Empathy aids business

THE Midland Enterprise and Arts Centre has an empathy with small businesses, says CEO John Rogers.

Mr Rogers has been the centre’s CEO for the past eight years.

The centre is WA’s longest serving business incubator and the State’s largest.

Mr Rogers said despite their success preparing fledgling businesses prepare for the commercial world, incubators were constantly under funding pressure. The Midland centre has not received government funding since 1996.

The Israeli Government’s formation of a number of incubators to cope with the influx of scientists from former Soviet-bloc countries is believed to be the factor that helped itbecome an economic power. Incubators and small seed capital funds are used extensively in the US.

Mr Rogers said seed capital and poor management were the biggest problems facing tenants at the Midland centre.

Before taking up the centre’s top job, Mr Rogers was the senior economic development officer for the Eastern Region Employment Committee.

“I saw this as a way of making a major contribution to Midland’s economic development,” he said.

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