Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Weekly news from the Bellingen Chamber – 27 July 2020

27 Jul

Business link-up – Wednesday 29 July

Join us on Wednesday morning at 8am to connect with other business owners.
This week we’d like to talk about topics and guest speakers you’d like to see for future meetings, and give you an update on the invitation to Dominic King, the mayor, to be a guest at one of our zoom meetings.
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 help your business to thrive. Please join us – you will be warmly welcomed!
Click on this link just before 8am,or to join by phone please call 02 8015 6011 and enter the meeting ID: 558 434 683

Changes to the Board

Thank you and farewell to Jamie Park, who has resigned from the board. See his profile below for his reasons for this decision. I would like to thank Jamie for his contribution to the Board this year, and I know that he will continue to be involved and continue to support the Chamber’s work behind the scenes.
We are very pleased to welcome Ellie Tree to the board. Ellie will take responsibility for establishing and managing our social media, and will contribute to a review of our website. We look forward to working with Ellie and to benefiting from her enthusiasm and energy! Look out for a profile of Ellie in our next newsletter.

Chamber AGM – please make a note of this date!

We are planning to hold our AGM on Wednesday, 14 October at 6pm. We will be announcing the venue closer to the date and hope to be able to combine it with a networking event, dependent of course upon COVID restrictions. We will be sending out the formal notification of the AGM, giving a month’s formal notice of the meeting.

Bellingen Employment Pathways Project

Nicole Holland, who has recently joined the board of the Chamber, has been developing an employment initiative that will support young people to gain skills that lead to employment, and will help local businesses to source quality staff.
This initiative from CHESSConnect will link employers, training providers, traineeship and apprenticeship providers, and  will work in collaboration with Bellingen High School to create employment pathways across the Bellingen Shire.
One business has already commenced a subsidised employment placement, and several more businesses have expressed an interest in taking on a trainee or apprentice. If you would like to find out more, please email me and I will arrange for Nicole to follow up with you.
I’m very excited by the opportunities that we can create through this project and the contribution that it will make to our local economy. Thanks for the great work, Nicole!

Pat Conaghan mobile office visiting Bellingen

Pat Conaghan will be in Bellingen on Wednesday, 29 July between 10am and 3pm and is inviting people to make appointments to meet with him. Click here for information on how to request an appointment.

Meet the members – Jamie Park

What is your business?

I’m the co-owner of the Bellingen Kitchen Shop – it’s now been exactly five years since we took it on. I was previously a civil engineer, and this has been a whole new experience for me, working in a completely different environment to what I was used to.

How has the pandemic affected your business?

We closed completely during April but reopened in May. It’s been lovely to welcome so many of our regular customers back into the shop. Of course, we ask people to use the hand sanitiser as they enter and to respect social distancing rules.
The other big challenge resulting from COVID is being able to maintain stock levels of certain products. There has been a high demand for products such as pasta makers and bread baking equipment as everyone is spending more time in their kitchens now!

You joined the Chamber Board last year, but have now decided to step down, tell us about that

I decided to resign from the Board to enable me to spend more time with my family.
Seriously, I felt there were others in the community that could provide a greater contribution to the success of the Chamber. My original intention was to assist with the preparation for monthly networking events and, of course, these have not been held recently because of COVID. So it made sense to step aside and allow others who have skills more suited to the current COVID environment to take my place.
Libby and I joined the Chamber in 2016 because we wanted to connect with other business owners in town and contribute to the work of the Chamber. We are both very committed to continuing that contribution to our community. I still have an opportunity to contribute through my support of Libby behind the scenes, so you will still see me at Chamber meetings and events.

This means you’ll have more time on your hands, what do you plan to do with your free time?

I’ve been enjoying doing portraits in pastels. Libby is encouraging me to do a self portrait next. Watch this space!