Tak­ing care of the small stuff

Cockburn Gazette - - LOVE LOCAL -

ONE per­son’s trash will be­come an­other’s trea­sure at the Cool­bellup Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion’s Craft and Flea Mar­ket.

For just a gold coin do­na­tion, locals can set up a stall sell­ing any­thing from house­hold goods and clothes to puz­zles, hand­made items and pro­duce, while buy­ers can en­joy free en­try.

Cool­bellup Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion’s Pip Bren­nan said they had been asked many times to hold a flea mar­ket event, so they de­cided it was time to try it.

“When the IGA closed and the chemist moved, we wanted to mo­bilise as a com­mu­nity and show the Cool­bellup Shopping Cen­tre that we value the busi­nesses that have been run­ning for years, even decades, pro­vid­ing us with lo­cal ser­vices,” she said.

“We are a warm and friendly com­mu­nity and we be­lieve it is im­por­tant to take ac­tion when there is a com­mu­nity need.

“We thought the mar­ket would bring a bit of life and cus­tom back to the shopping cen­tre.”

The Craft and Flea Mar­ket is on June 8 from 8am to 11.30am in­side the Cool­bellup Shopping Cen­tre.

Visit www.face­book. com/CoobyCom­mu­nity for more in­for­ma­tion. What is the role of the Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion?

The Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (SBDC) has been around for more than 35 years and has a range of ser­vices and func­tions that are best de­scribed in three pil­lars: in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice ser­vices; ac­cess to jus­tice to help with re­solv­ing a busi­ness dis­pute; and ad­vice on all three tiers of gov­ern­ment.

What have been some of your achieve­ments since be­com­ing Small Busi­ness Com­mis­sioner in 2012?

Our ser­vices have kept evolv­ing. We have more ser­vices on­line. There are com­mis­sion­ers in Vic­to­ria, NSW and SA as well and we meet four or five times a year face to face and put our col­lec­tive knowl­edge and voice be­hind na­tional is­sues. We’ve con­vinced peo­ple that small busi­nesses are im­por­tant to our econ­omy and ev­ery tier of gov­ern­ment now recog­nises the im­por­tance of small busi­ness. We have also played a key role in im­prov­ing ac­cess to jus­tice for small busi­ness op­er­a­tors. There is a sig­nif­i­cant im­bal­ance of power in many busi­ness re­la­tion­ships and some­times this power is mis­used.

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

There is plenty of re­search that shows money spent lo­cally is re­cy­cled lo­cally. When you buy a cof­fee at your lo­cal cafe, the staff are lo­cal and buy their milk from the lo­cal shop and get all their sup­plies from lo­cal peo­ple.

Lo­cal busi­nesses need to keep up a high qual­ity of ser­vice and pro­duce. If all these things are equal, peo­ple are go­ing to buy lo­cal.

The SBDC of­fers a range of free ad­vice and guid­ance.

Visit small­busi­ness.wa. gov.au for more.

Www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d493507

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