Business and economic development

Business support

Information and assistance to help businesses start up and expand. More

Industry support

Information and assistance to access leading agencies and industries in the region, providing key resources in economic, tourism, aviation, marine, education and agricultural sectors. More

Data and eUpdates

Economic data, tools and news to help inform business and investment decisions. More

Investors and delegations

The Cairns region offers competitive advantages for investors. More


Information about the Cairns region written in simplified Chinese. More


Cairns is an ideal location for filming, photography, documentaries, television programs and commercials. More

Innovation Awards

The Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards recognise and reward progressive businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the region. More

Economic development strategy

One of Council's key goals is to shape a strong, diversified and sustainable regional economy that supports new and existing industry and business activities. More

Upcoming events for business:

FNQ Schools Startup Summit, 5 - 7 Oct

Date: Wed 05 Oct 09:00 am
Location: Smithfield State High School, O'Brien Rd, Smithfield

Cost: $30 per student; $10 teachers & parents

Contact: Ben Walker

Hosting talks over thee days that are aimed to encourage high school students to have the confidence in building a successful business. More

Finance Fundamentals: Small Business Masterclass 2

Date: Fri 07 Oct 12:00 am
Location: Advance Cairns, Level 1/51 The Esplanade, Cairns

Cost: $15 per person (inc. materials & light refreshments)

Contact: Amy Turnbull, CCIQ Regional Manager

The Chamber of Commerce Queensland (CCIQ) and Cairns Regional Council are presenting a series of Masterclasses with easy-to-implement practical tips and real-life local business stories.Cashflow Confidence: Power your profitability with the right finance fundamentalsBDO (Nth Qld) Manager – Tax & Advisory, Cheryl Overlack, delivers engaging and insightful advice about her top tips you should know and the pitfalls you need to avoid. In addition, some broad financial planning advice to help ensure you’re making the right decisions today, that’ll impact you in future.We’ll also hear from a lending consultant about when it’s time to get cashflow help and what to look out for. Finally, you’ll hear about grants and funding that you may be able to access to boost business.Cost: $15 per person per workshop (includes materials and light refreshments).To register, see the CCIQ event website or email CCIQ Regional Manager, Amy Turnbull. More

Sales Session: Small Business Masterclass 3

Date: Fri 14 Oct 12:00 am
Location: CQUniversity, Abbott St, Cairns City

Cost: $15 per person (inc. materials & light refreshments)

The Chamber of Commerce Queensland (CCIQ) and Cairns Regional Council are presenting a series of Masterclasses with easy-to-implement practical tips and real-life local business stories.The Sales Session: Networking, pitches, proposals & sealing the dealThis is a topic in demand! Although many small business owners aren’t professional sales people, it’s potentially the most important skill for a business owner to develop. Nobody knows your product like you, and this session will show you how to find opportunity, and to win new customers and clients in a way that’s professional and sustainable.You’ll hear from a sales manager about how to stay motivated, the basic things you need to ensure you’re doing to keep your customers, how to build a persuasive proposal and how to track leads.Note: workshop numbers are limited so book early to secure your place. (More workshops will be held in November - dates to be confirmed).Cost: $15 per person per workshop (includes materials and light refreshments).To register, see the CCIQ event website or email CCIQ Regional Manager, Amy Turnbull. More

Cairns Major Projects Forum

Date: Tue 18 Oct 07:00 am
Location: Pullman Cairns International, Abbott Street, Cairns

Cost: $65 (includes breakfast, morning tea and business development resources)

Contact: Department of State Development 4037 3209

Presented by the Department of State Development, the event showcases major project and supply chain opportunities in Far North Queensland.Keynote presentation:What will it be like to work in construction in 20 years?Construction Skills Queensland’s (CSQ) Farsight Project is predicting the future of construction work. Built on a research partnership with CSIRO, the project weaves together technological, social and economic forces reshaping our industry. Find out what this means for you and your job.Robert Sobyra is Director, Evidence and Data with Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ). Responsible for driving CSQ’s research agenda, Robert is a leading thinker at the intersection of construction and skills. He specialises in strategy, risk and analytics and has tackled some of the country’s most challenging policy issues for the Queensland and Australian governments.Attend the regional major projects forum to:hear about economic trends impacting on driving change on the construction sectorlearn more from proponents about major projects in the pipeline including:  Cairns Regional Council, Mount Emerald Wind Farm, Rio Tinto, MSF Sugar and James Cook Universityunderstand how to position your business to win workreceive a complimentary business development resource outlining links to private sector and local, Queensland and Australian government project tenders.Registration  $65 per person (includes plated breakfast and morning tea, complimentary business development resources).Find out more and register online More

Safe Work Breakfast

Date: Thu 20 Oct 07:00 am
Location: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Pierpoint Road

Cost: $77.00 pp (inc GST) for sit-down breakfast

Business leaders and work health and safety professionals are invited to attend the Cairns Safe Work Month breakfast forum.The event covers leadership, culture and return on investment and will feature Queensland Safety Ambassador, Shane Webcke, keynote speaker Paul Spinks and journalist, author and commentator Madonna King as Master of Ceremonies.Safe Work Month is about committing to improving work health and safety and remembering our most important reasons for staying safe at work.Places are limited! Register online for your chance to win a NutriBullet, Fitbit Charge, football signed by Shane Webcke or a workplace visit from a Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocate including a fruit box delivered to your workplace.Cairns Regional Council is proud to sponsor the Cairns Safe Work Month breakfast forum. More

Last updated: 12 September 2016