Shop local to support small businesses
Small businesses are the heartbeat of regional communities and people can keep it ticking by being part of Small Business Day.
This year will mark the fourth anniversary of Small Business Day, which is held on the final Saturday of this month and is a Statewide movement put together to raise awareness about small businesses in Western Australia.
Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry of WA chief executive Kitty Prodonovich and small business owner Nicolle Jenkins founded the organisation Small Business Matters which organises the Small Business Day.
Ms Prodonovich said there were more than 220,000 small businesses in WA, with a number in regional areas.
“In regional WA, small businesses are the heartbeat of local towns, communities and cities,” she said.
“They are the local economic generators. But more than that, they are the engine room of the whole community economically, socially and culturally.
“They provide jobs, vibrancy and infrastructure.”
On Small Business Day people will be asked to head out and support their local entrepreneurs, while across the State there will be many activities and events happening to celebrate the event.
Ms Prodonovich said regional small businesses were often ingrained and involved in the community.
“Most committees in small communities will have people who own small businesses on them,” she said.
“Whether it is the local footy club or the netball club or even the meals on wheels.
“This is because there is no one more invested in a regional community than a regional business owner.
“They are invested and they are in for the long haul.”
WA Business assistant chairman Alan Fraser said small businesses were a fabric of the regional community.
“I think the way that they are acknowledged on this one particular day is good, but there could be a lot more done,” he said.
“I think more time, effort and money should be put into small business awards.”
Mr Fraser said he hoped as many people as possible shopped local on Small Business Day.