Joondalup backs small business

THE City of Joondalup has committed to provide $55,000 a year to the North West Metropolitan Business Enterprise Centre over the next three years.

Small Business Development Commission managing director George Etrelezis said such support from local governments was setting the foundation for the ongoing success of the BEC network.

North West Metropolitan BEC chair David Curry said the funding was important because it allowed the BEC to employ an administrative officer so the manager could concentrate on delivering core services.

"The City of Joondalup recognises the money is well spent because the work of the BEC directly enhances the local economy by generating business revenue and creating local jobs," he said.

"Because the service agreement is triennial it allows the BEC to more effectively plan longer term initiatives to benefit the local small business community."

Last financial year North West Metropolitan BEC responded to more than 2,700 casual enquiries and provided more than 400 direct client assists.

The provision of small business guidance by the BEC is directly linked to the generation of almost 500 full and part-time jobs.

Programs delivered by the BEC during the 2002-03 financial year included workshops on marketing and cash flow.

General business guidance covered topics such as business planning, market research, regulations, finance and marketing.



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