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RESILIENCE 2020 – A Great Success

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Nov 2020 – How is Wollondilly after drought, fires, flood and Covid-19?

A combined meeting of Wollondilly Chambers of Commerce and Tourist Association

Picton Chamber of Commerce and Industry together with Appin, Wilton, Tahmoor Chambers and Wollondilly Tourism Association, would like to invite you to attend our November United Chamber Event on Wednesday evening 25th November from 6pm.

This evening will unite us in recognising the Resilience of our region, Kylie Brydon-Smith, the Director of Stakeholder Relations and Industry Engagement Resilience NSW will speak to us about why Resilience NSW was formed and how they are assisting our region with recovery from the devastating drought, fires, flood and most recently Covid-19. We will pay tribute to our local SES & RFS Brigade representatives as our guests.

Join us in an amazing venue, our own NSW Rail Museum Thirlmere, to enjoy an evening of networking, a delicious meal and hearing from our united Chamber representatives. Our thanks to event sponsor Governors Hill.

We encourage you to purchase tickets at the link below. Feel free to fill a table with your associates.

Kind regards
Picton Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc.

 

Event Sponsor, Governors Hill.

 

Dinner Meeting

Date: Wednesday 25th November 6pm for 6.15pm

Venue: NSW Transport Heritage Museum, Thirlmere

10 Barbour Rd Thirlmere NSW 2572

Speaker: Kylie Brydon-Smith CEO Resilience NSW

 

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A combined meeting of Wollondilly Chambers of Commerce and Tourist Association

Date: Wednesday 25th November 6pm for 6.15pm

Venue: NSW Transport Heritage Museum, Thirlmere

10 Barbour Rd Thirlmere NSW 2572

Speaker: Kylie Brydon-Smith CEO Resilience NSW

tickets

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$50 + Booking Fee

BRAND IDENTITY IMAGE

Did you miss out? Oct 20

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BRAND INDENTITY

with David Blakely of Chanel Australia

At our October Dinner Meeting we had a special guest talking about Brand Identity. The Managing Director of one of the world’s most iconic and most recognizable brands, David Blakely, the MD of Chanel Australia for the past 20 years imparted his knowledge of how important your brand is to your business. We had a great turnout at Vabys of 40 guests. If you missed out keep an eye on the Chamber’s website for upcoming events and the latest business news for Picton and Wollondilly.

As our final event for Small Business Month, we are grateful for the support from NSW Government Small Business Month incentives.

 

Kevin Abey, David Blakeley, Jo Bentley, Judith Hannan, Geoff O'Brien

CEO Chanel Australia David Blakeley and VP Picton Chamber of Commerce Jo Bentley

 

David Blakeley and Jo Bentley

Kevin Abey (Wollondilly Council), David Blakeley (Chanel Aust.), Jo Bentley (Picton Chamber), Judith Hannan (Councillor), Geoff O’Brien (President, Picton Chamber)

 

UPCOMING EVENTS NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

 

New members are always welcome.

We would love to hear from you. Why not drop into one of our meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Regular membership is $80 per year. However this year (2020)  we are offering a special incentive to join up.

With your $80 membership, you will receive a $60 voucher to redeem at participating Chamber member businesses.

pictonchamber.com.au

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October is Business Month

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Wollondilly Council and The Picton Chamber of Commerce are running workshops for Small Business Month. You are invited to participate in our events so spread the word.

Session 2

21st October 2020

How to Set Prices and Not Go Bust

Are you frustrated? You seem to be working really hard, but there doesn’t seem to be enough of a financial reward. Are you honestly paying yourself for ALL hours worked?

In this session we look at pricing inputs, the impact of discounting, quoting and other key pricing issues like covering your admin and marketing time. Our focus will be –

Understanding how pre-qualifying customers helps to keep costs down

Understanding the real cost of quoting and how it needs to be absorbed in pricing somewhere

Working out ‘hourly’ rates

Charging your real wort

Cash flow forecasting basics

Presenter: Jane Tweedy is a small business advisor, consultant and trainer.

Jane is passionate about helping small businesses succeed and has an interactive style, ensuring all participants receive great value from their investment. Jane works for Western Sydney Business Centre as a small business advisor, and provides training as part of her new business, FAQ Business Training. Jane has a broad background in corporate, volunteering and small business. This provides a unique perspective at a strategic and detail level. Jane is a lifelong learner and you will benefit from her wealth of applied knowledge and experience.

Where & When

Both workshops will be held at Moses Barnes at $15 per head subsidized by NSW Government and Picton Chamber of Commerce.

Ticket price includes dinner

Dinner Workshop Ticket links

Session 2


Additional Free Workshops

Wollondilly Council is running two Free workshops for Small Business Month.

