Internet boost for 50,000 small businesses


By Jessica Stanic

More than 50,000 small businesses are set to benefit from Federal Government funding which is designed to help them go online or upgrade their business website.

The funding is being provided from the Rudd Government’s $10 million Small Business Online program which has been boosted by another $4 million to extend it to more tourism small business operators.

Currently 95 percent of small businesses are connected to the internet but only 57 percent have a website. The funding is expected to assist small businesses by helping them install and upgrade their company websites.

Small Business Minister Craig Emerson and Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson announced that grants ranging from $50,000 to $700,000 had been offered to 47 small business support groups including industry associations.

The groups will use the grants to help small businesses develop the skills to go online or upgrade their existing internet operations so they can better engage in e-business to reduce costs and improve market opportunities.

A list of successful applicants and more information on the Small Business Online program can be found at www.ausindustry.gov.au

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