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How Victorian Government grants helped our business

Through the government programs we've been involved in, we are now a business with a plan, better connections and a clearer approach.
Andy Coldwell, Kluwell Publications

Top tips

  • Have a business plan
  • Get help from the government
  • Look at opportunities offshore

The background

Through the government programs we've been involved in, we are now a business with a plan, better connections and a clearer approach.  

In the late 1990's, two Victorian teachers shared what they call 'a light bulb moment'.

Andy Coldwell and Stan Kluzek had the idea that a reading diary they were using with their primary school students could be further developed as a commercial enterprise.

They bought a shed in Bendigo, employed an office manager and set about creating a range of quality education products, designed to be simple, innovative and practical.

Expanding your business

With a ready market in Australia and after receiving a Victorian Government export grant, the next step was to investigate the products' export potential and examine international markets.
'The results were pretty positive,' explains Andy.

The program, coupled with some of their own investigative work and contacts, has led the business to the USA and New Zealand, and more recently the United Kingdom.

Apply for a government grant

'Ours is a very specialist market,' he adds.

'Through the government programs we've been involved in, we are now a business with a plan, better connections and a clearer approach.  We're better equipped to handle whatever comes.'

About Victorian Government Grants

The Victorian Government grants directory enables individuals and business operators to search for community, education, legal and business grants, or financial assistance across all facets of activity in the State.

Grants Victoria provides information, on funding ideas and initiatives; developing local and national solutions, and receiving assistance in times of hardship.

Grants on offer include funding programs, individual grants, fellowships and scholarships. Grants can be in the form of film makers’ grants, multi-media assistance packages, seniors’ cards; winter gas concessions, water saving rebates and community safety fund grants.

The result

Kluwell Publications used a Victorian Government grant to export and open up overseas opportunities.