Prime Minister of Tasmania – Supporting small businesses through regional chambers of commerce

April 22, 2022

Madeleine Ogilvie, Minister of Small Business

There is no greater supporter of Tasmania’s 39,000 small businesses, as the government recognizes that the small business sector is vital to growing our economy and creating jobs for our community.

Small businesses will receive even greater support and representation over the next three years through the first round of grants from the Regional Chambers of Commerce Business Development and Collaboration Fund.

Following an evaluation process, grants of up to $30,000 have been awarded to the following eight regional chambers across Tasmania:
* Flinders Island Business Inc.;
* George Town Chamber of Commerce;
* East Shore trade;
* Central Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
* Kentish and Latrobe Independent Business Association Inc;
* North Midlands Business Association Inc;
* North West Affairs; and
* Launceston Chamber of Commerce.

This funding will help recipients undertake projects and initiatives that benefit their small business members while promoting collaboration and business development in the Tasmanian region.

Funded projects will begin by June 30, 2022 and will include programs that support collaboration with local communities, delivery of trainings, events, forums, and support for member engagement.

Since the start of the pandemic, Tasmanian businesses have received over $160 million in national COVID-specific support.

This support is having an impact and the latest CommSec State of the State Report indicates that Tasmania continues to lead the nation as the nation’s best performing economy.

Quotes from Gordon Williams, Chief Executive of the Kentish and Latrobe Independent Business Association (KaLIBA) and the Northern Midlands Business Association (NMBA):

“For the first time, this funding will allow these local nonprofit business associations to reach out to all of their more than 1,000 registered small business members and tackle their individual issues.”

“One-on-one interviews as part of the outreach program will enable targeted supports, as well as networking between diverse small businesses to foster local supply chains, innovation and circular economies.”

“Local Associations in the Northern Midlands, Kentish and Latrobe can now take the lead in tackling the critical issues of small business bureaucracy, regulatory reform, skills and jobs, and the fallout from Covid which are affecting so many small businesses.

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