Wednesday 31, Jan 2024

CEO February Message

Dear Members,

What an exciting start to the year!

On February 21st we are co-supporting the Victorian Chamber of Commerce Chamber Change program, to be held in Geelong. Rosie King OAM and Kylie Warne (formerly of Geelong Chamber) headline this incredible event providing an opportunity for women in business to mentor, network, empower and grow alongside each other. Geelong Chamber members receive a discount to this event.

Our first After 5 for 2024 confirmed for February 21st sponsored by Mapien, a leading people consultancy operating in four capital cities and now launching operations in Geelong.

As we embark on 2024, the Geelong Chamber of Commerce remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering a vibrant business community. This year, we are excited to amplify our focus on several key areas as we support and enable businesses to thrive.

Business Advocacy: Your voice

Understanding the challenges and opportunities in our business landscape is crucial. The Chamber will continue to be your voice, advocating for policies and initiatives that benefit our local region. We aim to bridge the gap between our members and policymakers, ensuring your concerns and ideas are heard at local, state, and federal levels.

Our Region’s Future: Leadership Commitments

Our leadership development programs will be constantly tailored to help emerging and established leaders enhance their skills. From strategic thinking to effective communication, these programs will prepare you to lead with confidence and integrity.

It’s exciting to see our inaugural Executive Leadership Academy cohort finalised and commencing in March with DeakinCo, and the interest in The Leadership Edge, powered by The Gordon is growing rapidly.

Education: Knowledge is a power tool

In 2024, we will enhance our offering of workshops, masterclasses, and webinars tailored to the evolving needs of our business community. These sessions will cover a range of topics, aimed at bringing you content from our incredible local businesses, all designed to equip you with the latest knowledge and skills, and to grow and empower your business.

Member Experiences: Beyond networking

We believe in creating memorable experiences for our members. This year, look forward to more innovative events that not only facilitate networking but also celebrate our collective achievements and the successes of local businesses. These gatherings will be platforms for inspiration, collaboration, and recognition, with a focus on activating both our event partners and our member experience.

Connection: Building stronger bonds

Connection is the lifeblood of a thriving business community. We are dedicated to creating more opportunities for you to connect with peers, industry leaders, and potential clients/customers. Through both in-person and virtual events, we aim to foster a sense of camaraderie and mutual support among our members.

Activating Businesses in Geelong: A collective effort

We recognise the importance of a vibrant local economy. Our focus will be on activating businesses across Geelong, encouraging collaborations across the regions to create initiatives that stimulate economic activity.

Supporting a Prosperous Region: Our collective focus

Our ultimate aim is to contribute to a prosperous region. We will work alongside various stakeholders to ensure that Geelong continues to be a dynamic, inclusive, and thriving place to do business. Many of the forums require industry and business contributions and we will continue to grow these opportunities as we progress the importance of our business community’s input in shaping our region’s future.

Together, let’s make 2024 a year of remarkable growth and success!