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Be Games Ready

Tyack Health

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) turned a spotlight on Queensland, with sporting, arts, culture and celebration events delivered across the state.

It is projected that billions of dollars were injected into the economy ($2 billion GSP uplift, $2.6 billion of additional government and private sector investment). More than 1.2 million tickets were sold across the Games, which supported more than 30,000 full-time, part time and temporary jobs. GC2018 is expected to generate $488 million in additional foreign exports and foreign direct investment over the four years post Games; creating a lasting economic benefit for Queensland businesses and the economy.

The Embracing2018 Legacy Program delivered a range of initiatives to support small business in the lead up to GC2018. The Be Games Ready program helped Queensland businesses to plan and prepare so they could embrace the opportunities. Support included the delivery of business workshops and mentoring programs.

Many businesses across Queensland took advantage of Be Games Ready opportunities and participated in face-to-face workshops and business mentoring sessions, which supported small businesses to leverage opportunities before, during, and after the Games as part of the Be Games Ready Program.

The Be Games Ready program was been developed as part of the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016–20 and the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program for GC2018.

The Games may be over, but its’ legacy lives on and there is still plenty of support available. The Business Queensland website provides information and support to help you run and grow your business. Learn more about business planning, investigate ways to grow your business, read about building your workforce capability, and find out about managing stock control and cash flow management. Find out about current small businesses information and events

Check our business events calendar for webinars and workshops that provide assistance to Queensland small businesses. Learn about managing business growth and consider registering with our Mentoring for Growth program. Read about Go Local, Grow Local and find out how to grow your business, create local jobs and help your community. Also, learn more about the City of Gold Coast Council's Business Toolkit, or find out what business growth support your local authority can offer.

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The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will transform the Gold Coast and Queensland by creating benefits for our communities before, during and after the 11 days of competition. These are the benefits that this initiative will bring to Queenslanders both within the Gold Coast and across our state:

  • Awareness, capacity and capability building of Queensland businesses for GC2018 resulting in enduring economic uplift
  • Queensland businesses experience significant economic uplift
  • GC2018 creates opportunities to obtain new skills, training and experience