President

Mary Di Marco

I am delighted to advise I met the CEO of MBRIT,  Shane Newcombe last week. Steve Butler from Innovate suggested we should meet up with a view to achieve a closer working relationship between our chamber and their organisation.

Their approach was based on the view that our Chamber was a cohesive and dynamic group and they saw an opportunity for us to grow together and share events.

During our discussions, Shane indicated that he has engaged the services of Sweaty Betty CEO Roxy to speak at a luncheon in February, and Ita Buttrose to speak at a luncheon in June. Roxy has a PR company based in Melbourne and works with international groups. Ita is chairperson of the ABC and also heavily involved in the Dementia Association. Both of these speakers would appeal to a broad group of members on both a personal and business level. These events would present a networking opportunity during a  luncheon and would be held at the Eatons Hill Hotel. I believe they would appeal to our members and their contacts.

MBRIT will promote their events at our monthly meetings. The purpose is to grow the interaction between MBRIT and our chamber. Our Chamber is highly regarded outside our area and people want to work with us. This is due in no small regard to Leonard’s hard work over the last few years. Thank you Leonard. You have provided a springboard for this partnership.

The Executive have taken a decision as a Chamber to become more involved in the Hills Festival for 2020. Donna Thistlethwaite has agreed to Chair a group of interested businesses to participate in the May Festival. Those of you who also feel they would like to become involved please contact Donna. There is a great potential with the Festival to grow your contact base, work with like-minded chamber members and as a result have loads of fun!

Finally MBRIT has agreed to come on board as a Platinum sponsor for the big breakfast for 2020. We are only 2 months out from the 2019 event and already we have our Guest Speaker, Anthony Seibold from the Brisbane Broncos booked and Michelle has already sold two silver and two bronze sponsorships. 2020 promises to be one of our best years yet. I encourage everyone to become involved in the Chamber, joining committees, attending events and encouraging your businesses associates to come along to our monthly breakfasts.  Mary

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