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A vital education and information initiative to benefit all businesses!

With an aim to connect, grow and inform local businesses, Grow Local is all about supporting local businesses
so they can take every opportunity for business growth.

We know how busy you are, and we know you just want to be able to access information, receive relevant training and  connect with the right people from the right organisations so you can put your business in the best position to tender, bid or expand.  Through the collective support of our committed contributing partners Grow Local is about building local businesses and building sustainable local communities.

Grow Local is just that – a program which provides local businesses with  free education and information on the events in their area to help them grow!

What we offer

  • Short sharp monthly training workshops
  • Regular communication on local business and tender opportunities
  • One calendar of events for local procurement, tender and project workshops and activities
  • Networking events and project briefings
  • Opportunities to “meet the buyers”
  • One on one appointments at your business to help you with any local procurement challenges
  • Dedicated Grow Local Program Manager

How to get involved

Delivered by the Karratha & Districts CCI and supported by RCCIWA, we have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to get involved and find out what is happening. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram, sign up for our regular e-newsletter, or just get in touch with the KDCCI office and we can help you. Or we can even come and visit you, to make it easier.

GROW LOCAL WORKSHOPS

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Attend a free workshop

Covering all of your business questions from marketing, capability statements, to management skills, you’ll find a workshop to help boost your business, and don’t forget attendance is free, but spaces fill up fast, so make sure you register today!

Upcoming Workshops

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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Meet Laura

Laura Poole is your friendly Grow Local Program Coordinator, with a passion for business and sales and extensive experience, she is here to help your business grow. Laura offers professional consultations free of charge! She is also responsible for scheduling events, booking program speakers, and all communications sent from the program. If you would like to book a consultation, or provide any feedback on the Grow Local program, please email Laura via the link below.

BUSINESS EVENTS CALENDAR

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Find Events Hosted By Local Businesses Here

Grow Local provides a free calendar for all local businesses to list events below. If you would like to add your events, please click on the button below (if you are not currently a KDCCI member/registered site visitor, you will be prompted to create a profile before you can proceed. All events will be reviewed and approved by the Grow Local team prior to publishing.

Upcoming Local Business Events
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GOOD NEWS STORIES

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How we are helping local businesses

We’ve received some great feedback from Local Businesses! Find out about their experiences with us.

Grow Local had the pleasure of interviewing Station Manager Kay McLaglen about her experience with the Program.

Q: Tell us a bit about your business?
A:  SCA is committed to delivering the best entertainment, music, sport, comedy, and big events. SCA has the largest regional commercial radio footprint in Australia with stations in all states and Territories. In each market we are intrinsically involved with the local community through content, news, and fundraising initiatives.

Q: How did you find out about Grow Local?
A: We were introduced to the program through our connections and support with the KDCCI

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the program?
A: We see the program as an educational tool to give staff and our business a new opportunity to learn and develop skills. 

Q: What have you gained from our workshops?
A: New knowledge, we find Grow Local delivers safe space for learning. By attending the workshops, we also gain new connections through networking with like-minded people.

Q: Why would you recommend us to other businesses?
A: For one, it’s a free service that is beneficial especially to small to medium enterprises – it gives you as a business a chance to invest and upskill your staff at no extra cost. The program also keeps up with trends that the business community need.

Q: What do you have planned next for your business?
A: To keep investing in my staff through education and training and give them all the tools they need to grow and succeed.

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your experience with Grow Local?
A: I think the Grow Local workshops and events are well executed and well presented. I’m looking forward to seeing what is in store for the next 12 months. I would encourage all businesses to take parktin the workshops especially the small business owners as the Grow Local Program is a great initiative to gain help and support, as well as being excellent for networking.

Grow Local had the pleasure of interviewing Jodi Porteous & Kari O’Brien from Northwest Accountancy,
about their experience with the Program.

