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Over 7,500 businesses celebrate enterprise connects 3rd birthday



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OVER 7,500 BUSINESSES CELEBRATE ENTERPRISE CONNECT’S 3RD BIRTHDAY

Enterprise Connect — the Australian Government’s $50 million a year small business assistance program — is celebrating its third birthday.

Since 2008, Enterprise Connect has helped over 7,500 businesses with a range of services including advice, researcher placements, workshops, events and grants. The popular Tailored Advisory Service grants scheme has helped a wealth of these businesses better the way they do business in the long-term.

Celebrating Enterprise Connect’s third birthday, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the work of Enterprise Connect had never been more important.

“The rising dollar, increasingly competitive global markets and the low-carbon economy provide challenges for Australian industry. The Labor Government won’t stand by and watch Australia’s small and medium sized businesses fail — we will continue to help them transform through initiatives such as Enterprise Connect,” Senator Carr said.

To help businesses rise to new challenges, new elements are progressively added to the Enterprise Connect program. This includes adapting to climate change (Clean 21 Technology Innovation Network) and increasing competitiveness (Buy Australian at Home and Abroad). Information about these elements is attached.

“As we celebrate Enterprise Connect’s third birthday, I would like to highlight some of the great business transformations made possible thanks to its work.

“Northern Project Contracting — an Indigenous-owned business servicing the civil construction and mining industries — came to Enterprise Connect last year for an independent performance assessment. Our advice helped this business improve its performance and they have since won a national Telstra Business Award.

“Pinz — an Adelaide-based wholesale blind and awning manufacturer — also came to the Government, through Enterprise Connect, to establish a new direction for the business. Their transformation saw them become a Manufacturer’s Monthly

Endeavour Award winner during last year’s National Manufacturing Week.

Twenty-two businesses who have partnered with Enterprise Connect are finalists in this year’s Endeavour Awards. A list of the companies and more information on the Awards and Manufacturing Week is attached.

For more information on the many opportunities available, call the Enterprise Connect Hotline on 131 791 or visit www.enterpriseconnect.gov.au

Media contacts: Sheena Ireland, Minister's Office, 0427 092 100 Judi Zielke, Enterprise Connect, 0417 276 807