AusIndustry Entrepreneurs’ Programme: Strengthening Business

Date/Deadline: 30 Jun, 2023

Strengthening Business is a service under the AusIndustry Entrepreneurs’ Programme that connects you with experts to make your business stronger, more resilient and better prepared for the future.

What you get?
You’ll be paired with an independent facilitator. Your facilitator will recommend ways to strengthen your business systems, operations and strategies. The facilitator will help you get back on your feet and identify opportunities to improve your business. They’ll provide a roadmap with their recommendations.

Who is this for?
Small businesses located in regions impacted by the 2019–20 Black Summer bushfires and recent flood emergencies.

Overview
Strengthening Business provides support to businesses operating in one of the local government areas impacted by the:

– 2019–20 Black Summer bushfires, flood emergencies and COVID-19.
– 2022 floods in New South Wales and Queensland.

Strengthening Business offers a facilitation service, which will connect you to a dedicated facilitator who:

– is a local, independent expert with private sector expertise
– has extensive networks across national, state and local government
– understands your region
– will advise on what it takes to run a successful business in your industry and help you assess the gaps in your business knowledge.

Your facilitator will work with you to address the challenges and opportunities your business now faces in the community. You’ll get a roadmap with strategies and goals to achieve in the immediate, medium and long-term.

Strengthening Business is provided at no cost to your business. However, you will need to invest your time to maximise your engagement.

Eligibility
You can apply if your business meets the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this opportunity.

You can apply if you:

– have a current Australian business number (ABN).
– are not a trust. Trustees may apply on behalf of trusts where the trustee is a legal business entity and must be an incorporated entity. An individual is not able to apply on behalf of a trust.

You must also have been operating in one of the local government areas impacted by the:

– 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires, flood emergencies and COVID-19 in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
– 2022 floods in New South Wales and Queensland.

These areas have been determined in consultation with the National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA) and relevant state government organisations.

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