Q: Tell us a bit about your business?
A: At Northwest Accountancy, we are not typical accountants.  We want to serve our clients quickly, efficiently, and be friendly and like their family.  We want our clients to trust us enough to ask questions without being scared to ensure that they get the best advice we can give to succeed.  We want all of our clients to be successful.

Good bookkeeping is one of the keys to a successful business, and that means your books are up to date in a timely manner and reflect what is happening in your business.  Once you have good bookkeeping, then you can also run reports that you can rely on, read regularly, and know what you are looking at.  Lodging and paying your taxes and employee obligations on time is one of the most important responsibilities of a business owner, and with that,  good cashflow is another key to success,  and by having good cashflow habits you can make significant improvements to your business.

Successful tax preparation is where the client understands what they can and can’t claim, and are prepared to keep the documentation necessary to substantiate claims.  Success is lodging on time, getting refunds on time, or paying to the ATO on time. Success is great communication without the jargon, which easily provides the why and the how.

Northwest Accountancy is proudly local, and loves to support the community.  We have been based in the Pilbara for over 20 years, and our staff live, work, volunteer and play locally.  We like to encourage all members of the community, as well as our staff to volunteer, give back and strive for excellence by furthering their education, understanding or awareness.  We have a bank account dedicated to community – to build and foster relationships within the staff community, client community and local area – supporting donation and sponsorship requests.

Q: How did you find out about Grow Local?
A: We have been active members of the KDCCI for many years, and support all of the training and events that are hosted by them.  They are always relevant, useful and fun to attend.

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the program?
A: We know that personal and professional growth helps the business grow.

Q: What have you gained from our workshops?
A: By better understanding key components of running a business, Grow Local has opened our eyes to things that we need to tweak and also shown us that we are on the right track.

Q: Why would you recommend us to other businesses?
A: For a start, it’s free training!  Sponsored training means that we can access things we need to know about, for the cost of a couple of hours of time.  It also gives you access to meet with other like minded business owners and also meet with the presenters, to see how they may be able to help you move your business forward.

Q: What do you have planned next for your business?
A: We have just set up some online training where clients can access pre-recorded videos of general advice and information, to reduce the amount of time it takes them to research.  We have taken our whole business online in the past 18 months, and this has enabled us to work more remotely, and service more clients.  We are looking to expand our client base, to help business owners do the tax they need to do, as well as helping them run their business better.

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your experience with Grow Local?
A: It’s been great to mingle with others, to learn, and network.  Every session we attend is important.

Grow Local had the pleasure of interviewing Katliin Priilinn from Barber Kat about her experience with the Program.

Q: Tell us a bit about your business?

Hi, my business is called Barber Kat and I’m an appointment based barber working out of a modest hairdressing salon at Hedland Place. I try my hardest to make sure every one of my clients, big or small, will get up from my chair looking and feeling 10/10. I enjoy working for myself after years of being an employee, it gives me a chance to do things how I see fit and do what’s best for my customers.

Q: How did you find out about Grow Local?
A: Word of mouth promotion via the Grow Local Program Manager.

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the program?
A: My first workshop was about LinkedIn with Jo Saunders. When it popped to my email I thought it would be good to educate myself about something I’ve never used before but always had an interest in.

Q: What have you gained from our workshops?
A: Lots of valuable knowledge and the chance to meet likeminded people. Small and big business owners who are all there to learn something new, just like me.

Q: Why would you recommend us to other businesses?
A: It is an amazing opportunity to take a couple hours off work and join the professionals you invite for the very well organised workshops. The best part is that you do the thinking for us by choosing all the good workshops that we just have to sign up to and attend. Good way to meet other likeminded business owners as well. And there’s food!

Q: What do you have planned next for your business?
A: I’m always striving to be bigger and better!

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your experience with Grow Local?
A:  I would like to thank you for putting on these awesome workshops and supporting local businesses with the knowledge they didn’t know they needed. Also I really appreciate getting good books to read as a gift from your workshops. It’s really amazing and I hope more people will learn about your program! Thank you so very much, Barber Kat

We recently caught up with Richa Joshi from Dual Nation to find out how participating in the Grow Local Program has impacted on her business.

