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Posted on: 9 January, 2018

Livingstone businesses share in $26,000 of digital grants funding

Five local businesses will get the edge on technology after successfully receiving small business digital grants from the Queensland Government.

Three of the five successful applicants were assisted by Livingstone Shire Council and Easy As Marketing to help them apply for grant funding in Round 3 of the State Government’s Small Business Digital Grants Program.

Yeppoon IT company Infin Net was one of five recipients who attended two Council workshops about the grants program in late 2017.

Owner of 10 years Kevin Jeremy said their funding grant of $3,400 to develop and implement a digital marketing strategy has opened up many new possibilities for their local business.

“We are very excited to receive this funding, we’ve never applied for or received anything like this before so it means we’ll be able to develop some digital strategies for the business to help market our business further,” Mr Jeremy said.

“With this grant we plan to achieve growth within the business, add to our team and be able to offer better services.”

Deputy Mayor and Council’s Digital Economy and Innovation Champion Councillor Nigel Hutton said altogether businesses in our region have received $26,000 in small business digital grants monies.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for these local businesses to pursue their digital future in a supported environment, and the grants will also have a flow on effect throughout the community by providing case studies of success in the digital economy; helping attract more businesses to the digital space and further stimulating our local economy,” Cr Hutton said.

“Local business is the backbone of the Capricorn Coast region and I must commend these businesses for taking the initiative to apply for the state government grants, as well Council’s Strategic Growth and Development team along with Elle Butler from Easy As Marketing in helping the businesses present winning submissions.”

The other four successful applicants were:

• Tropical Water Bores in Bondoola plans to spend its $7395 on updating its digital services

• Footlights Theatre Restaurant in Yeppoon will use its $4400 to improve its social and digital marketing of its theatre restaurant

• Jett Building and Construction of Yeppoon has $10,000 for technology and hardware upgrades and workflow streamlining, and;

• Jtagz Pty Ltd of Yeppoon is spending $1000 for Google Words training

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