Big sup­port for small busi­ness own­ers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.”

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