Busi­ness in­cu­ba­tor

Pilbara News - - Education - Ali­cia Perera

■ The Pil­bara is home to plenty of small busi­ness suc­cess sto­ries and, thanks to a re­cent Pri­mary Ex­ten­sion and Chal­lenge pro­gram, the next gen­er­a­tion are preparing to join their ranks.

Pil­bara PEAC stu­dents met at Dampier Pri­mary School last Wed­nes­day to present the small busi­ness ideas they de­vel­oped in Term 4 to their par­ents.

Their ideas in­cluded a pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio, an ad­ver­tis­ing com­pany, a horse sup­plies shop and sev­eral food re­tail­ers.

Pil­bara PEAC co-or­di­na­tor Melissa Hatwell said the pro­gram’s stu­dents had asked to study small busi­ness and learnt a lot from the ad­vice of lo­cal en­trepreneurs.

“Each week a small busi­ness owner has come to speak with the kids,” she said.

“The way that they’ve de­vel­oped their ideas over the term shows they’ve really taken on the in­for­ma­tion they’ve learnt. They’re all really pas­sion­ate about their busi­nesses.”

She thanked the busi­ness peo­ple who had con­trib­uted to the course.

PEAC stu­dent Mil­lie Steeghs, 10, de­signed a dessert shop called Yum­mos.

The pas­sion­ate baker, who wants to run her own small busi­ness in fu­ture, said the class’ ideas were de­signed to fill gaps in the Pil­bara mar­ket.

“I think (the ex­er­cise) is really cool be­cause there are lots of dif­fer­ent types of busi­nesses and a lot of things that not many peo­ple would be able to come up with,” she said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Pil­bara PEAC stu­dents Kirsten Gorry, 12, Natasha Baker, 11, Ki­ran Byles, 12, Steele Baker, 11, Tay­lor Wood­vine, 11, Christina Bern, 10, Mil­lie Steeghs, 10, and Rahni Kam­merer, 10.

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