Q: Tell us a bit about your business?

Dual Nation is a passion and heart centered e-commerce business that serves diversity, equity and inclusion – with designs that gives multinationals, multiculturals, binationals, biracials the option of proclaiming their pride in their rich lineage. These designs are placed on different merchandise options, and are amazing conversation starters.

 

Q: How did you find out about Grow Local?

I found out about the ‘Grow Local’ initiative, via the advertising done on social media by the KDCCI. I got to attend the launch of this program, and was very impressed by how much support, structure and forward thinking this group of members were. I attended a few of the workshops and networking events, as and when time permitted, and was once again blown away by the quality of deliverables offered by this initiative.

 

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the program?

The workshops that were on offer were relevant and thought provoking – hence I kept attending the workshops. The Program Manager’s attention to service was exemplary, such a high level of care is being offered.

 

Q: What have you gained from our workshops?

Most of all the workshops have given me a chance to re-learn a lot of different ideas, and techniques. The workshops have also given me a chance to meet other like-minded business owners, and network.

 

Q: Why would you recommend us to other businesses?

I believe that in small regional and remote communities; success comes not in ‘capturing’ some other businesses ‘customer segment’ ,but in finding avenues for collaborations, and partnerships – that benefit the business owners and result in an even better customer experience. Thus, being able to meet other like minded business owners, as well as learning from the workshops will aid and assist in this idea.

 

Q: What do you have planned next for your business?

I am hoping to expand my business, by adding in ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ workshops/courses as well as launch a podcast in the same vein.

 

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your experience with Grow Local?

I’ve really enjoyed the workshops I have been able to attend through the Grow Local initiative , as well as the workshops I have attended as part of the Pilbara Women in Business initiative. I have had the privilege of being a guest speaker at the latter initiative as well. I commend the staff and team for this program, as I truly believe that small business owners are the backbone of any community. In empowering these owners, adding knowledge to their already present skill sets can only mean continued, and long lasting success for them – in turn success for the community of Karratha.

 

We recently caught up with Shaun Burgess from the Karratha Business Enterprise Hub to find out how participating in the Grow Local Program has impacted on their business.

Q: Tell us a bit about your business?

We are all about promoting a strong business community in the Pilbara. Assisting people with a vision and the passion to succeed, we help them realise their dreams. We do this by connecting people and organisations with talent, ideas, and resources so they can achieve their goals.

Now through the Enterprise Hub we have the ability to extend our support even further into the community giving access to the Karratha Enterprise Hub and its state-of-the-art facilities including a boardroom and hot desks.

Q: How did you find out about Grow Local?

Through our connection with the KDCCI. 

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the program?

We took the opportunity to professionalise our approach to business and the training enables us to provide information to those who utilise the Karratha Enterprise Hub. We also like showing our support for programs that build local businesses – especially micro to small businesses.

 

Q: What have you gained from our workshops?

Knowledge and a greater connection to the community through networking.

Q: Why would you recommend us to other businesses?

The program is run professionally and designed to help increase the skills of the community. The workshops are always helpful and informative.

 

Q: What do you have planned next for your business?

We will always be an incubator for micro to small businesses and allow them a space to facilitate their own workshops to pass on their skills. We will continue to foster collaboration with like minded business owners and provide an inspirational and creative working space that is better than a coffee shop.

 

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your experience with Grow Local?

We would love to see more of the community engage with the program. It’s free and a great way to increase your knowledge and skills.

 

We recently caught up with Sue & Tamara from Signswest Karratha to find out how participating in the Grow Local Program has impacted on their business.

 

Q: Tell us a bit about your business?

