We have been formally notified by the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) that our application for a Business Basics Round 3 ($5,000) has been successful. Compared to the amount of money we need to fully launch the platform this is a small step, but we are ecstatic nonetheless. The Queensland Palaszczuk ALP government is to be congratulated for this small business basics grant.
The application process was on a first-come and a finite funding basis, which was incredibly nerve wracking. The application process was such that Gary would never have been able to apply without the talented support of our volunteer, John Blandford. We suspect the processn would effectively exclude most entrepreneurs with a disability. This is feedback we have provided.
We appreciated the support of Gary’s Queensland State Member, Nikki Boyd MP. In recent weeks, we have been notified of success is with: Pine Rivers and Samford Valley Community fund ($5,500), DESBT ($5000) and a charitable contribution from Outcomes Australia ($4400). We have also been notified that our application for advertising support by Google has been approved ($13,000/month). Individually these are small steps towards overall funding goal ($270,000) but they are incredibly useful steps. A month ago we’re being stoic, now we are very upbeat about the future.