BCCI March 2021 Newsletter

 
MEMBERS NETWORKING EVENT
On Wednesday the 17th of March, your chamber held its first members networking event for the year, and we had a great roll-up to the Commercial Hotel who put on some tasty finger food.
Our Guest speakers were Dini Redwin from Service NSW who explained how the Dine and Discover voucher program was going and also highlighted some expansion plans that are soon to be rolled out.  We also spoke with Bega Valley Shire Council Economic Development manager Alex Cunningham who has recently started in his role at Council. This meeting also gave us the opportunity to welcome our newest members and present them with their membership packs.
   
GREEN SHOOTS UPDATE
The communities of Cobargo, Quaama, Bemboka, Candelo, and Tathra have come together and created some fantastic banners as part of our Green Shoots program. The idea of creating a banner is to help bring communities together for a common goal and to help create renewal, recovery, and resilience. An event in Littleton Gardens was planned for last Friday to show them off to the community, but needed to be postponed due to the wet weather. This event will now take place on Friday the 9th of April at 5:30pm. Along with the banners on display we will be having entertainment from the Bega District Band along with a jumping castle and pizza. The winning banner will receive $1000 to spend in their community while the other locations will also receive $500. We encourage everyone to come along and enjoy a great evening.    
The Bega Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and this month we have welcomed three new businesses: Simon Dunn from Pink Flamingo Home Loans, Tara Chiu from Daisy Hill Photography and Robert Kingston. We look forward to working with them for mutual benefit.    
MINI SUMMIT
The Bega Chamber has a clear vision to promote careful economic development and are continually exploring opportunities for this to happen. We also recognise that there are many people in this community that also have great ideas that would also advance this community. Some will be small practical changes that we as a community could make, while others may be grand visions that will take decades to bring to fruition. Your Chamber would like to discover these ideas and are inviting community members to join the Chamber for a mini summit on Wednesday the 14th of April. All ideas are welcome; it might be a grand entrance to the town, maybe a community organisation with dreams of expansion, simply an idea to pretty up our CBD, maybe a new event of some kind. If you would like to discuss your idea, then please drop us a line and we will be very happy to chat.