August 3rd, 2016 – BUY LOCAL meets LOCALSHOPS1
The Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently took the Buy Local Campaign abroad to St Petersburg, Florida in the USA. The team got the opportunity to meet and share ideas with the people from LocalShops1 which is an organisation that runs its own buy locally campaign in Florida.
The LocalShops1 ladies were impressed with the work of GCCI in the Buy Local Campaign and also in the ‘Boom, Bust or Reset’ study. The afternoon was spent sharing information and with the flowing of ideas came new inspiration for the Chamber.
The LocalShops1 team do a great job in constantly communicating their message of the importance of supporting independent local businesses through the media, public forums, friends and colleagues.
Another aspect of their campaign includes celebrating their organisation and its members; they run Top Local Chef Awards and ‘market place’ events that include cooking contests and the sale of locally made sauces, jams and breads. LocalShops1 also conducted their Best in Biz awards and a Shopapalooza festival celebrating local businesses around Thanksgiving.
Aside from all the amazing work LocalShops1 do to support their local businesses; the most inspiring thing about the team was their local pride. They spent their afternoon with us showcasing the local businesses in St. Pete and Gulf Port. It was amazing to see the work local businesses were taking part in the community with the arts, community building projects and building confidence in women in business.
It was clear the LocalShops1 team were all about their mission to keep their local community’s identity and supporting each other in buying locally (even with their competitors).
The GCCI Buy Local team are so grateful for the opportunity to meet and share ideas with incredibly inspiring businesswomen in what was a truly wonderful life experience.
August 3rd, 2016 – GOONDOON ST BUSINESS RALLY
June 20th, 2016 – 'Boom, Bust or Reset?'...we analyse!
The Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) undertook an business workshop to analyse and discuss the findings from the 2015 ‘Boom, Bust or Reset’ study,
The 38 participants identified which businesses the study revealed to being better than others and further discussed why it was so. Overall, it was determined that smaller, newer, innovative and technological businesses were best off as the smaller businesses had low costs, new businesses were highly motivated, innovative businesses were able to adapt to change and technological businesses were diverse and modern.
Participants also identified that member businesses of peak organisations were doing well as they had support, networking access, information on funding opportunities, more collaboration and more inside information. From this workshop we can assume that in changing economic times businesses must have the ability to adapt, keep their costs low and have the motivation and creativity to diversify.
The workshop not only aimed to identify what businesses were doing well and why, but also worked to assist businesses that were not doing as well to learn how they can turn their futures around.
In order for struggling businesses to get back on their feet, participants suggested they keep costs low, become part of a peak organisation, be aware of trends, stay visible, plan, avoid becoming stale, prepare for the end of ‘boom’ periods, create demand, engage with the community and capture the ideas of young people.
Contact GCCI today to become a member and revitalise your business! Call 4978 7800 or email [email protected]
June 20th, 2016 – Inspiring Places
Like everything else in life, businesses experience highs and lows, and are sometimes unable to find the motivation to come back from a low point. At some point in our working lives, everyone would have that flat and uninspired feeling. Often to move on from that phase, we may feel as though the answer is to do what we always do and force ourselves to get stuck back into work.
However, if we are not changing our habits, how can we expect our environment and outcomes to change? Instead of going about our normal routine, we should find ways to change our surroundings to ignite some inspiration.
Recently, I have personally started searching for inspiring places outside of the office to spark my creativity and imagination to kick start my motivation to work. Whether it’s taking an hour out of the office to walk along a beach or sit and relax in a park, I have found that removing myself from my work environment and going to an ‘inspiring place’ has helped.
At the Chamber we always encourage new ways of thinking and processes to make our business more success and finding ways to reignite your passion for your work could make a huge difference in the long run. So next time you are feeling stuck on a task or wanting to go home and forget about work, find a place to sit, take your work materials with you and let your imagination run wild!
Rick Hansen has lived in Gladstone for thirty five years and has owned a small business, Clinton Foodworks, for 17 years and more recently, Hansen’s City Food Express, for 2 years. He has held a position as a Councillor on the Gladstone City and the Gladstone Regional Council for seven years. Rick has been a member of the Chamber for over eight years and for the past four years has held the position of President. Rick is driven in the role by his commitment to supporting the very important Small to Medium Business Sector in the region.
