Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development, the Honourable Di Farmer announced a $6.75 million package to support the mental health and wellness of small business owners.
The program will deliver a program designed to support the State’s 448,000 small businesses, including social enterprises.
“Fittingly, there will be a particular focus on helping those small businesses hardest hit by the pandemic and the recent floods,” Minister Farmer said.
“The package will directly address the pandemic’s toll on business owners — with coordinated promotion of support services, as well as triage points for small businesses doing it tough.”
The Small Business Support and Wellness Package comprises the following elements:
- the appointment of six specialist Small Business Wellness Coaches across Queensland where they are needed most. These coaches will join an existing statewide network of 43 rural, tourism and small business financial counsellors to provide a complete package of support for small businesses.
- access to a $3 million Small Business Support Services Fund to assist small business owners in alleviating stresses of their current situation, such as cash flow, financial planning and minor works. Through the Small Business Support Services Fund the locally based coach or counsellor in the network will be able to connect a small business owner with a service provider up to the value of $5000 where further specialist support is assessed as needed.
- the extension of a successful proactive education program ‘Small Business Smile4Biz’ developed by the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce to deliver local mental health supports through activation of the program by more chambers of commerce
- a promotional campaign to raise awareness of the mental health, financial counselling and other support services available to small businesses.
QSEC joins the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) in welcoming the support and will be attending the first meeting of the new Small Business Advisory Council this Thursday (5 May) to understand the package more fully.
To find out more about the Wellness and Support Package visit www.business.qld.gov.au or contact the Small Business Hotline 1300 654 687.
Media contact: Joe Begley 0482 914 103
Full media statement: https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/95062