Busi­ness boot­camp in­spires bumper turnout to ‘power up their per­for­mance’

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A wel­come dose of in­spi­ra­tion was served up to Pil­bara busi­ness­peo­ple at the pop­u­lar an­nual Pil­bara Busi­ness Boot­camp last Thurs­day.

About 100 peo­ple reg­is­tered for this year’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment event at Kar­ratha Leisure­plex to hear from four in­spir­ing guest speak­ers and a se­lected panel of three WA busi­ness own­ers on the theme of “pow­er­ing up your per­for­mance”.

Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try pre­sented the event.

Pres­i­dent Ky­lah Mor­ri­son said the boot­camp was a valu­able op­por­tu­nity for time-poor Pil­bara busi­ness­peo­ple to stop and hear about some dif­fer­ent ideas to up the ante in their com­pa­nies.

“The thing we find is that small busi­ness own­ers, they of­ten get stuck in their busi­ness, and so it’s to bring them out for a day, pro­vide that in­spi­ra­tion, pro­vide the prac­ti­cal tips for them to go away and im­ple­ment in their busi­ness and some net­work­ing,” she said.

Mrs Mor­ri­son said this year’s boot­camp had been a suc­cess, helped by a later start time than in pre­vi­ous years and a di­verse range of speak­ers.

She also said it had been aimed at help­ing Kar­ratha busi­nesses start­ing to see an in­crease in ac­tiv­ity af­ter the min­ing down­turn to make the most of that mo­men­tum.

“We’ve been through this mode of sur­viv­ing and we are see­ing a lot of busi­nesses for whom the tide is turn­ing,” she said.

“We’ve got busi­nesses that, four to six months ago, things were quiet, but it’s turned around and things are start­ing to pick up again, so we wanted to pro­file that — go­ing from sur­viv­ing to thriv­ing.” The City of Kar­ratha and the State Gov­ern­ment, through the Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, were the pri­mary fun­ders of the boot­camp.

City of Kar­ratha chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Adams said small busi­nesses were im­por­tant but un­der-rep­re­sented in the city, de­spite many be­ing of ex­cep­tional qual­ity.

“We don’t have the num­ber of small busi­nesses in this com­mu­nity that most com­mu­ni­ties have, and it’s ses­sions like this to­day . . . that help build our small busi­nesses,” he said.

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said the event en­cour­aged growth in the small busi­ness sec­tor, which could have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the wider com­mu­nity.

The event’s speak­ers were or­gan­ised by Mar­ket Cre­ations.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Amanda Ewin, Katie Smith, Hay­ley Brown, Hinna Cas­sidy and Hi­lary O'Con­nell.

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