Sunday, 28 April 2013

Talking Business: John Lamont, NowChem

2012 Shoalhaven Business Leader of the Year, John Lamont, talks about the growth of his own business, Nowra Chemicals and the future of the region.Nowra Chemicals will be exhibiting at the upcoming Shoalhaven Business Exchange Expo on Friday 17th and Saturday18th May at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Shoalhaven Business Exchange EXPO

Friday 17th & Saturday 18th May,  Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

About The Expo:
● The Shoalhaven Business Exchange Expo is all about getting your businesses in front of new customers and building on existing relationships.

The Business Exchange Expo gives you an opportunity to create new relationships, generating new leads which will assist to grow and build on your business profile.

The Business Exchange Expo is a cost effective marketing tool for you to get your business directly in front of local customers, allowing you face-to-face contact to start conversations and relationships.

Key Benefits:
● Targeted media campaigns through local newspapers, radio, flyers, posters and on-line.
● Showcase your organisation/business and increase your brand awareness.
● Build relationships w
ith other businesses and the general public.

Attend Business Workshops: FREE to Chamber members
On Friday 17th May, the Expo is running a full day of key-note speakers, “Thought Leaders” and business workshops with topics covering issues such as:
- Growth through Innovation

- NBN & Mobile Technology
- Branding
- Human Resources
- NSW Business Chamber Update
- Business Grants & Funding

Exhibit at the Expo:
● Expo stands will be positioned in the main auditorium, foyer and gallery. Outdoor space is available.
● Expo stands will be 3m x 1m or 6m x 1m with a full expo shell scheme and signage supplied.
● Expo stands include power, table and chair.
● Exhibitors will be included in a expo directory on the Chamber’s expo website and on the
Chamber’s facebook site.

Contact Linda Marquis on: 0412 357 423
or email:

Small Business - Too Big To Ignore

The NSW Business Chamber's "TOO BIG TO IGNORE"  advertising campaign was launched last week. The Shoalhaven Business Chamber, along with other business stakeholders in the region, attended a briefing last week.
Here is what CEO Stephen Cartwright presented:

7 million Australians are employed by small businesses across this country – that is 60% of our national workforce. Yet our political leaders continue to ignore this fact, and continue to ignore the hard working small business owners who put their family’s assets on the line every day to create jobs for other Australians.

That’s why it was an easy decision for me, as the CEO of the NSW Business Chamber, and representing more than 12,000 business owners across this State, to join with the other Chambers of Commerce across Australia to conduct a united campaign in the lead up to the next Federal Election.

This is the first time that the State Chambers have united for a national election campaign. In the past, State interests have tended to take precedence over national issues – but that’s in the past, because the challenges currently facing the Australian business community, and therefore the wider community, must be confronted by the next government of this nation.

Small Business – Too Big to Ignore is the name of our campaign, and the slogan accurately reflects the frustration felt by business owners across the country, and particularly in NSW which is the engine room of the national economy, contributing around one third of Australia’s GDP.

Not only will we back up our campaign with a range of targeted advertising, but we are asking business owners and their staff to tell us their stories through our website

In August and September, we will be taking the campaign on the road, travelling across the State, in the same way we did with our 'NSW Deserves Better' bus campaign prior to the NSW election in 2011, where regional business communities will be visited to highlight the crucial role they play in supporting their local communities.

It doesn’t matter where you travel across NSW – it is obvious that the health and well-being of the local town or region is directly linked to the health of the local business community – a vibrant business community means a vibrant town. Sadly, the opposite is also true.

Local business owners are local heroes – and we need everybody to understand that. They employ locals, contribute to the local economy, and are always the first to lend a helping hand. But where will people get jobs if business owners suddenly decide that it’s all become too hard because of government burdens and interference?

Remember, governments don’t create jobs, business people do.

So what is it that we actually want? It’s a question I’ve been asked a lot over recent days. Apart from R-E-S-P-E-C-T, there are some questions I would like to pose to the major political parties:

  1. Why should the Government interfere if a small business owner and one of their staff reach a genuine agreement over working arrangements that suit both of them?
  2. Why do governments try to prevent aspirational Australians from becoming self-employed or independent contractors?
  3. Why doesn’t the Australian Government provide access to the same financial support fund for small business growth that the UK and Canadian Governments do?
  4. Why is an automatic interest charge not applied when a Government department doesn’t pay its bills within 30 days?

These might not sound like big things – but trust me, to the small business owner already working 16 hours a day on their business, it’s the little things that add up and get in the way of their ability to innovate, grow, and employ more Australians.

An important part of what we launched today is the Your Say part of the website where we want business owners and their staff to tell their stories. Like the cafĂ© owner who can’t open on Sundays because the penalty rates mean she would lose money, or the butcher whose electricity bill has exploded as a result of the carbon tax. Real business owners and their staff telling real stories.

Trying to change mindsets, particularly those of politicians, is not any easy job. But as the representative of the business community in NSW, I am definitely up for the fight, and I am enthusiastic about the challenge ahead, because small business is too big (and way too important) to be ignored!

Stephen Cartwright
Chief Executive Officer
NSW Business Chamber

Monday, 22 April 2013

Shoalhaven Business Exchange EXPO

Shoalhaven Business Exchange Expo 
Friday 17th May and Saturday 18th May
Venue: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

Growth Through Innovation 
is the theme for this year’s Shoalhaven Business Exchange and Expo.

Join us for the region’s most dynamic Business Conference and Expo as we look at rocking our business comfort zones to break through problems and challenges!

The Shoalhaven Business Exchange Expo (previously Shoalhaven on Show)  will be held over two days 17th and 18th May at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra. This year’s event will see a smorgasbord of more than 60 of the Shoalhaven’s most progressive businesses exhibiting and a whole day dedicated to professional development.
Friday is all about Business-to-Business with workshops, forums and opportunites for businesses to network. An impressive line-up of speakers have been engaged to inspire, challenge and inform.
‘Thought Leader’ for the day, Matthew Ayres, will be sharing his own experiences working with companies like AMP, Lend Lease and General Electric to tackle some of their biggest challenges with breakthrough innovative thinking and planning.
During the day, experts in the fields of branding, human resources, funding, the tourism economy and technology will be holding workshops to help business people make the most of the opportunities, trends and resources on offer.
For the first time on Friday evening, a Q & A Panel will be live on stage with some of the region’s most successful business leaders taking on some of the most challenging topics facing our region.

How do we attract investment in tough economic times?
How do we convert our unique regional attributes into dollars?
How do we position our businesses to make the most of better access to NBN technology?

Saturday is when the Expo is open to the public with the ever-popular Nowra Markets, sports personalities, the latest in boats and cars and lots to see and do for the whole family.

Both days have a clear message:  the Shoalhaven is open for business and it’s a great place to live, work and bring up a family.

For more information on exhibiting or attending workshops call:
Linda Marquis on: 0412 357 423
or email:
See the Shoalhaven Business Chamber’s Facebook page for updates on speakers and events