Media Releases

 
     

Grants help small business launch into digital economy

21 Nov 2016

Small businesses across the Sandgate Electorate could benefit from a new funding programme to help them grow their businesses online.

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe recently briefed the Sandgate Chamber of Commerce on the Palaszczuk Government’s $6 million commitment over three years to help small businesses around the state engage with the global digital economy through the Small Business Digital Grants programme.

Two million dollars per year over three years has been allocated for the programme which will provide grants of up to $10,000 to be matched by participants.

Mr Hinchliffe said funding received through the programme can be spent on the purchase of hardware, software and services – such as digital coaching.

“The Palaszczuk Government wants to help small businesses across the Sandgate Electorate to embrace digital technologies and make the most of online business opportunities,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Queensland small businesses will be in a stronger position to respond to competition, embrace new opportunities and grow into globally competitive businesses through utilising technologies, working smarter and fostering an entrepreneurial culture.”

The Digital Grants Programme is part of a $22.7 million Budget commitment by the Palaszczuk Government to provide additional support for Queensland Small Businesses – which includes the creation of the Office of Small Business.

“Helping small business to enter the digital economy will form a key action in the strategy to empower small business and support the entrepreneurs of tomorrow,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“By expanding our support for the sector we are establishing Queensland as the state for small business to start, grow and employ.”
For more information on the Small Business Digital Grants go to: business.qld.gov.au/digital