DSC fund to rev up busi­ness

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Madi­son Wil­liams

COUN­CIL will launch a new Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Fund on De­cem­ber 1 to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to the busi­ness and not-for-profit sec­tor to sup­port the growth of lo­cal busi­ness and in­dus­try.

Lo­cal busi­nesses and not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions will be in­vited to ap­ply for up to $10,000 in fund­ing to de­velop projects which en­cour­age com­mer­cial in­vest­ment in the Dou­glas Shire, ex­pand tourism and agri­cul­tural busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and ben­e­fits through col­lab­o­ra­tive plan­ning and pro­mo­tion and in­ves­ti­gate op­por­tu­ni­ties for sports and cul­tural tourism.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the launch of the Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Fund builds on the mo­men­tum es­tab­lished at Coun­cil’s re­cent in­au­gu­ral Dou­glas Busi­ness Fo­rum.

“At the Dou­glas Busi­ness Fo­rum we had more than 100 lo­cal busi­ness del­e­gates who were keen to share in­no­va­tive ideas and foster in­dus­try part­ner­ships to grow our econ­omy,” Mayor Leu said.

“The launch of this new grant pro­gram now pro­vides a fund­ing op­por­tu­nity for those that have a good idea and are en­thu­si­as­tic about build­ing on their busi­ness con­cept.

“This may in­clude as­sist­ing with the es­tab­lish­ment, de­vel­op­ment, growth and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of in­di­vid­ual busi­nesses, in­dus­tries and spe­cific busi­ness sec­tors within the re­gion.

“The fund could also as­sist to en­hance the skills and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of mi­cro, small and medium-sizes own­ers and employees to de­velop their busi­nesses and pros­per within the re­gion,” Mayor Leu said.

“There is also an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties which sup­port so­cial en­ter­prises and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for longterm un­em­ployed as well as en­gage and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for vul­ner­a­ble and marginalised groups.”

Busi­nesses and not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tions that ap­ply for fund­ing through the Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Fund must con­trib­ute an equal amount to the project.

The Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Fund Guide­lines will be avail­able on Coun­cil’s web­site from De­cem­ber 1.

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