REI Breakfast, Rhino Finalists Announced

REI Breakfast, Rhino Finalists Announced

- Friday, September 26, 2014

Welcome to your Dubbo Chamber Newsletter - Badiya!

The finalists for the Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards have been announced and congratulations to all those businesses and individuals who have been selected. We should have details on tickets for the awards night available soon.

We had over 40 ladies (and gentlemen) attend out Women In Business lunch last week which was a great turnout.

Next week is our Chamber Breakfast with two special speakers. Rod Crowfoot will give the annual Dubbo REI Real Estate and Development update. Then Paul Orton from NSW Business Chamber will launch their campaign for next years NSW State Election.

Follow the Dubbo Chamber Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for the latest news about the Chamber and business in Dubbo.

Chamber Breakfast - October 1 - Real Estate Institute.

Sponsor: NSW Business Chamber

Guest Speakers: Rod Crowfoot

Rod Crowfoot will give the annual talk on the state of Real Estate and Development in Dubbo on behalf of the Real Estate Institute.

Building on the success of the Chamber’s 10 Big Ideas to Grow NSW and NSW Deserves Better campaigns Unfinished Business: Towards 2015 and beyond identifies the key priorities for business that the State Government needs to address over the next eight months, and in the next term whichever party forms Government.

Join Paul Orton, NSW Business Chamber Director, Policy & Advocacy, as he delivers a short address on the NSW Business Chamber’s Unfinished Business Campaign.

The REI breakfasts are always extremely popular and I’d suggest booking early again for this one.

Venue for this breakfast is the Savannah Room at the Zoo.

Book Now: Dubbo Chamber Time To Breakfast

2014 Rhino Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards have been announced.

The announcement was made at the annual sponsors and finalists cocktail party, which was attended by more than 130 members of Dubbo’s business community at Taronga Western Plains Zoo last Wednesday night.

Chamber President, Andrew Toole said there was tough competition for the 20 awards that would be presented in this year’s outstanding business awards.

“The Rhino Awards are the biggest of their kind in the Central West of NSW and are vital for encouraging our businesses to be the best they can,” Mr Toole said.

“An incredibly diverse range of business will be represented at the 19th annual Rhino Awards gala dinner.

“We have everything from photographers and plumbers to a child care centre, accountants, real estate agents and a heavy machinery and labour hire firm represented in the list of finalists.

“That shows us the exceptional range of businesses in Dubbo and, together with a high calibre of entrepreneurs who are finalists’, gives us confidence in the future for Dubbo when we fast forward a few years.

“Any business that has made it to the list of finalists should feel proud of the recognition they received.

“To be included in this list of finalists shows they have achieved a standard of excellence that puts them among the best in Dubbo’s business community.”

For the second year, Chamber engaged an independent panel of expert judges from outside the local area who had the tough job of determining the finalists.

Last night’s cocktail function was a chance to celebrate with the finalists, to thank the judges and to acknowledge the dozens of sponsors who have helped make this year’s Rhino Awards high quality event.

“Businesses in our community are being asked to sponsor events and fundraising initiatives every day of the week, so we appreciate that so many past winners and high achievers in our community have come on board to support the Rhinos this year,” Mr Toole said.

The winners in eight categories in this year’s Rhino Awards will gain automatic entry into the 2015 NSW Business Chamber Regional Business Awards (Central West).

As well as 20 Silver Rhino Awards, the Chamber will present the annual Jean Emile Serisier Roll of Honour and the Gold Rhino Award at the gala presentation evening at Dubbo RSL Club on Friday 24 October.

2014 Rhino Awards Finalists

The following Dubbo businesses, staff and leaders, have been selected as finalists for the Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards.

