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A new collaborative has formed in Port Hedland bringing together some of the town’s most talented makers and creatives who have combined to run pop-up shops and creative workshops.
The Junction is a group of alumni from the Creative Business Development Series, a program run by FORM with support from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program through the Pilbara Development Commission.
The two-year business development series, targeted at creative microbusinesses wanting to take their business to the next level, included workshops such as social media, product photography and business development.
Junction coordinator Katie Evans said the business development series was the catalyst for the group coming together.
“The business development series gave us the tools and the confidence to not only improve our businesses, but to share our knowledge and skills to help others,” Ms Evans said.
“We want to highlight the handmade and designed nature of our work, as well as engage, grow and empower other small creative businesses in the Pilbara.
“Our long-term goal is to find a permanent creative space to work and sell our products from.”
In addition to running pop-up shops, the Junction offers a range of creative and business development workshops, drawing on the skills and experience learnt through the business development series.
Junction member Helen Komene recently delivered a social media workshop at the WEB Business Hub, sharing her expertise and skills with other small businesses in Port Hedland.
“The business development series empowered us to become teachers and share our knowledge and skills to help build the capacity of other small business owners,” Ms Evans said.
Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the Junction was a powerful legacy of the business development series.
“This demonstrates the importance of supporting businesses in their infancy and empowering entrepreneurs to be innovative and collaborative,” Mr Hill said.
“Building a strong, diverse and iconic creative and cultural sector in the Pilbara is a key part of ensuring a more diverse regional economy.
“The Commission is currently developing a Pilbara Creative and Cultural strategy to drive a more coordinated and collaborative approach to the growth and development of the sector of which small business development will be a key component.”
FORM Executive Director Lynda Dorrington said it was pleasing the Creative Business Development Series was bearing fruit.
“This is one outcome of the investment by FORM, BHP and the Pilbara Development Commission in small business development that supports the West End Markets,” Ms Dorrington said.
“It’s wonderful to see creative small businesses in the region taking that next step.”
The Junction will hold its fourth and final pop-up shop for 2018 on 24 November at the WEB Business Hub featuring everything from a fashion showcase, screen printing workshop, locally-made wares and custom Christmas decorations.