The biggest small business expo coming to Logan

Posted: 13th Sep

Home-based, micro, mobile and online businesses will be the focus of the 2017 Small Business Expo Logan on 3 November 2017 at the Beenleigh Showgrounds.

It offers a fantastic opportunity for Logan's local small businesses - particularly those without shopfronts - to showcase their products and services.

The expo is the brainchild of small business dynamo, Paula Brand, who recognised a lack of small business representation and support in the region – particularly for home-based, micro, mobile and online businesses without shopfronts. 

“It’s fine to have virtual shop fronts these days, but we need to showcase what we do face-to-face at least once a year,” she said.

“The Expo is built around conversations and learning rather than how swanky our trade booths are; its grass roots selling by local businesses in the community where they live and work.”

The Logan Small Business Expo is partnering with Bartercard, a business marketplace where members exchange products and services without the use of cash. Worldwide, businesses trade over $600 million each year under the Bartercard system to attract new customers, conserve cash and boost profits.

Bartercard’s General Manager Michelle Adams said there are hundreds of small business members in Logan, the Gold Coast and Brisbane who are leaving cash out of business transactions.

Paula said her last five Small Business Expos were successful because of the support of businesses like Bartercard and other local sponsors including Bendigo Bank, Logan City Council, Griffith University Logan Campus and Cornerstone Law Offices and REBEL FM and the Combined Logan Chambers of Commerce.

“Our sponsors believe in the need for a strong, vibrant small business community, which creates the fabric of our local economy. All of our sponsors are ingrained in the SME space at a local level to support the 20,000 small businesses in the region,” Paula said.

“The Logan Expo will feature 95 small businesses from across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan. There will be food trucks, live music, and five speaker presentations from some of the Australia’s leading business experts including Justin Herald and Olympian Steven Bradbury.

Small businesses attending all five workshops will learn the latest business tips and industry insight to really bolster their business. The Small Business Expo is free to attend.

Paula said small businesses do better business when they band together and have a strong voice.

Date:              Friday 3 November 2017

Time:             Open from 10am to 4pm 

Venue:           Beenleigh Exhibition Hall, Beenleigh Showgrounds

Address:        38 – 44 James St, Beenleigh QLD 4207

To find out more or book a trade table, contact Paula Brand on paula.brand@livingwithit.com.au or 0475 411 793.

2017 sponsors

  • Bartercard (principal partner)
  • Logan City Council
  • Griffith University Logan Campus
  • The Combined Logan Chambers of Commerce
  • Bendigo Bank - five Logan branches
  • Newhaven Funerals
  • Kylie Taylor Teeth Whitening
  • BEST Telecom Group
  • Cornterstone Law Offices
  • Be Local Today
  • Action Printing
  • Crocodile Marketing
  • Energy Parnters (Australia)
  • Rebel 90.5FM and Breeze 92.1FM