Established in 1997, the business has grown to cater for the ever-changing Pilbara business landscape. We are a full-service sign company, from concept and design, through to production, manufacture, and installation. We provide high quality signage to the mining, construction, marine, Government, and private sectors within the Pilbara and have done so for many years.

Signswest have been recipients of multiple awards including Small Business Awards for various categories in Karratha & Port Hedland & Silver Medalist in the Australian Sign Industry Awards, but that does not stop us working constantly to improve and become a better business.

We are major supply partners to Pilbara Iron (Rio Tinto), Roy Hill, BHP, Dampier Salt & Pilbara Ports Authority.

 

Q: How did you find out about Grow Local?

Through our KDCCI partnership.

 

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the program?

To gain useful information to help our business continue to grow and keep up to date with changes that effect small business.

We are also attending to support the program. There has always been information we have come away with that we can use in the business.

 

Q: What have you gained from our workshops?

Information that aligns with local and small business in the Pilbara. It is easy to underestimate or overestimate your business, the workshops give you the tools to look a little deeper into your business.

Q: Why would you recommend us to other businesses?

Highly recommend this program to all businesses and we are lucky to have this platform available to us in the Pilbara, where quality information and guest speakers are available. I recommend sending key employees in your business to these workshops as part of their professional development.

 

Q: What do you have planned next for your business?

We have just completed our new policies, procedures, and OH&S manual, which we will roll out in January to all staff in all locations. This is a great example of how Grow Local and the workshops have directly contributed to our business. We also expect to expand our employee base in early 2021.

 

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your experience with Grow Local?

We encourage all businesses to take the time to attend the Grow Local workshops, they provide a platform for both businesses and employer/employee’s professional development. The workshops do not cost and are open to all businesses.

 

Following on from her recent win at the Business Excellence Awards for Best Aboriginal Business, we caught up with Jane Tittums from NAANDA to find out how participating in the Grow Local Program has impacted her business.

Q: Tell us a bit about your business?

NAANDA aims to help bridge the gap from Centrelink to financial stability. Through employment, training, mentoring and support, our people gain skills and confidence. We create opportunities and sustainable employment for local Indigenous people and others in the community. NAANDA is specialists in pest and weed control, facilities management (cleaning and gardening), labour hire & power tools repairs and maintenance.

Q: How did you find out about Grow Local?

As an active and engaged member of the KDCCI, I keep across what is happening with the Chamber and follow what each program, including Grow Local is up to.

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the program?

I loved the idea of the one event providing both professional development and networking. It is done in the one place and covers topics that people want and need to know.

Q: What have you gained from our workshops?

A big amount of professional development. I have gained confidence in being able to talk to the ‘big players’ and have a discussion. I can do things at a higher level because of the knowledge that I have gained by attending.

Q: Why would you recommend us to other businesses?

If you are not in it, how can you win it? The professional development opportunities are gold, so why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that

Q: What do you have planned next for your business?

We have expanded and will continue to do so. We are passionate about keeping people local by giving them work opportunities to keep them in the community.

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your experience with Grow Local?

I really like organization of the events as I can come straight from work.

The networking element of the Grow Local events is fantastic – the networking is also a form of professional development. I have made good connections and contacts from the events. I have also seen people grow and develop from engaging in the workshops and their own personal growth has been great.

We recently caught up with Laurie Miller  from Pilbara Bakehouse to find out how participating in the Grow Local Program has impacted on his business.

Q: Tell us a bit about your business?

Pilbara Bakehouse opened in January 2019 modelled of the famous Ningaloo Bakehouse in Exmouth. We have the retail bakery and café located in Hedland place as well as our wholesale HACCP factory in the LIA. The Bakehouse is presently the only wholesale bakery in the Pilbara, providing a fresh local alternative of bread, pies, cakes & other baked goods, delivering throughout the Pilbara daily, including Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Wickham, Port Hedland and Onslow.

Q: How did you find out about Grow Local?

The Grow Local Program Manager introduced me to the Grow Local Program and then she helped to open opportunities and connections with key people.

