Network

A network of trade advisers to support regional and rural businesses on their export journey.

Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ)

Online resource including information on consultation and planning services offered to first time and existing exporters.

Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)

ABLIS is a website to helps you find the government licences, permits, approvals, registrations you need to run your business legally in Australia.

Back to Work Regional Employment Package

Support for employers to build confidence to take on employees; support for regions doing it tough; and support for job seekers to build confidence, upskill and retrain for jobs in a more agile Queensland economy.

Business Queensland

A broad range of information, tools and support services offered by the Queensland Government to help grow your business. PHONE: 13 QGOV (13 74 68) is an online government resource for the Australian business community. The website offers you simple and convenient access to all of the government information, forms and services you need. PHONE: 13 28 46  

Digital Scorecard

See how you compare against your peers - whether you're a small or medium business or not-for-profit - by completing the digital scorecard. By scoring your business digitally, you can discover ways to grow your digital presence.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme - Business Management

For established businesses operating in key growth sectors Business Advisers review business operations including; Business direction; Strategy; Growth opportunities; Supply chain. They provide a report with strategies for business improvement and work with you to make them happen.


jobactive employment providers can help you find the right staff, at no cost for your business, who are screened and job-ready.

Mentoring for Growth

A program to help businesses grow via access to a panel of 6 - 8 volunteer business mentors, matching business needs with industry experience.

Moreton Bay Region Community Profile

The Moreton Bay Region Community Profile provides demographic analysis for the City and its suburbs based on results from the 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing. The profile is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures.

Moreton Bay Region Economic Profile

The Moreton Bay Region's economic profile presents economic information that enables you to describe the area's role within the broader economy, explore options for economic development and promote the area's strengths. Access to valuable statistics to determine future growth opportunities for your business.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

Training, business mentoring and assistance to help people not in education, employment or training become self-employed business owners.

Regional Services Network – Queensland (Department of State Development)

The first point of contact for people looking to invest in Queensland, or grow a business. Resources include: Industry Roadmaps Economic Growth Made in Queensland


From planning, finding local support, through to perfecting your pitch, the SelfStart website contains information and resources to support people through the stages of starting a business. 

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland - Small Business Program

Resources, services and advisory visits to help small businesses stay safe, healthy and productive.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) represents creations of the mind or intellect that can be legally owned. IP laws allow for protection through patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, circuit layouts, and plant breeder’s rights. Almost every business has some form of IP that they need to protect.

Intellectual Property Info Kit

Online tools to help SMEs understand Australia’s IP system and how to identify, protect and commercialise IP.

Innovation News

InnovationOctober 2018

Seaweed - The superfood that could help save the planet

Seaweed has long been a staple ingredient in cuisines around the world, and is increasingly popular among Australian food lovers. But few people know that large-scale seaweed productio...

InnovationJuly 2018

Govt ramps up support for regional tech startups

Tech entrepreneurs in regional Queensland will be given a leg-up as part of a new Palaszczuk Government program announced by Innovation Minister Kate Jones. Advance Queensland is funding the Startu...

InnovationJune 2018

Innovation leading the way

The extension of the Australian-first Hot DesQ program, additional funding for artificial intelligence and robotics, and continued support for the Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP)...

InnovationMay 2018

Support the Moreton Bay Region at Myriad

Haven’t bought your ticket to premier tech event, Myriad? Don’t worry—you are invited to come along and support the regional delegates and exhibitors at ‘The Garage’, which is open to t...

InnovationApril 2018

Connecting the dots: startup mission brings home bright ideas

From flexible co-working spaces and shark tank-style pitch events to housing the headquarters of tech heavyweights Google and Facebook, the United States is taking the lead on startup culture a...

InnovationMarch 2018

Latest round of Ignite Ideas fund now open

Queensland startups and small businesses can apply for up to $250,000 in funding to advance their innovative products and services under Round 4 of the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas fund, whi...

InnovationMarch 2018

Moreton Bay startups to benefit from US mission

Moreton Bay Region has secured representation on a government-funded Startup Community Leaders mission to the United States, to learn more about the latest trends and best practices for emergin...

InnovationFebruary 2018

Regional Innovation Showcase at Myriad 2018

Moreton Bay Region startups and entrepreneurs now have the opportunity to be involved in a showcase offering international exposure at the premier technology and innovation conference - Myriad ...

