CCIQ delighted with South West Queensland Chambers response
More than 200 small businesses have joined their local Chamber of Commerce under a new program in South West Queensland.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) launched a new initiative last month to support chambers in SWQ and help them attract new members.
Comprising of a membership drive, awards program and series of events, the program was intended to enable as many small businesses as possible to experience the benefits of being a member of their local chamber of commerce.
CCIQ Regional Manager for Brisbane and South West Queensland Tim Shinnick said a total of 210 small businesses had signed up with 10 different chambers.
He said the Dalby Chamber of Commerce and Industry had led the way with 113 new members, followed by Border Rivers (33), Stanthorpe (16), Ipswich (13), Greater Springfield (11), Warwick (11), Chinchilla (8), Roma (3), Lockyer (1) and Miles (1).
“We are excited by the take up of CCIQ’s South West Chamber Support Program and looking forward to working with our new 210 members over the coming months,” Mr Shinnick said.
“We have received extremely positive feedback from all of the 17 Chambers and are in the process of planning several member education programs for the region.
“Local chambers of commerce are the heart of the business community and play an active role in growing the local economy, helping boost employment and build businesses.
“Local chambers of commerce have an essential role to play in helping our communities to be vibrant places in which to live and work.”
Mr Shinnick said CCIQ was focused on helping small business owners from across the region join their local chamber – and agreed to fund their membership if they signed up during the program timeframe.
CCIQ also launched the Powering Business Awards to recognise the great work each chamber does in their community.
The inaugural awards, exclusively for the 17 local chambers of commerce in South West Queensland, commenced in October, with Mr Shinnick visiting the chambers to officially launch the program.
CCIQ is also looking for the region’s best chamber – based around new membership growth, community support and powering small business potential in their region – with a $5000 prize on offer for the winner.
There will be four criteria for measurement, with each accruing points based on chamber ranking or the judges’ marking. The winning chamber will be the one with the highest overall score when the award period ends in January.
Mr Shinnick said it would be easy for chambers to take part and would result in “recognition, kudos and a $5000 prize for being South West Queensland’s best chamber of commerce”.
As part of the awards program, chambers will provide written submissions detailing how they help their local business community to “connect, grow and profit” from being part of the movement; and how they help that community to be a great place in live in.
“As most chambers are staffed by volunteers and run by committees made up of local business owners who go above and beyond for the love of their community, these awards represent a great opportunity to recognise their hard work,” he said.
Chambers will also score points for the number of members that take part in the highly respected and influential CCIQ-Westpac Pulse Survey of Business Conditions for the December Quarter. The survey period is from January 11-22.
“Local chambers have the chance to demonstrate how they are the heart of the business community and detail their clear and recognisable benefit to that community,” Mr Shinnick said.
“They can tell us about community rejuvenation programs, community festivals or major events; or how they have applied for grants for vital town infrastructure.
“This is all about powering business potential and helping small businesses across South West Queensland grow.”
An awards lunch and winner announcement will take place in the South West in February.
For more information, go to: https://www.cciq.com.au/southwestqueensland