January 2012, Newsletter No. 1

January 2012, Newsletter No. 1

Chamber Members - Friday, January 13, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry wishes all its members and sponsors a prosperous New Year!


The 2012 Board are really excited about the year ahead and some of the new initiatives that we plan to bring you, starting with our first business breakfast of the year, which will be held at the Monkey Bar on Wednesday 1 February 2012. Our guest speaker is Ian Shepherd, from NSW Workcover, who will be speaking about the new Workplace Health & Safety Harmonisation Laws and what it means to business. Ian will also talk about the 10,5, 5 Program being implemented by Workcover across the region.


This year, the Chamber is also offering the opportunity for businesses to sponsor the networking breakfast – the breakfast sponsorship is $297.00 including GST. Businesses and organisations that sponsor the breakfast receive the following benefits:

  • the opportunity for a 5 minute presentation to breakfast guests;
  • signage at the breakfast;
  • 1 ticket to the breakfast;
  • brand exposure on the breakfast invitation;
  • 1 paragraph advertising in the Chamber newsletter for 4 weeks (two weeks before and two weeks after); and
  • will be featured on the Chamber website for the following month.


If you are interested in sponsoring a breakfast over the next twelve months, contact us today. 


2012 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The year ahead will see many opportunities for business and organisations to get involved in the Chamber as a sponsor. Beside the breakfast sponsorship, other opportunities include:

  • Chamber Golf Day: 27 April 2011. Sponsor a hole ($200.00 + GST); Provide a prize (longest drive, closest to the pin, best dressed team)
  • Networking after hours in March, August and December $297.00 (similar benefits to the breakfast will be made available)
  • Rhino’s Awards – various sponsorship opportunities including Gold, Silver and Bronze


Each of these sponsorship opportunities will provide great benefits to the sponsoring organisation. To find out more, please contact the Chamber office.


2012 MEMBERSHIP

In our last newsletter, we mentioned that at the December Board meeting a decision was made to increase membership fees. With the fees being held at the same level for the last eight years, the decision to increase the fees was not made lightly, but reflects the additional services and benefits that the Chamber will be providing to members in the new year.


New initiatives being provided to Chamber members in 2012 include:

  • An on-line members directory with web connections
  • A DCCI Chamber golf day
  • Member spotlight on the Chamber website*(conditions will apply)
  • Access to the NSW Business Chamber resources
  • Member to member discounts
  • Benefits to members and staff of members through our community partnership with Orana Mutual including
    • 0.25% discount off variable home loan interest rate
    • 0.5% discount on all variable personal and car loans


Other benefits include:

  • Networking and marketing opportunities through our monthly meetings, interact with other local businesses to promote your business and find out about other products and services in the region 
  • Business advice and support on issues impacting on your business
  • Periodical workshops on relevant 'hot topics'
  • A body to lobby for improved services for the local business community
  • Keep up to date with local business issues, news and events through our regular e-news
  • Members discounts to attend Chamber events (attend 12 events, and you have recovered your membership)
  • Reach – three free advertisements/announcements per year in the Chamber Newsletter, $33 per ad/announcement thereafter
  • Special programs for Chamber members including the Golf Tournament, Monthly Membership Breakfasts and the annual Rhino Business Awards


 2012 MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES ARE:

Membership Category

Price (incl GST)

Individual member/sole trader

$220

2 – 4 Employees

$220

5 – 15 Employees

$290

16 – 50 Employees

$440

51+ Employees

$600

New business (less than 1 year old)

$150

Not-for-profits

$165

Joining fee

$33

Our new online membership system will go live early next week. As soon as the new system is ready, we will let members know, so that you can take advantage of our special offer: Members who join or renew before 17 February 2012 receive a 5% discount off the membership fee.

The Chamber has set a goal of increasing our membership numbers by 20%. Existing members’, who introduce a new member, will be thanked by the Chamber by receiving a free ticket to a business networking breakfast, to be used within 3 months.

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