Supporting Local Business

Supporting Local Business

Local businesses are some of the biggest employers in Australia! Supporting local businesses and shopping locally stimulates job creation, boosts the local economy, establishes a rich local culture and injects money directly into the community. 

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder recognises the important role local businesses play in suppporting our local economy and community. The City's Economic Development team is actively working with local businesses and industry bodies to support Kalgoorlie-Boulder enterprises and promote the importance of shopping locally. 

The City supports local businesses through the following initiatives:

Buy Local Strategy
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Buy Local Strategy outlines how the City will assist and partner with local business and industry bodies to positively impact local purchasing and support regional employment opportunities.

The Stategy's vision is to have strong local businesses employing people that live in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, ultimately creating new jobs and generating economic growth.

The Stategy's key goals are to:
  • Support and develop sustainable, profitable local businesses;
  • Maximise the local provision of goods and services regularly required by residents and business;
  • Foster collaboration among businesses in procurement, market supply, marketing and freight; and
  • Develop a strong retail sector and a vibrant CBD in both Kalgoorlie and Boulder.
For more detail, please view the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Buy Local Strategy
 
Buy Local Campaign #ShoploKalwa
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, in collaboration with the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KBCCI), is currently delivering the #ShopLoKalwa campaign. The campaign aims to create community awareness about the importantce of supporting local businesses, recognising the valuable contribution they make to the Kalgoorlie-Boulder economy and community. 

The #ShopLoKalwa campaign was inspired through consultation with the local business community who recognised a need to collectively engage with local consumers. The importance of the campaign and shopping locally was also revealed through data from the Kalgoorlie-Boudler Local Spend Analysis, conducted by REMPLAN in 2018. The Analysis revealed that 64% of every dollar spent at a local small business stays in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder economy and community. This contrasts with just 3% for online purchases. 

Through the use of #ShopLoKalwa on social media by both local businesses and consumers, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the KBCCI aim to:
  • Create exposure for local businesses, their products and services; 
  • Promote and celebrate Kalgoorlie-Boulder's unique local business community;
  • Encourage a strong relationship between the community and the local business sector.
Shoppers are encouraged to follow @shoplokalwa on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram for news, sales, and updates on everything shopping.

Local business retailers are encouraged to join the #ShoploKalwa retailers group on Facebook for news, updates and tips on the easiest ways to utilise #ShopLoKalwa hashtag for improved online business marketing.

For more information about the Buy Local Campaign and how your business can get involved, please contact the City's Economic Development team. 
Small Business Friendly Initiative
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder's committment to the local business community is further supported by our pledge to the Small Business Friendly Local Government's initiative. 

This initiative, developed by the Small Business Development Corporation, recognises City's work towards, 'better practice' in engaging with our small business community.

The key commitments are to;
  • Work to further enhance customer service.                      
  • Make small business payments within 30 days.
  • Have a process to handle concerns and disputes.
  • Investigate and introduce activities to improve the operating environment for small businesses in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and;
  • Work closely with the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry to support and promote local small businesses.
The City is one of the inaugurating local governments who committed to the initiative by signing a Charter in August 2016.

For more detail please view the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder 
Small Business Friendly Charter
Procurement Workshops: How to do business in Kalgoorlie-Boulder
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development have partnered together to present quarterly procurement workshops on How to do Business in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.  These workshops provide small to medium sized enterprises and Aboriginal businesses with the opportunity to: 
  • Take home valuable information relating to upcoming tenders and contracts;
  • Gain insight into procurement processes;
  • Meet purchasing professionals;
  • Learn about compliance and registration requirements for local tenders and contracts. 
For more information about the Procurement Workshops, including the next scheduled date, please contact the Economic Development Team. 
 
Take part in our 'Local Business Showcase'
We want to showcase your businesses stories! The City's Economic Development team  is s eeking expressions of interest from local businesses who wish to be a part of the buy local campaign in the future. You can nominate your own business or a valued local small business in your community.

As a business, the participating criteria  is:
  • The business owners have lived in Kalgoorlie-Boulder or the business has been in the local area for at least 2 years.
  • The business supports the local community for example local schools or sporting clubs. 
  • The business has at least a basic web or digital presence; and
  • The business shopfront and/or shop is visually pleasing.
Express your businesses interest in this exciting initiative here

Opportunity exisits for local businesses to apply for funding to support Space Activation Activities within the central business districts. For more information on this Space Activation Sponsorship contact the City's Economic Development Coordinator here.