Celebrating small business heroes on WA Small Business Day

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA is today celebrating WA Small Business Day by asking everyone to support local and take the small business pledge.

With small businesses employing 37 per cent of the State’s private sector workforce, they are the engine room of our economy and the heart of our communities.

CCIWA President, Small Business Matters co-founder and small business owner Nicolle Jenkins said WA Small Business Day is an opportunity to celebrate and unite small business owners.

“Supporting and celebrating our small business community is vital. When a small business disappears, we see reduced competition, less product diversity, less money going back into WA, less support for your community and fewer jobs,” Jenkins said.

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“Where we shop creates the communities we live in. When we support a small business the return to our local community is significant. When we take the time to think about how we shop and where we shop, a small change can make a momentous difference.”

In the lead-up to Christmas, Small Business Matters and CCIWA are asking everyone to take the #MySmallPledge and buy some of their Christmas gifts from a WA small business.

The WA Small Business Day is an initiative of Small Business Matters, a movement created to celebrate and recognise WA small business and entrepreneurship.

In 2021 Small Business Matters is proudly supported by WA business and CCIWA member, Plico. Plico’s ambitious target is to deliver clean, reliable energy to every Australian household and small business.

To complement Small Business Day, CCIWA yesterday held a Small Business Summit where business owners detailed a range of issues affecting their operations  — from workplace relations to State taxes and the skills shortage.

Read more: Members open up at Small Business Summit 

Businesses also put forward a range of practical reforms that need to be taken forward, including with respect to industrial relations policy, state tax reform, greater access to skilled workers, and a plan to reopen WA’s economy.

CCIWA CEO Chris Rodwell heaped praise on those small business owners who participated in the summit.

“The passion and energy of small business owners is what drives this State,” he said.

“The expectations of government often place a huge load on them. Some have performed well through this period, some have struggled with the restrictions. Whichever, their workload has been huge and their stresses many. We’re committed as ever to prosecuting the case for reform that help support them, the entire economy and communities across the State.”

For support running your business contact CCIWA’s Employee Relations Advice Centre on (08) 9365 7660 or email [email protected].

To be part of WA’s peak business organisation, get in touch via 1300 422 492 or [email protected]

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