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    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Helping women in business to Succeed, Achieve, Grow and Employ

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Wednesday, March 07, 2018

    Helping women in business to Succeed, Achieve, Grow and Employ

    Female business owners in the Gympie region will have the opportunity to engage with the SAGE Women Project, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Women in Business initiative.

    On International Women’s Day, Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman announced that nominations are now open for the SAGE Women Project which will help women to Succeed, Achieve, Grow and Employ (SAGE).

    “The SAGE Women Project will host a range of activities and events for women in business throughout the year including workshops, roundtable discussions and industry events.

    “It’s our plan to give women the tools, support and skills they need to start, grow and employ, and ultimately lead and succeed, in their own organisations.

    The program will focus on women who in the construction, agriculture, timber and forestry, manufacturing, health care and social assistance, tourism and digital industries.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has partnered with Gympie Regional Council to provide the opportunity for women to share their knowledge, inspire others and be inspired themselves,” Minister Fentiman said.

    Mayor Mick Curran said the project aims to identify aspirations and development opportunities for women in business and provide the support they need.

    “We are proud to acknowledge the women in our region who are leaders in the business community,” Mayor Curran said.

    “This program will provide the opportunity for them to share their knowledge, inspire and be inspired as well mentor up and coming fellow businesswomen.”

    The SAGE Women Project will celebrate its launch at an International Women’s Day event hosted in Gympie this evening.

    Ms Fentiman said this partnership project is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Women in Business initiative, under the $22.7 million Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20.

    “Women now make up just over a third of Australian business operators,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “It is because of this gender-gap that the Queensland Government is investing in women through the Advance Queensland Initiative to help them start and grow small businesses, and importantly to employ.”

    For more information please go to www.business.qld.gov.au/women

     

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