InnovationFebruary 2018

Help Shape the Future of Innovation in the Moreton Bay Region

Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) has successfully secured funding under the Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP). ARIP aims to turn regions into hubs for innovation an...

InnovationJanuary 2018

Search on for Queensland’s ‘100 Faces of Small Business’

Small businesses across Queensland are encouraged to take part in the Queensland Government’s new 100 Faces of Small Business initiative. Minister for Employment and Small Business, Shannon Fenti...

InnovationJanuary 2018

Assurance Consulting tops national titles for energy efficiency project

Assurance Consulting is proving it has what it takes after successfully winning the Master Electricians Energy Efficiency Project of the Year on both a state and national level. The awards, pre...

InnovationDecember 2017

Startup Moreton Bay Region returns

Workshops, coaching and peer mentoring are on offer as part of the 2018 Startup Moreton Bay Region program, with online applications closing soon. The hands-on program, which will run from Febr...

InnovationJuly 2017

$30k prize for innovation in tourism up for grabs

Businesses are invited to enter the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Prize for Innovation in Tourism, with a $30,000 support package up for grabs for the winner. The QTIC Prize for I...

InnovationSeptember 2017

Applications open for new round of small business digital grants

Businesses are invited to apply for the third round of the Queensland Government’s Small Business Digital Grants, with up to $10,000 in matched funding on offer to operators keen to embrace new...

InnovationJuly 2017

Awards celebrate top tourism and hospitality students

  Students from Albany Creek State School and St Columban’s College at Caboolture are among the winners and runners-up of this year’s 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards. The Award...

InnovationMarch 2017

Champion for Change: Moreton Bay Region local named QLD’s first Small Business Champion

In a bid to strengthen connections across government and promote opportunities for business, the State Government has announced a Moreton Bay Region resident as Queensland’s first Small Busines...

InnovationJune 2017

Ignite Ideas Fund - round 3 now open

Grants of up to $250,000 are on offer for small to medium businesses looking to commercialise their innovations as part of the Government’s Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund. The funding is...

InnovationSeptember 2017

Increase sustainability rates at your business

Reducing waste and achieving sustainability goals is not just limited to the household; it is also vital to maintain these practices in the workplace by reducing single-use plastic and improv...

InnovationSeptember 2017

Innovative businesses share in Advance Queensland funding

Eighty-five innovative Queensland businesses will share in $10 million of Palaszczuk Government funding to develop products and create new jobs, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital...

InnovationJune 2017

Investment supports regional growth of Icon

Cancer care company Icon Group, whose flagship integrated centre opened in North Lakes last year, is set to further broaden its reach into regional Australia and international markets following...

InnovationAugust 2017

Is your business Asia-ready?

Australian businesses with an adaptable attitude can maximise the opportunity the Asian century presents. The Asian century constitutes one of the most remarkable shifts in economic power ever. For...

InnovationSeptember 2017

Moreton Maritime Alliance makes a splash

On Monday, 25 September, regional maritime stakeholders gathered together for the second bi-monthly Maritime Industry Cluster meeting at the Moreton Bay Boat Club. Mark Shepherdson from the D...

InnovationJune 2017

New wave of innovative business for Moreton Bay Region

Advance Queensland funded training and mentoring programs for entrepreneurs in the Moreton Bay Region have achieved outstanding success with around 20 new innovative businesses forming and grad...

InnovationSeptember 2017

Raising the quality of healthcare services in the Moreton Bay Region

Putting patient care front and centre, Peninsula Private Hospital offers a wide range of services, including: orthopaedics, ophthalmology, rehabilitation, dental, plastics, and urology. With the...

InnovationSeptember 2017

Steve Baxter named Queensland’s new Chief Entrepreneur

Well-known investor, tech founder and Shark Tank judge Steve Baxter will take over from Mark Sowerby as Queensland’s next Chief Entrepreneur in October, Minister for Innovation, Science and the...

InnovationAugust 2017

Tourism accelerator looks for fresh ideas on the Horizon

Untapped talent in Queensland’s tourism, entertainment and leisure sector will be given an opportunity to team up with first-class mentors and connect with investors under a new Advance Queensl...

InnovationMay 2017

Wave of support for Moreton Bay seawall study

Moreton Bay Regional Council has claimed a hometown victory at the 2017 Australian Coastal Councils Conference in Redcliffe after it took out top honours last night for its innovative use of re...