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WIB Coffee, Rhino Awards Open, Work Inspiration Forum

- Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Welcome to your Dubbo Chamber Newsletter.

WOW what a busy time around Dubbo at the moment - so much for hibernating! Lots to cover in this newsletter including our Women in Business Coffee Connect, Rhino Awards Applications, the Your Dubbo Winners breakfast and an important survey for Small Business owners - and much more!

Just a reminder that anyone may put in a submission for the Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards - you don’t need to have been nominated previously. Find out more about the Entry Process and Apply today. Applications close July 30.


Women In Business - Coffee Connect July

Women In Business are having their informal Coffee Connect meet tomorrow at Dahab Cafe (another new Chamber member) who are located at 197 Brisbane St.

July 17th, 10:30am - all welcome.


Chamber Time to Breakfast - August 6th, 2014 - Your Dubbo 2014 Grant Winners Announced.

Sponsor: Dubbo City Council

Guest Speakers: Your Dubbo 2014

Your Dubbo is a business development program that helps business owners better understand their customer market, capitalise on growth opportunities, and be operationally successful.

In 2014 – the Program’s second year – more than 90 businesses took part including retail, professional services, home businesses, light industry, entertainment, trade and commercial businesses.

The Program included four business development workshops, two customer feedback reports, three $10,000 business development grants. In addition to this the Business Development Partner donated three $3,000 diagnostic review meetings. The Your Dubbo Business Development Grant has been designed to support Dubbo businesses that have identified growth opportunities to develop and expand their business.

The three successful applicants will be announced at the Chamber’s Time to Breakfast on 6 August at Lazy River Estate.

Your Dubbo is an initiative of Dubbo City Council, partnered by Orana Mutual (Major Partner) and Principle Focus (Business Development Partner), supported by the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce.

Join us at Lazy River Estate on Wednesday, August 6. RSVP ASAP - Tickets limited (and selling fast).

Book Now: Dubbo Chamber Time To Breakfast

Congrats to Jill Campbell from Early Rise Bakery who won the door prize at our July Breakfast and gets a free breakfast this time! Bring your business card and make sure you go into the draw.


2014 Orana Mutual Rhino Awards Entries Now Open

Business and individuals have until the end of July to lodge their entries online for the 2014 Orana Mutual Rhino Awards.

Entries are now open in 20 award categories via the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce website, with the winners of eight awards gaining automatic entry into the 2015 NSW Business Chamber Regional Business Awards (Central West).

Chamber Vice President, Megan Dixon has urged businesses to start preparing their entries now so they are not faced with a last minute panic when online submissions close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 July.

For more information, visit the Rhino Entry Process page on our website and download the Entry Info Pack.

Entries can be lodged via our Rhinos Awards Submission page.

Good luck!


Work Inspiration Forum & Presentation.

Following on from our July Breakfast topic, RDA Orana is holding a Forum in Dubbo to discuss the Work Inspiration program with interested parties.

May Yousif from The Smith Family will be presenting a Work Inspiration Forum on 22nd of July from 9:30am at Dubbo City Council’s Central Conference Room, Corner Church & Darling Streets.

To secure your seat at the first Work Inspiration Forum to be held in Dubbo please email: admin@rdaorana.org.au

For more information - and to read through the presentation May delivered at our breakfast, visit this RDA Orana page.


Short Notes:

Exhibitors sought for expo aiming to educate residents on sustainable living
Dubbo City Council is currently inviting businesses with products or services that assist residents and businesses to live and work sustainably to exhibit at the upcoming 2014 Dubbo Sustainable City Expo. The Expo will be held Saturday, 23 August 2014 at the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden.

There is no cost for exhibitor sites at the Dubbo Sustainable City Expo, exhibitors are invited to register by Friday, 25 July 2014. An exhibitor pack can be downloaded from Dubbo Council’s website. For further information contact Dubbo City Council’s Sustainability Coordinator, Catriona Jennings on 6801 4000.

Extending Unfair Contract Term Protections to Small Business
Unfair contract terms are being included in standard form contracts involving small businesses, causing detriment throughout the community. The Australian Government wishes to protect small businesses by providing them with the same protections available to consumers.

The Treasury is undertaking a consultation process on behalf of Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand. We would appreciate your feedback to help us put in place adequate protections for small businesses. Submissions close August 1. More Information & Have Your Say - Take a Ten Minute Survey.

NSW WorkCover SafeWork Awards 2014 - Entries Close July 18
The annual SafeWork Awards recognise businesses and individuals that have made positive changes to work health and safety, workers compensation and return to work. Any NSW-registered business, individual, not for profit or public sector agency can enter. It doesn’t matter whether your solution to a work safety issue is big or small, as long as it has made a difference to your workplace. Entries Close July 18 - Enter Today

Australians to PIN only at point-of-sale from 1st August Did you know that signatures at EFTPOS machines will be phased out from August 1st? Visit the PINwise website for more information.


