CURRENT and future small business owners have an opportunity to give their ventures a leg up on the competition when the Your Business Our Future forum returns for a second year at the end of May.
The City of Melville is already home to more than 10,000 businesses, 3600 of which employ fewer than 200 people, and that number is set to skyrocket over the next two decades as a number of activity centres in locations such as Murdoch and Canning Bridge come online.
Hosted in partnership with the Melville-Cockburn Chamber of Commerce, the Your Business Our Future forum this year focuses on small business essentials.
It will feature presentations from a number of industry experts, including Small Business Commissioner David Eaton and Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief economist Rick Newnham, who will also take part in a question and answer session.
An expo showcasing business services and opportunities underpins the event, which also includes a networking session.
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the forum’s focus on small business was aligned with the City’s commitment to help achieve the community aspiration for growth and prosperity.
“While the City already hosts a range of commercial and industrial areas with businesses of all sizes, the City does have a long term 20 -year plan and vision,” he said.
“As a local business this forum will present new opportunities for growth, employment and jobs.
“Plans for developing activity centres and upgrading local areas will see vibrant and diverse centres come to life.”
Melville-Cockburn Chamber of Commerce president Tony Romano encouraged local small to medium businesses to attend and take advantage of having access to a range of services and information under one roof.
“This is great opportunity for local business owners to participate in a forum designed to provide relevant information about issues that affect small business today and also provide participants with the opportunity to network and interact with other small business owners,” he said.
WHAT: Your Business Our Future
WHEN: Wednesday, May 31 from 4pm to 8pm
WHERE: City of Melville Civic Centre
COST: $64 for MCCC members and $74 for non-members including catering
Places are limited – register now at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08 9433 2305.