More than 300 Northern Rivers small businesses will benefit from a share of $14 million in Rudd Government funding to help them go online or upgrade their internet presence.

The funding is being provided from the Rudd Government’s $10 million Small Business Online program which has been boosted by another $4 million to extend it to more tourism small business operators.

Member for Page Janelle Saffin said the Northern Rivers Business Enterprise Development Agency would receive $156,000 to help small businesses – especially tourism operators – make the most of the internet.

Across the nation, 95 per cent of small businesses are connected to the internet, yet only 57 per cent have a website.

The funding will help small businesses take full advantage of the National Broadband Network (NBN) by helping them install and upgrade websites, Ms Saffin said.

Small Business Minister Craig Emerson and Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson announced that grants ranging from $50,000 to $700,000 had been offered to 47 small business support groups including industry associations across the nation.

A list of successful applicants and more information on the Small Business Online program can be found at www.ausindustry.gov.au