Sourcing and applying for grants to help grow your business is the next workshop in the TNQ Tourism Small Business Development Program.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Pip Close said Petina Tiemen of Complete Business Solutions who boasts an 80 per cent success rate in grant applications will share her expertise at the workshop in Port Douglas on February 13.

“Petina has written more than 135 applications securing over $2.1 million funding for start-ups and small and medium enterprises,” she said.

“Her experience in working closely with Government stakeholders for many years ensures she knows how to write funding bids that win.

“Topics to be covered include how to find available grants, ensuring you meet the eligibility criteria, understanding and interpreting the minimum requirements, using the correct terminology and understanding the assessment process.

“During the workshop, Petina will take a closer look at several grants including the Entrepreneurs Grant, Digital Grant and Accelerate Small Business Grant.”

The Writing Funding Bids workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 13 at Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa in Port Douglas from 1pm to 4pm.

The same content will be presented at both workshops. Entry is $20 per person and can be booked online.

The TNQ Tourism Small Business Development Program is for TTNQ member and non-member businesses that receive a significant portion of revenue from tourism and have less than 20 full-time equivalent employees.

For more information on the workshop or to book your spot, go to and click on Resources and then Small Business.


For more information contact:
Kelsey Andersen, email:

This project has been supported by the ASBAS Northern Australia Tourism Initiative, an Australian Government initiative.