Small business friendly activities

Local governments participating in the Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative have nominated various activities to improve their support to small businesses. Some of these exciting activities are outlined below.

This information will be updated as we receive reports from each participating local government.

Local government

Small business friendly activities

City of Albany
  • Promote the Buy Local Policy for the City's procurement of goods and services.
  • Promote and increase online application processes and payments
  • Seek to activate places across the community with events and activities.
  • Collaborate with neighbouring local governments of economic development within the City and region.
City of Armadale
  • Establish an online business platform to connect local business owners.
  • Develop the Forrestdale Business Park promotional campaign.
  • Collaborate with Curtin University to develop a mentoring program for local business owners.
Shire of Ashburton
  • Offer business grants in line with newly released economic and tourism development strategy.
  • Coordinate networking events for small businesses.
  • Increase opening hours of shire offices.
  • Simplify forms when engaging with the shire.
  • Fast-track pre-registration inspections for food businesses.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
  • Develop and launch a 'choose local' campaign to encourage residents to buy local.
  • Implementation of a COVID-19 support package to help local businesses through the pandemic.
  • Develop the Scott River Sustainable Economy Strategy, in conjunction with the Shire of Nannup and industry partners, which will identify key challenges and opportunities for farmers in the region.
Town of Bassendean
  • Provide a collaborative space for small businesses and creative industries in the town via the ‘Nautilis’ project.
  • Develop a masterplan for the Bassendean town centre.
  • Simplify the town’s procurement processes.
City of Bayswater
  • Develop and launch a COVID-19 economic recovery plan.
  • Implementation of a new customer service charter.
  • Develop and launch a destination marketing plan for the Bayswater, Maylands, Morley and Noranda town centres.
City of Belmont
  • Maximising business development opportunities for local businesses.
  • Working with neighbouring local governments to benefit the region.
  • Promoting the city’s small businesses and the message that Belmont is a great place to do business.
Shire of Brookton
  • Review processes and forms to improve ease of use for customers and efficiency in processing by staff.
  • Introduction of TenderLink to streamline the process for tenders.
  • Adoption of Strategic Community Plan and Corporate Business Plan.
  • Establishment of a Business Advisory Group to determine the business support activities the Shire will focus on. 
Shire of Broome
  • Engage local small business in stage two of the Chinatown revitalisation project, including offering sub-contracting opportunities.
  • Review funding guidelines and eligibility of grants offered by the shire.
  • Accelerate forward capital works and asset maintenance as part of the shire’s COVID-19 support package; providing tendering opportunities for local small businesses.
City of Bunbury
  • Implement the Bunbury Brighter promotional campaign to showcase the city as a place to live, invest and visit.
  • Participate in the SBDC’s Small Business Friendly Approvals Program and look to implement the recommendations from this project.
City of Busselton
  • Introduce a 'purchase local' preference policy.
  • Update the city's 'Developing Busselton' website information to ensure greater recognition of small businesses.
  • Sponsor and promote the Local Chamber's annual awards to the local business community.
Town of Cambridge
  • Participate in the SBDC’s Small Business Friendly Approvals program to help streamline approvals processes for small businesses in the town.
  • Host a sundowner event for small business owners.
  • Consult with the local business community as part of the review of the town’s parking strategy.
City of Canning
  • Implement the Better Approvals project to improve the process for planning, building and health related applications.
  • Incorporate information about health and wellbeing into business support programs, workshops and events.
  • Provide development and support for the freight and logistics industry.
Shire of Carnarvon
  • Work with key stakeholders to deliver the Gascoyne Business Awards.
  • Develop information sessions and workshops for local small businesses.
  • Work with local businesses and key stakeholders to grow tourism in the region.
Shire of Chittering
  • Develop an online listing to promote local businesses.
  • Build an interactive display at the local visitor centre to increase awareness of local food producing businesses offering farm gate sales.
  • Encourage locals to purchase local Christmas gifts by partnering with the community newspaper to develop a gift guide.
Town of Claremont
  • Increase visitors to the Claremont town centre via a two-day place activation event during the April school holidays.
  • Partnering with AnglicareWA to create a sustainability store in the town centre to increase visitors to the area.
  • Improve aesthetic of Maude Jackson Lane to create an interest in the town centre.
City of Cockburn
  • Support a range of capacity building and professional development events for local small businesses and support organisations.
  • Develop a public facing business database to encourage local collaboration and raise awareness of local businesses within the community.
  • Provide subsidies to small business owners to offset the cost of training, support and mentoring.
Shire of Coolgardie
  • Promote local businesses on Facebook and the shire’s website with a ‘Go Local’ campaign.
  • Ongoing maintenance and promotion of an online business directory.
  • Support and promotion of small business workshops through the Business Local service.
Shire of Collie
  • Surveying local small businesses to assess their needs.
  • Introducing online payments.
  • Establishing an economic development team.
  • Facilitating small business forums and events.
  • Encouraging buy local shopping campaigns.
Shire of Dandaragan
  • Host regular networking events to promote Shire activities in various industries.
  • Advocate for small business through the Shire’s ‘Process Improvement Working Group’ to improve communication protocols and reduce red tape.
  • Collaborate with a local supplier to re-design and print shire collateral and to promote these new materials to local businesses.
Town of East Fremantle
  • On-going communication and support of local businesses to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Launch of the ‘Look Local 2020’ social media competition.
  • Review of the town’s approach to supporting and collaborating with local businesses.
Shire of Esperance
  • Review the approval process for non-standard business ideas.
  • Develop a local tourism strategy to support small businesses.
  • Create a concept plan for the James Street precinct to provide local businesses with clarity on future development work and ensure that their needs and aspirations are incorporated into the outcomes.
Shire of Exmouth
  • Develop a signage policy in consultation with the local business community.
