Centre plans for self-sufficient future

THE Small Business Centre Stirling will continue to operate despite State Government funding cuts that will see the number of WA businesses centres cut from 25 to 12.

Stirling Business Enterprise Centre chairman Allan Fraser said the Small Business Centre (SBC) program had been under review for a while, so the board had planned ahead to ensure it continued to operate.

“Despite the recent decision of the WA State Government’s Small Business Development Commission (SBDC) to revise the delivery of the Small Business Centre program and withdraw funding from a large number of current providers, the future of the Stirling Business Enterprise Centre has been well catered for by the current Board,” he said.

“Some years ago the Board recognised the fact that relying on government funding was not sustainable and that we had to be prepared to be self-sufficient, so we developed a new brand called WA Business Assist that was separate to the SBDC model.

“WA Business Assist was designed to meet the needs of growth-oriented businesses who required access to a team of experts covering areas in business strategy, management, sales, finances, human resources, marketing and training.”

Business development manager Brad George said he had seen a growing demand for the services being offered by the organisation.

WA Business Assist will be officially launched on Tuesday, June 30.