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Many of our regional businesses have suffered disruption due to the rapidly changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants and support payment information for businesses and events impacted by the pandemic can be accessed here.

For the latest updates please visit the SA Government's official website here.

Securing Raw Materials Program

Funding grants from $250,000 - $5 million to help businesses to relocate or expand into regional areas for research and development into locally sources raw material supplies.

Find out more here.

Building Better Regions Fund - Round 6

Round Six Infrastructure Projects Stream supports investment-ready projects that provide economic and social benefits for regional and remote areas.

Grants of $20,000 to $10 million can be applied for to cover 50% or more of eligible project costs.

This grant round is for incorporated not-for-profit, local government agency or body or  non-distributing co-operatives.

Find out more here.  This round closes on 10 February 2022.

Regional Planning Day

The annual Yorke and Mid North Planning Day is back in 2022 with a focus on Growing a Regional Workforce.

This event is being held at the Copper Coast Sport * Leisure Centre in Kadina.

Registrations here.

Venture Dorm Pre-Accelerator Program

The Flinders University New Venture Institute award-winning startup program, Venture Dorm, is back!

It is designed to equip you with the skills and startup mindset you need to successfully navigate the next phase of your new venture. Week by week, the program gives you the time, space, and support you need to solve your complex business problem. In 8 weeks, you'll have clearly defined 'next steps' and the confidence you need to take them.

Venture Dorm is hands-on, immersive and the ideal program for anyone with a great idea asking themselves: 'What do I need to do to make this happen?'

When: Venture Dorm kicks off on Thursday, April 21st from 6:00 pm to 9:00pm (ACST). It will run every Thursday at the same time through to June 9th.

Where:  Sessions will be delivered face-to-face at Flinders New Venture Institute. Participants also have the option to join online via Microsoft Teams if necessary.

2021 SA Startup Report Released

The Government of South Australia has published the 2021 SA Startup Report, offering a unique insight into the state’s entrepreneurial community and the mindset of local business founders.

Based on responses to the 2021 SA Startup Survey, ABS data and other research, the report captures information on the diversity of business founders, funding raised, growth plans and advice for others.

Find the report here.

Blue Carbon Ecosystem Restoration Grants

The grants will fund on-ground implementation of at least 4 blue carbon ecosystem restoration projects in Australia. The projects will be chosen to represent a variety of blue carbon ecosystem types and socio-economic settings and serve as demonstration of the outcomes achievable for climate, biodiversity and livelihoods.

Applications close at 9:00 pm AEDT on 15 February 2022.

Find out more here.

Funding for small & medium food & beverage manufacturing enterprises to improve energy efficiency

Funding from $10,000 to $25,000 to reduce business energy consumption by: 

  • replacing existing equipment with more energy efficient equipment
  • installing or replacing components to help existing systems run more efficiently
  • carrying out energy audits
  • monitoring and optimising energy use and emissions.
  • increasing knowledge of energy efficiency practices, and
  • positioning small and medium sized enterprises to adopt future technological advancement in energy consumption.

Applications close 18 February 2022.

Find out more here.

Government extends support for small business owners

Regional small businesses suffering the brunt of lockdowns, drought and bushfires will be provided with ongoing Australian Government assistance supporting their economic recovery through the Small Business Financial Counselling Program.
The Regional Small Business Support Program pilot – valued at $8.6 million nationally – will be rolled out in 2022, building on the Drought Communities Small Business Support pilot.

Small Business owners requiring support are encouraged to ring RBS on Freecall 1800 836 211. Services are free, independent and confidential

Landowner Information Service Funding Extension

Rural Business Support's Landowner Information Service (LIS) will broaden its services over the next four years through $1.65m in state government funding.
Since 1 July 2020, the LIS has provided free, factual, independent, and impartial information to landowners, farmers, and community members who are new to the exploration and mining process or are unsure about their rights and responsibilities when considering interest regarding exploration, mining and quarrying on their land.

The service is designed to:

  • Provide easy-to-understand information to any individual or business affected by resources exploration, quarrying and mining activities.
  • Explain landowner options, rights and responsibilities.
  • Encourage open and respectful communication.
  • Empower landowners to make informed decisions

To make a referral to the Landowner Information Service or further information about how the LIS can help with the engagement of landowners or members of the resources industry, please Freecall 1800 836 211 or go here.
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund

The RISE Fund is supporting the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations to assist in the presentation of cultural and creative projects, activities and events to rebuild confidence amongst investors, producers and consumers. Projects that target audiences in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas will also be taken into account, as well as projects that involve tours and use local regional pre-production and production, services and support acts.

Find out more here.

Arts Sustainability Fund

The Arts Sustainability Fund supports the arts and entertainment sector to continue its activities by providing necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from the effects of COVID‑19. Funding will support employment and contribute to rebuilding Australia's economy, as well as enhancing community wellbeing and access to cultural experiences across Australia. 
Find out more here.

