The South East Metropolitan Enterprise Agency will continue its work following the announcement of a State Government grant today.
Education and Training Minister and local MLC Kay Hallahan today handed over $50,000 for the group to create, retain and develop sustainable business enterprise in the region in 1993.
Mrs Hallahan said small businesses were the State's biggest employer.
"Developing and supporting businesses means more employment opportunities and a boost for the economy of the south east metropolitan area," Mrs Hallahan said.
The Minister said the agency had a management committee made up of local business people who donated their time and expertise.
"Local enterprise centres across the State have assisted more than 600 new businesses set up and supported and expanded existing businesses, generating more than 1,000 jobs," she said.
"This means diversification of the business base in local communities and retention or growth of population."
The agency comes under the auspices of the South East Metropolitan Local Authorities Group - combining the cities of Canning, Armadale, Gosnells and Belmont - chaired by Mrs Hallahan.