Main events good news for the Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Whit­sun­day Coast Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent

YET again the weather gods were cruel to our main street traders, with un­ex­pect­edly bad weather re­duc­ing the num­ber of guests dis­em­bark­ing from our lat­est cruise ship.

Thank­fully there are sev­eral main­land events that will be sure to bring peo­ple into town and our re­gion.

Events such as Paul Bow­man Cup, Shep­ard play­ing at Mag­nums, and the Air­lie Mu­sic Fes­ti­val just around the corner, not to men­tion Schoolies Week, we should all be look­ing for­ward to a busier end of the year in re­tail, while those of us in de­vel­op­ment, con­struc­tion and lo­gis­tics con­tinue to move our re­gion for­ward.

This week, at the cham­ber meet­ing, a ro­bust dis­cus­sion was held be­tween com­mit­tee mem­bers re­gard­ing how to best serve our mem­bers as we move for­ward in the new fi­nan­cial year, par­tic­u­larly how to help the sec­tors that are not fair­ing as well as they would like. Re­tail is strug­gling and the cham­ber wel­comes any thoughts and ideas that may help pro­mote lo­cal spend­ing.

Dates have been set for our busi­ness net­work­ing ses­sions, which will be com­mu­ni­cated via our face book page and web­site. Our break­fast ses­sions will change for­mat and we will have guest speak­ers but also a panel of knowl­edge­able mar­ket lead­ers that can help sup­port you in mul­ti­ple ar­eas of your busi­ness. The events are free to mem­bers so look out for the dates and set them in your plan­ners now.

Some of you may have seen the up­dated Cham­ber sig­nage on the Air­lie Beach hill. This sign has been ex­tended and up­dated to be able to cater to your needs, with space now avail­able to not only sup­port pro­mo­tion of lo­cal com­mu­nity events but also lo­cal cham­ber mem­bers busi­nesses. If you would like to utilise this sign con­tact Mark Beale, from the com­mit­tee, to­day to book your spot.

I look for­ward to see­ing you all at our net­work­ing ses­sion on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4, with Peter Shut­tle­worth from WRC. He will ex­plain the coun­cil’s pro­cure­ment process and how small busi­ness can be in­volved. Our panel of busi­ness lead­ers will be there for open dis­cus­sions on cus­tomer ser­vice.

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