Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    New program encourages small business development

    27/06/2017 10:30 AM
    • ​CaLD Small Business Development Program supported by the McGowan Government - $20,000
    • Program provides support for emerging CaLD small businesses

    Western Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community will receive a welcome new resource with the introduction of the CaLD Small Business Development Program.


    The CaLD Small Business Development Program, supported by the McGowan Government as a joint initiative of the Office of Multicultural Interests and the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), is designed to increase migrants' awareness of, and engagement with, small business development services, and foster business ideas that can contribute to the economic prosperity of Western Australia.


    The new program, launched yesterday (June 26), is supported by a range of materials tailored to address the specific needs of CaLD small business owners.


    The CaLD Small Business Development Program aims to:

    • Increase CaLD uptake of small business development services and support;
    • Increase CaLD participation in the small business sector;
    • Share the experiences of successful CaLD small business owners and entrepreneurs with other migrants and stakeholders; and
    • Customise key SBDC resources to meet the needs of CaLD stakeholders.

     Comments attributed to Small Business and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "The program confirms the importance of the CaLD community to the small business sector and the State's economy.


    "Western Australia's changing economic landscape means we not only want to see greater diversity in our small business sector, but we need to place a greater emphasis on the role CaLD businesses can play in generating employment and economic growth.


    "The opportunities offered as part of the CaLD Small Business Development Program include workshops covering business basics (how to start a business); understanding business finance; and developing a business plan, as well as networking events involving inspirational small business owners and entrepreneurs."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600