Build your future through a small business
The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training provides support to Queensland small businesses to help them start, grow and prosper.
Starting your business
Running a small business can be rewarding, but it is important to consider opportunities and challenges before starting. Here are a few of our programs to help start-ups and early-stage businesses.
Business start-up guide
Follow the 7 steps to business success and watch the e-learning series to give your business the best chance of success.
Mentor chats are designed for early stage businesses, offering a 45–60 minute session with 2–3 mentors to help with any initial challenges.
Small Business Entrepreneur Grants
The Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program provides new small businesses access to professional advice and support with up to $5,000 in matched funding.
Running your business
We have relevant information, tips, funding programs and resources to help your business reach the next level.
Skilling Queenslanders for Work
Queensland small businesses can employ qualified and skilled staff through Skilling Queenslanders for Work with a one-off $10,000 payment available to eligible employers. Payments of up to $20,000 may also be available to employ people aged 15–24 years old.
Back to Work
The Back to Work program offers support payments of up to $20,000 and $15,000 for eligible businesses to employ eligible jobseekers in regional and South East Queensland. Regions include:
- Wide Bay Burnett
- North Queensland
- Far North Queensland
- Central Queensland
- North West Queensland
- South West Queensland.
Recruiting school leavers
Free TAFE allows small businesses to hire Year 12 graduates within 1 year of leaving school who have access to free TAFE courses in priority industries.
Certificate 3 Guarantee
The Certificate 3 Guarantee program subsidises the training cost for eligible employees to undertake their first post-school Certificate III qualification.
Higher Level Skills
The Higher Level Skills program gives small businesses the opportunity to engage eligible employees in priority training in selected Certificate IV or higher qualifications.
Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training
The Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training program allows eligible employees with substantial industry experience in a priority trade area to have their skills recognised to achieve a qualification.
Growing your business
We have programs, grants and funding to help your business succeed across all sections of the community.
Mentoring for Growth
With more than 500 active mentors across Queensland from a range of industries, Mentoring for Growth offers businesses a 90-minute face-to-face panel with up to 6 mentors focused on growing your business.
Small Business Digital Grants
The Small Business Digital Grants Program assists eligible small businesses to access digital technologies and services with matched funding up to $10,000.
Business Growth Fund
The Business Growth Fund Program helps businesses purchase and implement highly specialised equipment or services through co-contribution grants up to $50,000.
Advancing Women in Business
The Advancing Women in Business initiative encourages more women to start and grow their own business through programs, grants, networking events, mentoring, partnerships and education.
Advancing Indigenous Business
The Advancing Indigenous Business initiative offers support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners and entrepreneurs in their business development, growth and continued success.