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Maleny Commerce

Representing the local business community since 1986.


A word from our President
Hello all,

What a busy month it has been.  This month your committee got together to work out a more current strategic plan that will include us having a membership drive.  Without members, we simply will not exist.

It was also unfortunate due to lack of attendance that we cancelled this months network meeting.  We understand that everyone gets busy and that you need to see value in what we are doing.  We have therefore made the decision to hold bi-monthly get-togethers.

May is Business Month
Tuesday, May 11th, 2022 at 7 am we are going to have a breakfast meeting followed by a mini-workshop.  The mini-workshop will commence at 9 am and finish at Noon. The event will be subsidised by the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) and will provide two one hour sessions on education and learning how to retain your customers and customer relations and a one-hour session on choosing the right social media for your business. Bookings are essential and you will find out all details in this newsletter. We have also been fortunate to be selected for a small grant from DESBT which will be used for this event.

Thursday 29th July 2021, 5.30 pm onwards we will showcase our second event for the year, a dinner at Tranquil Park where we are bringing in a keynote speaker Eric Bailey.  Eric Bailey is a former basketball player with the Hobart Devils, Melbourne Tigers and Gold Coast Rollers in the National Basketball League. Bailey attended Boise State University. He played in the Australian NBL for Hobart between 1983 and 1984. In 1985 he moved to Melbourne where he played until 1989.  Eric now resides in Brisbane.

September -we will join Montville Chamber (date to be advised).

Thursday, November 11th at 6 pm will be our final event for the year  Save this date for something special.

As a business have you received our maps? If you would like to receive some of the maps for your business please send an email to

Promote your business on our Facebook Page
We would also like to promote your business, to do this however we need you to send us information on what is happening in your business, new staff, new product or service, mothers day special etc.  Please send information to

Have a great month and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 11th for our breakfast/Mini-workshop.

Warm regards
Small Business Month Guest Speakers & Mini Workshops
Tuesday 11th May 2021 from 7am to 11.30am
Maleny Hotel
7am to 8.30am - Guest Speakers + Breakfast

Guest Speaker: Jodie Nolan, Local Manager, Queensland Country Bank Maleny

"I look forward to sharing how Queensland Country Bank is already making a positive impact in our community, our future initiatives and fundamental core values and our standout business banking opportunities and what differentiates us from the rest!"  See you on the 11th. Jodie

Guest Speaker: Michael O'Brien, Senior Industrial Relations Specialist, Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ)

15 years experience in Industrial Relations advisor skilled in case management, conciliation, mediation, investigations and EA negotiations through strategic and operational HR expertise.  Michael's passion is to get to the heart of issues and work with people to create positive outcomes. With his considerable expertise, you can trust he will be an effective facilitator and advisor for your business when a situation of difference arises.

Book Here - Bookings Essential
Members Ticket $25; Non-Members Ticket $30
9am to 11.30am - Mini Workshop

An ASBAS Digital Solutions Qld workshops in partnership with Maleny Commerce

9:00am - 10.00am
Improving Customer Experience - Stuart George

Learn how to start an amazing customer journey and keep it going. Create clients not customers. Onboarding to retention and beyond. The key areas needed to grow your business and to build and strengthen client relationships creating a solid future for your business.

Stuart George is the CEO of CKP Creative - seeing the big picture view of each business, what is missing then, guiding how to grow, improve online presence and business flow. Stuart gained a vast portfolio of skills over the past 30 years in business and his professional career as a business owner from the age of 20. Electrician, touring session singer, saxophonist, composer, Apple Certified Trainer, video + music production, digital marketing, social media and web design. He has been there, done that, failed and succeeded - learning every step of the way. Talking about business + digital and helping you to succeed is his driving passion.

10:00 - 10:30am
Break & Morning Tea

10:30 - 11:30am
All Things Social Media - Kay Ridge

  • Who is your target audience?
  • Is branding important?
  • Where are your customers?
  • What platforms do they use?

All of this will be discussed and more.

Kay Ridge is the founder of Dash-Social. Over a 25 year career she has worked in sales and marketing, logistics, corporate, government and insurance before finding her passion for social media and marketing. She is also passionate about women entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. She understands that social media is one of the most important business tools you can have and used correctly it has the power to reach out to your target audience creating your brand ambassadors.
$12.64 inc GST & Booking Fee for both workshops
Book Here for both workshops - Bookings Essential

If you wish to attend and have any other dietary requirements please contact to ensure the venue is able to plan in advance. 

Please note: ALL tickets booked must be paid for.  If you book and are unable to attend, but don’t notify the secretary/admin, the Chamber still has to pay for the venue so you will be charged. We aim to support our local restaurants. Please provide 24 hrs notice.

Check In Qld app

Are you a hospitality business?

Are you a customer?

