Business growth on menu

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

As Hedland businesses gear up for the seasonal rush of travellers in coming months, owners have held a forum to discuss small business opportunities.

Community members gathered for Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s March Business Breakfast at ibis Styles Port Hedland last Wednesday.

Guest speakers included Codeswitch senior consultant Tony Noonan and Small Business Development Corporation chairwoman Kitty Prodonovich, who is also chief executive of the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry of WA.

“I think it’s a really exciting time in Port Hedland — there’s plenty of opportunities for small businesses to grow and have a really good network,” she said. “It’s on the cusp of strong, diverse businesses.

“I think there seems to be a bit of confidence — not wild optimism but I think people are thinking it’s turned (the economy); there’s some exciting times to come.

“I think owners should aim to join in, join groups or the chamber.

“Sometimes in small business you can feel like you cannot ask for help, like you should know what to do but there are lots of people out there who can provide help.”

Questions were raised at the event about a lack of cruise ship visits for the town compared to other regional areas.

“I do know that cruise ships visits are a massive opportunity for all regional ports because they have high yield — it’s a great way to expose community and businesses,” Ms Prodonovich said.

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