Sup­port all busi­nesses in the Caloun­dra CBD

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - MARK MY WORDS MARK MCAR­DLE

THIS month the new ini­tia­tive of the Caloun­dra Busi­ness Al­liance was launched with the prom­ise of unit­ing Caloun­dra’s CBD busi­nesses and bet­ter con­nect­ing those busi­nesses with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Pres­i­dent of the newly-formed group, Dan Ross, says that their ob­jec­tive, “is to sup­port all busi­nesses in the Caloun­dra CBD and re­sult in a so­cial and eco­nomic out­come for all.”

“We are a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion with 100% of all funds go­ing back into the Caloun­dra busi­ness area and com­mu­nity. All com­mit­tee mem­bers of The Caloun­dra Busi­ness Al­liance are vol­un­teers who give up their free time to pro­mote the Caloun­dra CBD,” Mr Ross said.

The group will work in con­junc­tion with the ex­ist­ing Caloun­dra Cham­ber of Com­merce, look­ing at dif­fer­ent sec­tors with the com­mon goal of help­ing Caloun­dra busi­nesses thrive.

The Cham­ber will con­tinue to fo­cus on post­code 4551. The Busi­ness Al­liance will fo­cus par­tic­u­larly on Caloun­dra Cen­tral Busi­ness District, which in­cludes from Bul­cock Beach Es­planade up through to the CBD and be­yond. Work­ing with busi­nesses within this area their plan is to ex­tend their net­work wider.

The Al­liance will also look at ways to in­crease foot traf­fic in our CBD, in­clud­ing the cre­ation of new events and Caloun­dra-cen­tric pro­mo­tions.

Just last week, we wel­comed the first an­nual Pi­rate Fest – a cre­ative way to pro­mote our “City of Beaches” while ty­ing in school hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties.

We are lucky to have some no­table home-grown ta­lent here in Caloun­dra and that in­cludes our lo­cally owned and op­er­ated busi­nesses.

If we sup­port our busi­nesses through The Al­liance, as well as by sim­ply shop­ping lo­cally, not only will there be a bonus for busi­nesses, it will have a flow-on im­pact to em­ploy­ment lev­els and lo­cal sup­pli­ers.

I wish the new Caloun­dra Busi­ness Al­liance as well as the Caloun­dra Cham­ber of Com­merce the best of luck and I look for­ward to work­ing with them.

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