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More Women in Local Business: A Boost for Our Community

Updated: Oct 26, 2018

Rebecca White, a Coorparoo local of the Acceler8 program, was thrilled to learn of a funding grant from Minister Fentimen at a meeting arranged by Joe Kelly, State Member for Greenslopes.


Acceler8 is a local business that promotes women’s financial literacy. It is one of 16 small businesses that will benefit from more than $550, 000 in Queensland Government Advancing Women in Business: Industry Partnerships program.



Joe Kelly MP, Rebecca White & the Hon. Shannon Fentimen


Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentimen met with Acceler8 Program owner, Coorparoo local Rebecca White, to announce the successful recipients in the latest round of Advancing Women in Business: Industry Partnerships program.


“The Acceler8 program is a well-deserving recipient for this grant for their business which provides financial education courses for women in Business”


“This is a fantastic business run by women whose model makes it accessible for busy businesswomen to complete financial education courses and make the most of their opportunities down the track.”


Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly congratulated Ms. White for her passion and providing the resources for women to empower themselves and contribute even greater to their workplaces.


“It is tremendous to see a company like Acceler8 benefiting from this funding," Said Mr Kelly.


Ms. White was grateful for the funding and to her local member Mr. Kelly for making the Minister and Departments aware of her company’s work.


“I would like to acknowledge my local member Joe Kelly, who organised the meeting with the Minister and made her aware of the Acceler8 Program’s work with women in business.


“Our company’s mission is to educate, inspire and empower women in business by improving their financial literacy.”


“With this funding we will provide free financial education workshops for local women in business and a discount for our online financial education courses.”


Minister Fentiman congratulated the 15 successful funding recipients and thanked them for their commitment to supporting women to grow and thrive in business.


“The recipients represent a diverse range of professions including retail leadership, plumbing, women’s health, Indigenous mentoring, financial education, tourism, executive learning, music and the encouragement of female pharmacists,” Ms Fentiman said.


“The number of Australian women in business has increased over the past 20 years.


“However, in line with other OECD countries, women remain substantially underrepresented as entrepreneurs.


“You can’t be what you can’t see, so having more women starting their own successful small businesses, collaborating and supporting other women in business will encourage more women to give it a go,” Ms Fentiman said.


“It’s wonderful to see an increase of more than 6,000 Queensland women stepping up into the world of owning and running their own business since 2011 – leading the way in closing the gender gap in business ownership.


“The Palaszczuk Government offers a range of grants to assist women in business, providing mentoring and the professional advice they need to grow and have the confidence to create more local jobs.”


“We know that 177,500 new jobs have been created since we were elected and that small business has played a major role in this success story as more than 97 per cent of Queensland businesses are small businesses.”


The Advancing Queensland Strategy commits to encouraging and supporting women to start and grow businesses and to employ more Queenslanders. The Advancing Women in Business Industry Partnerships Program commenced in 2016-17 to support these aims.

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