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Most sole traders wish they had more support – here’s how to get it

One is the loneliest number – but it doesn’t have to be. Building your support networks when you’re a solopreneur is a boon for business and your mental health. Australia is a nation of self-starters, with ‘solopreneurs’ accounting for a whopping 62.8 per cent of our country’s small businesses. We have an unquenchable thirst to

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How to grow your business with help from the JobMaker Hiring Credit

Businesses that are creating new positions and employing young Australians may be eligible for a new wage subsidy called the JobMaker Hiring Credit, paid by the ATO. Employers that are increasing both their headcount and payroll can receive up to $10,400 per year for each new job they fill with an eligible employee aged 16 to

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WA program to streamline obtaining business licences and permits from local government

The SBDC’s Small Business Friendly Approvals Program has commenced, with Small Business Commissioner David Eaton meeting with representatives from the Cities of Melville, Rockingham and Wanneroo to congratulate them on their local government’s selection to round one of the program. The Approvals Program aims to streamline the process of obtaining business licences and trading permits from local government authorities. It is part

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Small business owners snapping up Victoria’s free mentoring program

The Andrews Labor Government’s Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program has allowed businesses to step back from the coalface and gain advice on digital opportunities, preparing and implementing business plans, improving time management, identifying new opportunities and rethinking marketing strategies. More than 730 businesses have benefitted from 3,300 hours of one-on-one professional mentoring, with the program open

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Aboriginal small businesses receive boost from new agreement

A new agreement between the NSW Government and Supply Nation will connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses with government departments, create jobs and drive growth in the Aboriginal business sector. Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the agreement with Supply Nation, which runs the largest directory of verified Aboriginal businesses in

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Businesses can now claim JobMaker Hiring Credit until April 30

The JobMaker Hiring Credit is here and businesses can claim payments for new positions they create until 6 October 2021. The first claim period for the JobMaker Hiring Credit opened on 1 February 2021 and closes on 30 April 2021. To be able to claim JobMaker Hiring Credit payments during this claim period, you must register and meet

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NSW’s $26m Small Business Innovation Research program

Research and development will become a key jobs creator in NSW as the Government launches a bold new plan to make the State an R&D world leader. Premier Gladys Berejiklian today launched the Turning Ideas into Jobs – Accelerating Research & Development in NSW Action Plan. The report, which was delivered to the Premier by her

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$20 million fund supporting regional SMB recover in SA

Wineries, boutique accommodation, a distillery expansion, a Far North micro-brewery and a houseboat build are among the latest tourism projects to benefit from the Marshall Liberal Government’s regional stimulus program. A further 12 new regional tourism development projects have been granted funding under the South Australian Tourism Commission’s Tourism Industry Development Fund (TIDF). This brings

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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
  • For further information please see this fact sheet.