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Implement an Export Market Development Initiative with a City Of Melbourne $10,000 Grant

Helping passionate, innovative small businesses realise their dreams and reach new markets is the primary aim of our small business grants program

The program provides financial assistance to support market-ready products and services that enhance the City of Melbourne’s reputation for innovation and creativity, and contribute to a thriving, sustainable business culture

Grants are available to forward-thinking small businesses currently located or intending to locate within the City of Melbourne​ twice a year. Start-ups and established businesses from any sector are welcome to apply as long as you have a great idea and a sound business proposal that is going to proceed regardless of grant funding

The following four (4) Grant categories exist:

  1. Development – Increasing diversity by supporting the start-ups not yet generating revenue to test and validate their business proposal. Grants up to $20,000 are available
  2. Start-up – Increasing diversity by supporting the establishment of new and creative small businesses. Grants up to $30,000 are available
  3. Expansion – Assisting existing businesses that are expanding into other innovative services or products. Grants up to $30,000 are available
  4. Export – Encouraging businesses to enter or expand into new overseas markets. Grants up to $10,000 are available

To be eligible for a City of Melbourne small business grant:

  • Your business must be located within the City of Melbourne municipality or you must be planning to re-locate to the municipality within three months of applying for the grant
  • You must have less than 20 full-time equivalent employees
  • You must have a registered ABN and an appropriate legal business structure
  • Your proposed product or service must be market-ready
  • Your business proposal must be able to proceed without our grant
  • Your application must be complete and include financial statements or other requested attachments

Dowling Consultancy are a boutique Business Development Consultancy, specialising in providing strategic guidance and assistance in relation to export market development while leveraging government grants

We can help your business unlock its Asian region export market potential through aligning your business with the best market and entry options or connecting with the right channels to market across Asia by drawing upon our team’s firsthand country specific experiences, networks and intimate knowledge of these markets

We can help you pinpoint your best opportunities, help you mitigate risks and devise and execute a tailored and relevant Asia market export entry or expansion strategy and marketing plan in conjunction with undertaking in-market activities. Our team of executive advisors can assist with Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia

Our specialist multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary Consulting Team have broad and extensive international market development experience. Our market specific consultants speak your target market’s language and know the cultural and business behaviors intimately. In this way we can be your enabling arms-length resource delivering tailored international assistance to you for enhanced export market success

We have assisted numerous businesses with export market development activities and win government grants. We welcome contact from any City Of Melbourne businesses that requires assistance with lodging an application for the CoM Small Business Grant and/or export market consulting initiatives

Contact Steve Dowling on 0409 478 850 for a confidential, no obligation discussion

Source – CoM Small Business Grants