Former Batemans Bay small businessman and Labor mayoral candidate in the 4 December Eurobodalla Shire Council elections, David Grace today encouraged local business chambers and NGOs to tap state government grants available for the upcoming NSW Small Business Month.

Eurobodalla Laborfor Council’s David Grace, of Broulee, said the NSW Government is offering grants of up to $2,500 for local councils and up to $3,500 for business chambers, industry associations and not-for-profit organisations for events benefitting and supporting the small business community.

“As a former small business operator, I know that any support via my local chamber of commerce or council was always appreciated,” Mr Grace said. “Here’s an excellent opportunity for Eurobodalla small businesses to be part of an activity in March supporting their local area and customers, but applicants only have until 10 December to lodge their documents.

“There are several umbrella organisations supporting small business in Eurobodalla, as well as industry associations and non-government organisations which could produce some very useful events and opportunities arising from this grant scheme.

“We’re already encouraging, for example, Kathryn Maxwell, the president of the Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) – a non-government organisation – to apply as part of SHASA’s excellent initiative to support small business through solar bulk buying for businesses,” Mr Grace said.

Events will be funded across the state which address working with digital technology, branding and marketing, growing a business, upskilling staff, maintaining mentally healthy workplaces, and building better supply chains.

“Hosting an event is a great way to help Eurobodalla small businesses reset and recharge,” Labor’s mayoral candidate said.

“Whether it’s webinars or pitchfests, the options are endless,” Mr Grace added.

Further information about NSW Small Business Month grants are available online.