Phone 0422 562 300
Wednesday 2 February 2022

Happy New Year! Hope you have had a great start to the year. We have had so much happening at the Chamber and planning for our year ahead hoping to make 2022 a great year for all.

In December we wrapped up the year with a Christmas Party held at Sovereign Place Town Centre. The Chamber working together and collaborating with the other Network Groups including The Chambers from both Wauchope & Camden Haven, Hastings Business Women’s Network, Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association & The Micro Business Forum were able to present a cheque for $875 from proceeds raised on the evening to Jenny Watts from Bravehearts. This donation will help to educate 73 local children. We were also lucky enough on the night to be entertained by local up and coming talent Charlotte Schrader and wish her luck as she heads to France  for 10 weeks to take up a scholarship she won.

This year I am endeavouring to have a face to face coffee catch up with all of our members so that we can discuss your needs and how the Chamber can work with you, our local businesses, to support you so we can all support each other.  The Chamber Executive meet bi-monthly with the Mayor and CEO at Council and Quarterly with our State and Federal Members so it is important that we are representing the needs of local businesses at these meetings.  If there is an issue that you would like us to discuss on your behalf please contact either Mark at the Chamber office on 0412 221 204 or myself on 0414 772 771.  Our job is to lobby all levels of government on your behalf so please engage with us so that they are aware of your needs and I’m really looking forward to catching up with those of you I already know and meeting those that I haven’t met before.

We have our first Chamber breakfast for the year on the 10th February where you get to Breakfast with the animals at Billabong Zoo whilst we hear of lessons learned and putting plans in place for the year ahead.  All welcome please go to the website to register.

We are excited to hold our black tie Coastline Credit Union Greater Port Macquarie 2021 Business Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday 19th February where we recognise the achievements of business.  However due to the current COVID position we are very conscious of keeping the community as safe and as comfortable as possible. So we have taken the decision to further delay the Event until mid May 2022. All ticket purchases will be held over to this date. We thank you for your understanding as the safety of our community is paramount, If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet please hurry as minimal seats left. Either go to our webpage or call Katherine at the office.

We have a big year ahead of us with so many opportunities and lots planned.  Apart from our regular monthly network events we will also be celebrating Small Business month in March where in partnership with the Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association we will be hosting a Boardroom Lunch on the 30th March with guest speaker Jon Dee who you will know from Sky News “Smart Money” & Planet Ark so keep your eye out for that one.

Have a great February and remember – “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer