Businesses in and around Carnarvon can now benefit from a new program designed to aid business growth and drive network opportunities, boosting economic outcomes for the region. The Carnarvon Chamber of Commerce & Industry launched the Grow Local Program, in collaboration with the Shire of Carnarvon, Rio Tinto, the Gascoyne Development Commission and the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry WA. The program aims to benefit local businesses in the region through enhanced connection, training and network opportunities. By supporting business growth, the the Grow Local Program should drive improved economic outcomes for local businesses in the region. A comprehensive business directory and resource-rich website to bring relevant information will be the program’s initial focus. From then it will support business through networking events, workshops and training. CCCI president Paul Dixon said the support and generosity from the Grow Local Program partners have enabled the chamber to better engage with business and deliver improvements. “We work to provide a vehicle for members to promote their businesses and facilitate change within the region to enhance the economic vitality for our communities,” Mr Dixon said. “The Grow Local Program supports our mission by providing forums and greater accessibility between local businesses.” Rio Tinto Dampier Salt general manager Laura Thomas said Rio Tinto was a proud partner to deliver the Grow Local Program. “For more than 50 years, we have been helping build thriving and resilient communities across Western Australia by partnering with community organisations to support meaningful initiatives,” she said.