A business grant from the Brumby Government will help Chemblast Industrial Coatings test the viability of a new job tracking system to reduce paperwork for trades people, Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney said today.
Ms Tierney announced the $11,250 Grow Your Business grant to Warrnambool firm, Chemblast, whose unique system replaces the need for trades people to complete a complex paper trail on each job.
“Chemblast has developed a user friendly in-house job tracking system that has potential to fill a gap in the market and be used across a range of service industries,” Ms Tierney said.
“This Grow Your Business grant will help Chemblast examine the viability of the system and learn how to market it.
“Chemblast’s innovation has significant potential to increased local and export sales which we hope will create new jobs in our region.”
Victoria’s Small Business Minister, Joe Helper, said the grant to Chemblast was a great example of the $1 million Grow Your Business program, which will this year provide grants to over 100 Victorian small and medium enterprises.
“I grew up in a small business family and I ran a small business myself in country Victoria,” Mr Helper said.
“I know that small businesses want a dependable government. They want a safe pair of hands.
“I know that growing businesses provide jobs, growth and income for Victorians – without these we can’t provide the services that Victorian people and communities need and expect from us.”
Mr Helper said Grow Your Business grants were available to eligible businesses and associations for:
• Business Development Plans – 50 per cent of the cost, up to $7,500;
• Business Strategic Reviews – 75 per cent of the cost, up to $4,000; and
• Group Programs and Network Programs – 75 per cent of the cost, up to $15,000.
For more information about grants, workshops and other support for business from the Victorian Government, go to business.vic.gov.au or ring 13 22 15.