Small and medium-sized businesses in North Queensland and the Far North that were impacted by the 2019 Monsoon Trough can now access additional financial support to help their operations grow and also strengthen their readiness for future risks, such as part of a $ 10 million corporate support package from Australian and Queensland Governments.
Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator Hon Bridget McKenzie, said the Business Concierge Service pilot program, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, is now accepting applications from owners of small businesses to access financial support of up to $ 2,500.
“There are many small businesses that took a hit during and after the 2019 monsoon disaster. The Australian government not only wants to support these small businesses in their recovery, but it wants to give them the tools to become stronger and better able. to withstand future challenges, “said Minister McKenzie.
“Small business owners who are deemed eligible for the Business Concierge service can book an initial consultation with a growth consultant from Smart Precinct NQ.
“Then they will receive a needs assessment and growth plan highlighting the key areas they can work on in their business.
“From these recommendations, the company can choose specialists who provide support services up to $ 2,500 worth from the Concierge Support Package that meet their most pressing business needs.”
Employment and Small Business Minister Di Farmer congratulated the Queensland Small Business Recovery Advisory Council and Smart Precinct NQ on launching the program.
“This project is about building strong and resilient communities and I am delighted to see such an innovative program created to help businesses thrive,” said Minister Farmer.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our regions – supporting local families and boosting our economy – so it’s vital that they have the support they need to start, improve and expand their services and operations.
“That’s why we were there with emergency support right after the monsoon, and that’s why we’re still there two years later to help businesses thrive.
“I congratulate those involved in creating the Business Concierge Service, which will undoubtedly create important connections that will benefit businesses and communities in North and North West Queensland.
“We know that small businesses are at the heart of our communities, which is why supporting small businesses is a key focus of the Queensland government’s $ 14.5 billion COVID-19 economic recovery plan.”
To be eligible, companies must have fewer than 20 employees, be in business at the time of the January and February 2019 Monsoon Trough disaster, and be headquartered in one of 14 local government areas in North and Far North Queensland declared disaster .
The Business Concierge Service is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under disaster recovery funding arrangements.
For more information, visit www.business.qld.gov.au/concierge
SENATOR L’ON BRIDGET MCKENZIE
MINISTER FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND NATIONAL RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE
THE HON DIANNE FARM
QUEENSLAND MINISTER OF LABOR AND SMALL ENTERPRISES
Minister of Employment and Small Businesses and Minister of Training and Skills Development: Farmer’s Honorable
Source: Queensland Government
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