Whiz Kid

Reporter: Graeme Butler

He's quite possibly the youngest businessmen in W.A - 15 year old Artwell Chen. Artwell began his business almost two years ago - he was initially just wanting some pocket money

"When i was 14 and i wanted to look for work my school friends were all looking for work at Hungry Jacks, McDonalds and KFC so my dad suggested we should come up with something that would benefit the community and benefit business"

Together with dad Bo, Artwell set about creating an internet based retail loyalty scheme for customers. He set-up a website and the pair set about approaching local business' to sign on - pretty soon mandurahtoday.com was up and running - albeit slowly to start.

The concept was simple enough, businesses pay a small fee to join - in return they are promoted to customers who receive a discount when they shop. "Members who join first of all they can spend their money at their favourite business and they can join our reward programme and they can spend at our group of business' so there's hundreds of business' for them to choose from and this will grow"

Already there are about 100 Mandurah business' involved and about 5000 customers who've joined up and its' growing.

Vivianne North from Buster's baby warehouse was one of the first retailers to jump on board. Artwell has been involved in every stage of the business partnership and when the kitchen table becomes the boardroom table it's no longer father and son.

Every weekend Artwell and Bo are out checking their clients and collecting new members. Jason Webb from tint-a-car says it's incredible his business is reaping the benefits of an idea thought up by a teenage boy.

The West Australian, Channel 7 and the City of Mandurah are hosting a Community Debate on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 (6.45pm for 7pm). The debate will draw out the views that YOU have on the residential, business, government, tourism and industry developments that will shape the future of Mandurah. What type of village, town, city or metropolis do YOU want Mandurah to be and how do YOU want others to view and experience Mandurah and its surrounds. The Community Debate will allow you to have your say about the future identity of Mandurah .

The Community Debate will include a number of key people representing local government, state government, community groups, developers and residents

The Debate will be held on Wednesday, September 26 at The Atrium Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, 65 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. The Community Debate is likely to run for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

If you would like to be part of the audience and have your say on the topic simply register by visiting www.thewest.com.au/mandurahforum

Please note, places are strictly limited and no invitations will be sent. If you register your interest to attend the forum you should arrive early to secure a place.