After a highly successful first half of 2019, the team at the Chamber of Commerce is excited with all that we have planned ahead for the remainder of the year.
September is going to be action-packed. We’re thrilled that the keynote presenters at the Health and Wellbeing Expo, hosted by the Chamber and sponsored by Queensland Country Health Fund, are Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw, two of Australia’s top influencers who have many successful businesses including Keep it Cleaner, a fitness and lifestyle program.
There is still exhibition space available for members and non-members who want to be part of the expo, which is designed to inspire and involve the community in health and overall wellness. The free community event is September 28 from 10am to 3pm at the Pier Shopping Centre and is expected to attract more than 3000 visitors.
While the expo is only one day, Steph and Laura will be staying in Cairns for three days (it’s their first visit here), exploring the region and sharing their experiences on their social media platforms, which is fantastic exposure for Cairns and the region.
As we strive to be more progressive and innovative, the Chamber is introducing a series of webinars starting in September to help members improve and update their business skills without having to leave their offices. Our members have told us that they want to do more workshops but are time poor, so we decided to create a series of webinars covering a range of important business topics which members can upload from our website and watch them at their convenience.
We will be collaborating with WGC Lawyers for the first webinar, Platinum Fox Marketing for the second and HR Dynamics for the third. Currently, only Chambers in larger cities are providing webinars for their members, but we wanted to break into that field as well and become the first regional Chambers to offer its members webinars. We will, of course, continue to hold our successful workshops.
Speaking of workshops, we’ve had huge success so far this year with hundreds of members and non-members attending our various workshops. We received fantastic feedback from our workshops with Google and Naomi Simpson, and we’re currently working on getting Facebook here, which will be fantastic for Cairns. Our luncheons are also continuing to grow in popularity, and we’re pleased to be including well-known guests such as Sky News Australia’s Political Editor David Speers, who also broadcasted the event on his Sky News show Strong Australia.
Our ever-popular annual golf day in October is filling up fast, and we haven’t even promoted it yet! We have 15 holes sold already and have only about 10 teams left out of 35, so it’s shaping up to be another successful day on the greens.
Another way we’re being proactive and thinking outside of the square is through our relationship building with the contractors behind new projects in Cairns. Once projects such as the upcoming Edmonton/Gordonvale bypass have been awarded to a company, we liaise with the company, recommend Chamber members and give them our membership data base. We recently had great success in this area with the organisers of the upcoming Grass is Greener Festival (October 26), who have utilised the services of a majority of our members to fill different roles and positions. They know the Chamber is a trusted brand in Cairns and are happy to take our recommendations.
Our membership numbers continue to rise month by month, which is fantastic. We have over 700 members now, an increase of 240 in the last 12 months, and our renewal rate is higher than it’s ever been before. This is great news for all, as the more members we have on board the bigger our voice becomes. And the bigger our voice becomes, the more we can achieve together.