Why the Chamber?
- is concerned with
- our local geographic area
- matters of local infrastructure
- liaising with local council
- strategies for economic development
- includes businesses of all types.
- is focused on ‘whatever it takes’ to promote economic growth
While many of our members are involved in the retail and tourism industry, and some efforts have lately focused on matters relevant to tourism, that is not our sole focus. See ‘Chamber progress in 2014‘ for more about the chamber’s recent activity.
The $70 membership fee ($50 for new subscribers and prompt re-subscribers) confers typical benefits:
- the right to address meetings of the chamber,
- to vote for officeholders,
- generally to be involved-in and informed-of chamber activities.
- a directory listing on the chamber’s own local business directory.
NSWBC Benefits Too!
In the last 2 years, returning president Eddy Wilkinson has enrolled our chamber in the NSW Business Chamber (NSWBC) ‘Local Chamber Alliance Program’.
This is great value, offering benefits delivered by a much larger organisation for a fraction of the price of the ordinary cost of being a member of that organisation (our $50 is less than 10% of the minimal $585 ‘Business Essentials’ membership which direct subscribers to NSWBC pay). See ‘Benefits available via the Local Chamber Alliance Program‘ for more details.
Over the past 2 years President Eddy Wilkinson has shepherded the website towards being more useful. It now has:
- a categorised membership directory,
- a news blog,
- an up-to-date events calendar,
- a secure area for meeting minutes and other project-related materials
Recently, David Bullock realised what a logistical headache it is to maintain membership information in:
- the local business directory on the website
- the accounting software
- the list of subscribers with NSW Business Chamber
Even for 70 members (let alone the dozens of others we want to subscribe), it is a lot of busywork. So David is doing a bit of volunteering with software development to make sure that this part of running the chamber ‘runs itself’ in future. This will hopefully help the chamber achieve its goals of being a broadly-based association with a high level of engagement from members. Expect it to result in more frequent/meaningful chamber communications in 2015.
We need you!
We’re in Canowindra together, and although it is by no means simple, we can be more successful together if we are able to speak with a single considered voice. We welcome you to struggle with us towards this goal in 2015.
Please join or rejoin for 2015!