The Broome Chamber of Commerce and Industry has officially launched its new platform, the Kimberley Business Network, aimed at fostering collaboration between local small and medium enterprises. The network is built on the four pillars of connect, grow, inform and invest, mapping the capability and capacity of local businesses to enable growth, opportunity and development whilst attracting investment and advancing the region. The first pillar, Connect, provides a platform for businesses to connect with each other and create new opportunities. By fostering a sense of community, the network hopes to help businesses in the Kimberley region thrive and grow. The second pillar, Grow, recognizes small businesses as the backbone of the Kimberley economy and the need to support their growth and success. Through various programs and initiatives, the network hopes to provide small businesses with the tools and resources they need to reach their full potential. The third pillar, Inform, aims to provide up-to-date information and insights to help businesses make informed decisions and stay ahead of the curve in the business world. The fourth and final pillar, Invest, emphasizes the importance of investing in small businesses to achieve long-term economic growth and prosperity in the Kimberley region. By supporting small businesses, the network hopes to create jobs, boost economic activity, and create a more vibrant and dynamic business community. Broome Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Sharni Foulkes said the service was free for all local businesses. “We recognise that small businesses often operate on tight budgets, and we don’t want the cost of membership or access to support in growing your business to be a barrier to participation,” she said. “Our goal is to create a level playing field where all businesses, regardless of size or budget, can access the support and resources they need to succeed. “And in return – our region will prosper in a competitive capacity.” The network was officially launched on April 26 with a sundowner at the Mangrove Hotel.