BUSINESS FOCUS: Kate Helton facilitates a business opportunities forum with Hyderabad, Brisbane's sister-city in India.
BUSINESS FOCUS: Kate Helton facilitates a business opportunities forum with Hyderabad, Brisbane's sister-city in India. Contributed

The business of business

THE bright lights of Brisbane have set the stage for Kate Helton's exciting business career with the Brisbane City Council, where a typical work day can mean anything from facilitating international forums to breathing new life into the city's laneways.

After graduating from the University of Queensland with a bachelor of business management, majoring in human resources and international business, the 22 year old scored a coveted position as a business analyst with the BCC.

As part of the council's two-year graduate program, Kate has rotated through four different departments - customer focus, international relations and multicultural affairs, development assessment and now creative communities.Her latest assignment has seen Kate involved with some of Brisbane's most vibrant events.

"In creative communities I work as a project manager of about five projects at a time," she explained.

"I'm currently working on a laneway revival project, a project as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival, a launch event for the Lord Mayor and the Brisasia Festival for 2014."

The former Stanthorpe State High School student will take on a major role in November, facilitating one of the council's six yearly laneway revival projects as part of its Friday Night Laneways series.

"The idea is that it will bring to life the hidden nooks and crannies of the city through events performance and outdoor displays," Kate said.

"I have engaged a producer for a 'salsa in the street' event focusing on Latin music, dance and food.

"I will oversee the producer to make sure his budget is on track and he has the relevant permits."

Before moving to the creative department, Kate put her international business skills to good use, sharing the council's business intel with overseas groups.

She facilitated six international delegations in as many months.

"They are groups from across the world (usually 20-50 people) from different companies or businesses and they come to Brisbane to learn best practice or how things are done in Australia," Kate said.

"I facilitate the forum by being the MC and networking with the guests."

Some of Kate's major functions saw her working with China's Chongqing Environmental Protection Bureau and the Office of People's Government of Anhui Province.

Another event saw her engage five Brisbane CEOs to meet with Indian delegates about bringing business from the Queensland capital to the Indian market.

The seasoned traveller has been to Fiji and China this year, but that's not her favourite thing about working full-time.

"What I like most about where my life has taken me is that I work and live in an exciting city," Kate said.

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