The Rudd Labor Government will provide the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) $542,900 to give small to medium businesses (SMBs) in Melbourne free digital training in preparation for the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The funding will be delivered under the Digital Enterprise Program. VECCI will deliver services in Melbourne’s inner south, inner east, south east and the Mornington Peninsula.
These include group seminars and one-on-one support sessions which will include training on e-commerce, the benefits of digital marketing and online privacy and data security for business, according to VECCI chief executive officer (CEO), Mark Stone.
Darebin Enterprise Centre is also receiving a grant of up to $413,000 to deliver services in Melbourne’s north west and outer east.
“We know that small businesses which are online and using broadband grow their business faster and are more likely to be hiring new staff than those that aren’t,” Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, Innovation and Industry, Kate Lundy, said.
“The Rudd Labor Government wants to make sure that businesses are getting the most out of the NBN, and VECCI is the perfect fit to promote the benefits of high-speed broadband.”
Lundy also said, if re-elected, the Labor Government will create a $10 million Small Business NBN Innovation Fund to back businesses, researchers and entrepreneurs in developing NBN-enabled applications for practical benefits for SMBs. These would be made available free of charge to all SMBs.
Funding for the programs is included in the budget.