Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
The inaugural Pop-Up Chamber event took place at Whitsunday Creatives in Proserpine last week and the relaxed, unstructured morning proved popular with attendees who relished the time to chat, network and share views in a casual environment.
“Today’s event saw business cards flying, excited conversations, and follow up actions,” said the Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Officer, Richard Evans.
During the event, attendees spoke of the need for genuine opportunities to make valuable business connections and to form an active and collaborative business community.
Team Amanda Camm were present on the day and they voiced their eagerness to find a time and a place to regularly meet, learn more about each other, and explore collaborations.
Business concerns were also discussed, and topics included comprehensive insurance, small business education, reliable internet, mobile phone coverage, enhancements to Proserpine’s streetscape, funding pathways and support with grant writing.
Earlier this year Whitsunday Coast Chamber and Proserpine Chamber merged to form one united entity and during the pop-up event, the Chamber’s yet to be released strategy and advocacy plan was sense-checked with attendees.
Mr Evans said that today’s event emphasised the necessity of a unified and organised voice for businesses in the region.
“Our goal is to ensure that businesses have a powerful advocate that champions their interests and effectively engages with policy makers at all levels of government,” he said.
“By collaborating with the Chamber, businesses can amplify their collective voice, and directly contribute to fostering a prosperous and resilient Whitsundays.”
Julia and Richard Evans from Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce host the inaugural pop-up event in Proserpine last week. Photo supplied