More members for chamber
THE Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce is quickly increasing its membership base with more than 50 people attending last week’s breakfast meeting.
The organisation now has 90 members – only ten short of the target to hit 100 in 2015.
Acting president Mark Beale said that with a reduced annual fee of only $75, membership was affordable and value for money. The chamber paid tribute to the former president Tony Laurent who passed away recently.
The next quarterly breakfast function is scheduled for June 11 with Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney as the guest speaker. The chamber is currently finalising its ‘Cruise Ship Coupon’ initiative with the aim of attracting the cruise ship passengers into the main street of Airlie Beach, by providing them with discount coupons and a map locating the various businesses offering these generous discounts.
The next agenda item for the chamber is to provide training workshops for its members, which would not normally be available in our region.
The first workshop will be ‘Building an Effective Capability Statement’ presented by the Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning scheduled for late April / early May.
This will be a great opportunity for any small business that needs to implement a Capability Statement or even refine an existing one.
BUSINESS PLANS: At last week’s chamber meeting – Paul Burke (treasurer), John Harker (committee member), Judy Porter (secretary), Megan Taylor (committee member), Jason Costigan (Whitsunday MP) and Mark Beale (president).