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How scholarships help small businesses find their feet

Four local small businesses immersed themselves in a business development and growth program over the past three months.

It was all part of the second round of Campbelltown City Council’s business scholarships program.

The program offers each participating business access to a co-working space for six months, e-learning resources and online collaboration, and advanced business coaching and mentoring from an expert business advisor.

This round of scholarship follows on from the inaugural launch of the program at the start of the year, where an additional four local businesses took part in the first iteration of the program.

The scholarships, which will continue in 2020, are offered in partnership between Campbelltown Council and the Business Development Centre Macarthur.

The latter organisation created the unique program which is designed to help grow local businesses within the Campbelltown LGA.

Selected businesses for this round of scholarships came from a diverse range of industries including in landscaping, telecommunications, wholesale trade, and construction.

All of the businesses taking part said the program was highly effective in improving their business operations. 

A report to council says interest in the business scholarship program has been high and continues to grow, with the volume of applicants increasing every round.

The third round of the business scholarships will be offered in early 2020, with five scholarship spots up for grabs, says the report.

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