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Entrepreneurs turn out to expo

ENTREPRENEURSHIP is alive and well in WA, judging by the turnout at the recent Business Opportunities and Franchising Expo.

About 5,000 people attended the three-day show at the Burswood Dome and early feedback from the 70-odd exhibitors indicated the expo was a great success.

Small Business Development Corp-oration managing director George Etrelezis said the large turnout confirmed the strength of WA’s small business sector.

He said recent figures indicated WA led the way in small business growth – with an annual average growth rate of 5.1 per cent compared to the national average of 3.5 per cent.

“This year’s expo gave a lot of budding entrepreneurs a good feel for what‘s involved in setting up a business, as well as lots of ideas for those already doing their own thing,” Mr Etrelezis said.

Event co-organiser Jan Kealton said exhibitors felt they were talking to the right people – those who were serious about starting up a business or expanding an existing one.

“And they believe they will get a good result from it because experience has told them what they can expect from the initial contacts,” she said.

Ms Kealton organises similar expos around Australia and New Zealand with her husband Leigh. She said visitors were able find out about a raft of business opportunities costing from $5,000 to $500,000.

There were several franchise ideas from around the world, as well as the launch of local franchise concepts such as the Fish Chip Cafe which began in Margaret River a few years ago.

The expo also featured workshops and seminars on diverse topics such as e-commerce and women in business.

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