Do you export food products to China?
The requirements for exporting food products to China changed on 1 January 2022. Find out more here.

Landowner Information Services Extended until 2025
Rural Business Support's Landowner Information Service (LIS) will broaden its services over the next four years - the service provides free, factual, independent and impartial information to landowners, farmers and community members who are new to the exploration and mining process or are unsure about their rights and responsibilities when considering interest regarding exploration, mining and quarrying on their land. Find out  more here.


Thriving Women Conference

21-22 February 2022                                                                                    
Adelaide Hills
Convention Centre
Hahndorf, South Australia

The Impact of Us, will focus on acknowledging and fostering the impact women are having on their own lives, businesses, communities and industries.


SAVE THE DATE - SouthStart returns 9-11 March 2022

Planning for next year's event is in full swing, so keep your eye on the SouthStart website for program announcements over the coming months. 


SAYES Program

SAYES is a government-funded 12-month program designed to assist young South Australians aged 18-35 years to turn their business concept into a reality or focus on creating a sustainable business model for a newly established business.
Find out more here.

Business SA Encore Program 

The Business SA Encore Program is a workshop and mentoring program for South Australians aged 35 or above looking to either establish a new business or grow an existing one. By attending monthly content specific workshops delivered by industry experts, participants will learn how to develop a comprehensive business plan and a sustainable business model. In addition, a dedicated mentor will nurture and guide participants throughout the program with monthly one-on-one mentoring sessions.

Find out more here.


The Seed-Start program operates through the Government of South Australia’s Research and Innovation Fund (RIF) to provide financial support for early-stage, high-growth potential businesses.
Eligible startups are invited to apply for funding through this competitive grant program to assist with the cost of commercialising a product or service that is unique and has a sustainable competitive advantage in national and international markets. 

Find out more here.

B2B Program - Business 2 Business

The B2B Program will help you access expert advice and services so that you can feel confident to make correct decisions for your business. We will help you identify where your business has opportunities and barriers and how to best assist and help you grow your business.

If you are new to business you will be connected with a local service provider to help you get started OR if you are a growing SME looking for assistance, you can be connected with local skilled practitioners.

The B2B program is FREE and you will receive a three hour consultancy service. Find out more here.


Entrepreneurship Facilitator
Book a time with Dee Edwards: Face-to-face and online across the region. Dee offers general & comprehensive business assistance and personalised mentoring as well as no-cost programs & workshops to boost your business. Dee makes regional site visits to Port Pirie, Kadina and Clare.

Australian Small Business Advisory Service Digital Solutions Program
This service offers three hours of mentoring with an expert and opportunities to attend workshops for the low cost of $44 (inc GST). It is provided through the Adelaide Business Hub. Find out more here or download a brochure here.

More support for Skills & Training through Job Trainer
Young South Australian school leavers and job seekers can access low-cost training under the JobTrainer package. For more information about upskilling your workforce through JobTrainer and skills and training support available to business visit: or contact 1800 673 097.


Some Grants Featured this month:

Click here for more information on available grants
Events, Webinars and Training: WEBINARS:


Online Business Resources - eBook & Video Library

As part of their Entrepreneurship Facilitator Services, NVI Flinders offer a library of online business resources for clients in the Barossa-Yorke-Mid North region.

The eBook "Start Your Business: The Ultimate Guide for Regional South Australians, Barossa-Yorke-Mid North Edition" equips founders with resources to help set up and start out successfully. It provides an overview and checklist of steps to take and factors to consider when starting your business.

Get your copy of the eBook here.
In addition, the video library of past workshops helps to boost your business capacity.

With topics ranging from marketing and social media to innovation capacity building and grant writing (soon to be available), the videos offer practical expert advice into the fundamental elements of running a successful business.



Support for businesses, sole traders & employees

For information about grants and eligibility, visit the Department of Treasury and Finance website.

Stay up to with the latest information on business restrictions here.

COVID-ready Plan

COVID Safe Plan:

Businesses involved in a Defined public activity must have a COVID-Safe Plan in place in order to trade. Find out if your business is a Defined public activity here.

COVID Safe Check In:
A COVID SAfe Check-In feature has been added to the free mySA GOV app.
Businesses with a COVID Safe Plan will receive a new COVID Safe Plan via email that includes a poster with a unique QR code. This should be printed and displayed in a prominent location within the business.
When people arrive at a venue or business, they can check in by scanning the QR code using their smart phone through the mySA Gov app.
If people don’t have the app they can use their smart phone camera and a secure web form will open to check in. A paper recording log template is available as a back-up for people who don’t have a smart phone. Find out more here.

COVID-19 Vaccine:
Stay up to date with the latest information on the roll out of the vaccine in SA here.
For more information on available grants, visit our website
For more information on events and workshops, visit our website
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