FANMail March

FANMail March

This post is part of our monthly FANMail newsletter for everything Sunshine Coast Food & Agribusiness.

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March was all about Meet the Makers and what an amazing turn out we had! 75 of our members showcasing their produce and products to over 500 buyers, industry, stakeholders, supporters and passionate foodies.

It was our FAN ecosystem at its best – the vibe, the energy, the collaboration, the fun, the passion for what we do – that’s what our guests got to see first hand. All of this couldn’t have happened without…
THANK YOU to everyone involved! And this is only the start of many more big things to come for FAN in 2021.

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Upcoming Grants

Trade and Investment Queensland e-commerce grant – now open. The E-commerce Grant Program (EGP) is designed to provide Queensland exporters with up to AU$10,000 of grant funding to enhance their e-commerce presence in international markets to drive online sales. Small to medium sized enterprises can apply for funding to assist with the eligible project costs of successfully marketing, re-engaging or enhancing a new or existing e-commerce presence in an international market. READ MORE HERE.

The AMGC Commercialisation Fund will provide support for commercialisation projects focused on the six National Manufacturing priorities announced by the Australian Government. Food and Beverage is one of these priorities. Grants between $100,000 and $1M covering up to 50% of eligible project expenditure. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

The Boosting Female Founders Initiative – Round 2 helps female entrepreneurs overcome barriers including access to finance and support to grow their startups. Targeted support will be on a co-contribution basis. Join a free online webinar to learn more about this session on April 1 at 11.00am from Jenny Lawson, Successful Grants. Grants close 22 April. READ MORE HERE.

The Food and Beverage National Manufacturing Priority road map has launched under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative which identifies key areas of opportunity and actions for government and industry to work together to lift manufacturing capability. Businesses with projects focused on food and beverage can apply for grants under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) in the Manufacturing Translation stream and the Manufacturing Integration stream. Applications are open until 27 April 2021. 

For information on any of these grants contact FAN’s Grant Writing Partner Jenny Lawson from Successful Grants.  FAN Member rates vary depending on the grants.

Member Opportunities/Resources

We have 2 tickets available to the upcoming Farm2Plate Exchange for FAN Industry Members. Interested in attending? EMAIL US with the answers to these questions.
1. Why do you want to go to Farm2Plate Exchange?
2. How will you share your learnings from the event with other FAN members?

Wednesday, April 14 1.30pm
FAN’s valued partner FIAL is inviting stakeholders within the food and agribusiness sector to join their free National Food Waste Strategy Feasibility Study webinar FIND OUT MORE HERE.

The Tastes of Moreton Bay Festival is back on this year from 1 August – 19 September and is proudly presented by MBRIT. Interested in participating? CONTACT RENEE from MBRIT for further details. 
Wednesday, April 14 5.30pm
Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance is hosting a Speed Mentoring Session – come and join SCCA and bring your problem statement to see who can respond to your problem and assist you to improve your business. FIND OUT MORE HERE.
Gourmet Garden are on the hunt for businesses that may be able to utilise their herb stems. Raw stems include:
Basil stems: Nov-Feb, 200T
Coriander stems: Jun-Jul/Aug, 150T
Parsley stems: Jul-Sep, 120T
Thursday, 15 April 11.00am
Showcase your products to Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud at an upcoming lunch. During the lunch you’ll get the chance to connect, ask him about upcoming grants and industry growth and activities for the region. FIND OUT MORE HERE.
The Noosa Business Support Panel from Noosa Council has been refreshed with a new panel of advisers. Noosa business owners/operators can access up to 2 hours of free advice, subsidised by Council. LEARN MORE HERE.
Thursday, 22 April 9.30am
Back due to popular demand, the IP Law and Trade Mark workshop series presented by Sunshine Coast Council will be held over four months. Next session IP Protection and Enforcement. FIND OUT MORE HERE.
We are exploring collaborative opportunities for FAN Members at upcoming trade shows. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE for Gluten Free Expo (Brisbane 10-11 July) or Good Food and Wine Show (Brisbane 22-24 October).
Friday, April 23 9.30am
AusIndustry’s Next Drop In Session – developing a one a page business plan. This free virtual platform for business owners and leaders is designed to share insights and have access to experienced business mentors and other business owners. REGISTER HERE.

New Members

We’ve had a record number of new members in the past couple of months! We warmly welcome all our new members to FAN and encourage you to connect with them as well.

Send us your news to share with our FAN community.

Our Partners

Special thanks to FAN’s Partners and Sponsors who provide significant resources towards the ongoing sustainability of FAN and the growth and resilience of our regions’ food and agribusiness industry.

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