Alicia Williams, owner of Locations Estate Agents, is a long time Gladstone resident with a background in business, finance and accounting. In October 2013, Alicia opened her own independent real estate agency, Locations Estate Agents Gladstone. Alicia has been a GCCI board member for a year and is looking forward to helping the committee achieve even bigger, better results for Gladstone’s small business community in 2014.
Carl is a local business manager with 11 years of professional experience and has completed his CPA and university degree in a Bachelor of Business. He’s recently joined CMM after working in media and content creation for 11 years. The majority of this time was in senior executive roles within Australian Provincial Newspapers, including his most recent role as General Manager for APN’s largest region in North and Central Queensland. Carl’s background is in finance and it's this business acumen and approachable nature that has enabled him to form genuine relationships with a variety of clients and brands in regional markets.
Natalia is the owner of Natalia Muszkat Photography and has been operating in the Gladstone Region since 2007. The business provides services to a variety of customers, including families, businesses, community organisations and individuals. In addition to running her business, Natalia works for not-for-profit organisation Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Inc. in a range of community and social projects to enhance the lives of those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds while ensuring the wider community benefits from our Region’s cultural diversity. Natalia has formal qualifications in Business Governance, Workplace Health and Safety, Management and IT.
Faith Hutchinson has been a local since 2009, having joined the GCCI previously in 2009-10.
Currently Branch Manager for The Capricornian Limited, Faith has spent over 30 years in the Finance Industry, as well as ‘Human Resources Management’ in the LNG Industry, here in Gladstone. Qualifications including; MBA, Diploma of Human Resources, Diploma in Management (Business) and Diploma in Accounting. Faith is also involved with a number of not-for-profit groups including; Rotary Club of Gladstone Sunrise, (Pres. Elect and Secretary), Salvation Army – Shield Appeal (Committee Member), Mt Larcom Show Society (Committee Member) Gladstone Regional Arts and Development (Committee Member) and Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary Inc. (Committee Member).
Aben Technical Services (Qld) Pty Ltd
Active Training Specialists
Address: Shop 2, 221 Dawson Highway, 4680
Amarna Pty Ltd
Address: 4 Wattle Street, Gladstone Q 4680
Address: 86 Goondoon Street, Gladstone 4680
Phone: 49729124 Fax: 49769135
Apprencticeship Support Australia
Address: 66 Aramal Drive, Gladstone 4680
Azure House Pty Ltd
Address: 4/281 J Hickey Ave, Gladstone 4680
Bank of Queensland Gladstone
Address: 57-63 Dawson Highway, Gladstone 4680
Address: 157 Auckland Street, Gladstone 4680
Be Cool Ice Supplies
Address: 20 Benaraby Road, Gladstone 4680
Better Home Living
Address: 4/220 Dawson Highway, Gladstone 4680
Bill Robertson Toyota
Address: 84 Hansen Road, Gladstone 4680
Address: 65 Flora Drive, Gladstone 4680
Boyne Tannum Vet
Address: Shop 1 Booth Avenue Tannum Sands
Callidus Process Solutions Pty Ltd
Address: 18-20 Ledgar Road, Balcatta WA 6021
Captain Cook College
Address: 3/72 Goondoon Street, Gladstone 4680
Central Apartment Group
Address: 66 Oaka Lane, Gladstone 4680
Central Queensland University
Address: Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone 4680
Centre Point Corporate
Address: 136 Goondoon Street, Gladstone 4680
Address: 17 Flinders Parade, Gladstone 4680
Cooper & Associates Accountants
Cooper McKenzie Marketing
Corporate Protection Australia Group
Address: 2/121 Hanson Road, Gladstone 4680
CQ Digital Solutions
Address: 31 Chapple Street, Gladstone 4680
Address: 3 Prizeman Street, Gladstone 4680
Dirt Cheap Landscaping Materials Pty Ltd
Down To Earth Results
Express Pest Control
Phone: 0419 197 020
Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Ltd
Gladstone Heights Executive Apartments
Gladstone Job Skills
Gladstone Office Choice/Park Street News and Gifts
Gladstone Printing Services
Gladstone Women's Health Care
Henden's Upholstery and Canvas
Integrative Wellbeing Solutions
Phone: 0400 739 489
Island Sands Investment
Phone: 4972 4255
Phone: 0422 158 832
Rex Silver Insurance Brokers
Savour the Flavour
Phone: 0458 888 721
Sothertons (Gladstone) Services Pty Ltd
Soundbridge Financial Services
Telstra Business Centre Gladstone
The Bundaberg Enterprise Centre Association Inc T/A Central
The Guinea Group of Companies