Business funding

Grants. Tasmanian businesses ready to take the next step will have the opportunity to thrive following the launch of the $10,000 Sensis Stepping Up Grant Program.

Launched by Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Trade, Adam Brooks, and Sensis chief executive officer John Allan, the program will provide funding for eight small businesses deemed to be the state’s best and most innovative.

There are around 36,000 small businesses in Tasmania, employing 105,000 people.

Mr Allan said these businesses are “the lifeblood of the Tasmanian economy”.

“This program recognises all those small businesses who have taken a risk to follow a vision or dream,” he said.

“These business owners work long hours and are often under enormous pressure. The [program] is designed to provide an injection of funds that will help propel their growth.

“Tasmania has been chosen as the birthplace for this program, so it really is a unique opportunity for businesses in the state.”

Small to medium businesses with 200 employees or less can apply for the grants under four categories: customer service; innovation and technology; start up and emerging business; and business growth.

The latest Sensis Business Index, to be released next week, is set to show that business confidence is on the rise in Tasmania, up seven points in the last quarter on a net basis to make the state one of the most positive in the nation.

Applications close on Sunday October 4, while recipients will be announced in Hobart on Friday November 13. For more information visit www.sensis.com.au/grant.

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