Burdekin businesses wanting to unlock their commercial potential can receive free one-on-one consultations with industry experts through the Australian Government’s Northern Australia Tourism Initiative.
Under the Entrepreneurs Programme, small to medium businesses are matched with a tourism business advisor who is able to give advice on how to overcome current challenges and expand into new markets.
Eligible businesses also have access to up to $20,000 in matched funding to obtain external advice on a key area identified through the consultation process.
AusIndustry North Queensland Regional Manager Kay Strong said external advice could relate to topics such as marketing, human resources, and business expansion.
“Support is also available to bring groups of tourism companies together to work on a mutual business strategy, through the tourism partnerships service,” Ms Strong said.
“We have seen North Queensland businesses realise growth potential and take on new opportunities by accessing these support services.”
Eligibility criteria include:
- Businesses must be a ‘tourism business’;
- Be a solvent company with an annual turnover or operating expenditure between $750,000 and $100 million; and
- Be trading for a minimum of 3 consecutive years.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said that many businesses may still be eligible despite not considering themselves ‘tourism businesses’.
“To be a valid tourism business under the eligibility criteria, businesses simply need to derive a significant portion of their revenue from visitors and operate in a tourism-related industry,” she said.
“Tourism-related industries include accommodation, cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services, clubs, pubs, taverns and bars, passenger transport, tour operator services, cultural services, sports and recreation services, and retail trade.”
For further information about the Federal Government’s Entrepreneurs Programme including full eligibility criteria, phone Council’s Tourism Officer on (07) 4783 9800 or visit www.business.gov.au/ep