Small Business is a Big Deal in Albany


15 May 2019

Small Business is a Big Deal in Albany

This Federal election, Albany residents and businesses can play their part to support the Small Business is a Big Deal campaign by ensuring their local candidates have policies that will help local small businesses thrive. 

Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Chief Executive Officer Benita Cattalini said 96 per cent of all businesses are small businesses and more than 7,800 people in Albany are employed by small businesses.

“Their success is the whole community’s success, supporting families and boosting the region’s economy which benefits us all,” Ms Cattalini said. 

“Residents and business owners in the City of Albany can’t afford to be complacent about the impact of policies that do not support small business on their livelihoods. We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines. 

“That is why Albany Chamber of Commerce & Industry has joined the Small Business is a Big Deal campaign – a grassroots movement supported by Chambers of Commerce and Industry Associations in every part of the country, which is committed to highlighting what small business needs from the next Federal Government to grow and support the millions of Australian workers they employ.

“Given Western Australia’s unemployment rate is 6.1 per cent in trend terms and the youth unemployment rate is 13.7 per cent, it’s critical that we support small business to create jobs, boost existing workers hours and give our young people the skills they need to be the leaders of the future.”

The Small Business is a Big Deal campaign calls for the next Federal Government to support small business by helping employers and employees work better together, delivering a stable national energy policy and stopping the collapse in skills.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCI) Chief Executive Officer Chris Rodwell said many WA small businesses have been experiencing challenging economic conditions since the mining construction downturn, with operating margins eroded and growth constrained.

“Small businesses contributed $48 billion to WA’s economy last financial year alone and employed almost 500,000 West Australians. This means that if we want to put West Australian workers first we must put small businesses first,” Mr Rodwell said.

“We need small businesses to have the right tax settings and workplace relations framework to create jobs. We need to support them to upskill their workers and train our future leaders through apprenticeships and traineeships.

“It’s up to all of us to remind a future Federal Government that small business is a big deal. Supporting small business is your business.”

To show your support for small business in Albany visit   

Media contacts: 

Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry Benita Cattalini – 9845 7888

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA: Shannen Wilkinson – 0448 928 227                    

Nicola Edwards