Media release

Business resilience program puts WA business ahead of the rest

26 November 2009


The Small Business Development Corporation, in collaboration with Curtin University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, is providing unique opportunities to create a strong business sector, better equipped to weather all economic conditions.

At the launch of the BIZFIT EXTEND program this morning, Minister for Commerce, the Hon. Troy Buswell, said the State Government appreciated the enormous contribution made by the small business sector and was committed to boosting training opportunities for owners and operators in Western Australia.

“The Government has provided $2 million over the next two years to ensure the program is widely available to business owners in metropolitan and regional areas.

“With over 196,000 small businesses in Western Australia, it’s important to encourage them to reach their potential,” Mr Buswell said.

“This program is designed to provide opportunities that are affordable and suitable for business owners with limited spare time.”

To date, the BIZFIT program has been an outstanding success with 190 participants attending business forums in October and November, and 50 participants taking part in BIZFIT Extend programs in November and December.

Curtin University of Technology Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jeanette Hacket, said Curtin was pleased to be involved in the State Government's BiZFiT Extend initiative.

"Curtin's Centre for Entrepreneurship has gained a strong reputation over the past 15 years for bringing a positive change to the local business community.

"This new partnership with the State Government and SBDC will provide great opportunities for us to inspire and assist more small businesses in their entrepreneurial activities."

SBDC media contact: Di Graham (08) 9220 0218 or 0432 750 565.
Curtin University media contact: Kristy Jones (08) 9266 1930 or 0402 517 300.

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