Big support for small business owners
MELANIE Sharpham, of Kensington, understands the difficulties associated with owning a small business.
Mrs Sharpham, the owner of Carlisle-based Eucalypt Homewares, hosted the launch of WA’s Small Business Day on Monday at her warehouse.
“There’s a lot to do as a small business owner,” she said.
“You do the administration work, spend time in the studio and do so much more.
“As a business you are picking out opportunities as they arrive and taking risks.
“It’s like a rollercoaster and you never know what’s around the corner.
“There are challenges but you are supported by your friends and family, although when things go pear-shaped you are the one that needs to fix it.”
Mrs Sharpham creates handmade ceramics and supplies them to retail outlets, cafes and restaurants.
She said the idea of having a Small Business Day was a fabulous concept.
“There are so many small businesses out there that are so important to the society,” she said.
“I think it’s a reminder to everyone to support local businesses.”
Small Business Matters cofounder and Regional Chambers of Commerce and Indus- try of WA chief executive officer Kitty Prodonovich said she believed the community had a responsibility to support small businesses in their region.
“Small businesses in WA create nearly half of all jobs in WA,” she said.
“When a small business disappears you have reduced competition, less product diversity, less money going back into WA, less support for your community, and fewer jobs.
“We sometimes take our small businesses for granted, which is why we need to give them a voice and recognise and support them.
“If every adult in WA spent an extra $10 a week in a local small business, it would add an extra $1 billion to our economy and would create thousands of extra local jobs.”