Small Business Friendly Local Government Program
Date29 June 2020
From Wednesday 1 July 2020, the City of Rockingham will join the Small Business Friendly Local Government (SBFLG) program in a bid to help small businesses across the community.
The SBFLG is run by the State Government’s Small Business Development Corporation and is a program which recognises local governments across Western Australia that are committed to actively supporting small businesses in their community.
By signing the SBFLG charter and joining the program, the City will commit to working with and supporting small business in a range of ways. These include reaffirming the City’s existing commitments to provide a weekly EFT payment run for approved small business supplier invoices.
It also includes continuing business support measures such as the free Business Foundations advisory sessions the City has recently run in response to COVID-19, and the revision of the City’s Procurement Policy to actively provide more opportunities for local businesses by promoting all quotes and tenders on Rock Port, the City’s online portal.
Plans are being developed for a range of training workshops and seminars to be held in the next financial year, along with a jobs expo and a defence industry forum, which will be funded by the City and delivered by the Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce.
With small business comprising approximately 97 per cent of the businesses in Rockingham, Mayor Barry Sammels said it was important for the City to support the sector where possible.
“Through the aspirations outlined in the City’s Strategic Community Plan 2019 -2029, the community has made it clear that actively pursuing tourism and economic development is a priority,” Mayor Sammels said.
Given this is a key a focus and the importance that small business has to the Rockingham community, the City is delighted to have signed the SBFLG charter and joined the program.
“Joining the initiative fulfils a key part of the City’s Economic Development Strategy and we look forward to working closely with small business, particularly as we continue to navigate a post COVID-19 recovery together.”