What’s on

Good ol’ Fashioned Coffee’n’Cake Catch up!

Coffee’n’cake is on us! 

Wednesday 19th September

8am-10am at Sugarmill Patisserie, Whybrow Street


No presentations, no selling - just an opportunity to chat to Chamber, meet new people, network, get your business profile out there and catch up on the latest business news!


RSVP- info@griffithbusinesschamber.com.au by Tue 18th Sept

Business Technology Seminar

Hosted by CBA on the 20th September, 5pm-6pm at their branch located in Banna Ave.

Their team of small business specialists will be discussing a range of business solutions which may help your business save time & money.

For more information or if you wish to attend, please RSVP to CBA here or call 02 6962 1077.

65th AGM

Notice of Griffith Business Chamber Annual General Meeting

When: Thursday 25th October 2018

Where: Griffith Leagues Club - Southside

Time: 6pm

RSVP: Strictly by Tuesday 23rd October 2018 to info@griffithbusinesschamber.com.au

Note: Financial documents will be uploaded closer to AGM Date.

We're always looking for fresh, motivated business people who are passionate about what affects our business community. Please consider putting your hand up to join our committee.  Chamber's collective purpose/goals are our 10 Point Plan.  Everything we do is centred around these points. The new committee once elected, will have the chance to re-evaluate these goals to ensure we are current. It's important to mention, these goals are inspired by member feedback each year.

For more information about Executive & committee roles, please feel free to contact Amanda Quarisa 0412 644 629 or info@griffithbusinesschamber.com.au

IMPORTANT: Nominations must be received no later than Wednesday 17th October 2018, 5pm. (at least 7 days prior to AGM).

October is Small Business Month

As part of Small Business Month, NSW Department of Industry has provided funding to Councils across NSW to help celebrate local small and medium-sized business community.

Please save the following dates:

Community and Economic Data Workshop

4 October 2018 from 1 – 2 pm Council Chambers, Griffith

Griffith City Council is pleased to invite local business people to attend an information session, presented by Katrina Houghton from .id the population experts. Katrina will demonstrate how to access statistics and data about our local community and economic profile. This free one hour workshop will be held at Griffith City Council on Thursday, 4 October 2018 from 1 to 2 pm.

Council provides free access to demographic and economic data through .id the population experts online software, which can help businesses plan services to reach the right people, attract investment and promote the region, provide evidence for funding submissions and make better investment decisions. Information such as population, age structure, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, income, qualifications, occupations, employment, disability, household structure, the size and type of the dwellings people live in is all available to assist local businesses better understand their local community. You can also access a series of maps that show how particular population groups are distributed across our local government area. You will learn how to access information such as what is driving population change in our community, and forecasts about how the population, age structure and household types will change between now and the future. The workshop will also show you how to access economic data about our region. The economic profiles are derived from official sources and are analysed and presented by experts. Information including Gross Regional Product, local jobs and businesses,  population, building approvals and industry structure is available free on line.

Join us to learn more about our local community and economy to be able to make better informed decisions to help your business grow. A light lunch will be provided.

Click here to Register for this free event.


7 Key Marketing Strategies for Small Business

23 October 2018 from 5:30 pm

Griffith City Council is pleased to invite local business people to attend Emma Giammarco's presentation on 7 Key Marketing Strategies for Small Business at the Burley Griffin Room, Griffith Regional Theatre on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 commencing at 5:30 pm. Emma specialises in marketing strategy, digital marketing and communications and has over 16 years’ experience in the entertainment, sport, education, property and retail industries. Her last role as national Marketing Manager, Digital & Campaigns Sales saw Emma manage all marketing campaigns and digital strategies for 29 shopping centres across Australia and New Zealand. Emma also assisted in the development of marketing strategy for the $670 m redevelopment of Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast and Macquarie Centre in Sydney. We encourage local businesses to take advantage of this free seminar where you will be presented with marketing strategies to help you achieve stronger market reach, improved sales and increased opportunities for business growth. This will also be a great opportunity for you to network with other local businesses. Light refreshments will be provided.

Click here to Register for this free event.


5 Business Tips in 5 Minutes

29 October 2018 from 5:30 pm

Griffith Women in Business are hosting 5 Tips in 5 Minutes – a panel of local experts will share their business tips in a relaxed question and answer style forum. 5 Tips in 5 Minutes will be held at the Quest, Railway Street, Griffith commencing at 5.30 pm. Topic include Finance, Customer Service, Health and Well-being, Marketing and Networking. Tickets $25 members and $35 non-members.

Click here to Register for this event.


Regional NSW Investment Attraction Package

The NSW Government’s Regional NSW Investment Attraction Package makes it easier for businesses to establish or expand in regional NSW. The NSW Government offers a range of incentives to attract new and growing businesses to regional NSW. Businesses can take advantage of benefits including direct access to an investment concierge for expert and tailored support, grants and interest-free loans, and relocation assistance for skilled workers.

Investment Concierge Service

The Investment Concierge Service provides end-to-end support for businesses wishing to set up or expand their operations in regional NSW. The service acts as the interface across NSW Government agencies to provide tailored advice to businesses about opportunities, sites and relevant government assistance available.

Financial incentives

Eligible businesses can apply for grants and interest-free loans to help them establish themselves in regional NSW and create new jobs. Grants and interest free loans will be available for businesses that are operating in eligible industries and creating or retaining jobs in Special Activation Precincts. To find out if you are eligible for financial incentives, contact the Investment Concierge Service on +61 2 8222 4888.

Relocation assistance for skilled workers

Relocation grants of up to $10,000 per worker are available to help attract skilled employees to regional NSW businesses operating in eligible industries. These will help businesses meet the costs of relocating employees, such as for furniture removal and temporary accommodation for up to three months.

