More mem­bers for cham­ber

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

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).

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