Category (Sponsor) Finalists
Apprentice of the Year Ryan Rooke (EMS Group)
Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre Anthony Williams (Kitchens and Renovations Concepts)
Best New Business (Baby Rhino) Dubbo Landscaping
WIN Television Red Dirt Camping
Fitness Focus Dubbo
Central West Lifestyle
Business Leader (Age 36+) Kelly Taylor (A One Stress Relievers)
Dubbo Chamber Clare Wagner (Crowe Howarth)
Michael Adams (Golden West Holden)
Jenny Beange (Western NSW Medical Local)
Anthony Chapman (Western Plains Real Estate)
Employee of the Year Georgia Hardin (Century 21 Golden West)
Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre .
Employer of Choice Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre
Western College Orana Gardens Child Care Centre
Orana Early Childhood Intervention
EMS Group
Dubbo RSL Memorial Club
Crowe Horwath
Excellence in Business Ethics Century 21 Golden West
Dubbo Chamber Kitchen and Renovation Concepts
Orana Conveyancing
Rainbow Cottage Child Care Centre
Trike Adventures
Western Xpress Printing
Excellence in Customer Service Western Xpress Printing
Inland Petroleum Trike Adventures
Paradise Fresh
Orana Mall Pharmacy
Orana Conveyancing
Kustom Kitchens & Joinery
Kitchen and Renovation Concepts
Dubbo RSL Memorial Club
Excellence in Hospitality Thar Indian Cuisine
Midwest Foods -
Excellence in Innovation Kitchen and Renovation Concepts
Viatek Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre
Thar Indian Cuisine
Western Plains Real Estate
Western Plains Security & Locksmiths
Excellence in Presentation and Marketing Western Plains Security & Locksmiths
Dubbo RSL Memorial Club Western Plains Real Estate
Trike Adventures
Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre
Kustom Kitchens & Joinery
Imajenit Commercial Photography
Fitness Focus Dubbo
Excellence in Products and/or Service Dubbo RSL Aquatic & Health club
Travel Beyond Group Kitchen and Renovation Concepts
Orana Early Childhood Intervention
The Westhaven Association
Trike Adventures
Western Plains Security & Locksmiths
Excellence in Small Business (<20 full time) Western Xpress Printing
Crowe Horwath Trike Adventures
Orana Early Childhood Intervention
Kustom Kitchens & Joinery
Kitchen and Renovation Concepts
EMS Group
Excellence in Sustainability Dubbo RSL Memorial Club
Transforce Kustom Kitchens & Joinery
Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre
Excellence in Work Health and Safety Western Plains Security & Locksmiths
NSW Workcover Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre
Dubbo RSL Memorial Club
Trainee of the Year Johanne Hobday (ESP Accounting)
Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre Ben Keller (Century 21 Golden West)
Young Business Executive (Age 18–35) Lee Bayliss (Kitchen and Renovation Concepts)
Dubbo City Council Paige Webber (Dubbo RSL Memorial Club)
Tom Larkin (Crowe Horwath)
Young Entrepreneur (Age 18–35) Abraham Damen (Kitchen and Renovation Concepts)
Dubbo City Council Tom Cavanagh (EMS Group)
Ben Dietrich (Kustom Kitchens & Joinery)
Andrew Bassett (Fitness Focus Dubbo)
Dubbo’s Favourite Tradie Ian Grattan (GPS plumbing)
Mailbox Shopper Brad Acheson (Brad Acheson Building)
Cameron Porter (Porters Plumbing)
Geoff Nicolson (Switch Electrical)
Matt Diamond (Matt Diamond Plumbing)
Matthew Laws (Matthew Laws Floor & Wall Tiler)
Pat O’Dea (Astleys Plumbing & Hardware)
Steven Gower (Gower Carpet Cleaning)
Service with a Smile Ian Grattan (GPS plumbing)
Daily Liberal Vicki Owers (Inland Petroleum)
Tiffany Rea (FlourishFM)
Marley Khattab (Dahab Cafe)
Justine Richards (Justine Richards)
Gina Skordalis (Gina’s Pizza’s)
Anthony Chapman (Western Plains Real Estate)
Andrew Bassett (Fitness Focus Dubbo)
People’s Choice Award Fitness Focus Dubbo
2DU/Zoo FM Western Plains Real Estate
The Fast Lane
Regand Park Childcare Centre
Kings Hall Jewelers
Dahab Café
Astleys Plumbing & Hardware

Orana Mutual Community Partnership Awards

A big thanks to our local Orana Mutual who presented Dubbo Chamber of Commerce a cheque for being a values part of the community at their awards presentation.

