NEW CAMPAIGN: The Buy Local campaign was kicked off this week, encouraging the community to support those in business who support the community.
NEW CAMPAIGN: The Buy Local campaign was kicked off this week, encouraging the community to support those in business who support the community. Contributed

Networking a vital step to promote your business

UNFORTUNATELY I was unable to attend the latest network meeting for the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry, but from all reports it was a real buzz.

Hosted by Gladstone Job Skills, Steve Porter and the team treated 50 local business owners and managers to a tour of the Gladstone Job Skills new digs at Neil St, Callemondah.

It was said that not only did Steve provide an interesting and inspiring overview of the business (and his commitment to buy local), but he also teamed up with Gladstone Regional Beef Producers Leo Neil-Ballantine and Matt Turich who supplied and cooked the locally produced steaks and sausages for a barbecue.

Adding to the local experience Gladstone Seafood Promotion Committee, through GAPDL supplied fresh prawns to top it off.

"Not only was the venue and food great, but also the networking opportunities. Sometimes I think we lose the art of networking, but nothing was lost at this event. People were exchanging cards, quoting jobs and doing business then and there, which was great to see," GCCI treasurer Julie Robinson said.

GCCI president Rick Hansen announced that the Chamber is starting a research project based on how small and medium businesses are faring in the Gladstone region.

The research project will include a survey of current businesses and also hopes to identify businesses that have closed within the last 12 months.

This information will be critical to determine how the Chamber can better support small and medium businesses and he urged owners to get involved.

I am determined not to miss another chance to network with our local businesses, you won't want to miss it either, check out the http://www.gcci.com.au for more information.