Small businesses in Regional WA learn how to apply for up to $25K in funding

State _crestBriefings to benefit regional businesses

Small to medium-sized regional businesses can learn how to be competitive and win contracts at the next round of business briefings in Pinjarra, Katanning and Port Hedland.
 
Past briefings in Carnarvon, Broome, Karratha, Northam, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Esperance, Albany, Collie, Manjimup, Mandurah, and Bunbury have attracted more than 700 people since 2012.
 
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said regional businesses would benefit significantly from a greater understanding of the assistance programs available to them.
 
“The briefings outline the policies and processes that the State and Federal governments have in place to enable competitive suppliers to operate successfully against international competition,” Mr Mischin said.
 
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, who launched the 2014 program in September, said the briefing sessions demonstrated the State Government’s commitment to supporting regional Western Australian businesses and helping them to grow.
 
“For example, the Industry Facilitation and Support Program (IFSP) enabled eligible small to medium-sized businesses to apply for up to $25,000 in matched funding through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program,” Mr Redman said.
 
Guest speakers at the sessions will include representatives from the departments of Commerce and Finance, the Small Business Development Corporation, the local Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the Regional Development Commission.
 
The free Pinjarra briefing will take place at Fairbridge Village, South West Highway, on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7.15am, with RSVPs due by Monday, February 9.
 
The briefing in Katanning is scheduled for Thursday, February 26, from 7.15am to 9.15am and the briefing in Port Hedland is tentatively scheduled to be held in April or May.
 
For video recordings of earlier briefings, presenter slides and other useful material, visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au  
**(At time of release the link given by the WA Govt. was not working, until they resolve you can find further information here).
For more information and to confirm your attendance, phone 6251 2550 or email industryevents@commerce.wa.gov.au

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