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

    Palaszczuk Government recovery grants boost cyclone-devastated small businesses

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

    Wednesday, August 09, 2017

    Palaszczuk Government recovery grants boost cyclone-devastated small businesses

    The Palaszczuk Government is helping 92 small businesses impacted by Cyclone Debbie through its first round of dedicated Small Business Recovery Grants.

    Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch said today (Wednesday) the businesses will share in more than $845,000, enabling them to access business expertise so they can recover and rebuild.

    “The Small Business Recovery Grants program is offering funding of up to $10,000 for eligible small businesses to engage business consultants, mentors, coaches or an advisory service to assist with business recovery following Cyclone Debbie,” Ms Enoch said.  

    “When it made landfall in March, the cyclone and the subsequent flooding devastated buildings and left businesses without access to water, power and other essential services.

    “The Palaszczuk Government had Category C small business grants activated under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) by 14 April.

    “This meant cyclone-affected small business owners could access much-needed funds to help them recover and resume trading.”

    Ms Enoch said 292 small businesses had received more than $1.54 million in Category C funding to Friday, 4 August.

    “Now we want to work with small business to build resilience and create sustainable business plans designed to withstand the impacts of another cyclone or flooding,” she said.

    One of the Small Business Recovery Grant recipients is women’s boutique Airllywood, in Airlie Beach. Owner Mary-Anne Sullivan focuses on stocking garments made with natural fibres and supporting Australian designers.

    “Turnover significantly dropped following the cyclone. I now need to look at other ways to promote the business, increase sales and start to grow again,” Ms Sullivan said.

    “I want to increase my presence on social media to attract customers from all around Australia – not just the Whitsundays.

    “Receiving this grant is fantastic because it will give me the tools and skills I need to build my brand and get my business back on track.”

    Another grant recipient is digital marketing firm Kapow Interactive. The bulk of its clients are small and micro businesses located in the cyclone-affected Whitsundays.

    Owner Megan Taylor says Kapow Interactive has been suffering the flow-on effects of reduced trade from their clients.

    “Getting this grant will be of huge assistance. I can step back from my business, look at it broadly and work with an advisor to see what steps we can take so Kapow Interactive can be resilient and flexible,” Ms Taylor said.

    “We are going to look at finding different opportunities and expanding to clients beyond the immediate local area.

    “I’m going to be able to implement some business practices I thought were a long time off.”

    A total of $1.5 million has been allocated for Small Business Recovery Grants. These are part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $4 million recovery package for cyclone-affected areas.

    The recovery package also includes $2 million for the ongoing ‘Go Local’ campaign, and $550,000 for dedicated workshops and mentoring services for impacted small businesses.

    A second round of Small Business Recovery Grants will open later this year.

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