Karratha opens up business support
Funding for business support services in the City of Karratha has received a shake-up with the introduction of a new model designed to open up the field to a wider range of providers.
At last week’s council meeting, councillors voted to replace their longstanding funding partnerships with the Business Centre Pilbara and the Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry with a new Business Development Support Grant Scheme which will be open to all business support services in the area.
The new scheme will involve a competitive process to access a share of $100,000 in total funding across four different categories, covering initiatives including conferences, seminars, workshops and business information surveys.
City of Karratha Deputy Mayor John Lally said the new scheme would be an incentive for providers to tailor their services better for businesses in the local market.
“Now that we have a more providers in this space it makes sense to let them specialise and diversify their offerings by having a competitive grant process,” he said.
“We have great responses to the business programs that organisations currently run in our City and we think this will be improved even more with this funding program.
“With more small businesses opening up in our City, I’m sure these offerings will continue to be a very well utilised service for our local entrepreneurs.”
The decision comes after several reviews that found there is now some overlap of business support initiatives in the City, as well as more providers.
Many Rivers Microfinance Pilbara field officer Carol Meredith said she welcomed the move, given the opportunities for small businesses in the region at the moment.
For more information, go to www.karratha.wa.gov.au.