Michael Bulley's Donut King outlet in Townsville's Fairfield Central Shopping Centre was completely destroyed during the monsoonal trough event.
Left uninsured, and having just paid for a full shop refurbishment, he was faced with paying for a second new shop fit-out.
Michael says without the Australian and Queensland Governments' $50,000 Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant for small businesses, his shop would probably have not reopened - not only impacting himself but also his 12 staff.
He's grateful for the country's "life-changing" support when he needed it most.
The shop reopened for business on 25 August.