Dedicated mentorship and funds to grow for local startups through GRIFFIN Accelerator
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Are you building an innovative business that will make Canberra a better, more amazing place to live and work? From your business model through to accessing capital, an accelerator program will fast-track your business while connecting you to important networks and a supportive ecosystem. The GRIFFIN Accelerator is a three-month intensive program run by a group of seasoned Canberra entrepreneurs...
New tourism support measures for ACT businesses
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Water and sewerage rebates of up to $75,000 for accommodation providers and $15,000 for small private tourism companies will be offered by the ACT Government under new tourism support measures. Businesses will be able to claim the rebates for the first two quarters of 2021-22, with around 90 accommodation providers and up to 20 tourism venues able to apply for the...
Small business owners now eligible for government nominations for migration
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The ACT Government has recently introduced a new 'Small Business Owner' pathway through which Canberra business people can apply for a government nomination for either a 491 or 190 visa for people who can fill skill shortages. While an ACT nomination does not guarantee the individual's migration outcome, it does trigger a formal visa invitation letter from the Department of...
Mixed report for the ACT economy as Canberrans spend more on their homes
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As Victoria follows NSW into yet another lockdown, the V-shaped recovery is looking a little wobbly, but Bendigo Bank economist David Robertson has given the territory a cautious thumbs-up. The latest round of quarterly economic data for the ACT is a mix of results, showing Canberrans are utilising government stimulus measures to improve their stay-at-home life while the capital's property...
Vinnies CEO Sleepout veteran Mirko Milic driven by homeless staff revelation
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When Mirko Milic discovered two of his staff members were sleeping in their vans, it drove home how ‘invisible’ Canberra’s homeless problem really is. The Canberra Toyota dealer principal and Vinnies CEO Sleepout veteran says ‘invisible homelessness’ is a genuine problem in our community. Mirko has just completed his 10th sleepout, placing third on the fundraising ladder and bringing in...
It’s been a whole family affair to get The Markets Wanniassa up and running
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Four-and-a-half years ago, Fiona Lester was busy on the market circuit where she sold handmade goods ranging from heat packs to baby and toddler clothes, depending on what she needed herself at the time. She began to tire of the routines of a regular stallholder – having to constantly set up and pack down tables and drag boxes around, as well...
Strong partnership helping Farrah’s Liquor Collective lead the way in employment of people with disabilities
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A new partnership between two Canberra businesses is leading to meaningful employment for people with disabilities. The initiative is part of disability employment services company LEAD's mission to connect people with a disability with employment. Initially, LEAD's resource team operations manager, Jeff Thompson, came up with the idea for workers to be employed as couriers for Farrah's Liquor Collective. After...
Maloneys to give back to community as part of 25th birthday celebrations
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When the team at Maloney's Property celebrates its 25th anniversary in October 2021, Canberra's charities will receive the gifts. Plans are underway for the annual Maloney's Long Lunch, which last year raised $130,000 for the Chappell Foundation's campaign against youth homelessness. Canberra youth charity Raw Potential was also a recipient of $75,000. Principal Peter Maloney hopes this year's event will be...
A 10-week program designed to SPARK women’s interest in the trades
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A recent push from Ginninderry's SPARK Training and Employment Program has seen 10 women complete a 10-week course designed to give them exposure to working in the trades or construction sector. Ginninderry's head of community, training and employment, Emma Sckrabei, says the program is designed to introduce women to an industry in which they are currently nationally underrepresented. "In 2006,...
Internship overcomes social isolation for international student
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Being an international student can sometimes be an isolating experience, and this was never truer than throughout the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. For University of Canberra student Malsha Kalpage, it was an internship that helped him connect with people he otherwise wouldn't have met. Originally from Sri Lanka, Malsha came to Canberra three years ago in order to pursue his...
A little from every dollar going a long way in the community
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A meal and a cold beverage from the local club with family and friends is a Friday night ritual for many Canberrans. Now one local club is allowing you to give back to the community by doing so, without ever paying a cent more than before. Canberra Southern Cross Club's community rewards program commenced in 2015, and was designed to give...
Ray White family takes a stake in Canberra real estate start-up Zango
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Ray White, Australia's largest real estate group, has invested in Canberra start-up real estate portal Zango. It's a significant indication of the impact Zango has had on the Canberra market after facing down major resistance from the previously dominant Allhomes portal. Allhomes, also originally a Canberra start-up before its sale to Domain, is now owned by Channel 9, while Zango...
What do Canberra, carbon dioxide and shampoo have in common?
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It's rare to think of Canberra as the global headquarters of any company, and much less likely to think of it as the headquarters of a business whose product sounds a little bit like something out of a science-fiction novel. But Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) is just that. The company was co-founded in 2007 by Marcus Dawe and John Beever...
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