The dates for the 2014 Small Business Week in Queensland have been revealed by Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey.

In a January 30 statement, Ms Stuckey announced the second annual Small Business Week will be held from September 1-6 this year.

This ongoing support from the government is great news for the 410,000 small business owners in Queensland and all retailers in Australia.

“The Newman Government is unashamedly pro-small business and committed to growing a strong and prosperous small business sector, reducing unemployment to 4% and cutting red tape by 20% by 2018,” Ms Stuckey said.

This year’s week-long celebration is expected to be even bigger and more beneficial to local retailers than last year.

“We aim to have even more events this year in every corner of the state from Coolangatta to Cairns and I encourage all Queenslanders to take part in some way,” Ms Stuckey said.

Business owners across the state are encouraged to add the dates to their calendar to ensure they don’t miss out on this celebration of how small business retailing in Australia benefits the local and national economy.

“Small businesses employ more than one million Queenslanders, which represents more than 50 per cent of all private sectors’ workers,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Small Business Week is a chance to celebrate this contribution and remind Queenslanders of the importance of buying locally.”

Queensland is not the only location where small businesses are benefiting from targeted retail support from government bodies.

The Tasmanian Liberals recently announced a $1 million investment in small business and retail in the state.

Peak retail industry body the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has welcomed the government’s commitment to helping Tasmanian retailers adapt to the changing industry environment.

The funding will encourage small business owners to embrace digital retail trends and develop strategic policies for operating online.

“This program will provide Tasmanian retailers with the information and tools they require to innovate, lift productivity and remain profitable in a competitive marketplace,” ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said in a January 22 media release.