Digital tech funding assists Qld small businesses


Monday, 16 January, 2017

Digital tech funding assists Qld small businesses

The Queensland Government’s Small Business Digital Grants program will enable more than 150 businesses around the state to purchase digital technology and training.

More than $1 million in funding is being made available to support small businesses in Queensland.

The program offers up to $10,000 per business, which will be matched dollar for dollar by the successful applicant, to purchase digital hardware, software or training and skills development.

“These grants will assist small business to access the latest digital technologies to increase their productivity and competitiveness, which will help their business to grow and employ more staff,” said Kate Jones, Acting Minister for Small Business.

“We received more than 1200 applications, which is a huge response. 30% of the grants were awarded to businesses outside South East Queensland and 13 recipients were Indigenous businesses.”

Successful applicants included a CrossFit studio that will introduce new technology to track client progress; an electrical consultant wanting to redevelop and market their website; a ferry service upgrading its booking system; and a business trialling a new mobile application for the health industry.

“Queensland small businesses employ almost half of the state’s private sector workforce, so this program is an investment in a sector that creates jobs,” said Jones.

The Queensland Government has committed $6 million over three years to this program. The next round of funding opens on 8 March 2017.

More information on the Small Business Digital Grants program can be found at www.business.qld.gov.au/digital.

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