Grant to help business owners digitise their business

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Business software company Thryv has recently launched the Thryv Small Business Grant, designed to help small businesses digitise their business to reach more customers, get paid faster, and manage their online presence.

The Grant will enable three small businesses to grow with the support of Thryv’s digital platform, as well as a cash gift to further promote business growth.

Speaking about the Grant and opportunity for small businesses, Head of Thryv Australia Elise Balsillie said, “Most small business owners started their business from sheer passion for their craft, not because they wanted to manage invoices, bookings or even a social media presence. Our goal is to help alleviate the pressures of business administration by digitising the tasks that are keeping small business owners up at night, which is why we’ve launched Thryv’s inaugural Small Business Grant.”

The announcement of the grant comes at the heels of the recent research on the state of small businesses in Australia revealed that many small-business owners are working extra hours, up to one extra day per week, on average in order to meet the overwhelming amount of admin challenges,

The research also revealed that 67 per cent agree that business admin tasks take too long and 59 per cent would be open to a one-stop solution for software tools. However, 28 per cent of small-business owners say they are not digitally savvy and 69.9 per cent say they need to be digitally savvy for their business to be successful.

With nearly half of Thryv customers in trades services, Nicole Cox and Warrick Bidwell from Tradies in Business are tapped to spearhead the grant program as Thryv stated that they both “understand the challenges of running a small business from separate but common personal experiences.” Also on board is the founder of The Small Business Community, Tori Packer.

Entries for the Thryv Small Business Grant will be open until Monday, 16 May 2022.