The Rudd Government has announced that the Darebin Enterprise Centre Limited (DECL) will receive $639,500 through its Digital Enterprise program to deliver NBN and online training services to SMBs and not-for-profit organisations.
The DECL was set up with establishment funding from Darebin Council and the Federal Government in 1997 to support more than 50 SMBs with financial planning and records assistance, marketing and training.
Minister assisting for the digital economy, Senator Kate Lundy, announced that local businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the Dandenong area of Victoria, such as Melbourne’s North West, Outer East and Geelong, will soon be able to access free expert training and support on how to make the most of the NBN and online business opportunities.
“Darebin Enterprise Centre is already helping businesses across Melbourne to better use the NBN and it is great news that SMEs and not-for-profit organisations in North West and Outer East SMEs will have access to this important training,” she said.
Lundy claimed the NBN is changing the way people live and do business and the Digital Enterprise program is about helping local businesses to access the education and training they need to participate in the NBN-enabled digital economy.
“The Rudd Government wants to do everything we can to ensure that small business owners are supported to maximise the potential that the NBN can bring to their business. The Digital Enterprise program is about assisting them to be able to get the most out of the NBN through improving the way they do business and delivering services online.”
Member for Bruce, Alan Griffin, mentioned that it is essential that small businesses are given every chance to maximise new online opportunities and improve the way they do business, especially through the NBN.
Member for Isaacs, Mark Dreyfus, said he welcomes the funding for businesses in the Dandenong area as high-speed broadband will open up new opportunities for local business.
“As the local member, it is great to see this education, training and support being provided to business to enable them to get the most out of the NBN and to participate equally with other businesses on the national and international stage,” he added.