Queensland Government Media Releases

Entrepreneur grants helping grow Townsville small businesses

June 14, 2017

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Entrepreneur grants helping grow Townsville small businesses

The Palaszczuk Government today (Wednesday) announced the first round of recipients for the new Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program.

Small Business Minister Leeanne Enoch said 148 businesses will share in more than $559,000 in matched grant funding.

“The Palaszczuk Government has made these grants available to newly started small businesses to enable them to access professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing a business,” Ms Enoch said.

“The grants provide up to $5000 in matched funding to eligible business to engage a business consultant, advisor or coach.”

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said Sempre Financial is one of five Townsville-based Small Business Entrepreneur Grant recipients.

“Sempre Financial, led by the talented Leisa Qugliata, is a great local business that not only supports clients to manage their finances, but also educates them on ways to add value to all areas of their lives,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“Townsville has a booming entrepreneurial scene, and this forward-thinking local small business has become an asset to our community.

“I’m excited that this grant will help them grow to support even more people.” 

Owner Leisa Quagliata said the grants are a great initiative to ‘give new businesses a chance to get ahead’.

“My financial planning business is already self-supporting, and I now employ an administration clerk which gives me opportunity to focus on growth,” she said.

“I’ve noticed more and more clients are seeking my services for their financial dealings during separation and divorce.

“Recognising a major need for people in this situation, I will be utilising grant funding to research, develop and get out to market online resources to help people going through this difficult life stage."

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program is about encouraging entrepreneurship and increasing business capability and skills.

“With good skills comes business confidence which leads to sustainability, meaning more small businesses can survive, grow and employ more Queenslanders,” he said.

“Getting professional advice to help you prepare a business plan is the best way to make sure your business can meet its goals, sales targets and operational milestones."

Eligible businesses must have registered a business name in the last four years and have fewer than 20 employees. Further rounds will be open later this year. Check www.business.qld.gov.au for updates.