Small Business Advisory Services
Queensland Natural Disaster Assistance 2013
On Thursday 14 March 2013 the Minister for Small Business, Chris Bowen, called for applications for the Small Business Advisory Services Queensland Natural Disaster Assistance funding round.
The application round will close at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday 10 April 2013.
Application packages are available by contacting the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46 or email@example.com.
Queensland Natural Disaster Assistance 2013 – closed for applications
Small Business Advisory Service funding round 2012 – closed for applications.
The Small Business Advisory Service (SBAS) program aims to maximise the growth potential, prosperity and sustainability of small businesses through enhanced access to information and advice on issues important to establishing, sustaining and/or growing a small business.
This program aims to achieve these objectives by improving the business and/or financial management skills of participating small businesses.
Small businesses can access a range of advisory services, such as but not limited to:
- business management skills
- financial management skills
- business planning
- mentoring for business
- government regulation
See Customer Guidelines for expanded definition of the above services.
There are a number of initiatives currently providing advisory services to small businesses across Australia.
On 28 February 2013, The Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Small Business Chris Bowen jointly announced, that the Australian Government will provide $2 million over two years to fund a Natural Disaster Assistance 2013 round to assist small businesses in Queensland impacted by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald (and associated rainfall and flooding).
This initiative is funded under the Small Business Advisory Services (SBAS) program.
On Wednesday 13 March 2013, The Minister for Small Business Chris Bowen announced three Business Enterprise Centres (BEC): Advanced Cairns; Penrith City and District, and Southern Success, have been awarded with funding of $200,000 each over 2 years to provide business coaching and mentoring services to small businesses located in the regions of Cairns, Western Sydney and City of Onkaparinga in Southern Adelaide.
On 15 November 2012 the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, Minister for Small Business announced the successful service providers. The services will be targeted toward improving the business and/or financial management skills of participating small businesses.
View a list of service providers.
In June 2012 the two organisations were awarded grant funding to provide assistance to home based businesses, focusing particularly on women and stay at home parents who run a small business from home or are intending to start a home based small business. It will provide access to mentoring and information to assist them with the day-to-day management of their small businesses.
Business Mentor Services Tasmania (BMST) has received $50,000 (GST excl) to provide mentoring services to relevant businesses in Tasmania.
View BMST contact details.
Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) has received $210,000 (GST excl) to run a series of eight small business seminars, one in each capital city, providing a range of information and contacts to small businesses.
View a schedule of seminars and registration details.
On 15 November 2012 the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, Minister for Small Business announced a National Interest project to address the high impact of job losses suffered by public servants in Queensland.
Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) has been granted $200,000 (GST excl) to assist public servants made redundant in QLD who are considering starting or buying a small business. These small businesses or intenders will be provided with access to low cost business advice, on business and financial planning, business management, networking and recommendations about government programs.
View a schedule of information sessions.
On 18 December 2012 the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, Minister for Small Business granted the Australian Newsagents' Federation $50,000 (GST excl) to deliver the Newsagent Transformational Change and Sustainability project. This project will provide advisory services to the Queensland newsagents impacted by News Limited's pilot T2020 consolidation of distribution territories, from retail/distribution businesses into specialist retailers and specialist logistics businesses.
View Australian Newsagents' Federation website.
For more information about this program, please contact the AusIndustry hotline on 13 28 46 or firstname.lastname@example.org.