From 1 May 2021 the Check In Qld app is mandatory for all Queensland hospitality businesses.

The Check In Qld app is available to download and use to help keep Queenslanders COVID Safe when we’re enjoying venues like pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes across Queensland.

The Check In Qld app will help venues stay open for business with confidence that staff and customers are protected.

The app is free, safe, fast and easy to use. Contract tracing and testing are the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19.

For more information visit:
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A Message from Andrew Wallace MP

Invitation to provide feedback on the JobMaker Hiring Credit

Late last year the Morrison Government passed legislation to establish the JobMaker Hiring Credit, giving businesses access to up to $200 per week for each eligible employee.

Youth unemployment was particularly impacted by restrictions imposed as part of last year’s health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the JobMaker Hiring Credit was specifically designed to encourage businesses to take on additional employees from a young demographic, among our many other support mechanisms.

I am very interested to hear from businesses who benefitted from the JobMaker Hiring Credit. I would be keen to hear any feedback you may have about whether you found the opportunity a success or whether there were challenges along the way. Please simply respond to this email to share your experiences.

For those of you who have not explored this option to date, the JobMaker Hiring Credit is a fixed amount of $200 per week for an eligible employee aged 16 to 29 years and $100 per week for an eligible employee aged 30 to 35 years paid quarterly in arrears by the Australian Taxation Office.

To be eligible, the employee must have been receiving JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance (Other) or Parenting Payment for at least one of the previous three months, assessed on the date of employment. The hiring credit is not available to an employer who does not increase their headcount and payroll. The legislative framework also prohibits both employers and employees from entering into contrived schemes in order to gain access to or increase the amount payable.

The JobMaker Hiring Credit can be accessed until 6 October 2021.

You can find more information here: JobMaker Hiring Credit | Australian Taxation Office (


30 SEPTEMBER 2021.

What's in it for you?
  • Engage an Apprentice or Trainee now and you could be eligible for a 50% wage subsidy for the first 12 months to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter.
  • There is no limit on the number of eligible trainees/ apprentices you can employ.
How can DGT help me?
DGT Employs the best apprentices and trainees and places them with businesses, who are the host employers, for all or part of the apprenticeship.

Click here to find out more ...
One year’s business support for $200

This is possible through the Chamber Alliance Business Mentoring program. The use of experienced business professionals giving back to the community on a volunteer basis makes this possible. The mentors bring a wealth of experience and offer to guide you and your business to the goals that you set.

To see if this program is for you, come along to the speed mentoring session at 5.30pm on April 14th. There you will be given the opportunity to speak to several different mentors to sample what the mentoring program can provide. This is obligation free and free of charge.

Going online

Or if you would like to talk to some Call Paul Whinnett Phone: 0447 826 602

Maleny Cafe & Restaurant Opening Hours
We have created a list of our cafe and restaurant opening hours to assist visitors and locals to find out who is open, when they are open, what they serve and how to connect with them.
This document will be printed for Maleny Visitors Information Centres use and be provided the accommodation houses.
To view please click here
This Mothers Day ...

Maleny Cheese Factory
Purple Palate
The Maleny Bookshop
Maleny Food Co
Natural Fibre Maleny
On Obi Maleny

To find out more about the program such as where cards can be redeemed and card balances visit

Kay Ridge Workshops

Kay Ridge is a sought-after social media and marketing consultant with a diploma in social media and marketing and is currently completing a Bachelor of Marketing and Communication. Kay specializes in Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn as well as LinkedIn Advertising.

Kay also mentors for the Mentor 4 Growth program. Kay founded Dash Social which assists small business owners in writing their marketing plan, strategies and content to ensure that their business gets in front of the right audience. Kay has had her own businesses for the past 20 years and understands all aspects of a business and how important the right marketing blueprint is for your business.
Establishing a professional brand through LinkedIn (free)

Learn why 30 million Companies have LinkedIn Profiles

Date/Time:  Monday, 10 May 2021

QLD: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (AEST)

Learn why 30 million Companies have LinkedIn Profiles, 50% of B2B web traffic originating social media comes from LinkedIn and 80% of B2B leads generated on social media come from LinkedIn.

In this workshop, you will learn:-

-what should be on your banner

-how you should look in your profile photo

-what your heading should say

-what detail needs to be in your About section

-What profile sections are important

This workshop is brought to you by Business Station and AusIndustry under the ASBAS Digital Solutions Program. Delivered in QLD by RDA Brisbane.

Register here for 10th May 2021 1-2 pm
Register here for 10th May 2021 5-6 pm
Register here for 15th May 2021 10-11 am
Our organisation’s operations are supported by council through a Community Partnership

About Maleny Commerce

Maleny and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. is an incorporated body representing the business community since 1986. Check our website for upcoming events.

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