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

    Small business week gets an extra $200,000 boost

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

    Monday, April 08, 2019

    Small business week gets an extra $200,000 boost

    Around 50 Queensland small businesses will share in more than $200,000 to host and event during Queensland Small Business Week (QSBW) next month.

    Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said the week is a celebration of the state’s diverse small businesses and provides them with the opportunity to discover support programs to allow their business to start, grow and employ.

    “We know small businesses are the engine room of our growing economy and the significant role more than 438,000 small businesses play in our state’s prosperity by contributing around $113 billion each year to our economy,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “Events held during Queensland Small Business Week 2019 will give small business owners the opportunities to learn and network with other small business owners to help them grow and lead to more local jobs.”

    “Last year more than 7,500 people participated in 175 events across Queensland. Total number of small businesses is currently 438,000.”

    “The inaugural Small Business Week Event funding will see representation from across Queensland with organisations keen to host additional events that will provide real and positive impacts for local small business owners.”

    “It is encouraging that more than 30 grant recipients are from regional areas including Caloundra, Cairns, Mackay, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Townsville,” Ms Fentiman said.

    The Food and Agribusiness Network will be presenting on sustainable packaging solutions for small food businesses in the Caloundra area as well as providing details of the latest packaging trends.

    The Migrant Centre in Southport provide information to culturally and linguistically diverse small business owners on the Gold Coast, the opportunity to strengthen their financial literacy, risk management and sustainability for their new small businesses.

    Cattlesales Pty Ltd is keen to get regional business women in the agriculture industry social media savvy. As these businesses are heavily reliant on social media, online marketing and advertising due to the geographical location, the Clermont workshop will offer participants new skills, receive expert advice and have the confidence to grow their own business.

    “I encourage any Queensland small business owner wanting to take their business to the next level to take part in our celebration and register an event during Queensland Small Business Week 2019.”

    The 2019 Queensland Small Business Week will be held from 27 May to 31 May, and it will be bigger than ever offering the opportunity to celebrate, access support, be inspired and reflect on everything that is terrific about being a small business in Queensland.

    We are still actively seeking businesses to take part in the event host program. Events can be registered as part of QSBW until 10 May at www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessweek

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