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Running a small business in Esperance can bring many opportunities but also challenges, as you juggle all the things you need to tackle every day.


Turn to SBDC Regional when you need advice and guidance to help you get ahead in business. Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the provider of SBDC Regional services in Esperance. We can deliver tailored advice through local advisers who really understand how things work in your area, whether you’re in Esperance, Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun or somewhere in between. 

SBDC Regional services are funded by the Government of Western Australia through the Small Business Development Corporation.

If you are a small business owner or run a social enterprise or commercial not-for-profit, SBDC Regional advisers offer expert guidance on small business topics including:

  • Assessing new business ideas

  • Steps to starting a business

  • Business licences and permits

  • Business planning

  • Market research

  • Financial management

  • Marketing

Business Advisers

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Lesa Blackham– Lead Adviser

Lesa specialises in social media and marketing with expertise in podcasting and Canva.  As our Lead Adviser, Lesa is also your go to for brainstorming business ideas, effective communication in the workplace and managing stress and anxiety.

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Katrina Mallins

Katrina specialises in creating business efficiencies and working with small businesses to achieve their goals whether they be financial, or value based. Taking a keen interest in Accounting Software and setting up businesses with a solid foundation to grow and expand, Katrina is in her element. She loves working with people & getting to meet others through her job in the Accounting Industry. Watching businesses grow & succeed is Katrina’s passion.

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Dimuthu Hathurusinghe

Dimuthu specialises in banking and finance, guiding entrepreneurs through essential aspects like business structures, goal setting, basic account setup, and financial management.  He can help startups navigate the complexities of licensing, feasibility assessments, securing financing, understanding business plans, and forecasting cash flow.

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Connor Davies

Connor is our start-up specialist. He has a passion for sustainability, technology and driving innovative practices. Connor assists startups to navigate through the steps of starting a new business, working through business ideas, business planning, licensing and permits.

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