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From the Commissioner

Small Business Commissioner David Eaton

As many of you reading this will be well aware, August is right in the middle of reporting season. It’s no different for us at the SBDC, with our team busily working on the upcoming annual report. Our results show that during 2012-13 we’ve dealt with more than 16,000 enquiries from small business clients. Recent independent research has also shown that 90 per cent of the people we’ve worked with were satisfied with their experience and would use our service again. It’s always been our aim to put the needs of small business first and it’s great to see people taking advantage of our services and benefiting from the information they receive.

We’ve also been working hard to make our small business workshops available to as many people as possible. We’ve started to roll-out some of these workshops to our State-wide network of independent Small Business Centres, so more people will be able to access them in their local area.

I hope you find this edition of the SBDC e-newsletter interesting and that you will take the opportunity to pass the information onto your members and associates.

Kind regards
David Eaton
WA Small Business Commissioner

New Minister for Small Business

Minister for Small Business Joe Francis

At the start of this month, Jandakot MLA Joe Francis was appointed the new State Minister for Small Business, replacing Liza Harvey.

The new Minister was sworn in by Governor Malcolm McCusker on Monday 5th August. A former submarine officer, Minister Francis adds Small Business to his existing portfolios of Corrective Services, Emergency Services and Veterans.

As a former franchisee, Minister Francis has personal experience with the ups and downs of running a small business. In his opening address to Parliament, he described his belief in a ‘fair go’, unlimited business opportunities and cutting red tape. The new Minister has also been described by Premier Colin Barnett as, “An enthusiastic and passionate advocate for the small businesses that form the backbone of the local economy”.

We congratulate former Minister Liza Harvey on her appointment as Minister for Tourism.

Three steps to prevent new Yellow Pages directory scam

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently alerted small businesses that the fake ‘Yellow Pages’ business directory scam has resurfaced in Australia.

The ACCC has received an influx of reports from small businesses who have received a fax claiming to be from ‘Yellow Page Australia’ or ‘Open Business Directory Ltd’. The fax aims to con targets into signing up to an online business directory service charged at $99 per month for a minimum two-year period.

The ACCC is urging small business operators to be alert and follow these three key rules:

  1. If you receive a ‘Yellow Pages’ fax or email, bin it. Sensis will never approach you this way.
  2. If you get a threatening phone call, email or fax demanding payment – ignore it and report it to the ACCC’s SCAMwatch service.
  3. Spread the word. Ensure your employees are aware of this scam and know how to protect your business.

For more information, visit SCAMwatch.

Celebrating the Aboriginal Business Directory

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Peter Collier with Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council member Robert Isaacs

The SBDC, alongside project partners the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA’s ProjectConnect, last month held an event to celebrate the continued success of the Aboriginal Business Directory WA and acknowledge its 11 inaugural sponsors.

This directory, which we have been supporting for over four years, provides Aboriginal businesses in Western Australia with an opportunity to promote their products and services to potential buyers from government and private organisations.

There are currently more than 150 Aboriginal businesses listed on the online directory.

Pictured: Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Hon. Peter Collier with Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council member Robert Isaacs OAM CM JP.

Applications now open for the 2013 WA Regional Small Business Awards

Now in its 11th year, our WA Regional Small Business Awards (WARSBAs) continue to recognise and acknowledge the best of Western Australia’s regional small businesses. A gala event will be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Perth on 15 November to celebrate the success of award-winning regional small business in a number of categories.

To be eligible to enter the awards, businesses need to have won a corresponding award through a regional Chamber of Commerce or Small Business Centre awards program during 2013. Details of eligible award programs are listed on our website.

To apply for the 2013 WARSBAs and have an opportunity for your business to be promoted around the State, please contact your local Chamber of Commerce or Small Business Centre. Applications close on Friday, 11 October 2013. For more information, please visit our website.

Government releases new small business resource kit

Small business mechanic

The Commonwealth Government has released a new version of its popular e-resource kit for small businesses.

The Small Business Resource Kit contains useful information and resources designed to help small business owners and start-ups get down to business.

Composed of a variety of video files, audio recordings and traditional handbooks, the kit includes information on legal issues, independent contractors, and key contact information for small businesses.

You can obtain a resource kit by contacting the Small Business Support Line on 1800 777 275 or going to

Video – tax basics for small business

Tax basics for small business video

This video, from the Australian Tax Office, provides an overview of the tax and super obligations that may arise when starting and running a small business.

SBDC Workshops

We have a range of workshops to help you establish and grow your business. All workshops (except Business Basics which is free) cost $40 per person (including GST) and are hosted at our Perth CBD office. Plus, if you book for two people at the same time to attend the same workshop you’ll receive a 50% discount on the second person. For full details and online bookings, visit our website.

Business Basics (FREE)
Every Tuesday, 9.30am – 11.30am

Succeeding Online
Thursday 12 September, 9.00am – 12:00pm

The 12 Step Business Plan Workshop
Wednesday 28 August, 9.00am – 11.30am
Wednesday 25 September, 9.00am – 11.30am

Understanding Your Business Financials Workshop
Wednesday 18 September, 9.00am – 11.30am

Spreading the Word – Marketing your Business
Wednesday 4 September, 9.00am – 11.30am

Setting up Business Systems
Wednesday 11 September, 9.00am – 11.30am

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