Reinventing the organization for speed in the post-COVID-19 era

The need for speed has never been greater. Here are nine ways companies can get faster. When the coronavirus pandemic erupted, companies had to change. Many business-as-usual approaches to serving customers, working with suppliers, and collaborating with colleagues—or just getting anything done—would have failed. They had to increase the speed of decision making, while improving productivity, using technology and data … Read More

October Update – Business Pain Points.

Business Pain Points. There are many benefits to reviewing your business plan against your targets and progress – regardless of whether you are a startup or an established business. It is something we so often push aside, because we get caught up in the day-to-day of running a business, and just don’t make the time. I recently made the time … Read More

The Painful Reality of Not Planning in Business

BY GUEST BLOGGER DANIELLE DUNCAN – LEARNING STRATEGIST AND BUSINESS MENTOR THE TIME TO SQUEEZE Most small business owners have lots to do and very little time to do it. The beauty of a micro or small business is that you have the ability to adapt and change much quicker than a large organisation. However the tradeoff is often that … Read More

Steve Baxter visits Spark Bureau

On August 28th, we were lucky to have Steve Baxter set aside some time to meet with a small group of investors-in-training at Spark Bureau. The purpose of the visit was to allow the guests to ask Steve any questions on decision making with investments. With all investors, it is often difficult parting with the cash to invest in a … Read More


I’m thinking of starting a campaign to ban the word “retire”.It’s a relic of a bygone age; a stage of life that may have had some relevance in the last century but a concept which, in 2018, is ludicrous and dangerous.Stopping work at 60 – even at 65 – and doing nothing for the rest of your life is not … Read More


Why are regional economies so important? Here’s a few facts you may not know. 8.8 million people live in regional Australia Collectively, Australia’s regional economies account for around 40% of the national economic output and employ around 1/3 of the workforce. Regional businesses have contributed up to 50% of Australia’s growth since the 2007 financial crisis. Without regional business, Australia’s … Read More


When SPARK Bureau was launched two years ago our aim was to foster innovation on the Sunshine Coast and to support the growth and development of entrepreneurial start-up businesses. That is still our mission. We are now going further – by providing mentoring, advice and expert tuition to Sunshine Coast entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to make a social and economic … Read More