Small Business Minister Norm Marlborough today visited the West Kimberley Small Business Centre in Broome, one of 26 centres in a State-wide restructure to receive extra funding from the Carpenter Government.
”The $3.1million in funding awarded to the Small Business Centre network was proof of the importance the Government placed on the State's small business sector,” Mr Marlborough said.
“The Government has three major small business objectives - providing a strong economic climate for small business, better services for small business and achieving better use of the services available.”
The Minister said the West Kimberley Small Business Centre would be taking on a new identity which better reflected the role of the organisations in the small business community.
“The new small business centres in Western Australia will be focussing on improved services over wider territories, assisting clients to start up new businesses or to improve their existing businesses,” he said.
Mr Marlborough said the West Kimberley Small Business Centre funding had been increased from $70,000 to $110,000 to address the enormous growth in the area, including a 30 per cent increase in tourism over the past year.
“The Small Business Centre Network is receiving core funding of $2.83million which represents a 24 per cent increase in funding overall,” he said.
“Significantly, 74 per cent of this funding is coming directly to regional WA.
“In addition to providing funding for the delivery of services, there is also $185,000 in capital funding to enable the network to upgrade its telecommunications and IT facilities.”
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