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5 Quick ways to refresh your small business’s website

Your website is your online first impression for customers, it’s the first thing they see when they interact with your business online so keeping it fresh is so important. For 57 per cent of users a poorly designed or dated website is the reason they wouldn’t recommend the business to a friend and 75 per

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93% of Aussies prefer to buy products made in Australia in 2021

Small and family businesses are benefiting from a significant boost in consumer sentiment, with new research revealing 93% of Aussies prefer to buy products made in Australia. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson says while small businesses have faced more than their fair share of challenges in the past 12 months,

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How to make the most of LinkedIn for your small business

LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful tool for small businesses and can be leveraged as a content marketing platform, a place for you to establish your thought leadership, build brand awareness, and attract great talent. There’s two main parts of the LinkedIn platform that you can use when you’re navigating LinkedIn for business. LinkedIn Profile &

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Local businesses incentivised to join e-commerce

Businesses in the north east will benefit from greater e-commerce resources and improved digital presences, with support from an Andrews Labor Government initiative to get more local businesses online. “The pandemic showed us that businesses who are online are more resilient and that’s why we’re helping business showcase their goods and services online,” said Minister

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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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Free online resources to learn small business digital and design skills

Making time to learn new skills is an important part of being a small business owner. While we have a wide range of low cost business skills workshops on offer at the SBDC, you can also take advantage of self-paced lessons on the following platforms. Facebook and Instagram Facebook for Business offers free online tutorials on Facebook-owned platforms including Facebook

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Retail SMB out-of-home leads outdoor media resurgence post-COVID

With the out-of-home advertising category one of the hardest hit by COVID, the latest Standard Media Index* data reveals that retail out-of-home grew its share in the last quarter of 2020, leading the resurgence of the outdoor media category. Tech leader Snapchat secured the top spot as the fastest growing media group year-on-year followed by

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TAS’s ‘Come Down for Air’ campaign hopes to breathe life back into small tourism operators

Tourism Tasmania’s interstate brand campaign, Come Down for Air, encourages Australians to keep Tasmania top of mind when considering their next holiday. Today, the campaign is launching back into two of Tasmania’s biggest visitor markets – New South Wales and Queensland. The past nine months have been incredibly hard for Tasmanian tourism operators and 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.