The Liberal National Government is giving Aussie small businesses the opportunity to be part of a nationwide mentoring program to transform and grow their business through improving digital capabilities.
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the Government’s Small Business Digital Champions Project, will create relatable, real-time case studies to inspire and inform small business owners across Australia about how to go digital.
Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said 100 small businesses, including those in Bonner, from diverse sectors across Australia will be chosen to receive a digital transformation valued at up to $20,000. This will include the hardware, software and digital skills training required for them to thrive in their particular field.
Fifteen of these businesses will be selected to become a ‘Digital Champion’ – to undergo their transformation in the public spotlight, with the mentoring assistance of high profile Australian entrepreneurs including: Larry Kestelman – founder of Dodo internet, Dr Sam Prince – founder of hospitality chain Zambrero and Michelle Bridges –founder of the online 12WBT Program.
Mr Vasta said the project was part of the Government’s elevation of small business as a key economic contributor and an important acknowledgement of the productivity gains offered by digital technology.
“The Liberal National Government is committed to ensuring that all 13,000 small businesses in Bonner have the support they need to grow and prosper and employ more Australians. That includes helping them go digital so they can fulfil their true potential in the modern economy.
Local small businesses will be able to follow the 12 month digital transformation of the Digital Champions, learning as they learn, and gaining the confidence and understanding they need to make these tools work for them, and their own business.
The Digital Champions’ business upgrade will be boosted by expertise and resources contributed by a range of corporate partners, including Facebook and Google.
The project will formally commence in early 2019.
For more information or to register your interest in being a Digital Champion, a Digital Mentor or a corporate partner visit: digitalchampions.jobs.gov.au