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Maleny Commerce

Representing the local business community since 1986.

Maleny Commerce Newsletter - October 2019
From the President 

And so starts the Festive Season. With only 13 weeks till Christmas it's time to start planning so your business can benefit from the Christmas spending. Promote early, be a little different and give your customers something they may not expect. Bascially stand out! 

Auspost reports in 2019 that 73% of households are buying online, equating to 7.6 million people, accounting for $27.5 billion in eCommerce revenue. Can your business benefit from this growing trend?

If you are considering eCommerce and don't know where to start there are many cost effective programs available to teach you all that you need to know. A couple of them are listed below and we will also have a presentation at our October breakfast by Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance about their Business Mentoring Program, working one on one with you.

We are very fortunate to have available to us such heavily subsidised programs with some being run by experts that have lived a life of small business. I know small business are time poor but to take the time out to seek and learn how to better your business is a smart move.

In 2020 our Chamber will present to you a Maleny Gift Card concept. We are very excited to be working with "Why Leave Town Gift Cards" to do a presentation at our February AGM for businesses to consider.  A chance to keep money local and provide a service to benefit our town.  Attend our February 2020 AGM to find out more.

We hope to see you at the October Breakfast celebrating Sculpture on the Edge, another Maleny event that benefits our region. 

#lovemaleny!!  Have a good month - Nicole

October Chamber Breakfast
Tuesday, 8th October 2019
Spicers Tamarind
7.00am - Tabled Buffet Breakfast
Join us for our October Breakfast Meeting at
Spicers Tamarind
88 Obi Lane South, Maleny Qld 4552

Richard Muldoon - Arts Connect Sculpture on the Edge

Peter Lloyd & Paul Whinnett - Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance Business Mentoring Program


Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements in the “Comments” section of the booking form.

Bookings Essential
Non-Member Ticket                                             $27.00

Member                                                               $22.00

If you wish to attend and have any 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.
Book Here for October Breakfast Meeting
Sculpture on the Edge
Previous Entries of Sculpture on the Edge

 Arts Connect Inc would like to invite you to the 2019 Sculpture On The Edge Awards Night!! 

Join us for art, live music, and awards, as we announce the winners of the 2019 Sculpture On The Edge Awards. Held at the always delicious Spicers Tamarind Retreat, we will be enjoying a twilight viewing of the sculptural works on display from 4:00, then rolling into drinks and canapes at 5:30 with the awards to follow.

Do not miss this fabulous evening mingling with your fellow artists, art lovers, and business and community associates and friends! Let’s celebrate the arts in our region, whilst we present the winners of the 2019 Sculpture On The Edge!

Spicers Tamarind Retreat
88 Obi Lane South, Maleny QLD 4552

Date: Wednesday 25 September 2019

4:00pm Twilight viewing of the sculptural works
5:30pm Drinks & Canapés
6:30pm Awards

Tickets: $25 per person Members or $30 Non Members, including a complimentary drink and canapés.

Award Night Tickets
TAFE Queensland and Sunshine Coast Council are offering small business in Maleny to come together for a Build a Better Business workshop and mentoring program in October/November
Register today to be one of 10 Maleny businesses to undertake the TAFE Queensland’s Build a Better Business workshop and mentoring program in our October/ November cohort.

Participants who successfully complete the course will walk away with a Business Action Plan, including finance and marketing plans, plus a TAFE Certificate IV in Small Business Management.

Council is able to deliver this $2390 course at a highly subsidised rate of $150 (pending subsidy eligibility), which also includes free workshop catering.

Please see the attached flyer for further information, and click here to hear how our Nambour cohort benefited from participation in the Program.

The Program includes:
4 x 3 hour face-to-face group mentoring workshops delivered by TAFE mentors at The Orangery, Maleny on:

Wednesday 9 October 5:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday 23 October 5:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday 30 October 5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Wednesday 6 November 5:30 pm-8:30 pm

1 x 2-hour one-on-one mentoring session with your TAFE mentor to aid you with the implementation of your business action plan.
To secure one of the 10 positions - register and make your $150 payment online by following the link at the bottom

Please note: This will be the only Maleny cohort offered this financial year, and it is a great opportunity to develop collaborative relationships with other businesses in your local area.
To Register
Small Business Network
Maleny Christmas Festival Update
Maleny's community Christmas event is on again and we're starting our planning for another wonderful family-friendly evening dancing in the street!

Well... after some anxious months looking for a small active group to make this fun community event happen... it's on!!!
More news as we progress but the Maleny Street Christmas Carnival will be on Friday 13th December.
ASBAS Digital Solutions Qld >>
Give your business a digital advantage

Why not test before you invest?

Digital Advice is provided to you at a low cost.

Delivered by RDA Brisbane (Regional Development Australia) 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 $22 inc GST, plus a huge range of subsidised workshops and webinars for less than $20 per session.*

Whether you are a digital novice or need advanced help, you can draw on our "brains trust" of more than 30 digital advisors, to make the most of opportunities in the digital economy and stay ahead of your competitors.

What digital areas can I get help with?

The ASBAS program offers advisory services, workshops and webinars on a huge range of digital topics. These fall into four main areas:

   Websites and selling online

   Social media and digital marketing

   Using small business software

   Online security and data privacy

Would you like to book then follow this link and book in with Kay

Book in for digital advice
Are you Business Savvy and would like to contribute to your community?
The Maleny Commerce is looking for new Committee Members for 2020 as sadly a couple of our Committee Members after several years have decided it is time to go.

We are a great team and those leaving will be sadly missed.

Sooooooooo think about how you may assist us and what you can bring to the table.  Send an email to the President for more information.
Looking to have an event? Then head to the Maleny Sports & Rec calendar to see what is on.
Maleny's Events Calendar
Manager your business resources
Keep up to date with what is happening in Maleny and be prepared!
Become a Member!

Have you joined yet?
Paid your 2019 invoice?
  • MICRO business (sole operator & no staff) membership – $80
  • Annual Membership Fee - $140
  • Second business Membership Fee – $65
Join Here
2019 Executive Committee
· President :                Nicole Hilton, MCU
· Vice President:         Spencer Shaw,
                                    Brush Turkey Enterprises
· Treasurer:                 Jennepher Bucher, Maleny Cheese
· Secretary:                 Melissa Chaddock, Remax Maleny
· Committee Member: Lea Parkes, Glasshouse Country Maleny News
· Committee Member: Karen Shaw, Forest Heart Eco-nursery
· Committee Member: Max Dunn, Smart Living
· Committee Member: Heather Andrews, The Orangery
· Committee Member: Scott Kroeger, Maleny Chaplaincy
   Administration: Kay Ridge
Calling all members that wish to advertise in our newsletter, please send your logo or photo and information to  
To become a member of the Maleny Chamber of Commerce, either contact or 
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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