Bright future for business as Swan signs small business-friendly charter

Published on: Friday, February 23, 2024

The City of Swan has joined the Small Business Friendly Local Governments (SBFLG) initiative, sending a clear message of commitment to local businesses.

Earlier this month, the City signed the SBFLG charter to show its commitment to strengthening relationships across the sector.

Delivered by WA’s Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), the initiative recognises local governments that are serious about supporting businesses in their area.

The SBFLG charter covers areas such as red tape, customer service, dispute resolution, consultation and other activities to improve the operating environment for businesses. 

Tanya Richardson, City of Swan Mayor, said a thriving small business sector had many benefits for the community, including job opportunities for a growing population. 

“We’re passionate about doing our best to support our local businesses to grow and prosper,” Mayor Richardson said. 

“We provide helpful welcome packs for new businesses, offer a range of professional development opportunities and sponsor a business awards program that recognises and encourages success – and much more.

“But we feel there is room to do even more so we will also review our Draft Business Support and Enhancement Plan to investigate ways to improve our support.”

David Eaton, WA Small Business Commissioner and CEO of the SBDC, praised the City for its efforts to boost local businesses.

“It’s fantastic to see the City of Swan join a growing number of local governments who are putting their small businesses first,” he said.

“Small businesses are a vital part of thriving communities and economies. They provide employment opportunities for local residents and make the area more attractive for potential investors.

“Also, running a small business is incredibly hard work, so it is wonderful to see the City of Swan providing a network of support for their owners alongside the assistance provided by the State Government though the SBDC.”

To learn more about the support available to local businesses, visit   

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