As businesses and tourism operators bounce back after a hard few years due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce has been by their sides to ensure they thrive now and into the future.
Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce President Rhonda Cockinos says the chamber has a strong focus on buying local and supporting all business owners that have chosen Bribie Island the surrounding region as a place to live and work.
About Rhonda Cockinos
Rhonda Cockinos is the President and Treasurer of the Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce.
Rhonda has served as Treasurer since 2008, and President since 2010, ensuring that Bribie Island and the surrounding regions have a strong voice in promoting business growth, community development and regional prosperity.
Rhonda says the Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce is one of the oldest Chambers in Queensland.
“The group was founded in 1963 and at 59 years young, is one of the oldest chambers in Queensland,” Rhonda says.
“But we are still going strong, and are a voice for local businesses, industry and tourism.
“We share our birthday with the Bribie Island Bridge, so in 2023 we are both turning 60 years old.”
Rhonda says it is the personal relationships she has with members that sets the Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce apart from others.
“What I do is get in touch with different members personally by giving them a call to see how they are going,” Rhonda explains.
“Our members have told us that they really like this personal touch, as some other chambers don’t do this.”
The chamber also has a strong focus on buying locally and supporting locals who have chosen the region to run a business.
“We always promote shopping local in the Bribie Island region,” Rhonda explains.
“A lot of the cafes and restaurants in the region all have loyalty programs so you get little discounts when you go and see them.
“We want people coming back and supporting these businesses, as well as all our other members.”
Rhonda has had a long affiliation with Chambers of Commerce, as she was a member of her local chamber in Sydney where she used to live.
Her background also involves accounting, media and event management.
Rhonda is also the current President and Treasurer of Bribie Respite and Support Service – providing CHSP Aged Care Services and NDIS-Funded Community Living Support Services, as well as disability learning support programs and aged care day respite.
The chamber is also active on Facebook, where they post relevant information for residents and the business community.
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