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the program?

I was interested in the networking element and was hoping to gain contacts, which I have.

Q: What have you gained from our workshops?

The Organizing and Planning workshop that I attended really helped give me information that I can use in my business. The presenter, Andy Tan was good, and the session was informative and helpful.

Q: Why would you recommend us to other businesses?

It is important to be engaged within the community and to support local businesses. The program is supported by bigger companies so there are networking opportunities here as well. The workshops that are available are great training opportunities for me and staff as well.

Q: What do you have planned next for your business?

As a local business, Pilbara Bakehouse is aiming to provide a fresh alternative of bread, cakes, pies and other bakery goods to service the Pilbara. Our aim is that the business will continue to evolve with a focus on growing and expanding the wholesale division and creating more job opportunities for locals and indigenous workers. We will continue to build and maintain key relationships with our customers throughout the Pilbara.

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your experience with Grow Local?

Being a part of the Grow Local program has been a valuable experience for both me and my business. The workshops and networking opportunities alone have been great for introductions and starting conversations. To be out in the community, supporting and working with other businesses and Grow Local is important for everyone.

We recently caught up with Aleesia Millward  from Pilbara Building Company to find out how participating in the Grow Local Program has impacted on his business.

Q Tell us a bit about your business?

As the name suggests we are a Pilbara based building company and we offer construction, project management, commercial fit-outs, and consulting services.

We established the business in 2018 and since then we have been instrumental in the completion of several high-profile projects, including – the KFC Refurbishment, Hungry Jacks and the new Woodside Bay Village Transient Accommodation. Prior to this we were also part of the team that successfully completed the Karratha Health Campus.

Q: How did you find out about Grow Local?

The Program Manager came out to visit us and we quickly built a fantastic relationship, which we appreciate. Navah is friendly and engaging and explained to us the benefits of the Grow Local program so we started attending Grow Local workshops and found them to be interesting and enjoyable.

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the program?

Two years into building our business, we are open to services and ideas that would help us grow our company. We found that Grow Local came along just at the right time for us, as we had been discussing procurement options, but hadn’t taken many steps with the larger resource companies. The Grow Local manager told us they could assist with these procurement challenges, so it was a no brainer for us to give it a try.

Q: What have you gained from our workshops? 

We have picked up new business knowledge, but it has also been good for refreshing existing knowledge. We have particularly enjoyed the opportunity to network with other local businesses and engage with visiting procurement teams. The atmosphere at the workshops is relaxed and the people we have met there have all been friendly, so we make sure we attend as many as possible.

Q: Why would you recommend us to other businesses?

Grow Local is there to support our local business community. It is a well thought out program that takes into consideration what we need locally to succeed. Its good having Navah come out and visit our business so she can see what we do, and we can tell her what we would like support with at Grow Local events.

Q: What do you have planned next for your business?

We have recently been awarded the Design and Construct Contract for a local electrical merchandising company and are currently working with the Architect and Consultants to ensure we deliver a top-quality facility that exceeds our client’s expectations. We will use this upcoming opportunity along with our current projects to continue to build a successfully and well-respected local business. We are also hoping to be in a strong position to start uploading our business capabilities to the resource portals to tender for larger scale contracts in the future.

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your experience with Grow Local?

Only that I would encourage other businesses to check out the program or get in contact with the team and see if they can help with their business. Its free, so you’ve got nothing to lose.


We recently caught up with Matt Sear  from Best IT Business Solutions to find out how participating in the Grow Local Program has impacted on his business.

Q Tell us a bit about your business?

We are an IT Solutions company that has offices in Karratha, Broome, Kununurra and Perth.

We specialise in supporting regional business and NFP’s with a range of services, based around streamlining business software and procedures.

Q: How did you find out about Grow Local?

We met Navah, the Grow Local manager, through our existing relationship with the KDCCI. I was invited to present at a Grow Local workshop in May via Zoom application.

