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PRESIDENT’S PEN

BUSINESS NETWORKING The Chamber recently hosted a number of functions and events which presented a great opportunity to mix and mingle with other professionals. The Better Business Breakfast event for 2017 was held at The Events Centre Caloundra with Elaine Jobson, the guest speaker. Held in November at the Hub Shared Space and Malarkey Artisan Coffee, Business After Hours was another successful Chamber event celebrating and supporting entrepreneurial businesses. Michael Shadforth, President of Caloundra Chamber Of Commerce

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INVEST IN BUSINESS We are entering an unprecedented phase of residential growth on the Sunshine Coast and the numbers are showing there is definite potential for businesses to captialise on this. With all growth comes opportunities, and it’s time for business owners to consider investing in businesses to build quality, quantity or reach in order to truly benefit from the extra 50,000 residents who will call Aura home in the next 30 years and the 14,000 who are predicted to move to the greater Sunshine Coast region every year until 2031.

Cate Milton (Smoochie's Fudge & Ice Cream), Peter Milton (Smoochie's Fudge & Ice Cream) & Jeanette Marshall (Blend Hair & Spa)

With such population increase, you can invest in your business with growing confidence that there will be a greater market share and these new residents will be on the lookout to engage with businesses that have flair, innovation and a strong direction. As they say, ‘while the sun shines, it’s time to make hay’. On another front, there has been a big push by Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace to encourage more Caloundra businesses to examine the possibility of tendering for work with the Australian Defence Force. This is something every business could consider as a way to diversify and future-proof. With the Federal Government committing $200 billion in capital investment to over the next ten years, the largest amount allocated in our country’s history during peace time, and a desire to move away from the traditional prime contractors to seek out innovative small to medium businesses around the country, there has never been a more opportune time to look at this option.

Bob Vander-Wal (Sunshine Business Systems) & Wade Ambrose (Tursa Employment and Training)

Caloundra has already become a hotspot for defence contracts, with HeliMods being awarded its first defence contract earlier this year to provide wet decks for the Australian Navy. Praesidium Global also received a contract worth over $1 million to produce unmanned vehicles for the Australian Army, and Eniquest have been working studiously under the radar, providing the defence force with generators and power units for 15 years. Read more about how you can get started in this edition, and remember, now is the time to move forward with confidence that the future is looking bright for the Caloundra business community. 4 Caloundrabuzz

Anne Lawrence (Sunshine Coast Council), Elaine Jobson (CEO Jetts Global) & Michael Shadforth (Ray White Commercial)

Caloundra BUZZ Summer 17/18  

Caloundra Buzz magazine provides the Chamber's members and the local community with current information on events and business achievements...

Caloundra BUZZ Summer 17/18  

Caloundra Buzz magazine provides the Chamber's members and the local community with current information on events and business achievements...

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