Small businesses across the Atherton Tablelands now have access to small business advisory services thanks to Gulf Savannah Development (GSD) securing funding through the Australian Government’s Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Program.

Small business operators in the shires of Burke, Carpentaria, Croydon, Doomadgee, Etheridge, Mornington, Mareeba, Tablelands and Kowanyama who are looking to increase productivity or enterprising persons who are planning to start a business may be eligible to receive up to 20 hours of professional support through the program.

Gulf Savannah Development’s Small Business Advisory Service is an initiative strongly supported by Tablelands Regional Council and Mareeba Shire Council through their partnership with Tablelands Futures Corporation.

Tablelands Futures Corporation Chairman Michael Lawrence has welcomed the program.  “Tablelands Futures Corporation has partnered with Gulf Savanah Development previously for Small Business projects and is very pleased we can do this again” he said. “Small business remains the backbone of our economy and assistance such as this is invaluable!”

Tablelands Regional Council Councillor and Mayoral candidate Rod Marti has also expressed his support for the program. “This is a very welcome service for our communities. To have Gulf Savannah Development offering relevant services to small businesses right across the Atherton Tablelands and out to the Gulf is really a tonic for small business because this sort of advice and support is essential.”

The five streams available under the Business Solutions Program include:

  1. Funding Avenues and Financial Analysis Services;
  2. Building Your Business Services;
  3. Making the Most of Your Talent and Team Services;
  4. Management Capabilities Services; and
  5. Digital Engagement Implementation Services.

Funds available for one-on-one consultations are limited and businesses are strongly encouraged to register their interest soon.

More information on the Small Business Advisory Service is available on the Tablelands Futures Corporation website www.tablelandsfutures.com/business-support/ or by contacting Gulf Savannah Development’s Small Business Support Officer, Annie Cork by email  smallbusiness@gulf-savannah.com.au or phone 0437 029 668.

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Pictured from left to right TRC Councillor Shaaron Linwood, Tablelands Futures Corporation Chair Michael Lawrence, GSD Small Business Support Officer Annie Cork, TRC Councillor and Mayoral Candidate Rod Marti, and Atherton and Malanda Chambers of Commerce representative Christine Doan.

Issued Friday 19th February 2016 by:

Michael Lawrence
Tablelands Futures Corporation
Phone: 4096 7407
Email: admin@tablelandsfutures.com

Annie Cork
Gulf Savannah Development
Phone: 0437 029 668
Email: smallbusiness@gulf-savannah.com.au