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Council issues $60,000 in business grants

Frankston City Council has awarded $60,000 to accelerate the growth of five local businesses through its 2017 Small Business Grants Program.

Collectively, this year’s five grant recipients are expected to generate up to 148 new jobs within Frankston City.

The Program, now in its fifth year, has contributed a total of $300,000 towards supporting 25 local businesses.  Most grant recipients have gone on to prosper, with collective employment generation expected to reach over 400 during the next 12-18 months, equating to a one per cent increase in the number of jobs in Frankston City.

According to Frankston City Mayor Brian Cunial, the 2017 Small Business Grants Program attracted 24 applications from a diverse range of businesses.

“Given that small business makes up about over 98 per cent of our economy, we are delighted that this program offers opportunities to accelerate the growth of their operations,” said the Mayor.

“We want to encourage more people to do business in Frankston City, which is why we’re supporting businesses through our extensive range of business programs.”

Three of the five businesses receiving a grant fall within the home based graduation category, which means they have moved out of home into commercial premises in order to grow their business.

“Home based businesses are a large part of the business community, with nearly one million people Australia-wide running a business from home,” said the Mayor.

“Frankston City has an already strong small business sector and we are proud to support the economic benefits that home based businesses deliver as their popularity increases.”

“This program has become a key reason why businesses are choosing Frankston City as a great place to do business.”

Congratulations to the successful grant recipients for 2017, which includes:

Cuvee Chocolates – Home Based Graduation Grant $15,000
Cuvée Chocolate specializes in crafting artisan chocolate that can be paired with wine, using premium French and Belgium couvertures.  The business was established in 2014 and now directly distributes chocolate to 107 wineries, food grocers and boutique shops across Australia. Cuvée also supplies a wide range of food service providers, including 5 star hotels, restaurants & cafes with artisan chocolates.  They will use the grant funding to purchase a cool room for their new commercial premises in Seaford.

Geonbae – Start-Up Grant $10,000
Geonbae is the first Korean BBQ restaurant to service the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston Districts. The South Korean dining experience is centred around shared cooking and eating, with a focus on the traditional method of barbequing various marinated meats on a gas grill that is built into the table itself. The cultural importance of sharing food and eating together is tantamount to the dining experience, and conveying this through the décor, layout and service is central to the concept of Geonbae.  They will use the grant funding to purchase kitchen appliances and equipment that is currently being leased.

Dainton Family Brewery – Relocation Grant $10,000
Dainton Family Brewery produces award winning craft beer in kegs and cans that are sold wholesale to venues nationally. There is a tap-room that serves as a place for customers to try the beers in a family friendly environment and learn about the brewing process. The venue employs local people and serves the local community as well as bringing in tourism.  They will use the grant funding to purchase a fermentation tank to expand their operation.

Modern Visual – Home Based Graduation Grant $12,500
Modern Visual delivers robust and innovative digital marketing solutions to a broad range of clients.  Services include web design and development, business branding, SEO, search engine marketing, web hosting and copywriting.  These solutions have a clearly identifiable and tangible return for the investment with robust measurable provided to every client.  They will use the grant funding to fit-out their new Seaford office, purchase IT equipment and recruit new staff.

Sports Events Projects – Home Based Graduation Grant - $12,500
Sports Events Projects is a sport and event management project delivery and consultancy business founded in May 2015. Delivering safe and successful events is its focus, creating memorable experiences is the businesses focus.  The company delivers events such as the Herald Sun | CityLink Run for the Kids and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.  They will use the grant funding for marketing, recruitment and software.

For more information about Councils Small Business Grants Program, visit frankston.vic.gov.au/business