The Engine Room for Growth? The Role, Performance, and Future Prospects of Small Business in Western Australia
The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre invites you to the launch of the next report in the Focus on Western Australia report series which will examine the role of the small business sector in driving economic growth, employment and prosperity in Western Australia.
As governments grapple with the policy dilemmas of a changing economic landscape, slow productivity growth, and disruptive technologies, governments are placing greater emphasis on the important role of small businesses. Indeed, the 2015 Australian Federal Budget referred to small businesses as the ‘engine room’ of the economy.
The report will examine the history of WA’s small business sector, its current contribution to the WA economy, and the future prospects for small businesses in the state in a changing industrial landscape. We will assess the impact the current regulatory environment has on the small business sector, and look at the health and wellbeing of small business owners. The report will be supported by findings from a new survey of WA’s small businesses in metropolitan and regional areas to give further insights into the opportunities and challenges faced by the sector.
Please join us for breakfast with prominent government, industry and community leaders to discuss how best to address the challenges faced by the sector and help frame policy discussions aimed at supporting the sector and the owners/managers of small businesses.
The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre is delighted to announce the panel for the launch of the next report in the Focus on Western Australia report series, which will examine the role of the small business sector in driving economic growth, employment and prosperity in Western Australia.
Join David Eaton, Small Business Commissioner, Small Business Development Corporation, Sharon Grosser, Co-Founder, SEQTA Software and John Hewson AM, Professor, Crawford School, ANU; former Opposition Leader and BCEC Professorial Fellow in a panel discussion.