Last Thursday night the Cooma Chamber of Commerce hosted a successful dinner for Cooma business owners. The function was funded by the NSW Department of Industry as part of the “Back to Business” week program.
It was a great networking opportunity and many of the attendees were relatively new members of the Chamber. Key note speakers for the evening included Iain Elliott and Kathy Kelly of Boyce Chartered Accountants who covered tax tips for small business and the new changes around superannuation. After dinner Tony Nassar took the floor to tell the story of “Roses Lebanese Restaurant”. It is truly inspiring what can happen when small business owners have a vision and passion about what they do.
Kathy Kelly with her President of the Cooma Chamber hat on, gave details of the recent opportunities that have been presented to the Cooma Chamber and business community through the agreement for funding of $50,000 from the NSW Department of Industry under their Future Towns program.
The Cooma Chamber of Commerce has elected to go for the Place Activation Package and the first part of that process is to have a workshop with a specialist facilitator. As Peter Shepherd has already commenced the process with Cooma’s successful “So Much to Love” campaign the Cooma Chamber of Commerce believed it was appropriate to engage Peter to assist them with the extension into the “Winter Starts Here” promotion. Peter is running the first workshop this week. It is being held at 6pm Wednesday 8 March at the offices of Boyce Chartered Accountants, 36 Bombala Street. Cooma businesses are invited to attend this session as work is done towards agreeing on goals for the marketing of our town.
Other future events coming up for the Chamber include a Networking Breakfast at 7.30am at the Lott Foodstore. Naomi Nemec of the Crime Prevention Office of the NSW Police will give some insights into local issues and also to what rights businesses/retailers have in regard to areas such as suspected shoplifting.
The Chamber has also saved the date of 4 April for a general meeting which will also include a presenter from the Australian Government Department of Employment to explain the new funded internship program available from 1 April 2017 that assists young people who are currently on income support payments to gain experience and to trial working with employers.