THE Wanneroo area’s first business incubator officially opened last week.
The Enterprise Business Centre in Wangara offers serviced office rental, support for home-based businesses with virtual office services, training and development opportunities.
Manager Mark Diggins said the centre already had 12 of its 15 offices tenanted, with four more being built and the potential for another 14 offices in the building below.
He said two businesses were already moving out of the centre and into their own premises.
“Our main goal is to help create sustainable business in Wanneroo that will create employment for local people,” he said.
“While an incubator typically offers office space and support and advice to tenants, we offer support at all levels during the entire lifecycle of a business.”
With more than 11,000 active businesses in the City of Wanneroo in 2014, chairman Ewan McAllister said that the centre was essential. “Wanneroo has always needed a business incubator to assist with the creation of sustainable local businesses that can grow and employ local people,” he said.
“We took that idea as our starting point and looked at how we could further help businesses develop from an initial idea to a business that contributed to local employment.
“You don’t have to be located in the centre to take advantage of its services – we have plenty of support for home-based businesses and will not only be running results-focused business training from the centre, training will also be available online too.”