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First live small business event returns to Melbourne

After a year that tested the small-to-medium business community like never before, survival mode can finally be switched off. It’s time for small businesses to start looking to the future by gaining new tools, reconnecting and planning for growth. Celebrate a return to ‘normal’ operations with two days of back-to-business events and seminars. The Small …

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$10k Grants for Adelaide small businesses to enhance outdoor dining

City businesses along six of Adelaide’s most iconic eating and retail strips are being urged to take advantage of new grants of up to $10,000 to enhance and activate their outdoor areas, helping to drive patronage and support jobs. As we enter the traditionally quieter winter months, the Marshall Liberal Government has committed $200,000 to …

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Months after nation’s hardest lockdown Victorian consumer sentiment hits ten year high

Victorian consumer sentiment is the strongest among the states and the highest it has been in a decade. According to the latest data from Westpac-Melbourne Institute, Victorian consumer sentiment rose by 11.8 per cent in April to 121.1 index points, the highest of all the states. In comparison, the national average increased by 6.2 per …

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Digitisation is the key to small business success post JobKeeper

The year-long wage subsidy supported over one million Australian businesses and carried many that otherwise would have closed during the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020. As early as November last year, research by the Reserve Bank of Australia showed the temporary payment had already helped to reduce total job losses by at least 700,000. Will the end of …

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Why buying an existing small business could be your ideal startup opportunity

As Australia moves into the second quarter of 2021, there remain mixed messages for those looking to start their own business. While the long term impact of transitioning from government assistance is yet to be seen, most commentators are predicting bad news. While unemployment figures have been dropping nationally, those numbers are largely skewed by …

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Disaster support for businesses affected by Cyclone Seroja

Tropical Cyclone Seroja is creating challenging conditions across parts of Western Australia and many small business owners have been impacted by the situation. To support you during this challenging time, there are a range of free business support services available that you can access. Business support in your local area Our Business Local service provider RSM is …

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Aboriginal-owned businesses to receive grants for enhancing cultural tourism

The Territory Labor Government has awarded more than $220,000 in funding to support 14 projects under round two of the Aboriginal Tourism Grant program. Eight Aboriginal owned and operated tourism businesses in the Top End will receive more than $135,500 while six businesses in Central Australia will benefit from $92,900. “We know that visitors across …

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Small businesses encouraged to speak up during independent review of ASBFEO

The Morrison Government is encouraging small and family businesses to have their say in the independent review of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said the review is considering how effectively and efficiently the Ombudsman has provided assistance and advocacy for Australian …

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Female TAFE enrolment soaring, says Minister for Employment and Small Business

TAFE Queensland is helping more women across the state unlock new careers. That includes breaking the barriers into traditionally male dominated industries. Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said the number of women enrolled in TAFE and then obtaining their qualifications is increasing. “During COVID-19 we …

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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
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