Small Business boost from strengthening local chambers

Tuesday 3 May, 2016

Have you ever wondered why more people don’t do business with you?

Well Greg Morris and Chris Hodda from strategic technology consulting firm Nexus Innovation can give you some clues at the third CCIQ-QGC Business Resilience Forum in May.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has teamed up with natural gas producer QGC and local chambers of commerce and business groups to help rural and regional small businesses.

CCIQ and QGC are supporting the Western and Darling Downs through the Strengthening Local Chambers Program and are committed to helping local businesses grow and develop.

Nexus Innovation will tell you that a buying decision is formed subconsciously by your customers long before a conscious buying decision is made. Quite often you’ve lost the customer even before you’ve had a chance to present your case on why they should do business with you.

Greg Morris and Chris Hodda will help you devise strategies to win and keep your customers.

The forums, on May 10, 11 and 12, will cover essentials such as business development/sales and human resources and industrial relations.

“We know that this event will help you and your business to be more resilient, profitable and productive,” said CCIQ’s Partnership Delivery Manager Ross Medina.

Two previous forums had been a huge success for small business in the region. Just ask the locals.

“As a small business, your assistance in keeping business in Regional Queensland motivated during our current climate together with the resource tools and support available is a powerful means with which I am positive is embraced by all,” said Debbie Doneman, HR Manager at T&W Earthmoving, Condamine.

“This is aided by the additional availability of the download of the full presentation made available together with the webinars which I use as a training tool.”

“Thank you so much for educating me on matters that I was totally unaware of,” said Paula Toohey, owner of Creek Café, Miles.

“It’s one thing to start your own business but coming from overseas it becomes a major task with lots of hidden mountains and learning curbs. I will be forever grateful for your expertise and knowledge never mind the help.”

Strengthening Local Chambers is a program developed in partnership by QGC and CCIQ to help provide resources and support services to members of chambers of commerce in the Western Downs.

Running across Chinchilla, Jandowae, Miles, Tara and Wandoan, the program will support local businesses by providing expert training, advice and support across a range issues from HR to marketing, as well as providing essential website and communications infrastructure for each chamber of commerce.

Businesses attending the forum will gain an understanding of the benefits of the Strengthening Local Chambers Program and how it can help support them.

The events will also cover essentials such as business marketing, workplace relations and advocating for change in the community with local council and government. It will help businesses to be more resilient, profitable and productive.

A specific session will address the complexities of the current 122 modern awards and their general application.

There will be an introduction to the CCIQ/QGC relationship and purpose with CCIQ’s Partnership Delivery Manager Ross Medina.

CCIQ Senior Employer Assistance Advisor Jason Wales will also be on hand to give tips on workplace relations, the Fair Work Act and complex awards.

And Greg Morris and Chris Hodda from Nexus Innovation will discuss your business and how their sales expertise can help you overcome challenges.



May 10:

Jandowae Business & Community Group: Jandowae Domiciliary Care Day Centre, 35 George Street, Jandowae (Tuesday, May 10, 5.30pm to 8pm)

May 11:

Chinchilla Community, Commerce & Industry Inc: Chinchilla Community ConneXions, Middle St (Wednesday, May 11, 7.30am to 9.30am)

Miles District Commerce & Community Group: Miles State High School (Wednesday, May 11, 5.30pm to 8pm)

May 12:

Tara Futures Group: Tara Bowls Club (Thursday, May 12, 7.30am to 9.30am)

Wandoan Chamber of Commerce and Inc: Wandoan Bowls Club (Thursday, May 12, 5.30pm to 7.30pm)

All Media welcome to attend.


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