Grants are available for businesses relocating to regional NSW and businesses already operating and expanding within regional NSW, to assist with the costs of relocating skilled workers in an occupation on the NSW Department of Industry Skilled Occupation List from metropolitan areas to regional NSW.

Click here to find out more.


Apply for New Multicultural Grants Program

Celebrating Diversity event grants are now open and will close 5pm Friday, 28 September 2018. For more information about the Multicultural NSW Grants Program, and to apply for the events stream see: https://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants/about_grant_timetable/

$2 million in grants to help manage waste in Aboriginal Communities

$2 million in grants are now available for Local Aboriginal Land Councils to improve waste management in discrete Aboriginal communities. The grants are being funded through the Waste Less Recycle Moreinitiative. administered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority. The Aboriginal Communities Waste Management program is a $4 million four year program and aims to improve waste management systems and reduce litter, illegal dumping and bulky waste. More information about the Aboriginal Communities Waste Management program is available at: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/illegal-dumping/aboriginal-communities-waste-management-program.


Community Sport Infrastructure grant program - eligible organisations can apply for grants up to $500,000 to upgrade and develop local community sport infrastructure in 2018-19. The new grant program will support local communities to develop facilities that encourage greater levels of participation in community sport and physical activity, offer safer and more inclusive sporting environments and develop local community sporting hubs. Program guidelines and information regarding the Community Sport Infrastructure grant program is available at www.sportaus.gov.au/csi.  Applications close 14 September 2018. 

Biomass for Bioenergy Forum

A Biomass for Bioenergy forum was held in Griffith recently. The forum highlighted the vast amount of biomass (organic matter which can be used as a fuel for generation of energy) available in our area and showcased many innovative companies utilising biomass to reduce their energy costs.

If you would like to find out more about using biomass to reduce your energy costs please contact Bioenergy Australia - Shahana McKenze, Chief Executive Officer E: shahana@bioenergyaustralia.org, M 0439 555 764.

The Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment (ABBA) project is catalysing investment in the renewable energy sector through provision of detailed information about biomass resources across Australia. The project is collecting data on the location, volumes and availability of biomass for inclusion on the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) platform.

AREMI: https://nationalmap.gov.au/renewables/
This data complements existing related information such as energy infrastructure, power utilities, population data, land use data and solar and wind data, which are also available on the AREMI platform. This information is been used by potential bioenergy project investors, biomass purchasers, current and future energy users, electricity providers and policy makers to guide the early decision making process on biomass resources and availability. Work by NSW DPI for the ABBA project has shown that biomass resources such as cropping stubble, intensive animal waste, grape marc and organic waste in landfill are significant in the Riverina region, along with cotton trash, rice hulls and nut shells.

Pink it Up this October

Griffith City Council and Griffith Real Estate invite you to participate in
Pink it Up Griffith!

We are asking local business houses to turn the town PINK by Pinking Up their shop fronts and running their own fundraising events in support of the McGrath Foundation.

There are 2 x radio advertising vouchers to give away to the two most PINKED UP businesses and itravel have donated flights Sydney-Gold Coast plus 3 nights accommodation at the Gold Coast for the business who raises the most in money during October.

Griffith Business Chamber are a proud stakeholder of this initiative.
Grow Our Own is an exciting regional movement, developed to provide information to potential students and on-the-job trainees, and to business people in this region. The aim is to encourage people to build a career while living locally, and to encourage local business to invest in local people through employment, training, mentoring and motivation.
Work, study, follow a degree pathway to get ahead. Gain the qualifications you need while maintaining your current lifestyle. Prepare for your career without having to relocate. Build your business with local talent. There are no limits!

Griffith Business Chamber are proud to support the Griffith Now Hiring Campaign. 

We encourage you to support this project  with the aim of attracting Skilled Labour to our region which also fits into our 10 Point Plan under “Education & Employment”   

Education & Employment: Encourage superior access to all levels of education, to ensure job ready students are equipped to enter the workforce. Assist & promote incentives and/or initiatives to attract Skilled Labour.
Why & how does this affect the business community?: School leavers need to be job ready, this means encouraging the best opportunities during higher education and offer access to tertiary education at a local level. Retaining locals is crucial for population growth. Attracting skilled labour can improve a business’ performance and service.

Following on from the successful grant application to kick-start the Griffith Now Hiring project, The Griffith Now Hiring project are seeking support of Stage 2, to take the campaign well into 2019.
The initial Griffith Now Hiring campaign, which was driven and supported by Griffith City Council together with 15 business partners, achieved excellent results.
This project set out to attract people and their families to live and work in Griffith. It aimed to draw attention to our progressive regional city and the diversity of skilled job vacancies across many industries. Not only did this campaign draw 5,800 people to the GriffithNowHiring website, a little under 2,000 per month, but 200 people made a direct enquiry seeking more information about moving to Griffith, and one family moved.
Continuing with Stage 2 will include regular e-newsletters and website updates, Facebook posts, follow-up with, and mailing of, information packs to interested parties, plus targeted social media marketing campaigns driving people to our digital assets.
Griffith City Council invite you to become a Griffith Now Hiring Stage 2 partner.

The Griffith Now Hiring initiative set out to attract people and their families to live and work in Griffith. It aims to draw attention to our progressive regional city and the diversity of skilled job vacancies across many industries. Not only did this campaign draw 5,800 people to the GriffithNowHiring website, a little under 2,000 per month, but 200 people made a direct enquiry seeking more information about moving to Griffith, and one family moved.

If your business is interested in becoming a Griffith Now Hiring Stage 2 partner please contact Leanne Austin, Economic Development Officer on (02) 6962 8294 or Leanne.Austin@griffith.nsw.gov.au for more information.