Taking care of the small stuff
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.