SMEs to receive assistance navigating the web

5 July, 2010

Small businesses will now have a new vehicle to help them navigate the web to cut costs and capture new markets. Small Business Minister Craig Emerson has announced the launch of the Winning Business Online project, a partnership between BEC Australia, Pinstripe Media and the University of Western Sydney.

Winning Business Online is designed to equip small business owners with the skills to work the web and prepare them for the opportunities which will be created by the new National Broadband Network.

"The National Broadband Network will be a fantastic opportunity for small business and the Government is helping small businesses take full advantage of it through its Small Business Online program," Dr Emerson said.

"Information technology and the internet are moving ahead at breakneck speed," Dr Emerson said.

The project will provide free modules online and low-cost seminars, as well as one-on-one training sessions.The one-on-one mentoring sessions will be run by 60 Business Enterprise Centres in more than 115 locations around Australia.

BEC Australia has received $700,000 from the Australian Government's Small Business Online program to deliver the project. It has developed 10 learning modules to target operators who are not online, or those who are online and want to build their knowledge and ability.

"Small business owners have enough on their hands just running their business. These training options developed by BEC Australia will give small business owners the opportunity to choose the learning modules that best suit them."

The Small Business Online program has provided $14 million to 47 small business advisory groups to help small businesses better engage in e-business.

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