You are invited to participate in our events and would appreciate your help to spread the word.

 

Below is a link to Council’s event page on their website.

 

Free Brand Building Workshop   Free Planning for the Future Workshop

Numbers are limited so get in quick!

Announcing the Chamber’s New Executive for 2020

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The Picton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the new Executive team who have offered their skills and services for the next 12 months. We are grateful to our outgoing President Kyle Chamberlain and his Executive team who have steered the Chamber these past few years on a course of enthusiastic growth and expansion. We look forward to their continued input to the Chamber as long time members and welcome the new team to their new responsibilities. 

 

President 

Geoff O’Brien – Property Wyze

As a passionate Picton resident for the last 22 years, Geoff is the Community Engagement Manager with Bradcorp and runs his own “Property Wyze” Business.

Described best as energetic, enthusiastic with a diverse and unique skills base, Geoff thrives on challenges and supporting teams. Geoff says, “Picton is thriving. New shops and offices are being filled, the Civic Cultural Precinct is being developed and this means great activity underpinning Picton as the cultural and business centre of the shire. The next twelve months will be an exciting time for the Chamber to diversify our activities, be inclusive and encourage a broad membership but most importantly support each other to have fun and thrive. We want the Chamber to leave a legacy of benefit for our town and community. Watch this space.”

 

Vice President

Jo Bently – Uniquely Local

Jo owns and runs multiple businesses including the very successful event management business, Uniquely Local. Uniquely Local presented the Wollondilly Business Awards in 2019 which was well attended by local businesses and dignitaries and supported local vendors and suppliers at a time when large events are far and few. Jo is also the owner-operator of Benjos Petspa and for the last 10 years has pampered her customer’s pooches with luxury grooming in her mobile pet salon. Jo is community-minded and serves on the Executive Committee for “Caring for Wollondilly” which supports families within our Shire and is training with the Wilton RFS Brigade.

 

Secretary

Lance Watson – Partner, Caldwell Martin & Cox Solicitors

Lance brings a wealth of experience to the Chamber. He has worked for the Attorney Generals Department of NSW, the NSW Supreme Court and a variety of Local Courts across the Sydney region and as an Associate to a District Court Judge. Lance says “With so much development forecast to occur in the greater Sydney region I believe it is the right time for local businesses to join together as a group to put forward what we would like for Picton and the Wollondilly Shire. Our Chamber regularly has our Local MP’s and Councillors in attendance at our meetings which are a great way to provide input for how the development can benefit us.” Lance also brings to the table his expertise in estate law which the Chamber can utilise as we look into the future development of the district. Outside of the office he keeps himself busy as the President of his local Rural Fire Brigade and is often seen on weekends riding off into the bush on his mountain bike.

 

Treasurer

Peter Tapp – Pinnacle Tax & Accounting

For over 25 years Peter has been helping and making peoples business and personal dreams become a reality. Peter holds over 25 years experience in advising, supporting and growing businesses of all types and sizes all over the state.

He understands the importance of community and family as shown by his commitment to the Rural Fire Brigade, Chamber of Commerce and Army Reserve. Peter’s real life experiences and in-depth understanding of the complex issues and problems running a business means that he brings a wealth of expertise to the Picton Chamber of Commerce.

 

Director of Fun and Well-Being

Kim Roulston – Hippyluxe

Kim owns and runs her very colourful and fun-loving hippy lifestyle store Hippyluxe in Picton which offers a beautiful range of clothing and gifts to suit everyone. Hippluxe has become a well-known hang-out with locals. Kim’s motto is to “Keep it colourful and keep it fun” and is known to have lots of laughs with her customers. Kim brings her positive fun-filled personality to the executive as our Ambassador for Fun and Well-Being which in this year of 2020 is a greatly needed commodity.

 

Membership

Kylie Greffenius – Photogreff

Kylie brings her skills as a long time professional local businesswoman to the team.  Her enthusiasm to expand the Chamber’s membership and the importance that has on our ability to be an active force for change is her key strategy for the next year. Kylie says, “As part of the Picton Chamber Executive my goal is to leave members feeling that we have delivered on their needs; they’re not our audience, they’re our reason for stepping up.”

 

Media and Communication

Mark Shaw – Imageworx

Mark has run his successful design and consulting business in Picton for over 25 years and brings to the Chamber his expertise in print and digital communications. Mark says,”Now is the time for small businesses like those in Picton and the shire to unite as one with a loud voice to be heard by Government. Our local newspapers and radio have lost their impact to motivate authorities and organisations into action so if small business needs are to be met we need a strong united voice to take the message where it is needed.” Mark’s skills as a copywriter, web developer and digital consultant will assist Chamber members to be heard.

