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Make a small change to help small businesses in WA

Did you know that if we each spent $10 a month with a local small business that it would provide a financial boost of $216 million annually to the small business sector in Western Australia?

At the SBDC, we’re committed to encouraging and promoting the growth of the small business sector in the state, which is why we are working with more than 30 local governments to encourage all Western Australians to make a small change to their purchasing habits.

The Make a Small Change campaign will run from 28 October until 3 November 2019 and during this time we will be reminding consumers about the importance of buying from their local small businesses.

Why small business are a big deal

From tradies to retailers and service providers, small businesses are vital to a vibrant, diversified economy.

More than 224,000 small businesses are operating in the State, employing more than 491,000 workers and contributing in excess of $48 billion to the WA economy.

By focusing the spotlight on small businesses, Make a Small Change aims to highlight the significant role local businesses play in supporting and sustaining the social fabric of local communities.

The Make a Small Change campaign is about making sustainable changes to buying habits and follows on from WA’s Small Business Day, which this year is on Saturday 26 October.

How you can make a small change

We’re encouraging all Western Australians to make small changes to their spending habits to support small businesses and as a result benefit sustainability, bolster the economy and support their local community.

Some of the small changes you can make that will make a big difference to local businesses include:

  • purchasing services from local professionals and tradespeople
  • committing to purchasing some goods exclusively from small businesses, for example buying birthday cards from a local newsagent rather than a large supermarket
  • recommending a small business to friends and family
  • considering the environmental impact of purchasing nationally and from overseas
  • seeking out businesses that offer something unique or unusual
  • buying from small businesses that sponsor local events, sporting clubs and charities
  • sharing the social media posts of small businesses to broaden their reach.

Local make a small change activities

In addition to shopping locally, the local governments participating in the Make a Small Change campaign will also be running a range of activities to support local businesses, so check in with them to see how you can show your support.

Get social with your support

When you’re making a purchase with a small businesses during the Make a Small Change campaign, don’t forget to spread the word with your own networks via social media. Snap a selfie of yourself in a small business near you, or with your purchase, and use the #smallchangewa hashtag to show your support.

Spread the word about making a small change in your business

If you’d like to raise awareness of the importance of small business, get involved with the Make a Small Change campaign by downloading and sharing the following resources in your business or online.

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Supporting small businesses reduces your carbon footprint.

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Support small businesses and grow your local community.

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Make a small change. Buy local. Eat local. Enjoy local.

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Small businesses create local jobs for local people.

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Small businesses support local charities, sports teams and events.

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Small businesses are the heartbeat of your neighbourhood.

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Put your money where your house is. Make a small change.

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Make a small change and support small.

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