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Maleny Commerce

Representing the local business community since 1986.

Presidents Report
  
It's AGM time - I know not very exciting but it is for the volunteers that serve on your Chamber of Commerce.

We started the year off with our Strategic Planning workshop creating subcommittees for more efficient operation. As a member, what would you like to see Maleny Commerce achieve in 2021 to benefit you and your business? 

We have made one big decision and that is to change how we host the Christmas Festival. Every year we host a street fair and over several years we have tried to engage CBD businesses to stay open and get involved. However due to the setup of the event and using the closed street format made for not a viable situation for businesses to stay open.  Montville Commerce made a change to their Christmas Festival last year with a late night shopping and entertainment event which was a huge success. We want our event to continue as a local community event as it has for over 75 years however we want our businesses to also benefit and believe Montville may just have gotten it right so we will give it a go in Maleny. If you are interested in joining the subcommittee working on this event you are very welcome. You don't have to be an executive to join any of our subcommittees. Of course your input as a business will help us shape our new plan for the Christmas Festival. 

Time for me to say goodbye as President but hello as Maleny Commerce Administration Officer. Kay Ridge has held this position for the past couple of years and now her and I are swapping roles. She has decided she wants to step up to President and I will step into the administration role. So you will still see me at meetings and of course I am still heading up the Maleny Gift Card subcommittee as a volunteer. I have also accepted the same role working for Montville Commerce bringing some collaboration between the two communities. Let's face it we are both on the hinterland and we both survive and thrive on tourism so supporting each other is key. 

I've thoroughly enjoyed my time as President and love what as a team we have achieved. I thank the volunteers that I have worked with during this time, you made it so easy for me. I wish Kay and the incoming executives all the best and look forward to supplying them with administrative support.
 
Have a good month.
#LoveMaleny
Nicole
Annual General Meeting
Annual General Meeting

Maleny and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc
 
Tuesday 9th February 2021
at 7am for breakfast
Maleny Hotel

Bookings Essential
Non-Member Ticket                                             $27.00
Member                                                               $22.00

If you wish to attend and have any other dietary requirements please contact admin@malenycommerce.org.au 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.

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Meet your Federal Minister Andrew Wallace MP
Come for a coffee & scone
Local Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace is inviting interested Maleny Commerce members to join him for coffee and scones to talk about the issues facing hinterland businesses today and what is important for our region’s COVID recovery. Members can meet Mr Wallace to provide their feedback at this invitation-only event at the Orangery Maleny, 4 Panarama Place, at 10.30am on Thursday 11 February 2021. Numbers are limited due to COVID-19, so please RSVP to andrew.wallace.mp@aph.gov.au to secure a place and your complimentary coffee and scone!
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Maleny Gift Card Statistics
57 businesses have benefited from the use of Maleny Gift Cards in their businesses with $32,461 of the above figure having already been redeemed. Meaning $44,151 is still waiting to be spent!

Could you do a social media and in store campaign to attract some of those funds to be spent in your store? Take advantage of the situation and be proactive and come up with some great ways of attracting that spending. 
WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE A MALENY GIFT CARD:
Maleny Cheese Factory
Maleny Food Co Cafe
Maleny Food Co Newsroom
Malenty Supa IGA
Natural Fibre Maleny
On Obi Maleny
Purple Palate
The Maleny Bookshop


To find out more about the program such as where cards can be redeemed and card balances visit https://malenycommerce.org.au/love-maleny-gift-card/
Maleny & Surrounds Tourist Guide
Front and back of our new edition tourist guide at the printers now!

A big thank you to Glasshouse Country Maleny News who spent many hours updating the design and filling in the blanks to create what we think is a great new look map. If you are in the tourist industry and would like some maps at your business please contact Kay at info@malenycommerce.org.au and she will organise to deliver to you. 
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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.
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The small business hub has been developed with support from the Queensland Government to deliver free online training and learning opportunities.

To Be eligible you must be a Queensland small business with less than 20 staff with a registered ABN.
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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.

www.malenycommerce.org.au

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