Mowbray Park homestead photo from the air

What Did You Miss? September 20 Meeting

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What Did You Miss?

Wednesday Evening 23rd September 2020

Pizza in the Shed

Mowbray Park Farm

Address:  745 Barkers Lodge Road, Picton, NSW, 2571.

We had a full house at Mowbray Park Farm Wednesday night. Blair Briggs hosted the evening meeting and updated us on the upgrades to the Mowbray Farm while the tourist and accommodation industry has been in lockdown these past six months. Our guest speaker from Appin Chamber of Commerce, Lauren Eade, informed members of a new initiative being implemented by Appin Chamber to promote shopping locally in Wollondilly. Lauren has a team working on a promotional website that will double as a business directory for Wollondilly businesses. It will incentivise shoppers with gift prizes awarded monthly to shoppers patronising local businesses. Shoppers can enter a draw for a prize after purchasing items from participating businesses. The site is expected to become a hub for future Wollondilly business activity and the concept was warmly embraced by members.

Other items on the agenda was the announcement of various events for 2020-21 which will be posted on our events page as details become available.

The Picton Chamber of Commerce is eager to expand membership and share our experiences and professional expertise and learn from your business experiences too. The Chamber is a good conduit to help communicate to various Government bodies and NGO’s and the more members we have the more noticeable we become. So visit our membership page now and join up. We’de love to welcome you at our next meeting.

August AGM 2020 Meeting

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Join us at the newest and most talked about venue in Picton for the Picton Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting.

Moses Barnes Cafe

About this Event

Our corporate Annual General Meeting will be limited to just 35 tickets so get in early. Membership forms and nomination forms are available to download on the home page.

WHEN
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM

WHERE
Moses Barnes
89-91 Argyle St Picton, New South Wales 2571

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No will? What could possibly go wrong?

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February Meeting

Don’t miss our first meeting of the year
at
Vaby’s Restaurant

Lance Watson

of Caldwell Martin Cox Solicitors will discuss why your will should be up-to-date.

Tickets are available for our first meeting of the year. Dinner and a Show!

Lance from Caldwell Martin Cox will be presenting some interesting facts as to what can happen if you don’t have a will.

There are things you may not have considered and there will be some anecdotes that will entertain.

Wednesday, February 26 AT 6 PM

Buy Tickets $50

Station Street Picton, Opposite Picton Railway Station.

From surviving to thriving

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BUSHFIRE RECOVERY NETWORKING RESOURCES & STRATEGY EVENT FOR ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES

Wednesday 19th February, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Open to all Local Small Business:

Don’t go through this period alone. Find out what resources are available, gather ideas and strategies to help your businesses recover as quickly as possible.

VENUE:

Picton BowlingClub10 CliffeStreet

Picton, NSW 2571

Entry: GOLD COIN DONATION (all proceeds to local community fire recovery

Download Information PDF

Surviving to Thriving – Picton

 

November 2019 Meeting

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November Meet and Greet

Don’t Miss Our Meet and Greet
at the
Picton Town Square

Meet Ben Taylor

WSC CEO

Previous roles include General Manager Environment and Infrastructure Northern Beaches Council, CEO of SHOROC, Director Metropolitan Water for the NSW Government’s Office of Water.

Drop in to the Picton Town Square and introduce yourself and your business and join us for some good company, some networking and enjoy a drink on us.

Wednesday 27th November

158 Argyle Street Picton

Nibbles and drinks from 6pm

 

Meeting August 2019

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August Meeting

Wednesday Evening 28th August 2019

Planning the Future with Toni Averay

Director of Planning – WSC

The Picton Chamber of Commerce thanks Wollondilly Shire Council’s Director of Planning, Toni Averay for her informative discussion at our August meeting.

Toni says she feels privileged to have taken on the role of Director Planning at Wollondilly Shire Council and is looking forward to working with the great team of committed Councillors and staff to retain and protect the rural lifestyle and environment that makes Wollondilly special, while also taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the Western Sydney Airport and the City Deal, and responding effectively to growth pressures to create sustainable, liveable new communities.

Toni Averay is responsible for:

  • Development Assessment & Building Monitoring
  • Strategic Planning & Growth Centres
  • Compliance & Administrative Support

and brings to the Shire her vast experience as:

General Manager Environment Planning and Development
Redland City Council

Director Planning and Growth
Liverpool City Council

Director Development and Community
Fraser Coast Regional Council

…and more

Ms Avery’s informative presentation revealed the many requirements shire planners are required to process in order to assist residents and developers to start and complete a development.

The August meeting of the Picton Chamber of Commerce was held at the Picton Bowling Club 10 Cliffe Street Picton.