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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Entrepreneur grants helps cyclone-affected small business

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Entrepreneur grants helps cyclone-affected small business

    The Palaszczuk Government today (Wednesday) announced the first round of recipients for the new Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program.

    Small Business Minister Leeanne Enoch said 148 businesses will share in more than $559,000 in matched grant funding.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has made these grants available to newly started small businesses to enable them to access professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing a business,” Ms Enoch said.

    “The grants provide up to $5000 in matched funding to eligible businesses to engage a business consultant, advisor or coach.”

    Th3rd Dimension Media - one of three Small Business Entrepreneur Grant recipients in the Airlie Beach area – described the funding as “an absolute blessing” after being impacted by Cyclone Debbie.

    Owner Kate Tulett said the premises was flooded, and they were without electricity for 14 days and had to rely on generators to power their business.

    “We specialise in drones, 360 video, graphic and web design,” she said.

    “With such destruction across the Whitsunday region, our services were in demand by insurance companies needing drones to carry out damage assessments.

    “It was a fairly challenging time but I’m happy to say my business is now fully operational, and getting this Entrepreneur Grant today has come at the perfect time.

    “Our work is growing and we need to start employing in order to meet this growth. The grant funds will help us with planning and financial forecasting so we can take our business in the right direction.

    “After the catastrophe of the cyclone, receiving this grant is an absolute blessing.”

    Ms Enoch said the Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program is about encouraging entrepreneurship and increasing business capability and skills.

    “With good skills comes business confidence which leads to sustainability, meaning more small businesses can survive, grow and employ more Queenslanders,” Ms Enoch said.

    “Starting a business not only takes courage but also solid planning.

    “Getting professional advice to help you prepare a business plan is the best way to make sure your business can meet its goals, sales targets and operational milestones.”

    Eligible businesses must have registered a business name in the last four years and have fewer than 20 employees.

    Further rounds will be open later this year. Check for updates.


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