Cof­fee catch up with ....

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

Ed­i­tor Denise Cahill sat down with West­ern Sub­urbs Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (WSBA) pres­i­dent Mark Hann 1. How many mem­bers does the WSBA have? 145.

2. Why is it im­por­tant for us as con­sumers to sup­port lo­cal busi­ness?

It’s a no-brainer.

If lo­cal peo­ple don’t sup­port lo­cal busi­ness then lo­cal busi­nesses close, diver­sity de­creases and things grind to a halt. We have to get in and help peo­ple and be part of the com­mu­nity… that en­riches every­one.

3. What are the chal­lenges for your mem­bers in this tough eco­nomic cli­mate?

The chal­lenges for our mem­bers are no dif­fer­ent to any­one else.

From a WSBA point of view, us­ing what we put on the ta­ble helps mem­bers ex­pand their net­work and cre­ate re­la­tion­ships. We ed­u­cate peo­ple to feel com­fort­able to swap a busi­ness card, talk to a stranger or catch up for a cof­fee.

Our events bring peo­ple to­gether so they might do busi­ness or cre­ate a re­la­tion­ship.

4. What is your ad­vice for lo­cal busi­ness own­ers to get through these tough times?

Lo­cal busi­ness needs to give cus­tomers an ex­pe­ri­ence.

Busi­ness needs to be in­no­va­tive and gen­er­ous, even in tough times. Re­ward good cus­tomers. Busi­nesses need to know their cus­tomers.

5. What sec­tors are far­ing well in the lo­cal mar­ket? There’s some busi­nesses that will al­ways do well, like Ama­zon.

Ola, a com­peti­tor for Uber, is pro­vid­ing a ser­vice that is busy.

Some parts of the prop­erty mar­ket seem to be pick­ing up.

Tradies are do­ing OK and some me­chan­ics in our group couldn’t be busier.

6. What is your lo­cal cof­fee shop?

I use the Re­war­dle app so use cof­fee shops from that. Cof­fee Ta­ble De­lights is a favourite and I’m a reg­u­lar at Law­ley’s and Mooba.

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