Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Weekly news from the Bellingen Chamber – 10 August 2020

10 Aug

Business link-up – Wednesday 12 August

Join us as usual on Wednesday morning at 8am to connect with other business owners.
If you have recently joined the Chamber, this is a great opportunity to connect with other members, tell us about your business and discuss how your membership of the Chamber can support your business to thrive. Please join us – you will be warmly welcomed!
Click on this link just before 8 am to join (or to join by phone please call 02 8015 6011 Australia and enter the meeting ID: 558 434 683

Clarification: Bellingen Employment Pathways project

I would like to clarify that this project is an initiative of the Bellingen Chamber of Commerce and not of any other organisation.
The Chamber of Commerce is undertaking this project to support the development of our local economy by creating employment and training opportunities within Bellingen Shire. There is no commercial or financial benefit to the Chamber or to any other organisation.
I will provide updates on placement of trainees and apprentices as these are confirmed.
Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to find out more about this program.

Is your business COVID safe?

Nikki Williams, Environmental Programs Officer with Bellingen Shire Council, has provided us with some information on registering your business as COVID safe. Once you have completed your registration you will receive COVID safe badges for use on your social media pages as well as on your shop front.
Please have a look at the resources available at this link https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses
And Safe work Australia has some great information for employers and employees, as well as signage and checklist resources https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/collection/workplace-checklists-covid-19
Nikki is currently liaising with food businesses regarding their safety plans, but has also offered to provide assistance to retail businesses. She can be contacted through Council. Thanks Nikki!

Reminder: Business Australia webinar – JobKeeper 2.0

2pm Wednesday 12 August 2020
Business Australia will facilitate this information session with Australia Business Lawyers & Advisors discussing the changes to the JobKeeper payment package following the government’s latest announcement, to ensure you understand what it means for your business and employees.
Click here to find out more and to register to participate in the webinar

Meet the members – Ellie Tree

What is your business?

I currently work in volunteer roles, including for Mission Australia Housing, the Neighbourhood Care Network and a charity I founded called Phoenix Foundations, aimed at providing housing relief and planning assistance to help people navigate the complexities of rebuilding after a natural disaster.

How long have you been in Bellingen?

I moved here about 3 years ago.

How has the pandemic affected your business?

It’s certainly impacted Phoenix Foundations purely due to government bodies having to shift attention to the pandemic response. We can’t get into communities and host workshops, and a lot of the areas we’ve been working in (all along the East coast) don’t have reliable telecommunications. We’re waiting for a branch of government to be formed before we can really begin to get our hands dirty with providing our services.

You’ve just joined the Chamber – what prompted you to join and what are you hoping to contribute?

I actually joined on behalf of my husband’s building business (Jordan Tree Building) because I saw that the membership was free until this financial year and thought it would be a great way to stay connected and see how other businesses were impacted and dealing with their own pandemic issues. I’ve been appointed to the Chamber board as the Social Media Director and I’m super keen to experiment with all the opportunities social media platforms offer as a means to network and enhance the services we can provide to our business community!