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 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.
City of Bayswater
  • Waive planning applications fees for change of use applications for premises on main streets (which have been vacant for more than 12 months).
  • Allocate two dedicated place managers to work with business and enable place activation.
  • Allow new businesses to occupy previously vacant spaces for up to 20 days without planning approval (with a view to potentially extending this to six months to encourage activation).
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. 
City of Bunbury
  • Adopt a buy local policy for the City’s procurement of goods and services.
  • Implement the Economic Development Action Plan which includes a focus on reducing red tape for businesses, developing a business incentive policy and a small business innovation grant
  • Update the website to include small business information with links to support services.
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
  • Review existing partnership arrangements and identify opportunities to partner with local small businesses.
  • Review on-street parking restrictions in West Leederville and Wembley.
  • Develop a business perception survey.
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
  • Review digital marketing.
  • Host an event that fuses the Claremont Town Centre business sector with a major community event providing a destination marketing opportunity to attract visitors.
  • Provide networking and knowledge based opportunities for local businesses.
  • Conduct market research and build on the 2017 research program.
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 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
  • Establish a biannual business round table. 
  • Improve wayfinding signage.
  • Improve and develop additional long bay parking for tourists in the central business district. 
  • Provide a training session to help small business become preferred suppliers for local government, state government and mining sector contracts. 
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.
  • Promote small businesses in the lead up to WA Small Business Day.
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 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
  • Investigate having a small business incentive program within the Narrogin CBD to update facades.
  • Create an Economic Development Strategy.
  • Create a Tourism Development Strategy.
  • Work with the Narrogin Chamber of Commerce to develop a 'buy local' campaign.
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
  • Engage with local stakeholders to develop a tourism strategy.
  • Deliver local programs and events to build the capacity of business owners.
  • Increase lighting in industrial areas to encourage the use of these spaces to expand existing businesses or attract new enterprises.
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 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
  • Implement the ‘smart cities project’ including new initiatives around parking and public transport.
  • Partner with Curtin University to research how the city can develop a night time economy.
  • Develop a Business Attraction and Retention Prospectus.
  • Undertake a business perceptions survey to understand the perceived value of city programs.
  • Establish a ‘business boot camp hub’ providing a space for programs to help businesses grow and thrive.
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
  • Create a business directory to increase the visibility of businesses, especially those without a shop front or are located outside the town centre.
  • Develop an online platform that allows businesses to book vacant tenancies for temporary use, for trailing a new business or low-risk shopfront feasibility.
  • Establish a workshop program to improve access to skills development for local entrepreneurs.
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.