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Free Training – Setup Your Own Online Shop from Love the Bay

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Set Up a Web Shop DIY Course – FREE

Sign up for a free course about how to make your own online shopEvery business is different, but one thing we all have in common is the challenge of adapting to the current situation. There has never been a more important time for small business owners to grow their digital skills and have a digital presence. For your shopfront business this could mean starting to diversify and look at other (additional) options to sell your products.

Are you that retailer who wants to get their products online but doesn’t know where to start?

Over two or three sessions* trainer Cameron Thompson will share tips on how to build your own web shop, how to put your products online and how to be found. In this practical face-to-face course, you will work through the creative E-commerce process from start to finish. Upon completion you know how to create their own online store ready to sell and ship your products to the world (if required)..

Topics covered include:

  • Research
  • Marketing strategies
  • Basic graphics
  • eCommerce store setup,
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

and more!

Training dates:

Friday 2nd and Friday 9th October 2020 from 9:30am – 2:30pm

OR

Tuesday 13th, Tuesday 20th and 27th October 2020 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Have you ever wanted to start your own #online shop?

Are you a retailer who wants to get their products online?

This is your chance… thanks to the support of NSW Treasury (as part of the NSW Small Business Month 2020) this training course is totally free-of-charge for you!

All we ask of you is your commitment!

Click Here to Register

Note: we have 13 course spots available, allocation will be conducted on the basis of ‘first-in-best-dressed’. Preference will be given to current members of the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber, but other business owners are strongly encouraged to apply as well.

About Cameron Thompson

Cameron is the founder and director of Thompson Marketing (Batemans Bay), a website and marketing consultancy involved in delivering digital media and web projects. Cameron has consulted extensively on online marketing, social media and website development with organisations such as Bain & Company, Aussie Farmers Direct, Chubb Group, The Australian Charities Fund, Chugg Entertainment, Northcott Disability Services, Southern Phone Company and many more. Being a ‘local’, Cameron knows firsthand what the challenges and opportunities are for the business owners in our regional area.

AGM This Wednesday 2nd September

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Dear Members,

Spring has sprung, and with the warmer weather upon us, how wonderful it is to see some vibrancy happening in the town, with new shop openings, the returning of some visitors and the exciting news that the collaboration between the Chamber and River of Art beginning from the 18th September, when street art will be part of the CBD. Watch this space….

The chamber has a healthy bank balance due to some successful grant applications over the past 6 months, thanks to the Love the Bay Campaign and what it brings.  It is a great time to be a part of the chamber and the community.  Come on board and be part of the proactive team.  It’s not too late to put your hand up.

Date:- Wednesday 2nd September, 2020

Time:- 6.00 pm

Venue: – Club Catalina

Please note to allow extra time upon arrival due to the COVID 19 restrictions and obligations of Club Catalina.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Regards,

Alison

Alison Miers

President

2020 Annual General Meeting

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Dear Members,

Another month has rolled around and unfortunately due to the recent small outbreak of COVID locally, we have been forced to postpone the AGM for another month, which will now be held on Wednesday 2nd September, 2020 @ 6.00 pm at Club Catalina.  The notice of the Chamber’s AGM, which includes a proposed amendment to our constitution and a nomination form for office bearers and committee positions is attached.

Proposed Constitution Amendment

The amendment contains a clarification of the various levels of membership and has been drawn up following advice from Business NSW, our parent body.

The changes were foreshadowed to members in a communique from our Membership Secretary earlier last month, but in short, it sets out to clarify membership classification, clear up uncertainty in the constitution regarding Council and political membership, not-for-profit organisations staffed by volunteers who provide community services, and associate members with valued input.  An appropriate membership fee structure will reflect that membership status.  More importantly the amendment clarifies voting rights and meeting attendance to ensure the Chamber is run by members for the benefit of members, free from possible conflicted influence.

The committee recommends members support the amendments.

