THE City of Cockburn has welcomed its inaugural Business Engagement Officer.
Sarah Kahle steps into the new position with experience in communications, management and small business and will be kept busy with 8000 businesses in the Cockburn area.
“I’m a small business owner myself and come from a family of small business owners in the fishing, hospitality and tourism and agriculture industries,” she said.
“The role and its motivations are close to my heart in terms of how important local business is to communities.
“There are many opportunities available to business owners and I aim to help all 8,000 businesses in Cockburn to access them.”
Initiatives rolling out include regular business e-newsletters and print newsletters, an online directory of Cockburn businesses and more development activities and networking events.
The City has also signed onto the Small Business Friendly Local Governments Charter (SBFLGC), an initiative of the Small Business Development Corporation which recognises local governments that actively support small business.
Cockburn mayor Logan Howlett said they were good steps to improving connections between the City and the business sector.
“The City has long been committed to the three basic tenets of the initiative, adopting a policy to pay invoices from small business suppliers within 30 days, regularly meeting with this community to improve our understanding of its needs and effective dispute management processes,” he said.
The City is one of 13 Perth metropolitan local governments to join the initiative.