Brekkie to celebrate small business month

Somerset Regional Council is inviting small business owners to attend a networking breakfast. Pictured: Megan Bowden and Andrew Rowlands from Dragon Fields with Peter Lightbody from Montrose on Moore at the 2023 event. Picture: FILE

May is small business month and to celebrate Somerset Regional Council is hosting a free breakfast for all Somerset business owners.

An open invitation is extended to Somerset business owners to attend the networking event on Wednesday, 15 May starting at 7am in Esk.

Mayor Jason Wendt said the free event would focus on The Next Horizon, Somerset Regional Council’s Economic Development Strategy and would feature guest speaker John Lazarou – founder of The Coffee Club.

“This event will be a fantastic networking opportunity for all Somerset business owners to come together and celebrate their successes and chat with like-minded professionals,” Cr Wendt said.

“Somerset Regional Council is a proud supporter of small businesses and a member of the Small Business Friendly Council.

“What that means is we are actively working with businesses in our region, wherever we can, to support and stimulate the local economy.”

Small businesses make a vital contribution to the Queensland economy with more than 437,000 small businesses in Queensland contributing about $117 billon to the state’s economy.

The breakfast will also include representatives from the State Government.

“Business owners are encouraged to meet industry and government department representatives, network with like-minded people and discover business resilience support initiatives,” Cr Wendt said.

Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning council on 5424 4000 or online at

The breakfast is being hosted by Somerset Regional Council with assistance provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).