Thanks to an $11,800 Small Business Development Fund start-up grant, entrepreneur Greg Hodgkinson can further develop his website IndigiSpace to help local Indigenous artists sell their artwork and share their stories.
“Having this financial support in the early stages of my business is such a big help,” Greg said.
“I am currently working with about 20 local businesses and the grant will allow me to work with more and to purchase a camera to better share the stories behind the artists’ work”.
With a background in Aboriginal education and a passion for Indigenous artwork, Greg came up with the idea to create an online marketplace for Indigenous artists to sell their products globally, using individual online ‘shopfront’ profiles.
“Many Indigenous artists, designers and creative people face barriers to selling their work on a national and global scale, so my idea was to create a central place for buying and selling authentic Indigenous products,” Greg said.
“IndigiSpace is designed to support and economically empower Indigenous business owners not only by providing an online marketplace where they can independently sell their products, but by allowing them to share the stories behind their artwork and products, helping to preserve Indigenous culture.
“We also run online marketing workshops to educate and empower artists to make the most out of their IndigiSpace shopfronts”.
Based out of the Stretton Centre at Munno Para in northern Adelaide, Greg says the cost effective co-working space and supportive staff has helped get IndigiSpace to where it is today.
“The space is excellent – it’s brand new, with plenty of space for external meetings and the benefit of support from Stretton Centre staff that bend over backwards to help,” Greg said.
“The staff helped me develop my business case to apply for the start-up grant, and they can provide support to others in the Playford area that need assistance achieving their business goals.
“I would recommend anyone who needs business support, or who is thinking about co-working, to contact the Stretton Centre to discuss their options”.
The start-up business grant program is part of the $10 million Small Business Development Fund, which supports small businesses and start-ups in the Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield and Salisbury Council areas to grow and create sustainable jobs. Since the launch of the Fund in July 2016, more than $2.68 million in grant funding has been distributed, under two grant programs.
Business support is available across northern Adelaide through the Stretton Centre at Playford, the Polaris Centre at Salisbury, and Adelaide Business Hub in Port Adelaide.
For financial support to help your small business, visit Small Business Development Fund.