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$2.4 million to develop small business knowledge and skills

The Australian Government will commit $2.4 million over the next six months to fund more than 300 knowledge and skill development seminars and workshops targeted at small to medium businesses throughout Australia.
Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, said the events are funded by Enterprise Connect’s Workshops, Industry Intelligence and Networking (WIIN) Service.
“They will give small to medium sized businesses access to the latest advances in business management practices to help them improve what they do, become more profitable, and ultimately to create more jobs for Australians”, Senator Carr said.
More than 500 businesses have benefitted from seminars run under the WIIN service since it began in 2009, including second-generation family business, Print Approach, in Brisbane.
Owner and director Tom Eckersley said the seminar was a valuable experience.
“Not only was the information useful, I had an opportunity to go on and have a Business Review with Enterprise Connect which I found very professional, thorough, practical and painless.” Events funded under the new WIIN round include general workshops and webinars on human resource management, succession planning, new technologies, environmental sustainability, and business innovation.