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Nov 262012

At the November Business at Sunrise we were fortunate to hear Shane Webcke telling the ups and downs of his personal businesses and just how the lessons learned playing professional football have assisted him.

Shane was very honest about the good times and the bad he has encountered in his business life. He was very generous with his time staying on after the meeting for photographs and autographs for both young and not so young.

The Table Agenda was sponsored by Deb Waldron of Party & Co, a one stop shop for all your children’s party needs.

Our businesses of the Month, Tracy Cooper of Small Business Toolshed led us through their new on-line Small Business Support Tool, while Henry Koster of Crown Currency Exchange explained the art of currency exchange.

The new Corporate Business Directory was made available to all present. A great tool to keep on your desk for your next member business search. The SEBCC encourages members to use and refer fellow member businesses.

At the meeting the Brisbane City Council (BCC) provided a display of the Norman Creek Catchment 2031 Project that was of great interest to businesses located in the catchment area.

The SEBCC along with members, MDA (Multicultural Development Association) and Ian Kaye, Member for Greenslopes hosted a Youth Employment Forum this month. It was attended by 140 people, 75 being Migrants and Refugees seeking employment. As a result a number of the young people have been offered employment. I would like to thank member businesses, Research by Design, Mopki and CEA for their input on the night. A special accolade to Paul Kahlert of All Purpose Transport who was on the panel at the forum and has since spoken to many applicants.

The Youth Employment Forum was raised in Parliament by Ian Kaye, Member for Greenslopes a transcript of his address to Parliament was published in Hansard. Our chamber is a fertile community of great thinkers and doers who help to enable positive change. If you would like to see a transcripts of Ian Kaye’s address to Parliament please send me an email and I will be happy to forward to you.

I heard the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk speak at the BCC Small Business Forum last week. He spoke of the BCC Economic Development Plan for Brisbane. We now have a Chief Digital Officer within Council, only the second council – after New York City – to establish such a role. With the evolution of social media The Council will be engaging with businesses on their Digital Transformation with the key line “Less Gadgetry, More Strategy.” One very encouraging fact for SME’s is that Brisbane has a unique window of opportunity with the resources boom; for every job in the mines it takes 19 Businesses to support it. Take advantage of this opportunity. Another point the Lord Mayor raised was that home businesses who operate with a work area of 15sqm or less are eligible to place a small sign at the front without application to council.

Our speaker for December is Chris Eigeland, a graduate of one of our member schools, Cannon Hill Anglican College. Chris is the founder of The School Bag, a charity he set up to help children resume normal lives through education after a disaster. In lieu of the traditional food donation at our Christmas Business at Sunrise I would encourage you to purchase The School Bags at $10 each to be sent to change a child’s life.

BOOK EARLY! To avoid disappointment, bookings are open now. Our November Business at Sunrise was oversubscribed and many of you missed out. Cut off for bookings is always the end of business on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

Penny Cutting
South East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce

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