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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Small business on song to win $10,000 social media prize

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Small business on song to win $10,000 social media prize

    A Redland Bay small business owner has won Queensland Small Business Week’s $10,000 social media challenge.

    Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch said Alison Rogers, Director of the Vocal Manoeuvres Academy, will use the money to connect singers across the state online, creating a virtual choir. She will also receive advice from a panel of mentors through the Queensland Government’s Mentoring for Growth program.

    “We received so many outstanding entries to the challenge,” Ms Enoch said. “I was truly proud of the quality and imagination of the ideas so many Queenslanders have to make their business thrive.

    “I pass my personal thanks on to each business owner who took time out from their busy schedules to send in a video.”

    Sponsored by Australia Post, the challenge asked Queenslanders, small business owners and small business operators to film and submit an innovative, unique and efficient idea that details ‘how you can make your business thrive’.

    The runners-up were Mareeba’s Matchy Matchy Sets, and Bump Shoes in Brisbane. Mareeba’s Jaime Gunton, 16, entered for Matchy Matchy Sets – a business that makes coats for horses, while Bump Shoes creates bespoke sport shoes.

    Ms Rogers said the social media challenge was ‘an outstanding acknowledgement of the significant impact small business has in this state'.

    “At the Vocal Manoeuvres Academy we know that everyone has a voice and there are melodies in each of us that deserve to be heard,” she said.

    “Winning this challenge, we will be able to explore ways to elicit voices from across this vast state and harmonise them in this symphony of humanity via a virtual choir."

    Australia Post General Manager Small Business Rebecca Burrows said selecting the winner was an enjoyable challenge in itself.

    “Entries came from businesses as diverse as hairdressers, designers and automotive, to food, health and business services from all over Queensland,” Ms Burrows said.

    “The judging panel was most impressed with Ms Rogers’ entry because it demonstrated the impact of online and digital technologies in creating virtual communities."

    Ms Enoch announced Ms Rogers was the winner at today's (Friday) Future of Connectivity roundtable at the Edge, State Library of Queensland.

    The roundtable – where a panel of experts pitched their ideas for connectivity in the future - was a key event of Queensland Small Business Week (QSBW).

    The panel included RiverCity Labs and Shark Tank investor Steve Baxter: nbn’s Dean Tognella; Go Daddy’s Tara Commerford; and Professor Michael Brünig from the University of Queensland.

    “The roundtable looked at how we can harness the power of connectivity and create change for the better in our business sector so we can create jobs and be competitive in a global market,” Ms Enoch said.

    She said thousands of people across the state have taken part in more than 100 events during QSBW, which officially ends tomorrow (Saturday).

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