EX­PLAINED: What the cham­ber does for you

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - KATIE KELEMEC Grafton Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent

THIS month I would like to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on what the Grafton Cham­ber of Com­merce Cham­ber does and how it helps the Clarence Val­ley com­mu­nity.

I am asked reg­u­larly what the cham­ber does and how it can ben­e­fit your busi­ness. The ex­ec­u­tive is made up of lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple who do­nate their time, away from their own busi­nesses, to li­aise with politi­cians, coun­cil and other key stake­hold­ers in the best in­ter­ests of your busi­ness com­mu­nity. We are only as strong as our mem­ber­ship voice and rely on the in­put from lo­cal busi­ness to en­sure the best out­comes.

For a small, home busi­ness like mine, the cham­ber al­lowed me to get in­volved in the busi­ness com­mu­nity, meet peo­ple and pro­mote my busi­ness. It got me out of my lounge room and into the lo­cal busi­ness world. For lo­cal re­tail­ers and other busi­nesses it pro­vides a plat­form for ob­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion, shar­ing in­for­ma­tion and pro­vid­ing feed­back on the needs of their busi­ness.

The NSW Busi­ness Cham­ber, as part of your lo­cal mem­ber­ship, pro­vides ac­cess to re­sources and dis­counts on sem­i­nars and events. We wel­come busi­nesses to con­tact us for more in­for­ma­tion. We want to grow a strong busi­ness com­mu­nity in the Clarence Val­ley but we need your sup­port. Please visit our web­site at www.grafton­cham­berof­com­merce.org.au

As the Pa­cific High­way con­tin­ues to bring peo­ple and busi­ness into the val­ley and with the jail about to start con­struc­tion, the cham­ber is mak­ing the sum­mer fes­tive sea­son one of its fo­cuses for the next six months with the goal to pro­mote the cul­tural beauty of the Clarence Val­ley.

Christ­mas will be here be­fore we know it and we are de­ter­mined to make it a fes­tive, en­joy­able and busy time for all our lo­cal busi­nesses. In the com­ing months we will be li­ais­ing with the coun­cil, busi­nesses and other stake­hold­ers to make the Clarence Val­ley spec­tac­u­lar.

There is still time to RSVP to our break­fast on Wed­nes­day. Skye Sear from The New School of Arts will speak about health pro­grams and re­sources.

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