Members Blasts


Quality Inn Dubbo International Christmas in July.

Traditional 2 course Christmas Dinner, including turkey, pork, plum pudding & trifle.

Our room will be set with Christmas décor, bon bons, & an open log fire in the bar.

Reservations & Prepayment essential

25th July, 6pm. RSVP 21st July.

More Information on our Dubbo Business Events page.


Charles Sturt University Dubbo - Free Public Lecture - Professor Tim Wess

Reading the unreadable, information beyond the written word:

Documents, objects, artwork and remnants of everyday life that have defined our society and culture are at risk of being lost through molecular changes that come with ageing. Professor Tim Wess will talk about the study of these changes and what we need to do to protect our future – a discipline known as cultural heritage science.

New techniques, projects and challenges have come with trying to protect our history, and Tim will also speak about how information can be retrieved that had been thought to be lost.

This is a free event and refreshments will be available in the Explorers Cafe on campus following the event.

Tuesday, August 19th, 6pm. CSU Dubbo Campus, Main Lecture Theatre.

More Information on our Dubbo Business Events page.


Tony McGrane Memorial Scholarship Dinner - CSU Dubbo

The bi-annual Charles Sturt University Tony McGrane Memorial Scholarship Dinner will be held on Monday 15 September 2014 at the Dubbo campus of CSU.

The dinner will be held on this date to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Tony McGrane, who was the Independent Member for Dubbo at that time.

The guest speaker will be Ruth Shanks, President of the International Country Women’s Association. Mrs Shanks was elected to the position of President of the Associated Country Women of the World in 2013 and has been a member of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales for 45 years, serving at both state and local levels.

We look forward to seeing you at this event to celebrate Tony McGrane’s legacy and acknowledge his contribution to the establishment of the CSU Dubbo Campus. The scholarship established in Tony McGrane’s name has already assisted eight first-year regional students from 2011 to 2014. The purpose of this year’s fundraising is to ensure that the scholarship can continue to assist students in the Orana region.

More Information on our Dubbo Business Events page.


Signarama Dubbo Have Moved!

Signarama Dubbo have now moved to a brand new location at 120 Erskine Street Dubbo! Come on in and check out our new showroom & say G’day to Luke and Emma.

Is your business on Facebook? Why not pick up one of our FREE ‘Like us on Facebook’ Window decals while you’re there!

Don’t have the time to get away from your business? Call us on 6885 4000 or email dubbo@signarama.com.au & we can arrange a time to come to you to discuss your signage needs.


Recent New Chamber Members 2014

Some more new members that have joined the Chamber recently.

Welcome to them all - please support your fellow members.


NSW Business Chamber

How To Apply for Business Grants Workshop - Dubbo

Have you attempted to apply for a business grant and given up because it seemed too time consuming & complicated, or you don’t even know where to begin to look for potential grants to assist your business?

The Central West Orana NSW Business Chamber is delighted to host “The Grants Guy”, Keith Whelan and invite you to attend one of our workshops in Dubbo this July 31st.

More Information on our Dubbo Business Events page.

Did you know all Dubbo Chamber of Commerce members also get affiliate membership with NSW BC?

Upcoming NSW BC Webinars

Date Webinar
July 22 Consider the opportunities of franchising your business
July 23 Seven steps to guarantee your marketing works
July 30 Exploring the link between customer engagement and employee engagement
August 6 Supercharge your sales
August 12 How to use media to get number one on google and create more sales
August 19 Country of Origin branding: Get the Australian Advantage.
NSW BC For more information & webinar registration

For Your Diary - Save The Dates

For more details and events, please see the Dubbo Chamber Business Events Calendar.

Date Dubbo Event
July 1–30 Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards - Submissions Accepted
July 17 Women In Business - Coffee Connect
July 22 Work Inspiration Forum
July 25 Christmas in July @ Quality Inn Dubbo
July 30 Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards - Applications Close
July 31 How to Apply for Business Grants Workshop
August 1 Submissions Close - Extending Unfair Contracts Term Protections to Small Businesses
August 6 Time To Breakfast - Your Dubbo 2014 Grant Winners Announced
August 15–17 Dubbo Jazz Festival
August 19 CSU Dubbo Public Lecture Series
August 23 Dubbo Sustainable City Expo
September 24 Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards Cocktail Party - Finalists Announced
October 24 Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards Gala Dinner

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Join the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc.

Have you renewed your Dubbo Chamber Membership for 2014 - or still thinking about joining?

Click Here to renew your Membership today, or Contact our members services officer, Toni Beatty, to discuss joining the Dubbo Chamber.


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2014/13 July 16.

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