Cooma Chamber of Commerce new committee met for the first time last week, and President Kathy Kelly said it was a very successful planning meeting with a variety of workshops and training sessions planned for chamber members this year. As well as a strong focus on the Polo Flat Industrial area.
The Chamber is very committed to work with Snowy Monaro Regional Council and apply for funding through the Regional Growth Fund which is a State Government initiative. This significant funding would be used to improve infrastructure such as lighting, drainage, and signage and encourage new businesses to Polo Flat. Other issues of concern for the Chamber and the businesses of Polo Flat are the speed limit and future use of land in the Polo Flat area.
The Chamber plan to kick off the year on Monday 26 February with a new initiative of the Chamber for 2018, “Cooma Connect” to be held at the Altair Motel Function Room from 5.30pm – 6.30pm. This event is open to all businesses in Cooma and we encourage them to come along to this informal gathering for approximately 1 hour for a drink, and to network with other businesses and community organisations. The plan is to hold Cooma Connect once a month and give businesses the opportunity to speak for 2-3 minutes about their business or even a business tip that may be of benefit to other businesses.
Work from Anywhere Workshop will be presented in March, by Andy Willis.
March NSW Business Awards in May, these workshop are designed to show business owners technologies which can make running their business more efficient. Andy’s focus is small business and this workshop is a must. Last year the Chamber held two very successful business security and crime prevention workshop presented by Naomi Nemec – Crime Prevention Office for Monaro Local Area Command. It is planned to have these workshop again in April, specifically targeting the Industrial businesses and fraud.
In May Chamber will host an information session in relation to Traineeship and Apprenticeships.
The Retail Group led by Louise Lynch assisted by Alicia Bolton are meeting on Tuesday 13 February, 6pm at the Cooma Ex Services Club to plan their promotions and events participation for 2018. For the first event for retail group to focus on will be Easter and the Land Rover Convention which will ensure a huge influx of visitors to Cooma and will be of huge benefit to all retail and hospitality businesses. Retail businesses who are Chamber members are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Cooma Chamber is very excited to be working with Snowy Monaro Regional Council and the other local chambers to host a Regional Business Awards to recognise the contribution of local business to the region. Nominations for these awards open on Thursday 1 March 2018 and close on Thursday 12 April 2018. A Gala Awards night will take place in May 2018. Further information in relation to these awards will be sent to Chamber members or on Council and the Cooma Chamber websites.
The Chamber is also very committed to work with Snowy Monaro Regional Council and apply for funding through the Regional Growth Fund which is a State Government initiative. This significant funding would be used to improve infrastructure such as lighting, drainage, and signage and encourage new businesses to Polo Flat. Other issues of concern for the Chamber and the businesses of Polo Flat are the speed limit and future use of land in the Polo Flat area.
The Chamber Committee will continue to meeting on a monthly basis and encourage Chamber members to approach the committee or chamber executive officer Karen McGufficke with any ideas or issues they feel relevant for the Chamber to pursue.
The Chamber currently has 120 members with new businesses applying to be members all the time, businesses interested in becoming a Chamber Member can apply through our website coomachamber.com.au or contact Karen McGufficke on 0417 496708.