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Salesforce Announces: Small Business Relief Grants Available in Australia

I’m delighted to announce Salesforce has teamed up with the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) to bring the Salesforce Care Small Business Grants to Australia.

Together we will be offering 67 one-off $10,000 grants to eligible Australian small businesses to help them overcome the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ve seen many Australian small businesses work to stabilise their businesses, to reimagine how they operate and to find new ways to connect with their customers. As we look to the next phases of reopening many parts of our society, small business is challenged to return to work and to grow in the next normal. 

The engine of our economy and central to our community

It’s been amazing to see how businesses have adapted. From restaurants providing prepare at home meal kits through to dance studios teaching students online. One of my favourites is my local cheese shop in Manly, it has created a new community with virtual wine and cheese nights. 

I’m in awe of the way so many have adapted to the restrictions placed on them and found ways to flourish.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community. Here at Salesforce we see their creativity and resilience up close every day and are proud to be able to support their efforts. 

Minister for Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash said the grants would be a much needed boost for the successful small businesses and will complement other support that the Government has provided.

“COVID-19 has had a considerable impact on businesses in Australia and these grants will help small businesses to get through this period, innovate, employ and grow into the future,” she said.

How the program works

The Small Business Relief Grants is a new initiative to boost Australian small businesses as they work to adapt to the next normal. We are proud to be teaming up with COSBOA. For over four decades, COSBOA has been a voice for small business in Australia and will manage the selection process and administer the grants. 

“We’re proud to team up with Salesforce to deliver much needed support for small businesses. We encourage every eligible small business to get in touch and apply, this money could be essential to getting your business back to work and back to growth.”  said Peter Strong, CEO, COSBOA.

Businesses eligible for the grant must fulfil these criteria:

  • Be a for-profit business with an ABN

  • Employ between 2 and 50 employees

  • Have an annual revenue of $150,000 to $2,000,000

  • Have been in business for a minimum of two years

  • Can show the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their business

  • Meet the criteria set out on the COSBOA website.  

COSBOA will select independent judges based on experience, and this judging committee will choose applicants most likely to benefit from the program. 

Successful applicants will be able to use the funds for:

  • Operational costs including paying rent and paying employees

  • Offsetting marketing costs

  • Investing in customer experience

  • Purchasing inventory for the long term

Salesforce technology and services are excluded. Applications open on 25 May 2020, close on 1 June 2020 and the successful applicants will be announced in late June or early July.

For businesses looking for additional support, the Australian Government’s site is a great resource to help you get started.

Now is the most important time to support small businesses and we’re excited to see Australian small businesses thrive in the next normal

Find out more about Small Business Relief Grants, including all eligibility criteria, on the COSBOA website.

Pip Marlow CEO, Salesforce Australia and New Zealand

Pip Marlow is Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce Australia and New Zealand. In this role, Pip is responsible for ensuring Salesforce delivers on its values of trust, customer success, innovation and equality for both our customers and our community across Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Salesforce, Pip was Chief Executive Officer Customer Marketplace at Suncorp, where she was responsible for driving customer focus into all aspects of Suncorp’s business including strategy, customer care, partnerships and innovative solutions that add value for customers. Prior to joining Suncorp in 2016, Pip was at Microsoft for 21 years where she held a number of roles for them in Australia and the USA. This culminated in her role as the Managing Director of Microsoft Australia for 6 years. Pip is also a non-executive director of the Rugby Australia (ARU), sits on the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Board at UTS,  is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW), and is an Executive Ally for Pride Diversity. She is a passionate advocate for flexible and diverse workplaces that empower people. Born and  raised in New Zealand, Pip lives in Sydney with her Scottish husband and her two American born daughters, Sophie and Lucy.

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