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Maleny Commerce

Representing the local business community since 1986.

Presidents Report
A letter from your new President
Hello, my name is Kay Ridge and I am your new President. 

So that we can get to know each other a little I would like to tell you a little bit about me.  I am the Founder and Solution Provider for Dash Social, A social media and marketing business here in Maleny.  I am also an Advisor for the federally funded Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) and a Mentor for the State Mentoring 4 Growth program.

I am a facilitator in the Hot and Healthy Women in Business Academy and a Panelist on a free online forum 2021 Digital Toolkit.  My other sideline is I am an Accredited Qoin Agent for an Australian digital currency business Qoin, that offers an online directory to Merchants.

Having owned many businesses in Maleny including Maleny Hireds Hands with my husband Richard, a wedding planning business Weddings in the Wild, a corporate virtual office Maleny Corporate Centre and providing administration for Maleny Community Centre and for the last two years to Maleny Commerce.

Over the years I have also undertaken Secretary for the Maleny Kindergarten and Vice President of the Maleny State High School where I created their cookbook which raised over $25,000 for the school.

I am excited for what lies ahead for business in Maleny, on all accounts as I meet and greet you, I learn that the majority of you are finding business prospering and Sunshine Coast Council has reported a 23% growth of business in Maleny in the last quarter.

So whats next?

To promote, and assist the business sector of Maleny and districts, and in particular the current membership, by providing an effective support mechanism in all aspects of business activity.  For the Chamber to be a success we all need to get involved.  Invite a business colleague and let us together see this chamber grow.  We currently have 57 members.  Your input into what you want from is chamber is wanted and in the coming months will be sought after.  Every new committee brings something new to the table and this year we would like to invite some Speakers that will assist you in your business.  If you have someone that you think would be an asset as a Speaker to our event please let us know.

Christmas event will be focused on a street event with Maple Street Businesses asked to participate
Preparation for the 2022 Sustainable Futures Expo
Distribution of maps
Business Training Events - ASBAS John Hui Asbas Strategic Partnerships
Social Events including some night time events

In our newsletter, we will advise you of upcoming events, some of which are at a low cost or free.  Please make a comment on our Facebook page if you attend -it is our way of gauging if the event is successful.

This is going to be a promising year and with your help, a year that as a business community we will grow.  I look forward to getting to know you all better.  Thank you.
General Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday 9th March 2021
7am for breakfast
The Orangery Maleny

Guest Speakers: Paul Garcia & Tim O’Dowd – CCIQ (Energy Water Waste) EcoBiz

After 34 years of building relationships worldwide, Paul joined the CCIQ in Nov 2019 in the newly created role of Relationship Manager. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland is the peak body for all Chambers in Queensland. Paul now collaborates with over 114 Chambers of Commerce throughout Queensland and has a passion to see small businesses not just survive, but thrive through engagement with their local Chambers.

Tim currently works as the Assistant Program Manager for CCIQ’s ecoBiz program. For more than 2 years now, he’s been connecting business owners all across Queensland with expert sustainability consultants to ensure they have

Guest Speaker: Mandy Day (ASPIRE) Sunshine Coast Council
ASPIRE is a free online business to business tool for businesses with up to 100 staff who need to list unwanted waste streams and be connected to businesses who can use this input as reuse.
Developed by CSIRO and Data 61, ASPIRE connects potential matches for your waste based on your profile. Apart from the extensive multiple waste streams that be exchanged, traded or sold the ASPIRE platform, it has smart algorithms that assist connecting what people are looking for and who has been listing that kind of input. Being a digital platform, Sunshine Coast businesses registered on the platform can find a solution locally but are not geographically restrained and other councils and businesses in Queensland now coming on board to enable greater geographical and resource opportunities for an expanded marketplace and opportunities.

Benefits for Business: Using your waste as other businesses input could provide several cost savings and environmental benefits, including:

Bookings Essential
Non-Member Ticket                                             $27.00
Member                                                               $22.00

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.

Register for event
Introducing your new Executives
Clive Waring – Secretary

Clive has been in business for forty years. He was the senior technical consultant and sales executive for the Polaroid Corporation in the 1990s. In 1998 he established the Silvershotz group of companies with offices in Brisbane, London and Los Angeles; he finally closed these offices in 2017 and Silvershotz is 23 years old this year with its office in Maleny.
Currently he has a full time photographic studio in Maleny servicing weddings, portraits, restoration of vintage photos plus product and commercial images for websites. Clive and his wife Elizabeth have been residents of Maleny since 2010 and enjoy the community, fresh air, fresh food and the magic of the hinterland. Clive is looking forward to working as a team member to achieve the goals for Maleny business. Clive’s  email:
Mark Henderson - Committee Member

Born in the UK, I am actually 6.5 generations Australian!  I spent over 40 years in Sydney running my own automotive marketing, recruitment and sales training with over 200 dealership clients around Australia.  When I sold this business, Margy and I went travelling around Australia in a Winnebago and on our way around discovered the Blackall Range.
We have been back quite a few times since and during our stays we were offered the Ray White Real Estate business not once but twice ... firstly by Melinda Martin and then by Chris Smith! Having rebadged the agency, we have now been running Blackall Range Real Estate for almost 6 months, with my wife Margy handling the rent roll and the sales side of the business being handled by myself.  We also bought a home in Montville which means a 10 minute commute across the ridge, which we absolutely love.  The friendly folk of the area have really made us feel right at home in such a short space of time and we look forward to becoming part of this lovely community.

