Stuart Ayres, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, urged business owners in the area to attend the events, which are designed to help them post-lockdown and include webinars and face-to-face events. The webinars are free of charge and topics include social media strategies for business, e-commerce and how to start a business. Some of the webinars will be in languages such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese. There will also be here will also be four face-to-face events on topics such as resilience and marketing, in Korean and Arabic.
“As western Sydney gets back into gear after lockdown, now is the perfect time for business owners to take stock and set plans in motion for a prosperous 2022,” said Mr Ayres.
The events are part of the Business Connect initiative, which has more than 70 events taking place across NSW from now until the end of the year.
Start-up awards in Victoria
Meanwhile, the Victorian government has announced its inaugural Start Up Awards. The awards are designed to recognise the contribution of this sector, which the government said had grown by more than $3 billion in the past 12 months to $10.5 billion.
Awards are available in five categories:
• Best Newcomer for firms less than three years old;
• Startup of the Year for firms less than 10 years old;
• Scaleup of the Year for firms that have had a minimum Series A in the last four years;
• Investor of the Year as nominated by the founder community; and
• Ecosystem Hero of the Year – featuring a People’s Choice and Experts’ Choice.
The awards for Best Newcomer, Startup of the Year and Scaleup of the Year categories will be selected from a shortlist of the top 30 Victorian start-ups based on criteria that includes money raised, age of firm and job creation or number of employees. This data will come from LaunchVic’s startup database findingstartups.launchvic.org.
Nominations for the Investor of the Year and Ecosystem Hero of the Year categories are being sought from the start-up community, which will then be put to a public vote.
Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, will present the awards at Government House early next year.
Queensland deadline approaches
Meanwhile, Queensland businesses impacted by the August lockdown have one week left to apply for the State’s COVID-19 Business Support Grants.
More than 30,000 businesses have already received grants of up to $30,000, but Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer urged those yet to apply to check their eligibility before it’s too late.