14 February 2024 Elevate your business skills

Due to an impressive demand since we announced our partnership with TAFE Queensland, we are happy to announce that we will be hosting a second cohort of TAFE Queensland’s Small Business Solutions program the Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business (BSB40320) delivered by specialised industry mentorsThe new cohort will start on Wednesday 6 March, with 3 fortnightly sessions and individual mentoring. Numbers are limited so click here to register your interest. Key Highlights of the Course: Accredited Training: Recognise your skills and knowledge with a formal qualification in Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business (BSB40320). For course details please click here. Business Management Expertise: Tailored for small business owners, start-up leaders, and aspiring entrepreneurs, this program focuses on honing essential business management skills. From financial proficiency to legal and risk management, marketing strategies, and crafting persuasive business proposals, you'll gain a well-rounded foundation. Personalised Mentorship: As a student, you will benefit from the guidance of an experienced mentor from the business community. Through face-to-face or virtual sessions, together you will develop a business plan customised to propel your venture towards success. Fee-Free TAFE: Some or all course costs will be covered by the Australian and Queensland Governments for eligible students. Please refer here for eligibility requirements.  Students who successfully complete this course will have access to ongoing support and mentorship from the Townsville Chamber of Commerce. Spaces are limited, for more information and to secure your place click here

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13 February 2024 MEMBER NEWS: Jet Zero Australia

We joined sustainable fuels technology company LanzaJet  and Australian bioenergy company (Chamber member) Jet Zero Australia today with partners Airbus Qantas and the Queensland Government to sign a “first-of-a-kind” Licence and Engineering Agreement for that will progress the development of an NQ based Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) project that uses LanzaJet’s Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology to convert bioethanol into SAF and renewable diesel. Fantastic to learn more about this Australian first project and the opportunities it presents for skilled employment in our region. Click HERE to read more

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6 February 2024 Who are we and what do we do?

I’m often asked what the Chamber of Commerce is and what we do, and I have come across some confusion recently from surprising places. In the coming weeks you will start to see messaging increase around what we do. In marketing activating your advocates is a key part of building a brand and so as someone close to the Townsville Chamber of Commerce I encourage you Ross to read on and ask us any questions you might have by replying to this email.   THE ELEVATOR PITCH The Townsville Chamber of Commerce is a business membership organisation that for over 141 years has been an independent voice for the business community, to CONNECT, INFORM and ADVOCATE for our members. We bring together local businesses to promote economic growth, provide networking opportunities, business education, and marketing support to help businesses in our region thrive and grow.   TOP 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT TOWNSVILLE CHAMBER   Since 1882 we have represented the business community as an INDEPENDENT VOICE advocating on the behalf of our members.  Our almost 400 members are BIG and SMALL BUSINESSES – From multinational businesses right through to sole traders and start-up businesses. We have 3 clear pillars to support our members through CONNECTING, INFORMING and ADVOCATING. We CONNECT MEMBERS by hosting regular networking events, connect businesses with each other when we see common ground and make business introductions. We INFORM and EDUCATE members through regular emails, workshops and events to help elevate members and encourage best practice. We LISTEN to members and are an INDEPENDENT COLLECTIVE VOICE FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, advocating for policies and initiatives that benefit our members and the overall economic climate in our region. We are NOT GOVERNMENT FUNDED (This surprises people, we are funded by our membership fees) Our members elect a board of businesspeople (volunteers) who hire a CEO and operational team (all paid) to lead and run the organisation. The VOLUNTEER PRESIDENT has a 2-year term, your current President is experienced business professional Miranda Mears. We are a diverse, welcoming, and supportive community that anyone can be part of starting from just $220 +GST. Find out more about membership HERE.   THE HISTORY OF CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE The concept of a Chamber of Commerce is not new, and there are Chambers of Commerce in every corner of the world. We are not officially connected with each other, but we all have the same goal to further the interests of businesses. I have spoken to many other Chamber CEOs already as we have common ground.   The first Chamber of Commerce began in 1599 in Marseilles France with businesses joining together in a mutual effort to increase commerce in Marseilles. The idea caught on across Europe and in 1826 the first Chamber in Australia was formed in Sydney, Brisbane in 1868 and then in 1882 the Townsville Chamber of Commerce was formed. So, before Australia became a nation the Townsville Chamber of Commerce existed.   Things have changed since then, but chambers of commerce still play a crucial role in supporting and strengthening the local business community and economy.

