Queensland Government Programs Offer Help for Small Business

Burdekin small businesses wanting to make the most of online opportunities are encouraged to apply for the Queensland Government’s Small Business Digital Grants Program.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said grants of up to $10,000 in matched funding are available to assist small businesses to access digital technologies and services, helping them work smarter and to make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.

“Valid projects include website optimisation, receiving online payments or creating a social media plan,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“A wonderful example of a local business already utilising digital platforms successfully is Ayr’s Chill Parlour. Customers are able to place an order online via Chill’s website or through their dedicated app.”

To be eligible the business must:

  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant;
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST;
  • have Queensland headquarters;
  • have a turnover of $2 million or less in the last financial year; and
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

Round 5 of the Small Business Digital Grants Program closes at 5pm on 8 October 2018.

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-business/advice-support/grants/digital-grants

Business owners seeking additional tactics to grow their business can also receive free mentoring under the State Government’s Mentoring for Growth program.

Mentors will offer insights, options and suggestions relating to business challenges and opportunities that mentees may be facing in their business.

Mentor chats can occur in person, at an Office of Small Business event or via Skype, with chats lasting approximately 45 minutes.

“The eligibility criteria for this program is not restrictive, meaning that most Burdekin businesses with a specific business opportunity or challenge are able to take advantage of this program,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I encourage any business wanting one-on-one assistance to register for the program and schedule a chat.”

For more information on the Mentoring for Growth Program, visit https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/growing-business/business-mentoring/mentoring-growth

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