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Digital initiatives to help small business work smarter

A new program to help Queensland small business improve their engagement in the digital economy was opened by Small Business Minister Leeanne Enoch on 8 November 2016.

Ms Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government’s $6 million Small Business Digital Grants program would help small business boost their digital skills, empower them to innovate and take up new technologies.

“The Small Business Digital Grants will provide up to $10,000, matched by participants, to embrace digital technologies and opportunities arising from digital disruption.

“Small business has to think big and that means being active and effective in their use of digital tools and how to leverage digital technologies to create business opportunities.

“Empowering small businesses to be digitally savvy is a key driver of the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20 to strengthen small business and help them meet the challenges of a changing economy.

“Our digital initiatives under the strategy align with the Palaszczuk Government’s $405 million whole-of-government Advance Queensland jobs and innovation agenda to prepare out state for the knowledge economy.

“There are 406,000 small business employing approximately 43 per cent of the private sector workforce – it is critical they are able to successfully navigate the digital space.”

Minister Enoch said the Small Business Digital Grants would enable regional small businesses to expand their market reach through an online presence.

“By adopting digital technologies, small businesses can better understand customers, competitors and their own business, enabling them to make vital business improvements,” Ms Enoch said.

“Our Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy will help position Queensland as the place for small business to start, grow and employ, and these grants will help ensure small business has every opportunity to thrive and be globally competitive, wherever they are located.”

For information on the Small Business Digital Grants go to www.business.qld.gov.au/digital

This is a media statement from the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, The Honourable Leeanne Enoch dated 08/11/16.

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