Big plans ahead for Chamber of Commerce
COMMERCE is back in business, with the new Gympie Chamber of Commerce board introduced to a packed house at yesterday's breakfast at the Rattler's new cafe.
About 100 people were on hand to meet the new members who had taken positions on the board and to learn what was planned for the region's commercial future.
They were not disappointed, either, with plans in place to make chamber events regular and once more host Women in Business meetings.
Chamber president Ben Riches said he was excited by the turnout, especially the sellout crowd who not only got their own taste of the Rattler Cafe's food but a swatch of business advice from Gympie traders who had built up their own empires.
"I've always wanted (a sellout crowd),” he said.
"I think it was amazing. Hopefully they walked away with some useful tips they can apply to their business.”
His own tip to traders was "evolve”, and it is one he is well underway to implementing with the chamber by seeking feedback on how to best fit their events into the community's schedule.
"I think that the chamber can suit any size business, whether it's a start-up right through to massive businesses.”
And the door was still open for more to join, which came with a perk or two.
"You do get a heavily discounted ticket, or a free ticket, to those events,” Mr Riches said.
"We encourage everyone to come along and see what we're doing.
"We're very like minded and a very passionate group of people and we've got really big plans.”