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Small businesses in East Gippsland will have access to services to help grow and sustain their businesses through the LaunchME program.

Local MP Darren Chester said $1 million was being invested to support small business growth as part of the region’s bushfire recovery.

“Aspiring entrepreneurs in East Gippsland will have access to coaching, mentoring, microfinance and other resources to kick start or develop their businesses,” Mr Chester said.

“Small businesses are the heart of our region and providing more support for locals to start their own business helps to boost our economy and support local jobs.

“Good Shepherd Australia will provide one-on-one mentoring and business coaching over six months to aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs.

“I encourage those in East Gippsland to check their eligibility and decide if they would benefit from some additional resources and support.”

The LaunchME program is jointly funded through the $700 million Commonwealth-State Local Economic Recovery program in response to the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.

For further information, to check eligibility or register interest visit

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