Your Dubbo business grants

Article image - Your Dubbo business grants Sam Hagan kayaking on the Macquarie River

Your Dubbo business development grant winner, Adventure Watersports, has utilised their $10,000 grant to expand their offerings, purchasing new equipment to provide services for residents and visitors to maximise use of the Macquarie River throughout spring and summer.

Adventure Watersports, Owner and Operator, Karla Stait said by using the $10,000 grant Adventure Watersports has been able to invest in a new custom made kayak trailer, six new kayaks and two fishing kayaks to target different sectors of the visitor market.

“Since receiving the Your Dubbo grant and purchasing our new equipment we have been able to expand our services and provide unique visitor experiences by offering kayak hire every Saturday at Ollie Robbins Oval.

“We are also in the process of undergoing formal training to offer stand up paddle boarding and guided kayak tours and we now offer ‘Twilight Paddle Sessions’ on Monday nights.

“While Adventure Watersports originally started as a water skiing and wake boarding school, through the Your Dubbo program we were able to identify a gap in the marketplace.

“We saw a real need to address the underutilisation of the Macquarie River.

“The mentoring element coupled with the business operation review provided by Business Development partner PrincipleFocus, has given us further inspiration and development tools to continue to work on the business not just in it.”

Dubbo City Council’s Economic Development Officer, Jacki Parish said to see the networking, sharing of ideas and business opportunities Your Dubbo delivered was a humbling experience.

“By offering Business Development Workshops and a customer feedback component, Your Dubbo is designed to equip local business owners with the tools to successfully make changes to remain competitive and meet customer needs.

“Adventure Watersports are an inspiring example of a local business that has identified opportunities for successful growth and taken steps to capitalise on those growth opportunities.”

The three successful $10,000 business development grants applicants were Adventure Watersports, Burgun and Brennan Optometrists and Eastern Mechanical Services.