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Swan, Stirling gain $300,000 grants

MORE than $300,000 grants worth aimed at increasing small business vocational education and training have been released in the cities of Stirling and Swan.

City of Stirling organisations receiving funding were:

* Curtin University of Technology’s Small Business Unit, to deliver management training to owner-managers;

* Business Starters Network, to train 50 owner-managers in record keeping, business planning, costing and pricing. It will also train 28 managers in electronic commerce; and

* McKinnon Sales Centre, to deliver training related services to 20 owner-managers in mentoring and coaching.

Swan Shire organisations receiving funding were the:

* Swan Valley Tourism Council, to train 15 small business owner-managers in business promotion;

* Eastern Regional Business Enterprise and Arts Centre, to provide management skills training to 20 owner-mangers;

* Swan region Business Enterprise Centre, to train 45 owner-managers marketing and promotion;

* McKinnon Sales Centre, to provide practical management training to 30 owner-managers; and

* Business Starters Network, to train 50 owner-managers in business planning, costing and pricing.

The pilot grants scheme is designed to address the particular training needs of small businesses.

Employment and Training Minister Mike Board said the scheme’s key was the involvement of two local panels of small business representatives from the local government areas.

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