The small business specialists
Phone: 13 12 49
Whether you’re starting out as an independent contractor, setting up a small business from scratch, buying a franchise or developing an existing business, we provide free, expert advice – directly and through referrals to our partner organisations – on a wide range of business topics, including Aboriginal business.
Call 13 12 49 or email us to speak with an SBDC adviser, or to make an appointment.
Visit us and make the most of our one-stop service for all the business information you need for the right start, as well as IBISWorld – an excellent industry and market research resource that covers more than 500 industries in Australia’s economy – and FMRC Benchmarking which assesses the best performing businesses in every sector.
We deliver a range of workshops that provide practical, real-world information on how to build a successful, profitable and dynamic small business.
You don’t need to attend workshops in any particular order, but if you’re starting out, we recommend that you begin with the free Business Basics workshop.
Register for workshops
All workshops (except Business Basics, which is free) cost $50 per person (including GST).
The Business Licence Finder helps you find the licences and registrations your business needs to operate in Western Australia.
A database of more than 6,000 federal, state and local government licenses is searched to create your report, which will be tailored to the information you provide. Any relevant codes of practice will also be included.
We provide free information and guidance on the Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985, and other aspects of commercial lease negotiations and operation, with specialist commercial tenancy advisers assisting in person or by phone.
The advice is supported by free publications providing detailed information to help you choose the right lease for operating a successful business and avoiding some of the many pitfalls.
Our Alternative Dispute Resolution Service provides a low-cost, non-litigious means of resolving business-to-business and business-to-government disputes in Western Australia.
As an advocate for small business, we work across government agencies to promote the interests of the small business sector.
We ensure the small business voice is heard and considered by governments at all levels through submissions and liaison, and is a key influence in policy development when it relates to small business. We conduct regular surveys to gauge the sentiment of the sector and to inform government of trends and concerns.
Join our network of small business owners and stakeholders who have their say when we consult via regular online questionnaires, on topical issues of importance.
Our Business Migration Centre manages an international marketing program to attract new business migrants to Western Australia. This includes participation at overseas commercial and government migration expos, open days, seminars and appointments.
We also provide business information and advice through a network of preferred service providers.