The Small Business Grants program Recipient directory is a listing of a selection of the 267 businesses that have received grants since the program was launched in 1996. The directory provides a brief outline of each business and how the grant was used. The City of Melbourne is the only Australian local government authority to provide direct financial support to its business community.
In the 15 years the program has been operating, small businesses have been the beneficiaries of almost $5.8 million in financial support. This has been used to assist those organisations to start up, expand, and in some cases, export their valuable goods and services to new overseas markets.
Early recipients of grants include Suga (1997), contemporary jeweller e.g.etal (1998) and the iconic Bennetts Lane Jazz Club (1999). Community television station Channel 31 was awarded a business expansion grant in 2003 that enabled it to fit out new studio space.
More recently, specialist spice retailer Gewürzhaus (2010), Indigenous Careers & Employment (2010) and Chill On Ice Lounge (2007) received start-up or expansion grants to provide a helping hand with their visions for unique business offerings for Melburnians.
'Small businesses make up 83 per cent of all businesses in the City of Melbourne. Not only do they contribute strongly to our local economy, they offer a diverse mix of innovative products and services that make living in or visiting Melbourne a unique experience,' the Lord Mayor said.
This directory demonstrates the amazing creativity and resourcefulness of the small business community in the City of Melbourne.
Note: If you are not already listed in the Small Business Grants program Recipient directory and would like to be listed in future editions, please complete the online form.
Download the Small Business Grants program Recipient directory 2010:
Small Business Grants program Recipient directory 2010 (PDF, 7.3MB)
Small Business Grants program Recipient directory (text only, 427kb)