SMALL business owners, budding entrepreneurs and experienced business leaders gathered together for the first Small Business Fair launched in Burswood today.
The first Small Business Fair was held at Crown Convention Centre to launch a series of fairs held across Australia in February and March.
Swan MHR Steve Irons said the location was chosen for the launch due to the number of small businesses in the area.
“The Victoria Park strip, the Belmont business park, we’ve got the Bentley business park as well,” he said.
“So there are multiple businesses and then we’ve got all the way down Albany Highway to Carousel.
“Swan is a real hub for small businesses and it’s something the government recognises, it’s one of the reasons why we launched the Small Business Fair in Swan as the first one.”
Small and Family Business Minister Michaelia Cash said she would like to repeat the event again next year.
“This is literally all about ensuring that small business people in Australia have access to the information they need,” she said.
Mr Irons said WA has been recognised as being the most entrepreneurial State in the country.
“I think because we’re so isolated, we tend to be self-sufficient and we have to do everything ourselves,” he said.
“WA exports 40 per cent of the nation’s exports and we’re only 11 per cent of the population, we really are a business state.”
Small Business Fairs will be held in Ellenbrook, Mandurah and Bunbury this week.