Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Businesses have seen major changes in the access to funding in the last few years yet a focus on government offering may be a blessing for businesses.

Mike Boorn Plener, convener of the annual Grants Connector event said that small business owners will benefit from identifying how to access Government funding for their business, especially in these post-election times as policy changes take effect.

“Business owners are seeing that traditional options for getting finance are closed to them and often do not know that there are over 600 government funding options available – and then do not know how to start the process,” said Mr Plener. 

Mr Plener said that the reasons many business owners do not access government funding include:

  • Not knowing what they are entitled to. With not only grants but also rebates and incentive schemes it is not always easy to understand entitlements. 
  • Not having the time. When a business owner is taking on so many roles in the business, research on government funding options is not always a priority.
  • Not knowing who to turn to. There are many aspects to accessing this funding and there are often many experts needed to help with a single application.

Mr Plener said that taking the time to explore the options and get the expert advice required is vital to business success– and the speed of achieving it. 

Mike Plener is the Executive Producer and Chief Executive of Business Connector and hosts Grants Connector: An annual event featuring speakers across federal, state and local government about grants, incentives, rebates and other forms of government assistance available to local business owners.


Business owners can take this short quiz to find out more of their entitlements and being successful with grants: 

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