Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien has welcomed the Liberal National Government's announcement giving Australia's small businesses an opportunity to be part of a nationwide mentoring program to transform their business by improving their digital capability.
Mr O'Brien said the Small Business Digital Champions Project will create relevant and real-time case studies to inspire and inform small business owners about how to go digital and to grow and prosper.
"Small businesses are key economic contributors to our region and this project will help them to improve their productivity through digital technology, " Mr O'Brien said.
100 small businesses from diverse sectors across Australia will be chosen to receive a digital transformation valued at up to $20,000. This will include the hardware, software and digital skills training required for them to thrive in their particular field.
Fifteen of these businesses will be selected to become a 'Digital Champion' – to undergo their transformation in the public spotlight, with the mentoring assistance of high profile Australian entrepreneurs including: Larry Kestelman – founder of Dodo internet, Dr Sam Prince – founder of hospitality chain Zambrero and Michelle Bridges –founder of the online 12WBT Program.
"Small businesses in Wide Bay will be able to follow the 12 month digital transformation of the Digital Champions, learning as they learn, and gaining the confidence and understanding they need to make these tools work for them, and their own business," Mr O'Brien said.
The Digital Champions' business upgrade will be boosted by expertise and resources contributed by a range of corporate partners, including Facebook and Google.
The project will formally commence in early 2019.
For more information or to register your interest in being a Digital Champion, a Digital Mentor or a corporate partner visit: digitalchampions.jobs.gov.au