Queensland will celebrate its first Small Business Month in May with $200,000 in grants up for grabs to host events.
Minister for Employment, Small Business and Training Shannon Fentiman said 2020 will see the annual Small Business Week extended to be the State’s first Small Business Month.
“This is a time to celebrate our growing number of innovative, creative and exciting small businesses,” Ms Fentiman said.
“Since it started seven years ago, Queensland Small Business Week has outgrown its week long run after a record 270 events were held in May last year.”
“It’s time to open up a whole month to recognise the state’s 438,000 small businesses and create events that help them to learn new skills, network, grow and generate more jobs.
“I am pleased to announce, in the lead up to this celebration, the Small Business Event grants are open for application.
“Last year we saw innovative events including a live podcast at a ‘women in grazing’ event in Rockhampton and a smart device photography workshop for small businesses in Moranbah.
“We are committed to ensuring Queensland is the best place for small businesses to start, grow and create more jobs.
“Small businesses are vital to our regions, creating local jobs and driving the local economy.
“I encourage any Queensland small business owner wanting to take their business to the next level to take part in our celebration and register an event during Queensland Small Business Month 2020 in May.”
Queensland small businesses, community groups, individuals, local councils and peak industry associations have until 5pm Tuesday 10 March 2020 to submit a grant application.
For more information on grants and to register an event, visit www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessmonth