Building capacity and capability


Supporting SMEs


My name is Ashleigh Vann and I’m here to help!

As CHDC’s Business Facilitator, my core role is to deliver the deliver Bridging the Boundaries.

This Program is funded by the Local Buying Foundation and supports small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to build capability, capacity, and resilience.

This includes:

  • Supporting you to develop and review your business and marketing plans
  • Connecting you to a range of tools and resources, from digital marketing templates for startups to succession planning guidance
  • Identifying grant opportunities and other potential funding streams
  • Facilitating workshops and networking events to help you to upskill and increase your business’ exposure to current and potential markets

Please contact me or (07) 4982 4386 or 0421 394 101 to chat further about how I can help you or to make an appointment for me to visit your business.

Connect + catch-up


CHDC hosts free business networking events on the first Friday of most months of the year.

Catch up with your business contacts, build new professional connections, and wind down your working week at these informal and relaxed get-togethers.

Take a look at upcoming events here or contact CHDC Business Facilitator Ashleigh Vann to find out more.

Attract + Retain Staff


With labour attraction challenges highlighted in the 2023 Central Highlands Business Survey results, here a selection of potential solutions for employers.

Providing operators with free, one-on-one personalised support to assisting in attracting and retaining a diversified workforce.
Short micro-credential courses to support QLD employers to recruit and retain their employees.
List your vacancy for free on this career portal for the Central Highlands, which shares information with 15 other similar sites across Australia.
Recruiting mature age workers can help address labour shortages. Plus changes to the Work Bonus gives Age Pensioners an incentive to work more hours.
Training for you + your team


A selection of low-cost and free courses available to individuals and businesses in the Central Highlands.

Gain industry knowledge, skills and insight by taking a short course; Earn credit towards a qualification with selected courses.
Designed to ensure greater attraction, retention and participation among workforces across QLD, supporting businesses and their workforces now and in the future.
70+ tuition-free courses in 2024, identified as priority areas including aged care, disability support, child care, tourism, agriculture and cyber security.
Giving businesses free access to volunteer experts who provide insights, options and suggestions relating to challenges and opportunities.
Helping you to meet tax obligations when starting and running a business, these free seminars are live, interactive and presented by experienced tax officers.
The QTIC Micro-Credentialing Program provides fast training solutions for tourism businesses and their staff on the Typsy online learning platform. The free bite-sized lessons help operators fill critical skill gaps in as little as 30 minutes.
Supporting First Nations tourism businesses to grow and achieve their goals by connecting them with skilled, experienced and culturally respectful industry specialists who can provide one-on-one advice and support.
Stepping you through the information, practices and legislation you need to know to create a mentally healthy workplace.