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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 2022 strong!

Coming soon! The 2022 Colac Chamber Business Events Calendar, packed full of learning & development opportunities as well as networking event evenings.

The Colac Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards was 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 celebrated 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.

“The talent in our region is phenomenal, not just from a business and industry perspective but also from sport through to the arts and theatre, to the community connection and support that is abundant in times of difficulty. We see the region continuing to go from strength to strength and the Colac Chamber is very proud to play our part in supporting this vibrant and progressive community .”

Georgia Theodoris Colac Chamber CEO

Click through to our Business Excellence Awards Page for all the Winners.

In partnership with our Chamber superfriends Mixx FM we’re promoting our local small businesses by giving away $50 Love Local Gift Cards to callers to Mixx Brekkie who get Vocal for a Local business. Our inaugural caller highlighting the wonderful Ray Croft Men’s & Ladies wear & Shannon’s Cafe. Have a listen! To be part of the Colac Chamber of Commerce’s Love Local Buy Colac initiative just reach out. Its an inexpensive and a wonderful way to get involved in supporting our local businesses.

The Colac Chamber of Commerce has partnered with employers in Colac, including the powerhouse Bulla Dairy Foods & industry leading CMTP, to support our small businesses affected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by density limits and closures. The Love Local Buy Colac initiative involves our local employers & businesses providing their staff & clients with Love Local Buy Colac gift cards, organized by the Colac Chamber of Commerce, which can be used at selected stores in & around Colac.

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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!