Business Resources for May 2021
The Queensland Government has announced three new small business grants programs worth $25 million over two years.
The Business Basics, Business Boost and Business Growth Fund grants will target specific groups within the sector and continue to deliver on the Government’s election commitments to small business.
The following grants are being rolled out based on direct feedback received from small business owners through the Small Business Roadshow and online survey, which showed support programs are needed to assist Queensland businesses at different stages of the business lifecycle.
- Business Basics grants of up to $5,000 each support new and emerging businesses to increase core capabilities and adopt current best practice. Applications open May 31, 2021.
- Business Boost grants of up to $15,000 will help small businesses to improve their efficiency and productivity through organisational development and upgrades through automated software and CRM systems. Grants can be used for website development upgrades, strategic marketing, training and coaching, advisory services and planning for business continuity and succession. Applications open late July 2021.
- Business Growth Fund grants of up to $50,000 will allow businesses to buy highly specialised equipment to seize and accelerate growth opportunities. Applications open May 11, 2021, with Guidelines available from 1 May.
Small business operators should visit the DESBT Business Queensland website https://www.business.qld.gov.au/ to access the UPCOMING GRANTS SCHEDULE as well as guidelines and eligibility information for the Business Growth Fund to get ready to apply.
It’s time to show your love for Queensland small business!
May is Queensland Small Business Month, with activities and events planned throughout Queensland delivering a range of opportunities for small business owners to network, connect and learn new skills that will help them succeed. You can access the list of events to find one nearest to you on the Business Queensland website
This year, the focus is on supporting small businesses to bounce back better than ever after a challenging 18 months as we all join together to look ahead to a brighter future.
You can get your small business involved easily by using the Queensland Small Business Month hashtags below in your business's social media posts, ie
There’s a full suite of promotional materials available to help you show your support at www.business.qld.gov.au/qsbm
You can also help our economy get back on track by supporting our small businesses to get back on their feet - download the flyer via the link below to find out 8 easy things you can do to show your support.
Now open for applications, the Queensland Government’s Back to Work program is available to eligible employers to access support payments of up to $20,000 when they hire jobseekers that have experienced a period of unemployment.
Find out more at www.qld.gov.au/backtowork or call 13QGOV (13 74 68).
The Australian Tax Office has compiled a range of directories, guides and information for small businesses and their agents to help with a range of tax topics, including motor vehicle and travel expenses.
Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertaking Direction (No.19)
In the latest restrictions current from 8am AEST 1 May 2021, hospitality businesses must use the Check In Qld app to collect contact details. Businesses that are not listed as a restricted business can operate a self-service buffet – for example, self-service buffets will be allowed at a worksite, school or a residential aged care facility.
This directive also clarifies requirements for dance areas and buffets run by unrestricted businesses, such as worksites, schools and residential care facilities along with requirements for restricted indoor and outdoor businesses, ie contact information collection, cleaning processes, physical distancing rules and density restrictions for both indoor and outdoor venues.