Nomination Form

Proxy Form

It is important that three separate parties record their signatures for each nomination.  This will include the member nominating, a member being the seconder and the person being nominated. This ensures compliance with the constitution and as an indication that the nominee is comfortable with being nominated.  All signatories MUST be full financial members of the Chamber as at the date of the AGM.

Completed nominations must be recorded as received by the Chamber Secretary at least seven days prior to the AGM either by a scanned emailed copy or hardcopy by post, to the Chamber postal address.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone for acting so promptly, to avoid any further COVID outbreak in recent weeks – the response was fantastic, with high numbers of people getting tested and self isolating if required.  It certainly has been a roller coaster this year and I don’t think we have seen the last of it.

Support any small business you know, we are here for the long haul and if there is any support required, please reach out and we will see how we can assist.

In finishing, how wonderful is it to see the activation on the foreshore with the recent additions of two new sculptures.   The purpose of public art is to engage the community, excite, amuse, challenge and reinvigorate a sense of place, pride, identity and connection.  The sculptures are certainly challenging some in the community but the overall response has been amazing.  We look forward to seeing many locals and tourists enjoying this wonderful sculpture walk for many years to come.

Kind regards,

Alison Miers

President

July Members Meeting

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Dear Members,

Please see the agenda, together with a paper prepared by David Seymour which sets out the pertinent points of interest that may assist members in their submission to the BATEMANS BAY WATERFRONT – ACTIVATION STRATEGY, at the links below:

Due to CoronaVirus restrictions, numbers will be strictly limited to 50 members only. This meeting is not open to the public.

Yours Sincerely,

Alison Miers

President

Love the Bay – Blank Canvas, Crumb & THREE66 Espresso

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As part of our exclusive Love the Bay local business video series 🎥Tammie Chrischen Goodliffe explains her three business pursuits, the importance of family support, and why she lives in this fantastic area.💕

Interviewed before our unprecedented summer of bushfires, this smart and versatile local foodie entrepreneur has since merged some trading operations to keep her valued staff working, locals well fed, and ensure business viability in a post-pandemic world.

Check out Tammie’s great food offerings on her Facebook pages here: CrumbBlank Canvas and THREE66 espresso bar

👉 “Canvas@THREE66 (Blank Canvas dinner service operating from Mosquito Bay)
– open for pick-up/takeaway, 5 nights (closed Sun & Tue), 4.30-7.30pm.
👉 “THREE66 Espresso Bar” at Mosquito Bay
– open for pick-up/takeaway, 7 days, 5am-4.30pm
👉 “Crumb” at Batehaven
– open for pick-up/takeaway, 7 days, 5am-2pm (Mon-Sat) and 6am-12pm (Sun)
Currently you can call, order, pay over the phone, and pick up your food at both the Batehaven and Mosquito Bay outlets.

💕 Love the Bay is an initiative of the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber, promoting and supporting the wider Bay community 💕

Invitation: Batemans Bay Waterfront Masterplan and Activation Strategy

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Please read below an invitation from Eurobodalla Shire Council to attend a workshop on the Batemans Bay Waterfront Activation. Apologies for the late notification.

Activation is your business

Activation means more people in Batemans Bay, visiting more often and staying for longer, leading to more business opportunities. See how activation and place-making can lead to a vibrant and thriving waterfront and CBD and what roles we all have in achieving this.

You are invited to hear from tourism planning and urban design specialists from Inspiring Place about activation principles and the draft masterplan and activation strategy (draft plan) for the Batemans Bay waterfront. The draft plan will go on exhibition later this year, and this workshop will help explain the project and explore what we do next. Find out more about the draft masterplan and activation strategy and what the community, including businesses, have told us during this process.

DATE: Monday 16 March 2020

TIME: 6-8pm (light refreshments will be available)

VENUE: Catalina Country Club

RSVP ASAP by Wednesday 11 March by emailing nardi.arnold@esc.nsw.gov.au

Inspiring Place is a Tasmanian based practice that creates experiences of place to inspire the mind, body and soul. Directors John Hepper and Jerry de Gryse thrive on delivering insight and creative solutions to questions in the built and natural environment.

