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New Palaszczuk Government grants programme to help small business accelerate

14 Nov 2016

Sandgate small businesses keen to fast track growth to create jobs and grow the economy will be supported by the Palaszczuk Government’s new ‘Accelerate Small Business’ grants programme.

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the program would provide targeted assistance for local small businesses to engage high-level experts to boost business growth.

“There are many small business owners in Sandgate who are ready to take their enterprise to the next level, but may not have the support or resources to make this happen.

“By providing that support, this programme will enable local small businesses to grow, meaning more jobs and services for locals here in Sandgate and surrounding suburbs.

“The Accelerate Small Business grants offer up to $10,000 per business, which must be matched by the participant, to either access one-on-one mentoring or put in place an advisory board.

Small Business Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Accelerate Small Business grants will build on the momentum created by the Mentoring for Growth program and help take businesses to the next level.

“Accelerate is aimed at businesses that have reached a certain level of maturity and are ready to take the next step,” Ms Enoch said.

“The program calls on business owners to make a commitment to the success of the next stage of their development, including potentially moving to a medium-sized company.

“With programs like Accelerate Small Business, our government is helping Queensland small businesses be in a stronger position to respond to competition, embrace new opportunities and grow into globally competitive businesses.”

The Accelerate Small Business grants programme is the first new programme to be released under the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20.

The strategy aligns with the $405 million whole-of-government Advance Queensland innovation and jobs initiative by giving small businesses the opportunity to achieve their growth aspirations and create jobs.

Further information about the programme is available at www.business.qld.gov.au/accelerate.