Collaboration breeds synergies

Emma Hull (vice president of Noosa Chamber and president of Hastings Street Association) with Alesha Gooderham, HSA projects officer at Chamber Coffee Catch Up.

Noosa Chamber of Commerce is taking a collaborative approach to help Noosa businesses.

Last Friday’s Noosa Connects event was one such initiative. Hosted by Noosa Council with Noosa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the event brought together local business owners to meet key government agencies that offer a wide range of support mechanisms and grants.

Noosa Chamber’s president Ralph Rogers said, “It was a true collaboration between council’s economic development unit and Noosa Chamber, focused on one objective – to assist business owners in growing their businesses, which in turn grows the Noosa economy.”

In addition to learning about grant opportunities, valuable insights were gained from keynote speaker Peter Drennan of Qi Insights and author of the Queensland Small Business Commissioners Office report, Beyond the Pandemic, who shared his perspective on the 2023 state of Noosa’s economy and beyond.

“Our council has a role to play and the support they have offered Noosa Chamber and this event demonstrate their commitment to the challenge. But they cannot deliver economic growth by themselves. That is up to all of us – all our businesses,” Mr Rogers said.

As part of its synergistic approach, Noosa Chamber is also embracing collaboration with other Noosa business associations.

Just like last year, this year’s Christmas Party on 8 December is a combined celebration by Noosa Chamber of Commerce, Noosaville Business Association, Hastings Street Association and Sunshine Beach Association. And throughout the year, Noosa Chamber events have welcomed members of other business associations.

“Together we can make a difference,” Mr Rogers said.

There may be other opportunities for collaboration. Joining together to share events is one way.

Also, Noosa Chamber now has efficient technology and a clever database system behind its website, streamlining membership applications, event bookings and member communications. These are services that could possibly be made available for use by other business associations.

“There are plenty of opportunities for synergy,” Mr Rogers said, “while at the same time offering members the benefits of having local groups concerned with meeting specific precinct business needs.

“Right now, we’re inviting members and non-members to book for this year’s final Coffee Catch Up at 7.30–8.30 am on Friday 24 November at the Noosa Boathouse and for our Combined Associations Christmas Party at 6pm on Friday 8 December at Sunshine Beach Surf Club.“

Book on the Noosa Chamber website