John has worked for over 30 years in tourism, recreation and environmental planning across all levels of government and the private sector. Jerry combines an expertise in Landscape Architecture with his strategic vision and passion for making sustainable, vibrant and civic minded natural and built environments. Jerry has worked on projects from micro to macro scales, and from city centres to remote bushland. What unites Jerry’s work is his commitment to understanding the essential values of a place, employing this site-specific knowledge to shape the landscape.

More information about the Batemans Bay Waterfront Master Plan and Activation Strategy project can be found online: www.esc.nsw.gov.au/inside-council/project-and-exhibitions/major-projects-and-works/batemans-bay-waterfront

Roundtable Roundup and Resources

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Our roundtable meeting was well attended with interesting presentations from chamber and community members and lively discussions on positive ways to move forward as a business community.

Click Here to Download the Minutes from Wednesday Night’s Meeting

More information from presenters:

The committee is seeking expressions of interest from members to be involved with the executive committee in the positions of secretary, media officer and membership secretary. Email contact@baychamber.com.au to apply.

Kind regards

Alison Miers

President

SOIREE @ THE MARINA for our February Informal Chamber Meeting

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We invite you, the business community to come together and relax, mingle – share your stories – embrace what we have all experienced over the last 8 weeks – kick up our heels – we all deserve it.

Invite your other business friends that may not be members to also come along as well.  We have all felt the affects of the fires in our region and we plan to work collaboratively to build our business community back bigger and better than ever.

Thursday:- 6th February, 2020

Venue:- On the lawns @ the Marina near Southern Catch.

Time:- 6.00  – 8.00pm

Drinks and Fingers Food provided courtesy of the Marina.

Kind regards,

Alison Miers

President

Sculpture on Clyde includes World Class Venue

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To reignite the event, Sculpture on Clyde will host outdoor sculptures at world class venue Willinga Park, the indoor sculptures will be hosted at the Clyde St. heritage venue used last year. The winners of the Schools Mathematical Sculpture competition will be concurrently displayed in shop fronts in the form of a Sculpture Walk through Batemans Bay CBD.

Following supportive discussions with Eurobodalla Shire Council we await confirmation on additional public sites for the permanent display of the Acquisitive prize, which in turn increases the scope of potential entrants and art.
Willinga Park has been integral in assisting this years event. The world class equestrian centre has international award winning architecture, internationally recognised Sculptures and an unsurpassed garden which will be utilised for our event. All the key ingredients for a true destination event. As the Willinga Park area does not have Hotel or Food and Beverage options which Batemans Bay does, we will be integrating our marketing with Batemans Bay business and capitalising on the importance of the Canberra tourist route. This is a real opportunity for Batemans Bay to tap into a world class destination venue.

“We have made some changes to the format of the event” said Chamber of Commerce president, David Maclachlan. “This will enable us to overcome difficulties around bridge construction uncertainty, insurance, security and the site logistics of putting on such a major event with volunteers.”

“The changes will also allow the event to expand quickly as a true destination event bringing in domestic and international tourists, all to the benefit of local businesses and local resident, with a resultant legacy of a world class sculpture walk”.

The $60,000 total prize money which was entirely raised by Batemans Bay locals is still on offer. The money saved from working with Willinga Park will go to an additional sculpture acquisition for the Sculpture on Clyde Sculpture Walk.

The committee is also engaged with founding a local sculpture residency award and will shortly be in talks involving local artists for an underwater sculpture garden.

The two event venues will be linked by a bus shuttle service on the weekend.

“We are happy with continued support from Destination NSW, Eurobodalla Shire Council, State Member for Bega Minister Andrew Constance and Ann Sudmalis MP, Federal Member for Gilmore”, David Maclachlan said.
It’s a win for everyone and the Sculpture on Clyde committee is already busy with arrangements to make it happen. Entries close July 30 so artists are urged to continue sculpting their works so we can all enjoy them from August 25 until September 2.