Many other local organisations were also recognised and we hope to have a more detailed report in the next Newsletter.

Thanks Orana Mutual.

Recent New Chamber Members 2014

Some more new members that have joined the Chamber recently.

Welcome to them all - please support your fellow members.

Short Notes:

Dubbo TV Channel Retune
Some TV channels are changing their frequency as the final step in the move to digital-only TV. You’ll need to retune your TV, set-top box or digital recorder when these changes happen in your area. If you don’t, you won’t be able to receive all free-to-air digital TV channels.

2014 National Red Tape Survey
Together with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), the NSW Business Chamber invites you to participate in the 2014 ACCI National Red Tape Survey to tell us the burden that red tape and regulatory compliance is having on your business. Survey closes Oct 7.

Graffiti Removal Day
Graffiti Removal Day is being held on 26th October 2014 and they are currently encouraging members of the public to volunteer to work on the day as well as nominate sites that require cleaning.

Members Blasts

Macquarie Credit Union 2014 DREAM Festival - Oct 13–25

The Macquarie Credit Union 2014 DREAM Festival details have been announced:

Dubbo Regional Entertainment Arts & Music (DREAM) Festival is community festival that welcomes everyone; embraces our regions many facets and grows as we celebrate our region. Each festival brings a series of entertainment, theatre, dance, visual arts, music and outdoor events from local and professional groups and artists.

Date DREAM Event
May through to November DREAM Fine Dining Dinners
Saturday, 18 October Little DREAMers
Saturday, 18 October DREAM Dance Challenge
Sunday, 19 October DREAM Dance Workshops
15 to 24 October DREAM Lantern Making Workshops
Friday, 24 October DREAM Theatre ‘Reception: The Musical’
Saturday, 25 October DREAM Twilight Markets & Dubbo RSL Club Resort ’Illuminate’ cube bar
Saturday, 25 October DREAM Lantern Parade

DJ and Live Music Dubbo

DJ and Live Music Dubbo provide professional Live Music, DJ and Karaoke Entertainment throughout NSW.

In addition DJ and Live Music Dubbo provide Audio & Visual hire, Portable karaoke equipment hire & sales, Venue Enhancements & Special Effects, Public Address & Audio Technician hire.

DJ and Live Music Dubbo has a dedicated and experienced team of DJ’s and Musicians specialising in providing professional entertainment at formal functions which include Weddings, Debutante Balls & formal dances, Corporate/Business functions etc.

In addition to entertaining at formal functions, DJ and Live Music Dubbo provide regular Live Music, Karaoke and DJ Entertainment at a range of Licensed hotel venues and small private functions including Party’s, Birthdays, reunions etc.

For Further Details Contact Johnny Wood Phone: 0427 855 113

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Not sure if you need help? Until November 30, 2014, Seed Business Solutions is offering a Human Resources audit/review valued at $999 for the special offer of $440.

Call today and book a consultation and report. 02 80061910.

NSW Business Chamber

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

Upcoming NSW BC Webinars

Date Webinar
Oct 1 Understanding Social Media in China
Oct 9 The secret formula for webinar presentations
Oct 14 HRAdvance Webinar on Leave
Oct 21 How to step up and overcome your fears using the power of the media
Oct 23 WorkplaceInfo Webinar on Leave
Oct 24 Marketing for Manufacturers
Nov 5 Understanding the Middle East
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
Oct 1 Chamber Breakfast - Real Estate Institute
Oct 13–25 Dubbo Dream Festival
Oct 16 Women In Business - Coffee Connect
Oct 24 Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards Gala Dinner
Nov 5 Chamber Breakfast
Dec 3 Chamber Breakfast
Dec 9 Dubbo Chamber AGM

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