Hon Leeanne Enoch MP visited Mackay last month to officially launch the Advance QLD Small Business Strategy 2016-2020. Members of Startup Mackay, Split Spaces as well as several local small businesses, startups & other council dignitaries attended the launch which outlined the state government’s plan to provide support & funding to small businesses and startups willing to innovate and boost economic growth in Queensland.
10 Key Points from the Advance QLD Small Business Strategy 2016-20:
- Assisting small businesses wanting to innovate by providing government grants & funding through programs such as the Business Development Fund, Industry Accelerator Program, Knowledge Transfer Partnership, PhD Industry Experience as well as providing access to Regional Innovation Hubs.
- Creating the Queensland Government’s ICT SME participation scheme policy which will ensure that departments adopt a consistent procurement process to ensure effective engagement with the ICT industry and specifically with small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
- Enhancing small businesses by providing the combined expertise of a panel of 8-10 volunteer business mentors through Mentoring for Growth program.
- Establishment of the QLD Small Business Advisory Council & the Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council both chaired by the Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP (Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business) which will focus on significant small business issues, reporting to the QLD government with recommendations on red, green and blue tape areas and providing advice and targeted solutions to assist Small & Medium Enterprises (SME’s).
- Helping small businesses launch into the digital economy with grants available.
- Helping businesses to go international through Trade and Investment QLD.
- Preparing business to make the most of opportunities related to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
- Providing targeted support for food and agriculture businesses through business planning tools, agricultural investment opportunities as well as valuable support from industry associations and stakeholders.
- Supporting small businesses in understanding government procurement so as to enhance their ability to apply government contracts.
- Strengthened support for regional small businesses by recognising & promoting Community Digital Champions from small business which are vital to their communities.
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