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the program?

To help educate the people of Karratha on issues such as Cybersecurity, engage with other local business people and learn through the valuable workshops. Both being a presenter and an attendee has been very valuable. The networking and business 1:1s that we have had with the program has been incredible.

Q: What have you gained from our workshops?

Each workshop I take part in, I learn something new. I think that’s what is so good about having a diverse range of businesses, people and workshop topics with Grow Local is that you can share different ideas and hear about business ideas you perhaps have never thought of or tried before.

I am personally mainly based in Broome, but it’s been great being able to send my Karratha team to the workshops and know that they can meet other like-minded business people and develop their skills and contacts network.

Q: Why would you recommend us to other businesses?

As I said, I feel it is a great way to connect to like-minded business and set up partnerships in a professional environment. Since we began our involvement, the Grow Local program manager has referred 12 new business opportunities to us, which helps with our business growth goals, and we hope it continues well into the future.

Q: What do you have planned next for your business?

The next big challenge our company faces is educating business and end-users on the importance of Cybersecurity. Cybercriminals are regularly adapting and increasingly using advanced methods of scamming people out of money. This increased risk is seeing thousands of dollars lost across the northwest, and we are dedicated to helping prevent this in the future. We can assist with the design and implementation of business systems based around ISO compliance to help keep your data safe and secure.

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your experience with Grow Local?

We would just like to say a warm thank you for the energy and the people involved at Grow Local, you make it inviting to be a part of. Thanks for your support so far and we look forward to what’s in store next with the program!

 

 

 

We recently caught up with Cam Gaspar from EBM Insurance Karratha to find out how participating in the Grow Local Program has impacted on his business.

Q Tell us a bit about your business?

EBM is a general insurance brokerage in the North West. We act as Insurance and Risk partners serving our local business community.

Q: How did you find out about Grow Local?

I met the Program Manager Navah at a KDCCI business after hours event back in October 2019 at Kaw Engineering. Navah introduced herself to me and I found her to be very passionate and inspiring. She was very proud to be spearheading the Grow Local program. We arranged a meeting for the following day, during which we quickly identified business opportunities and support the Grow Local program could provide free of charge. 

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the program?

Being new to town, I knew the program was a great opportunity to network and gain support to grow and develop. I began having regular meetings with the Program Manager and through these meetings we outlined what the program could assist me, and came up with a referral program to bring clients to my business. Year to date Navah has referred a large number of business to EBM Karratha and I am extremely grateful to the program for this.

Q: What have you gained from our workshops?

I have obviously gained knowledge and business insight through the workshops, but equally as valuable, through the networking opportunity they provide, I have gained new business contacts and been able to start building close local business relationships that I hope to expand on at future workshops.

Q: Why would you recommend us to other businesses?

I would recommend the Grow Local program to all businesses, big and small, because it is a very positive and engaging experience. It is always good to learn new skills, or refresh existing knowledge, but the social interaction opportunities are a huge plus for me.

Q: What do you have planned next for your business?

I am going to take advantage of all the support opportunities available to continue to provide exceptional service to new and existing clients, so EBM insurance becomes the local “go to” branch for  everyone’s insurance needs.

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your experience with Grow Local?

I just want to say the program has been excellent so far. You made coming to a new town very welcoming and easy and I look forward to participating in whatever the program has planned for the future. Thank you

BUSINESS ADVISORY SERVICES

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Grow Local's free listing of all local Business Advisory Services in Karratha

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We’ve put together a free listing of business advisory services in Karratha, from a range of industries offering services to help your business reach the next level! Are you a business advisory service that’s not listed? Fill out the contact form on this page so that we can review/add your details.

BUSINESS GRANT LISTINGS

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Find a list of grants that could assist you

Find a list of grants that could assist you

We’ve put together a free listing of business grants that are available to businesses located in the City of Karratha, check the list/links to see if there is a grant to suit your situation.

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