Free workshops across Australia are being held to help small businesses in the textile, clothing and footwear industries apply for Australian Government grants of up to $50,000.
Funded projects under the eighth round of the TCF Small Business Program (TCF SBP) will help improve the business enterprise culture of small businesses that manufacture or design for manufacture in TCF sectors.
Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation, Mark Dreyfus, is encouraging established TCF small businesses to apply for the grants and use the national series of workshops to improve their applications.
"These workshops will help businesses make their applications more competitive and provide a perfect opportunity for business people to give themselves every chance of having their project funded," Mr Dreyfus said.
"AusIndustry representatives will conduct the workshops to ensure the application process and eligibility requirements are well understood by TCF businesses.
"A strong, competitive group of applications will help Australia's TCF sector continue to improve its overall productivity and competitiveness, and help generate jobs and stability of employment in this sector."
There are 15 TCF SBP workshops being offered, including in Perth, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Launceston.
The TCF SBP has already helped 470 businesses, by supporting projects to transform business operations in areas like business strategy and mentoring, marketing and branding, manufacturing process upgrades, e-commerce and export opportunity development.
AusIndustry's workshops are planned to run from 30 January to early February 2013. Businesses can register for these workshops on AusIndustry's website.
Potential applicants should visit www.ausindustry.gov.au for more information, or call the AusIndustry hotline on 13 28 46 or email the email@example.com.
Applications for Round 8 close on 1 March 2013.
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