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5 February 2024 Thank you Kate

THANK - YOU! The Townsville Chamber Executive and Board passes on its sincere gratitude and thanks to our Treasurer Kate Smith for her tireless efforts over the past three years. Kate has been a fierce advocate for our region and its businesses and has spent countless hours in her volunteer role on the Chamber Board.  We would like to take this opportunity to announce Chamber Board Member Chris Volpi to the role of Treasurer.

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5 January 2024 Start Right Business Course

With almost 50 percent of businesses failing within their first four years the Townsville Chamber of Commerce says that it is crucial for people starting a business to understand the basics, and to help they have created a one-day course. President of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce Miranda Mears says the Chamber is eager to do what they can to ensure new business owners have the best opportunity for success and avoid costly mistakes. “In Queensland we are seeing unprecedented small business closures so if you are thinking of starting a new venture understanding the basics from the outset is critical,” said Mears.  “Innovation can be a buzz word, but for your business to thrive you will need to think strategically about how your business will work and how you will turn a profit,” said Mears. In her volunteer role as President of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce Mears has created and will deliver the inaugural Start Right Business Course, a 1-day program designed to guide participants through the early stages of entrepreneurship and setting participants up for success. “During the course we will go through fundamental topics such as, business structures, compliance requirements and responsibilities of business ownership, financial basics and knowing your numbers, business planning and strategy, marketing, digital strategy, cyber security and more,” said Mears. “Applying for an ABN is the easy part, but things can unravel quickly if the business owner doesn’t have an understanding of business fundamentals, and this course will give people that,” said Mears. “We have limited this opportunity to ensure personalised attention and networking within the group, there will also be a one-on-one mentoring session for each participant, and a full year of membership to the Townsville Chamber of Commerce to help them to connect with the wider business community. “In business having a network that you can connect into as a sounding board, support or collaboration is a powerful tool for business owners this is why we absolutely wanted to include a membership as part of the program. “When I first came to Townsville, I had no business network and the Townsville Chamber of Commerce was my first port of call, so it is my honour and privilege as a volunteer board member and now President to give my time and business expertise to support business owners taking that first big step to help them start right.” The Townsville Chamber of Commerce Start Right Business Course will be held on Wednesday 31st January. Course Overview Business Structures Compliance requirements and responsibilities of business ownership Financial basics and Knowing your numbers Effective Business Planning and Strategy Marketing and Branding Digital Strategy and Cyber Security Balancing Work and Life The importance of Support networks Being Agile and Adaptable in Business For more information and to register CLICK HERE

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2 January 2024 Chamber Coffee Refresh 2024

Our FREE fortnightly chamber coffee events are having a refresh in 2024. We will continue to host FREE fortnightly coffee events, the twist is that one fortnight this will be in Townsville Bulletin Square, CBD and the next fortnight will be an “Alternative Coffee” in a different location. This presents a range of opportunities to learn and connect with businesses across the region. Thursday 18th January 8-9am - CBD Coffee Townsville Bulletin Square. Thursday 1st February 8-930am – Alternative coffee will be a Behind the Scenes visit to Star FM & Power FM. Thursday 15th February 8-9am – CBD Coffee Townsville Bulletin Square. To be amongst the first to hear about our latest events join our mailing list by clicking HERE

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14 December 2023 Xmas closure

Our office will be closed from tomorrow afternoon and Amanda and I will return refreshed and ready for 2024 on Tuesday 2nd January. On behalf of our Board, Amanda and myself I would like to thank you for your support in 2023 and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy, successful 2024. Heidi

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