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Book Here! Managing Mental Health in the Workplace is the next installment of the Colac Chamber’s SME Business Excellence and Development Series, which focus’ on supporting small and medium businesses to increase knowledge, skills and also manage their well-being.

Book Here! As part of the SME Business Excellence & Development Series, the Colac Chamber presents industry experts, ANZ’s Catherine Birch – Senior Economist & Mark Whelan – Findex Partner to provide insights, thoughts and general advice on how small businesses can start the new financial year strong.

The Colac Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards will be held on October 23rd 2021. After such difficult times, and the ongoing challenges of operating and trading in a COVID- 19 environment, the Colac Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards is celebrating the resilience and agility of the local business community, showcasing our region’s innovative, agile and leading businesses as well as recognising outstanding emerging and established business leaders. First round applications open on July 16, and businesses and individuals are encouraged to self nominate for their preferred awards category (2 category maximum). There are two judging rounds and finalists will be advised before awards are announced at the Business Excellence Awards ceremony on October 23rd.

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The Colac Chamber welcomed Georgia Theodoris as the Chamber’s first CEO. Georgia’s previous role was as the National Director of Operations for CBRE, she has an MBA and specialises in optimising operational effectiveness in large and small organisations.

Ingrid Bishop was appointed to the role of President of the Colac Chamber. Ingrid has held a number of executive roles and runs the highly sought after Alchemy Consulting, providing advice and strategy to government agencies and multinational clients.

Industry Expert Key Note

More than 80 members of the Colac & district small business community came together to hear from Small Business Ministerial Chair Stuart Benjamin at our first Industry Expert Key Note Speaker event –  Life After Job Keeper – A small business perspective.
Stuart delivered a frank key note presentation on the opportunities that the post-COVID environment has presented for businesses who are willing to adapt to the new operating environment and consumer expectations. He encouraged business owners to take “no regret actions” in their approach to change and to take time to re-assess their business operations. It was fantastic to see Chamber members and friends gathering and learning together.

New Year New Us Event!

We had a capacity crowd at our first post-covid event with members of the business community and a number of stakeholders coming out to the launch of the new look Colac Chamber of Commerce. We launched our new branding as well as our 2021-23 Strategic Plan – Forging Ahead. It was a brilliant night at the Piano Bar, great company, lovely food and a lot of laughs…oh and we learnt some stuff too! see you at our next event!