Fitness business gets a boost with Entrepreneurs Grant

Gladstone personal trainers and fitness entrepreneurs Brett and Carlee Newman from Newman Fitness Systems will share in more than $1 million in funding to support new Queensland small businesses.

Awarded with their second Small Business Entrepreneurs Grant of $4,375 from the State Government, by Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher, Mr Newman says the grant will be used for Customer Retention Management systems, giving better service to existing clients and helping grow their business.

“When our clients complete a twelve-week challenge, keeping them on track with their eating plans and fitness goals were taking up a lot of time and it was hard to keep up with the numbers. We’ve used the grants to commission IT systems that track customers’ goals including their eating plans, their exercise levels. It lets them know we’re keeping them in mind and keeps them connected and committed to their plans,” Mr Newman said.

Mr Butcher says the procedure for applying for a business entrepreneur’s grant was pretty simple, and that more small businesses should have a crack at applying: “These grants of up to $5,000 are an opportunity for small business owners to get professional advice and assistance to help grow and be successful,” Mr Butcher said “And I’d be recommending that other small businesses in Gladstone get on board and get themselves some of this funding.”

“More than 97% of Queensland business are small businesses so it is vital that we continue to recognise the valuable contribution they make to our communities across the state.”

This announcement brings the total number of Queensland businesses benefiting from the program to 446.

The Palaszczuk Government will open further rounds of funding in 2018. To be eligible, small businesses must have registered a business name in the last four years and have fewer than 20 employees. Grants are awarded on a dollar-for-dollar matching basis, with the state government matching the business’ investment up to a level of $5,000.

More information is available on Business Queensland: www.business.qld.gov.au/entrepreneur