SUNSHINE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION INC AND ST ALBANS BUSINESS GROUP ASSOCIATION TO RECEIVE $50,000 EACH

Sunshine Business Association Inc and St Albans Business Group Association will receive $50,000 each through the Andrews Labor Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program.

Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP said the funding will help both of these business associations to provide critical advice, connections and resources to businesses in the electorate of St Albans and support their members’ transition to COVID Normal.

The program has provided $4.15 million in support through grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to support their local business community’s recovery and restart.

Grant recipients will use the funding for business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, ‘buy local’ campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery.

Sunshine Business Association Inc and St Albans Business Group Association were two of 182 local organisations that has so far received grant funding through the initiative.

The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of more than $7 billion in direct economic support provided by the Labor Government to Victorian businesses and workers to help them weather the storm of the pandemic.

Some $2.6 billion in funding has supported more than 130,000 small and medium businesses to date through the Business Support Fund while $87.5 million has been provided to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal.

For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to business.vic.gov.au/businesschambers.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford

Both the Sunshine Business Association Inc and the St Albans Business Group Association are fantastic advocates for the business community in St Albans, and this funding will help local business recover and prepare for COVID Normal.”

“We appreciate the leading role Victorian business chambers and trader groups play in helping local businesses rebound and recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.”

Quote attributable to Natalie Suleyman

“We’re committed to assisting local businesses throughout the electorate of St Albans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and both the Sunshine Business Association Inc and the St Albans Business Group Association will be a key part of this recovery.”

“I thank them for their advocacy and good work for our businesses throughout the pandemic.”