The latest information you need to know. The topics covered in this information statement are listed below. Please click on the Read more here to find out more.
  • Temporary Full Expensing
  • Loss Carry Back
  • Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme
  • Supporting Apprentices
  • JobKeeper
  • Support for Business Research and Development
  • Regulation Changes
  • HomeBuilder
  • International Freight Assistance Mechanism
  • Sector Specific Stimulus
Read more here
Join CCIQ’s economist Jack Baxter for insights to the current business environment in the Hinterland.

Hosted by Maleny Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by CCIQ and Suncorp, the lunch will provide an opportunity to network while gaining an in-depth understanding of the current challenges and opportunities available to business through the evidence of the latest Pulse Business Survey.
Jack Baxter is an Economist and Policy Advisor at CCIQ. He is Queensland’s trusted voice for economic analysis, policy design and advocacy.
Jack’s experience stems from his successful studies across the fields of economics and financial markets. He holds a Bachelor of Business from James Cook University (Economics and Banking Finance) as well as other micro-credentials relevant to the Financial and Insurance Services sector.
During his studies, he worked as a qualified finance broker in North Queensland where he consulted with businesses across all Industries, where he experienced first-hand the struggles facing small businesses in Queensland, including battles with natural disaster events, cost burdens and policy compliance.
It is for this reason, backed with his extensive tertiary education that he now advocates firmly on behalf of all businesses in Queensland.

Secure your spot by registering today:
The Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner provides information and advocacy support to small business, including informal resolution and mediation of lease disputes
Who we help:
• Small business owners based in Queensland
• Small business lease tenants based in Queensland, and their landlords
What assistance we provide:
• We advocate for changes that benefit small businesses
• We help small businesses navigate all levels of government
• We are a voice for Queensland small business as a member of the National Small Business Commissioners network, and various taskforces and roundtables
• We champion the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative
• We connect with small businesses and key stakeholders through face-to-face engagements and online channels
• We help small businesses see the critical messages and support available
• We promote the benefits of small business to the whole community
• We answer enquiries and connect small business to services that can help
• We share the common questions and answers to keep all small businesses informed
Dispute Resolution
• We assist small businesses with informal resolution of small business leasing disputes, including COVID-19 affected leases
• We administer a small business lease dispute mediation process
Contact us
1300 312 344
Upcoming Capability and Tendering Workshops
Want to gain an insight into how to prepare an effective statement of your business’s capability, or how to prepare a compliant tender submission, or did you attend an online workshop last year and want to know more? Interactive, Face-to Face workshops are back in North Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast!
Capability Statement Workshops
Help your business stand out from the crowd and improve your chance of securing contracts by attending a Queensland Government hosted capability statement workshop. These interactive workshops help businesses develop and prepare effective capability statements.
Date: Tuesday 16 March 2021
Time: 08:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina, 4575
Cost: $50.00 (includes tea, coffee and light refreshments)
Tendering for Business Workshops
Are you a Queensland business? Want to stand out from your competitors and improve your chances of winning tenders?
This practical and interactive workshop will help you to prepare comprehensive and conforming bids to tender for government and private sector contracts, large and small.
Date: Wednesday 31 March 2021
Time: 08:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina, 4575
Cost: $50.00 (includes tea, coffee and light refreshments)
Considering Maleny only launched their card in July 2020 this is a great result. Thank you to all our businesses that load up the Maleny Gift Card, we really appreciate your support and supporting small business in the Hinterland:
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

Face to Face Workshops

Register here

Online Webinar - Thursday 4th March 2021 3 pm - 4 pm

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

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.
Register here

Delivered by RDA Brisbane throughout Queensland

Are you a small business with 0-19 employees? Need to improve your digital skills or expand your online presence, but don't know where to start?

Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions can help you compete in a digital world. Business Station has partnered with RDA Brisbane to deliver the ASBAS program throughout Queensland.

We offer government-subsidised one-on-one consultations with digital experts from just $44 inc GST, plus a huge range of subsidised online workshops*

Whether you are a digital novice or need advanced help, you can draw on our "brains trust" of digital advisors, to make the most of opportunities in the digital economy and stay ahead of your competitors.

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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.

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