Document Type



Small and Medium Enterprise Research Centre, Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


Small and Medium Enterprise Research Centre


Walker, B., & Webster, B. (2004). Small business smart business: final report. Perth, Australia: Small and Medium Enterprise Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.


The Small Business Smart Business (SBSB) program is in it's fifth year of operation and while acknowledging the changes that have occurred to SBSB over the past five years, it was determined that a review of the effectiveness of SBSB in connecting small business to the VET system would be of benefit in planning for SBSB in 2005 and beyond.

The SBSB program was initially designed to provide eligible small businesses with a training voucher valued up to $200.00 towards approved training and was aimed at improving the productivity of their business. Emphasis was placed on ensuring a wide range of training options were available that could be tailored to meet particular small business needs. The program has been delivered exclusively by Business Enterprise Centres (BEC's) in Western Australia through a network of 27 regional and 10 metropolitan BECs.