WA Small Business Day launched at Carlisle-based business


Small Business Commissioner David Eaton looks checks out Carlisle-based Eucalypt Homewares Melanie Sharpham’s warehouse.
Small Business Commissioner David Eaton looks checks out Carlisle-based Eucalypt Homewares Melanie Sharpham’s warehouse.

MELANIE Sharpham understands the difficulties associated with owning a small business.

Kensington resident Mrs Sharpham, the owner of Carlisle-based Eucalypt Homewares, hosted the launch of WA’s Small Business Day on Monday at her warehouse.

Small Business Day is taking place on October 29 and is an initiative of Small Business Matters, which is supported by the Small Business Development Corporation, the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry of WA and other industry bodies.

“There’s a lot to do as a small business owner; you do the administration work, spend time in the studio and do so much more,” she said.

“As a business you are picking out opportunities as they arrive and taking risks; it’s like a rollercoaster and you never know what’s around the corner.

“There are challenges but you are supported by your friends and family, although when things go pear-shaped you are the one that needs to fix it.”

Mrs Sharpham said the idea of having a Small Business Day was a fabulous concept.

“There are so many small businesses out there that are so important to the society,” she said.

“I think it’s a reminder to everyone to support local businesses.”

Small Business Matters co-founder and Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry of WA chief executive officer Kitty Prodonovich said she believed the community has a responsibility to support small businesses in their region.

“Small businesses in WA employ nearly half of all jobs in Western Australia,” she said.

“When a small business disappears you have reduced competition, less product diversity, less money going back into WA, less support for your community, and fewer jobs.”

“We sometimes take our small businesses for granted, which is why we need to give them a voice and recognise and support them.

“If every adult in WA spent an extra $10 a week in a local small business, it would add an extra $1bn to our economy and would create thousands of extra local jobs.”