Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

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

    PIVOT program to support small businesses in COVID-19 recovery

    10/08/2020 3:55 PM
    • Free recovery program offered to WA small businesses to assist with impacts of COVID-19
    • PIVOT program will offer a range of online support mechanisms to promote business innovation
    • Western Australia now has the most open economy and best small business environment in the country
    • State Government's WA Recovery Plan delivering $5.5 billion in stimulus and support measures to assist State to emerge from COVID-19 

    A new program delivered as part of the WA Recovery Plan will assist small business owners to adapt and respond to the COVID-19 environment.


    The PIVOT program will help small business owners enhance their entrepreneurial mindset and develop innovative ways of operating their business.


    Western Australia's nation-leading response to COVID-19 means WA offers the best small business conditions in the country, with the PIVOT program to assist small businesses to succeed in the new environment.


    The program will be delivered online, with a range of practical webinars, mentoring and support initiatives to be offered as part of the program.


    Businesses with fewer than 20 staff, including sole traders, are able to apply to enter the program until August 17, 2020 via http://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/pivot


    The program will be delivered by the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) and commences from August 31, 2020.


    Comments attributed to Small Business Minister Paul Papalia:


    "WA's small businesses shouldered much of the burden of COVID-19 restrictions prior to the State's economy reopening, and all Western Australians appreciate those sacrifices.


    "With Western Australia now the most open economy in the country, with the most small business-friendly environment of any State, our focus has turned to assisting businesses to succeed in the new environment.


    "The PIVOT program will deliver key entrepreneurship and development skills to WA small businesses, to help them emerge from COVID-19 and plan for the future.


    "The Small Business Development Corporation has been a key support agency for WA businesses throughout the crisis with demand for their services surging.


    "The PIVOT program is a high value program that will help make our small businesses more resilient, adaptable, skilled and ready to respond to new opportunities as the State recovers from the impacts of COVID-19."


    Comments attributed to Small Business Commissioner David Eaton:


    "The SBDC is proud to deliver the PIVOT program, which will offer practical webinars, mentoring and tools to help WA small businesses develop new ways of operating to successfully pivot operations following the impact of COVID-19.


    "We know that business owners have many demands on their operating revenue and may not be able to invest in developing key business skills to help their business adapt to disruption.


    "By offering this fully funded, high-quality program, the Government is making advanced business skills development available to eligible small businesses, including sole traders, to position them for recovery and growth.


    "Demand for the program is expected to be high and late applications cannot be accepted, so businesses are encouraged to apply immediately via the SBDC website."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600