Today, Optus Business announced a $15,000 grant, in partnership with Showcase SA, for SMBs to support them in the adoption of new technology into their business and to help them evolve and address the challenges in their current economic climate.
The grant is part of a wider program from Optus Business to deliver $90,000 to Australian SMBs. Grants will be announced in the coming weeks in Orange, Shepparton and Cairns.
Today’s announcement was part of the Optus Business Plus Mentorship Roadshow with the first event in Adelaide this morning headlined by Mark Bouris.
Bouris spoke of his own experiences as a business owner and gave his predictions for the next 18 months for SMBs.
“I own a small business in Adelaide, so my passion is talking about small business,” Bouris said.
He said technology has formed a very important part of the success of his business.
“In my business, I need up-to-date information. When we talk about connectivity, it’s absolutely critical for me,” said Bouris.
“Now we can communicate virtually, you can see people’s body language. That’s critical. You couldn’t do that in 2008 when we went through the GFC. Being able to call people and see their faces, their body language, you can’t do that on a phone call.”
Bouris also addressed the concerns businesses are facing now as we look towards the potential of an economic downturn.
“Downturns historically last 9-15 months. Don’t get rid of everybody and then be in a position where you can’t take advantage of the upturn,” said Bouris.
“Keep an open communication line. You can’t surprise people. People hate surprises that might relate to their job security.”
“We can’t control cycles, but downturns only last for short periods.”
CEO and Co Founder of Showcase SA Steve Testar, said “We are proud to partner with Optus Business to facilitate any funds to SA Small Businesses.
“Small Businesses are the backbone of the SA business economy and in the current business environment any amount of funds goes a long way.
“Small businesses can also implement new technology quickly, which allows them to work more efficiently.
“Showcase SA works as a connector across all industries acting as a conduit between small- and large-scale businesses encouraging collaboration and communication.”
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