Business Foundations has always supported research into the operations of small to medium sized businesses in addition to its work in providing assistance to owners of these businesses. 

Business Foundations believes that service delivery and program development must be based on evidence – which can only be found by conducting formal research into the goings on in small business.

Business Foundations over the years has undertaken and funded research with the Small to Medium Enterprise Research Centre (SMERC) at Edith Cowan University, with the School of Management at Curtin University and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation (CEMI) at the University of Western Australia.

These partnerships are an important part of the role Business Foundations plays in the community, supporting the ongoing development of knowledge of small to medium enterprises in Western Australia.  Our research partnerships informs policy makers, decision makers and our own programs to become better and more targeted to the needs of owners of these enterprises.