Shop lo­cal to sup­port small busi­nesses

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Mitchell Wood­cock

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.

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