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Day: 15 June 2021

New small business strategy puts focus on skilled workforce

The Palaszczuk Government’s new Small Business Strategy will focus on giving small business operators, jobseekers and workers the right skills and the right support to meet the needs of the Queensland’s small business sector. The Strategy, which was created following direct feedback during an extensive Small Business Roadshow earlier this year, also includes plans for …

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Mental health program aims to save the lives and livelihoods of SMB owners

A recent study commissioned by the Federal Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources, reports that nearly 1 in 3 SME owners had experienced stress, depression, or anxiety in the past 12 months. Deakin Business School’s Counting on U program is providing free training in mental health first aid for business advisers to small business.  …

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Organisers, events, venues and cinemas to receive post-lockdown boost

Event organisers, hosts, suppliers, producers and cinema businesses will benefit from a new support package of grants announced by the Victorian Government today. The $20 million Victorian Events Support Package has been designed to support the events industry, acknowledging the heavy and ongoing impact of the May-June restrictions on the sector. Part of the more than $500 …

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Best future business ideas for Australia: including privacy apps, solar, gaming, crypto tracking and AI

Australia’s economy is ever-changing, and with the change comes many new and unique business ideas that new and aspiring entrepreneurs can start. New technologies, scientific breakthroughs, and changes to international policy all have an effect on the business landscape. With all the new uncertainty and changes, I thought it was necessary to put together a …

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Half a million Aussie SMBs are unaware of alternative finance sources

Research by invoice financier Apricity Finance has found that over half – or 51 per cent – of small-to-medium enterprise (SME) owners are willing or have used secured finance when borrowing money. while the Big Four banks remained the most common source of funding, more than one in five (22% – or nearly half a …

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Two-thirds of small businesses are using property as security

New research shows despite recent government assistance measures, the family home remains the most common form of security to fund borrowings for SME’s to recover from the pandemic. YouGov research, conducted on behalf of business finance company Apricity Finance, in the last week of April 2021, found the traditional forms of funding for small businesses …

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RECEIVE GOVT GRANT OF $10K to $250K*.

Austrade Approved Business Events
AVAILABLE NOW APPLY BEFORE 30th MARCH 2021 (Condition apply)

  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
  • This allows exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and partners to participate in the Business Events Grant Program. Note event bookings need to be confirmed ASAP to participate in the grant program
  • The program provides 50% rebate (based on a minimum spend of $20k) for approved items including ABF event-media packages, exhibition stands, corporate function tables, delegate registrations.
  • Govt Grant applications are now open until the 30 March. Please contact ABF to discuss how we can assist, we have experts to assist grant applications.
  • Grant funding will cover up to 50% of eligible expenditure incurred in participating at pre-approved business-to-business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year.  All grant applications must be submitted for approval via the following link: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants
  • For further information please see this fact sheet.