Events at Spark Bureau

Upcoming events at Spark Bureau.



Mon. 19 February 2018 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEST 

Spark Bureau and RDA Sunshine Coast are excited to host an information session on contemporary methods of launching new businesses and how ‘lean start-up’ principles lower the cost and risk of becoming an entrepreneur. The talk - open to any business owner or would be entrepreneur - will also help established businesses identify more affordable ways to innovate products and services.


Launching a new business – or innovating and evolving an established firm – involves risk. Many new ventures fail. What can be done to increase your chances of success and to reduce the possibility of spending your precious time and money building a product or service that no-one wants?

Over the past few years, the so called “Lean Start-Up’ movement has redefined the way contemporary entrepreneurs approach new-business creation. During this information-packed talk, presenter Tim Eldridge will compare and contrast new practices to old techniques, outline what goes on in a contemporary start-up and share a some of the tools, techniques and processes that are revolutionising the way innovation is being commercialised today.

Tim will also refer you to a wide range of helpful 3rd party source materials and resources (many of which are freely available online – if you know where to look) to help you on your way.

So, expect an informative talk, bring a notepad, and meet other would-be entrepreneurs and business owners passionate about the commercialisation of new product and services ideas.


Tim Eldridge is a Management Consultant assisting business owners and managers with the design of business development strategies, marketing strategies, brand positioning and narrative, brand architecture, messaging and communication programmes. Before moving to Australia in 2009, Tim held senior positions in world-famous advertising agencies in London, New York and Hong Kong. Now a resident of the Sunshine Coast, Tim is passionate about the contemporary start-up scene. Tim has served as a Board Member at the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast; a judge at Sunshine Coast Start-up Weekend; a judge at the Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Innovation in Tourism awards and recently earned a place on the podium at the 2017 Sunshine Coast HackFest competition. See Tim's full bio at

Creating compelling copy

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 at 5:00 pm -> Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 6:30 pm 

Join accomplished journalist, Peter Owen as he takes you through this fun and interactive 10 week course on creating compelling copy.


  • Tuesday 20th February ~ Write for your readers – how to communicate effectively
  • Tuesday 27th February ~ Writing techniques – the art of writing engaging stories
  • Tuesday 6th March ~ Interviewing – get the most out of every interview
  • Tuesday 13th March ~ Introductions – where it all starts
  • Tuesday 20th March ~ Don’t waste a word – remove the redundancies
  • Tuesday 27th March ~ Advanced writing techniques – make your copy flow
  • Tuesday 3rd April ~ The importance of reviewing – don’t file your draft
  • Tuesday 10th April ~ The rules of writing – grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Tuesday 17th April ~ How to write a press release that will be published
  • Tuesday 24th April ~ Write an email that won’t be trashed – plus some tips on managing email traffic

Peter Owen is a journalist with a 50-year career in newspapers in Australia, England and Hong Kong. He began as a cadet on Melbourne’s Sun News-Pictorial (now the Sun Herald). After working in London, he went to Hong Kong where he became editor of the afternoon newspaper The Star at the age of 24.He is a former editor of the Queensland Times (Ipswich), Queensland Country Life and the Sunshine Coast Daily.
For 10 years he was group executive editor of APN where, among other things, he oversaw the editorial training program for more than 400 journalists. He is a former director of the Queensland Events Corporation, a Member of the Australian Press Council, an Honorary Doctor in Journalism from Brisbane’s J-School, an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast, and is currently Deputy Chairman of the Sunshine Coast Events Centre. He provides media and communication training to corporates throughout Australia. 

Setting up a business

Tue. 13 March 2018, 7:00 am – 8:30 am AEST

Thinking about starting a new business or acting on that idea that will make a fortune? This event will walk you through a number of steps to get to a stage where you are good to go.

Presented by BDO


  • Business registrations – how to apply for an ABN, TFN and business name
  • GST basics – how to register for GST, GST threshold
  • Activity statements – how to prepare your IAS and BAS
  • Accounting software – outline of software available, including MYOB, Xero and Reckon


Trademarking and IP

Thu. 22 March 2018, 7:00 am – 8:30 am AEST

Knowledge is extremely valuable in business. Some even say knowledge is everything. This session will provide you with the tools to determine what you should do to protect your intellectual assets.

The team at Sajen Legal will walk you through some real life Trademark and IP scenarios and provide important tips and information regarding Trademarking and IP.


Payroll Tips & Tricks

Wed. 11 April 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm AEST

Don’t just hope that you can work it out. Knowing the rules and keeping up to date is important.

The experts from BDO will provide advice that works.


  • Payroll basics

  • Preparing PAYG Payment Summaries

  • Superannuation basics

  • Reporting quarterly superannuation