The Federal Government and the States and Territories are all keen to support the establishment and growth of small businesses in Australia. A robust small business environment has strong flow on effects for the rest of the economy and as such, encouraging investment and training as well as providing grants to budding entrepreneurs are important aspects of government support for small business.
The difficulty for many small businesses is finding finance to bring their ideas to reality. Many of the best business concepts don’t come to fruition due to the lack of funding available. Fortunately, there are grant programs available through government agencies to support small businesses in finding adequate funds to start up a new business or grow their existing venture. For example, the Repayable Contributions Program offers various avenues of access to funds for small businesses. Some programs take the form of interest-free, unsecured repayable loan, where all or part of the loan is repayable or conditionally repayable depending on the terms and conditions of the contribution agreement. Please see www.grantslink.gov.au for more information on grant programs.
Training assistance programs are another incentive tool that governments have up their sleeves to encourage investment in small business. Some programs provide financial funding to encourage business owners to create long-term employment opportunities, especially with regards to unemployed individuals and post-secondary graduates. Other programs offer wage subsidies to eligible employers in exchange for employers providing job experiences to post-secondary graduates or unemployed individuals.
In addition to money, the government provides a number of programs which offer valuable services and resources. These might include skills training programs, consulting services, mentorship programs, the opportunity to attend trade fairs abroad and introductions to potential suppliers, partners and customers. In many cases, these services would normally bear a substantial cost, so you’re not only getting the business building value of the service, but you’re saving money, too!