Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Melville Cock­burn Cham­ber of Com­merce ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Monique Wil­liams

EACH of us has an im­por­tant role to play in creat­ing a vi­brant com­mu­nity and a healthy econ­omy.

Our ev­ery­day de­ci­sions have pow­er­ful im­pacts, es­pe­cially when it comes to the busi­nesses we sup­port. Ac­cord­ing to the Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, 97 per cent of WA busi­nesses em­ploy less than 20 staff. With more than 19,000 busi­nesses em­ploy­ing more than 103,000 peo­ple in the City of Melville and City of Cock­burn alone, this rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of lo­cal busi­ness.

Melville Cock­burn Cham­ber of Com­merce (MCCC) recog­nises the value of, and un­der­stands the huge sig­nif­i­cance, small busi­ness plays in bring­ing ben­e­fit to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Fur­ther­more, each dol­lar spent with a lo­cal in­de­pen­dent small busi­ness is known to have a mul­ti­plier ef­fect, as it re­cir­cu­lates within the com­mu­nity, creat­ing jobs, a unique­ness of place and stronger com­mu­ni­ties.

At the MCCC, we en­cour­age our mem­bers to meet and sup­port each other through our net­work­ing and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams.

We host var­i­ous events in the cities through­out the year to help con­nect the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Many stud­ies have shown when buy­ing from an in­de­pen­dent, lo­cal­ly­owned busi­ness, a sig­nif­i­cantly greater per­cent­age is used to make pur­chases from other lo­cal busi­nesses. This rip­ple ef­fect has a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on the lo­cal econ­omy and the com­mu­nity at large.

Small busi­ness plays a vi­tal part in our com­mu­nity and the MCCC is com­mit­ted to the strat­egy of think lo­cal, buy lo­cal.

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