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Onslow small business owner Mel Seymour takes part in a needs analysis session with Business Foundation's Phil Kemp. Picture: Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Onslow business owners who have taken up an offer of free, individually-tailored needs-analysis sessions provided by the Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry say it was a worthwhile investment of their time.
The one-on-one sessions, each lasting up to two hours, are conducted by Business Foundations chief executive Phil Kemp and have been made possible with funding from the State Government, through the Pilbara Development Commission.
Conducted on each business’s premises the sessions cover core management themes including operations management, staffing and administrative procedures.
A total of 10 businesses have so far attended or are booked to attend a session.
Mel Seymour, Director of Onslow electrical and HVAC specialist, Dice Solutions, said he was initially sceptical about sparing an hour or two to do the session but afterwards was glad he did.
“As a small business owner, you concentrate on your work, whether it is electrical or something else, and you don’t tend to open your eyes to the running of the business side,” he said.
“(In the sessions) you cover the different paths you could go down. I am now looking at hiring someone to help with the admin side to get me out doing more of what I should be doing – electrical work.”
Sean Joyce, who is the Business Manager for Joyce Krane, a local heavy lifting and logistics company, said the session helped him to identify ways to improve and he planned to attend future OCCI business support programs.
“It certainly highlighted the fact that as business owners and managers we generally spend too much time working in the business instead of working on the business,” he said.
Pilbara Development Commission Economic Development, Land and Infrastructure Director Justin Fromm said holistic and tailored business support was being offered to businesses in Onslow to enable them to develop the capacity and capability to supply services and products to industry and government.
“The aim is to ensure Onslow businesses are benefitting from major industrial growth in the area, creating more local jobs and supporting the growing population,” Mr Fromm said.
Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Chantelle King said the sessions were just a part of the support on offer.
"Following on from the 1on1 sessions, we are looking forward to working with each of the businesses individually on topics recognised out of these sessions and tailoring the specific support required,” Ms King said.