Networking and sharing ideas leads to business success

WORKING a small business isn't easy.

First you do your day-to-day tasks in the shop, workshop or office, then the financials, compliance and human resources, on top of marketing for next month's projects.

It's easy to get overwhelmed and feel alone in what you are experiencing.

Sometimes you just need to know that someone cares.

The Gladstone Chamber of Commerce & Industry network meetings provide a place for businesses owners and managers to see that they are certainly not alone.

Not only do we have chamber staff and committee members to provide support and ideas, there is a room full of local businesspeople, all sharing the small business experience.

Over the past 18 months we've heard from numerous business owners ready to shut the doors, but took one more breath after a GCCI network meeting, to find a new partnership or big project around the corner.

I'm not about to take credit for keeping businesses alive, it takes more than attending a meeting to do that.

But what the meetings do is provide new ideas, new contacts and renewed enthusiasm for tired business owners.

My thoughts are confirmed in the Boom or Bust: Gladstone Region Business Study, which showed that businesses responding that were members of the chamber, Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited and Gladstone Engineering Alliance indicated that they fared better over the past three years and were predicting a better future than non-member businesses.

The next GCCI network meeting will be held at our new member Quest Apartments on June 10.

Come along and meet our great team.