■ 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.
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.