Western Australian small business enterprises have been urged to participate in Small Business Month, which begins next week.
Minister for Small Business Gordon Hill said today small business was a key driving force behind the State economy.
"Not only is it private industry's number one employer - providing jobs for more than half of the State's private sector workforce of 300,000 - but it generates and redistributes massive amounts of wealth," Mr Hill said.
"Western Australia's economic pulse is gaining strength.
"Small Business Month is an excellent opportunity for the State's 80,000 small to medium enterprises to gain the skills and expertise to help them prepare for and make the most of the coming economic recovery."
Small Business Month begins on October 5 with a program of events to be held in the central Perth business district, the metropolitan area and regional centres.
Organised by the Small Business Development Corporation, (SBDC), and sponsored by Telecom Commercial, the month offers small firms the opportunity to improve their management skills and free use of the services provided by professional consultants.
Mr Hill said the State Government had recognised the contribution made by the small business sector to WA's economy, and was delighted to see the SBDC working in conjunction with private industry to improve the business performance of this sector.
"In the current economic climate, there is a need for small business operators to take their own initiatives in developing greater understanding and expertise in business and management," the Minister said.
"Small Business Month will be invaluable in this regard."