The Broken Hill City Council and Regional Development Australia have released the latest Regional Economic Update and found that from their interview summaries there was one word/phrase that kept repeating itself—”I had the opportunity to…”, “The opportunity arose to….”. Almost every new business began on this basis whether it was great timing, new premises becoming available, financial backers becoming available or finishing one career and taking the plunge on a new one. Read more: Regional Economic Update December 2014 Qtr
August 2014: From Executive officer Anne Andrews
Welcome to the End of Winter Chamber of Commerce newsletter.
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.