Gold Coast is home to more than 43,000 small businesses across a broad number of industries, and the region?s estimated total gross regional product has increased 9.5% to nearly $16 billion over the past decade.

The benefits of investing in the digital economy have been outlined at a special free business breakfast held at Arundel this morning.

Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Minister Jan Jarratt welcomed some 70 business representatives to the session, with guest speakers from the Australian Institute of Commercialisation, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Regional Development Australia and the Creative Collective.

The Creative Collective?s Yvette Adams gave some practical tips on how small businesses can increase their digital capabilities, such as managing online manuals, file sharing and backup systems for easy retrieval of files.

?Everyone is talking about the digital economy and the National Broadband Network and this morning?s session helped business operators tap into the information they need to maximise their business potential,? Ms Jarratt said.

?Attendees heard about the evolving digital economy and the available support programs such as webinars, workshops, digital coaching services and benchmarking for tourism operators to help them either get on board the techno revolution or improve their capabilities.

?The opportunities are many.

?Gold Coast City is already home to more than 43,000 small businesses across a broad number of industries, with the region?s estimated total gross regional product increasing 9.5% to nearly $16 billion over the past decade.

?The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 is forecast to generate up to $2 billion in economic benefits with up to 30,000 full-time equivalent jobs to be created.

?This morning?s session was about outlining some of the significant opportunities for businesses in the region to grow and how to capitalise on the benefits presented by a digital economy sooner rather than later so they are in the best position to take full advantage of what?s coming.?