Media release

Calling all SME owners and operators

20 October 2009

The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) is calling for owners and operators of small and medium sized enterprises in Western Australia to take part in the State Government's BiZFiT business resilience program.

SBDC Managing Director, Stephen Moir, says the $2 million program being conducted over the next two years will help businesses strengthen their operations and prepare them for success regardless of global economic conditions.

"Businesses taking part in the BiZFiT program will have the edge on their competitors and will be better prepared to deal with good and bad economic conditions," Mr Moir said.

"The program has been designed to help build business resilience and teach business owners how to work smarter to increase profits and grow their businesses for the long term."

The first stage of the program is starting now with Local Business Forums in both metropolitan and regional centres.

"The BiZFiT program provides direct access to specialist business advisers, economic forecasts tailored specifically for your local region and access to a business mentor," Mr Moir said.

"It's a unique opportunity to work on your business and develop high value, practical business skills with only minimal time commitment." Opportunities also exist for participants to apply for scholarships to attend professional business management courses.

The first of the BizFiT events will be held in Perth, Fremantle, Stirling, Busselton, Manjimup and Bunbury with more to follow in other regions. To find out more information and to register for BiZFiT, visit the Small Business Development Corporation website at www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au email info@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au or phone 131 BIZ (249).

Media contact: Di Graham (08) 9220 0218 or 0409 089 159.

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