Monthly Archives: August 2014

Business After 5 – Event 2

Business After 5 logoIt’s on again! Business After 5. Joining us will be Broken Hill City Council General Manager Therese Manns and Broken Hill City Council Economic Development Manager Andrea Roberts to outline the Broken Hill Heritage City – Argent Street Living Museum and Light Project and Resources for Regions Funding. You can find out more about the program here.

Resources for Regions – Flyer for CBD Traders – August 2014

The event is being held at the Palace Hotel Pavilion Room on Friday September 12, 2014. Drinks can be purchased from the bar. Nibbles will be provided. RSVP: Anne Bransdon-Andrews by Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Ph: 08 8087 2236 /execofficer@bhchamberofcommerce.com.au

Chamber Newsletter August 2014

From Anne Andrews (Executive Officer)

Welcome to the Chamber Newsletter August 2014

It has been a busy year for the Chamber with an increasing number of business owners opting in as members and Small Biz Connect clients working towards their vision of building a successful business.

The Chamber is actively supporting organisations tendering for the Resources for Region Funding – a multi-million dollar package that re-directs money from mining royalties back to mining-affected communities, to spend on infrastructure and services. Broken Hill missed out on a roll-out earlier this year, but a criteria change has meant that the City is set to join the eleven other New South Wales communities eligible for the funding. The Chamber is keen to see the funding return to our community which will contribute to the development of some very large scale projects and encourage economic diversification and expansion.

The Chamber is currently working with a number of partners including the RDA, Broken Hill Community Foundation, Barrier Daily Truth, 2bh, Southern Cross Television on the re-launch of the Broken Hill Proud campaign and is excited to support the Consolidated Mining and Civil Far West Business Awards which will recognise excellence in our business and industry community.

We have also launched our Business After 5 Club which provides members with an opportunity to network with other members once a month at different venues. We thank the team at the Democratic Club for hosting our first event and we are looking forward to our second event on September 12, 2014 at the Broken Hill TAFE Library, where Therese Manns, General Manager of Broken Hill City Council will talk about the Resources for Regions funding and the potential Argent Street beautification project.

The new Business Advisor, Fran Savage is steadily building the Small Biz Connect Service in partnership with the NSW Government. As Chamber members you are entitled to free and discounted sessions to assist your business and there is more about that in this newsletter. I urge you to take up the opportunity to talk to the Business Advisor about how you can benefit from the service. As a part of this program, we have a number of local service providers who can assist you on specific areas of business development as well as access to Small Business Advocacy, Legal Services and Indigenous Small Business Services.

We would also like to Welcome Annecto – the People Network to the Chamber Offices. Annecto provides aged care packages in the City. The Chamber offices are now fully rented, with Summit Employment Services renewing for a third year.

Don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter and I hope to see you at some of the future events.

Stamp out crime in Broken Hill

The Chamber is proud to be partnering with NSW Police, Patton Village and Broken Hill City Council to host a free business workshop with the NSW Police State Crime Command Robber Squad. Topics covered include:

  1. The local crime environment
  2. Designing a safer workplace
  3. How to help prevent robbery

The event will be held on Friday September 5, 2014 at 7am for a light breakfast and 7.30am for the workshop at the South Library, Patton Street, Broken Hill. RSVP to: Senior Constable Karina Dawson, Broken Hill Police. Fax: 80870244. Email: daws1kar@police.nsw.gov.au

Business After 5

Business After 5 logoThe Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce recently launched the Business After 5 Club which combines networking with learning in a social environment.

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RDA Far West launches the Consolidated Mining & Civil Pty Ltd Inaugural 2014 Far West NSW Excellence in Business Awards

RDA Far West are facilitating the Inaugural 2014 Far West NSW Excellence in Business Awards.  Its been a long time since business awards have been held in the far west.

RDA Far West have welcomed Consolidated Mining and Civil as the major naming rights sponsor of the 2014 awards which contain 17 different categories.

The awards cover a variety of categories and will provide a vibrant showcase of innovation and progression from the region’s businesses and recognise the important social and environmental contributions made through excellence of service, commitment to their customers, philanthropic ideals, ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability.

The majority of the awards will be judged independently by professional personnel from outside the far west region.  Voting can be done online at www.farwestnswbusinessawards.com

The public will vote for “Service with a Smile”, “People’s Choice” and “Far Wests Favourite Tradie” categories by simply filling in a form and returning it via replied paid post to RDA Far West 353 Blende Street – the lime green building.  Entry forms available from RDA Far West and various retailers throughout the region.

RDA Far West invites you to help us celebrate the outstanding achievements of the Far West. The Gala Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday November 29 at the Broken Hill Civic Centre.

Contact Executive Officer Michael Williams on 08 8087 8383 if you wish to sponsor or discuss the awards further.

Broken Hill Proud Campaign reignited

Do you remember the Broken Hill Proud campaign that ran during the early 90’s?  Most locals have very fond memories of the campaign and embraced the core value of motivating Broken Hill residents to generate a more positive attitude towards our city and its future.

Do you think it’s time to reinstate that positivity and work together as a community to foster a brighter, more inclusive and supportive  environment for us and our children to enjoy?  We do.  That’s why we are re-launching the Broken Hill Proud way of life for our city and we want to hear from you.

  • What are your memories of Broken Hill Proud?
  • What was your favourite store growing up in Broken Hill and why?
  • Who is giving great customer service at the moment and deserves recognition?
  • Why is it important to you that we as a collective become ‘Broken Hill Proud’ again?

During the next few months we will be seeking your feedback and promoting stories of pride within our community. We will also be bringing you information on such subjects as ‘How internet shopping effects our local community’ and ‘How changing the way you look at customer service can help your business grow’.

We want to hear from customers and business owners about the hurdles you have faced and how you have been able to overcome them.  Do you have a story of fantastic customer service or civic pride that needs to be told?  We want to hear about it.  This is a campaign by the community for the community and is generously supported by Regional Development Australia Far West, Hill FM, 2BH, The Barrier Daily Truth, Southern Cross Austereo, The Broken Hill Community Foundation and the Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Send us your stories now at brokenhillproud@rdafarwestnsw.org.au or call on 08 8087 8383