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Business Abuzz! At Inaugural Whitsunday Business Conference

More than 50 business-minded individuals attended the inaugural Whitsunday Business Conference which took place in Cannonvale last week.

An initiative of the Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the event was a melting pot of inspiration and activity, with a diverse range of guest speakers, panel discussions and interactive sessions where all attendees were encouraged to participate and contribute.

Member for Whitsunday Amanda Camm MP opened the event with an inspiring speech and, following the main agenda, the event culminated when Whitsunday Regional Council hosted special guest, Queensland Small Business Commissioner, Dominique Lamb.

Mayor Ry Collins said the region was privileged to host the Queensland Small Business Commissioner for a two-day visit.
“The Commissioner engaged with the local business community and budding entrepreneurs, providing valuable insights and support tailored to the unique challenges faced by small businesses in the area,” he said.
“There is a considerable amount of support available through the Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner designed to help businesses succeed, ranging from financial advice, upskilling and training, navigating disputes and government legislation to wellness checks.
“These initiatives are crucial in fostering a resilient small business community in the Whitsundays and I encourage everyone to use this fantastic resource.”

Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it was thrilled with the response and looks forward to it becoming a marquee annual event for the region’s business community.

“The event was a hive of buzzing energy, new connections, ideas, and great discussions,” said a Chamber spokesperson.

“The Chamber wishes to thank everyone who participated, our speakers, and sponsors for bringing the Whitsunday Business Conference to life!”

Councillor Clay Bauman, Queensland Small Business Commissioner Dominique Lamb and Whitsunday Mayor Ry Collins.

Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce and Industry Liaison Officer Julia Evans addresses the audience

Member for Whitsunday Amanda Camm gives inspiring speech

Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce and Industry Liaison Officer Julia Evans with Chamber President Alan Milostic

Tolita Dukes, Cait Fleming and Mark Henry

Trevor Rees and Councillor Clay Bauman

Wendy and Andrew Barker

Jody Mulholland, Victoria Payne, Michaela Krutz and Kristian Mulholland

Joscelyn O’Keefe and Mark Powell

Heather Batrick and Cindy Baker

Photo credit: Daniel Heggie and Rachael Smith

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