LORNA Spear from em.el Decorative Architrave has won a City of Wanneroo funded business scholarship designed to help turn a business idea into a commercial reality.
The scholarship offered in partnership with Curtin University will allow Mrs Spear of Butler the opportunity to undertake the Curtin Ignition program this month.
The Ignition program is an intensive education program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators to trial and prepare their business ideas for the commercial environment.
The scholarships also include a six month membership to the Wanneroo Business Association, space to work at the Hybrid 935 co-working community eight hours a week for six months and access to local business support services.
City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts also congratulated two other scholarship recipients Anna Anagno and Tom Young.
“We had planned to offer two scholarships, but the calibre of applicants was so terrific that we could not stop at two,” Cr Roberts said.
“This is evidence of the great businesses we have in the City of Wanneroo and I encourage residents to buy in their own backyard in support of our local economy.
“We recognise the vital role local businesses play in our community – providing local employment opportunities, servicing our growing residential population, building our economy and creating strong and vibrant centres.
“The city is funding the scholarship places to provide opportunities for existing and new start-up business owners to develop their skills, networks and ideas while learning from business experts all critical for the ongoing growth and success of our region.
“The scholarships are aiming to foster ongoing innovative, entrepreneurial activity within the northern corridor.”
Mrs Spear said the idea for their business started from their desire to change the look of the metal bull-nosed door frames in their own home.
They wanted to create an eye-catching door way without having to rip out the existing metal door frame so they eventually came up with a solution, which was a timber doorframe that was rebated to fit easily over the existing metal door frame.