  • Develop a one-stop-approach and dedicate a resource to assist small business with all planning, building and health-related enquiries.
  • Develop Exmouth 5000 – a business attraction and retention strategy.
City of Fremantle
  • Deliver a capacity building service for small businesses in the area.
  • Request business input into the city’s destination marketing strategy.
  • Inform businesses of grant opportunities.
City of Gosnells
  • Organise a business expo to promote small businesses in the area to encourage and promote ‘buy local, shop local’.
  • Host a women in business networking event.
  • Implement a Town Team within the city.
City of Joondalup
  • Update the business section of the website.
  • Review information on the LINK website, a collaboration with Edith Cowan University to help business innovation. 
  • Provide funding to local co-working space Sixty27 and support events and workshops.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • Improve the tendering capacity and awareness of procurement opportunities for local businesses through workshops and training, and distributing early information on open quotation requests and tenders.
  • Run a 'buy local' campaign and market the economic benefits of spending locally to the broader community.
City of Karratha
  • Use the Small Business Development Support Grant program; to support a range of projects that will bring economic benefits to the City.
  • Implement the ‘Take Your Business Online’ support grant scheme to improve the digital capacity and marketing of local small businesses. 
  • Establish a Small Business Advisory Group to provide advice to Council on small business matters, including procurement, policies, and opportunities for growth and diversification.
City of Kwinana
  • Develop a ‘Shop Local’ campaign
  • Review the city’s procurement policy
  • Create closer engagement through place planning initiatives.
City of Melville
  • Develop a Business Crime Prevention Resource Directory to improve awareness of existing crime prevention programs and initiatives.
  • Implement a business customer journey mapping project to reduce customer transactions and provide business customers with an easy-to-use toolkit.
  • Developing a place making framework and improve on engagement with businesses at the Riseley Centre Booragoon.
  • Develop a food truck/fixed traders policy to create a fair trading environment for mobile businesses.
  • Provide business training, networking and development opportunities.
Shire of Mt Marshall
  • Implement business workshops.
  • Improve tourism and local area marketing.
  • Improve local business information and promotion on shire's website.
Shire of Murray
  • Implement the shire's 'Buy Local' preference policy and economic development strategy.
  • Support small business incubator, start-up spaces and marker spaces.
  • Offer business innovation vouchers to support agricultural start-ups and R&D initiatives (in collaboration with the WA Food Innovation Precinct).
  • Establish destination marketing brands for the shire's major towns and continue to support place making town teams.
Shire of Nannup
  • Develop community and place-based campaigns and projects through consultation with the local business community.
  • Create programs, marketing and events campaigns and progress development project to support the local businesses recovering from the impact of COVID-19.
  • Work in consultation with government agencies and community organisations to progress the development of trails and gaining trails town accreditation.
Shire of Narrogin
  • Increase council participation in the local Chamber of Commerce.
  • Develop a welcome back for new business starters to welcome them to the community.
  • Continue to support the local Chamber of Commerce’s Narrogin dollars campaign, which supplies vouchers to be spent at participating local businesses.
Shire of Northam
  • Provide business investment funding to assist in the beautification and activation of under-utilised shop spaces.
  • Build the relationship between the shire and local businesses.
  • Promote economic growth to support businesses within the Shire of Northam.
  • Develop a co-working space in the town centre.
  • Promote a pop-up shop in the Northam CBD for new businesses.
Shire of Quairading
  • Develop and launch a small business grants program.
  • Conduct a small business focus group and incorporate their feedback into the shire’s revised strategic community plan.
  • Host an annual event for the local business community.
City of Rockingham
  • Encouraging procurement from local businesses by positively weighting local content in tender and quote submissions.
  • Developing an investment prospectus to promote opportunities and profile the city’s unique advantages.
  • Reviewing the city’s website to make it easier for small businesses to find information and support.
City of South Perth
  • Develop a local economic development plan.
  • Continue the city's 'Buy local, shop local' campaign.
  • Provide educational and networking opportunities for local small business owners.
City of Stirling
  • Launch new city website with dedicated business and tourism section and business register to give local businesses an opportunity to engage with the city.
  • Supporting workshops and the Momentum mentoring program at the Stirling Business Centre.
  • Partnering with the SBDC on its Small Business Friendly Approvals project.
City of Subiaco
  • Engage with local businesses as part of the city’s new economic development strategy.
  • Reduced red tape relating to planning, business licensing, outdoor activation and business support. 
  • Create a food hub to support home-based food businesses by providing use of a commercial kitchen and local delivery service.
Shire of Toodyay
  • Improve the information for business owners on the shires website.
  • Seek local business owners input into the shires economic development strategy.
  • Develop a casual hire office space to support new and existing businesses.
Town of Victoria Park
  • Identify ways to make it easier to run a business in the area.
  • Facilitate a range of events that allow business owners to network and upskill.
  • Continue to engage with and provide grants to Town Teams to undertake appropriate initiatives.
City of Vincent
  • Provide free bookings for public spaces in the town centre.
  • Review street cleaning services of the town centre, including street furniture and graffiti maintenance.
  • Provide fee free usage of parklets to create a more dynamic and flexible use of these spaces.
City of Wanneroo
  • Greater focus on buying local, including:
    • a goal of awarding contracts to local businesses first (in instances where all things are equal) by December 2019
    • hold information sessions for small businesses explaining the city’s procurement processes
    • advise City of Wanneroo staff of the buy local policy, including a list of local suppliers for staff to easily access.
  • Regular engagement and consultation with small businesses.
  • Support local businesses through events, information, promotion support and guidance.
Shire of Waroona
  • Review the shire’s regional price reference policy.
  • Actively promote and support local businesses via the ‘Waroona Collective’ Facebook page.
  • Host an after-hours event to show case local businesses.