WA's Small Business Development Corporation reaches milestone

The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), an initiative of the Western Australian government, is celebrating a milestone 30 years as a primary provider of advice and guidance for small business in the state.

The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), an initiative of the Western Australian government, is celebrating a milestone 30 years as a primary provider of advice and guidance for small business in the state.

In announcing the milestone today, WA Small Business Commissioner David Eaton said the corporation has built a strong reputation over three decades for delivering valuable services and information to the sector and addressing changes in the market. Eaton said that despite a dramatic increase in numbers, many of the challenges for small business remain the same – attracting and retaining quality employees, maintaining strong cashflow, meeting the demands of the market and providing good customer service. 

In 1984, WA’s population consisted of around 1.4 million people and 52,000 small businesses,” he said. “Today we have more than 211,000 small businesses in Western Australia and a population of more than 2.5 million. “Throughout the SBDC’s 30 years of service, our team of small business advisers has assisted small business owners in all aspects of starting and growing their businesses.”

Specialist SBDC advisers provide the latest advice and guidance to WA’s small business owners regarding commercial tenancies, franchising, taxation and dispute resolution. The SBDC says its Alternative Dispute Resolution service is the only one of its kind available to small business operators throughout the state. The service is an inexpensive way to resolve business-to-business, business-to-government or tenant/landlord disputes, getting businesses back to business sooner with relationships intact. 

The SBDC advisory service currently handles about 18,000 personal client contacts each year, and in 2012-13 conducted 100 business workshops for more than 1,800 participants.

For more information on the SBDC, visit www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au.

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