Greater Caboolture Chamber of Commerce marks major milestone

Published 1:00pm 2 August 2022

Greater Caboolture Chamber of Commerce marks major milestone
Words by Jodie Powell

The Greater Caboolture Chamber of Commerce will mark its first six months of serving the community with its first AGM and a Business After Dark event on Thursday night.

President Naomi Cauley says the chamber’s gone from strength to strength since its first meeting in February, attracting 60 financial members.

“I think that people want to meet other business people,” Naomi says.

|“Coming out of COVID, people are really keen to reconnect.|

“At our events there seems to be a real buzz in the room – the last event sold out.”

She says a common theme among new members and the Greater Caboolture business community is a desire for representation and advocacy with all levels of government, and that the Chamber is working hard to forge those relationships on behalf of all businesses in the region, not just members.

As the former executive officer for the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, Naomi says she learnt valuable skills that have helped get the Caboolture venture off to a flying start.

Serving the community

“One of the presidents taught me so much about the value of having people on the committee who are not there to serve themselves, they’re there to serve the community and that’s very much part of our culture.

“We’re actively seeking new people to come on board who join to serve the business community, to work for the business community,” she says.

Naomi’s grateful for the support of Dr Wayne Graham, the head of campus at UniSC Caboolture and a senior lecturer in management at the university’s School of Business and Creative Industries, as well as Dr Evan Jones from Health Hub Doctors Morayfield, who have both been instrumental in the Chamber’s formative months.

“Dr Evan believed in the Chamber even before it had its first event,” she says.

After the AGM, which runs from 6-6.45pm, the Greater Caboolture Chamber will host Business After Dark from 7-8.30pm.

Representatives from the Caloundra, Brisbane North and Gold Coast chambers of commerce will attend to share their insights into creating and sustaining successful organisations that serve local business communities.

“We thought it would be cool to find out from some of the successful chambers from around South-East Queensland how they do it and what they would do if they were staring afresh again,” Naomi explains.

“Caloundra has a really different model – they fund themselves through very successful markets, whereas others receive funding through various grants.”

Both events are at the Caboolture Sports Club, Station Rd, Morayfield, on Thursday, August 4, with the AGM from 6pm and Business After Dark from 7pm.

Entry to the AGM is free for members or $10 for guests, which includes a drink on arrival.

The cost to attend both events is $25 for chamber members and $35 for guests, including a drink on arrival.

To RSVP click here.

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