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A past member of the Marlborough chamber, current member of Nelson Tasman chamber and a contract worker at times for both, Jessie Creedmore is a big fan of chambers. A business development and marketing consultant, Jessie is currently working part-time with the Nelson Tasman chamber assisting with member acquisition. Seeing both sides of the organisation is beneficial, she says, and complements her other part-time role with Wine Nelson, keeping her informed about anything affecting the business sector. Joining the chamber is a no brainer, she says. “For what you pay – membership starts at just $250 plus GST per year – you get so much back, particularly if you look at how you can apply the membership benefits, such as discounts, to all staff.” Her initial contact with the organisation was while living in Marlborough and helping with chamber membership and sponsorship there. “That’s one of the reasons I keep coming back to the Top of the South; the connections I make through the chambers bear fruit for many years after the initial contact.” Jessie moved to Nelson in December 2014, and not long after that joined NTCoC to meet business people. “It is after all the largest membership organisation in the region. “What I enjoy the most are the real tangible connections I make with people. Chamber events are always on the calendar (in both regions), highly regarded and well attended. “For the cost of the membership you get so much; the chamber has worked for me as a member and so I am happy to promote it to others because I can see the value in returns – tangible and intangible – to both businesses and their staff.” An added bonus, she says, is the consistency and quality of the services the chambers provide. One example of this is its human resources (HR) services available to all members; others include lobbying, advocacy, representation to local and central government, economic reporting to business and of course bringing business people together. Members are encouraged to do business with, and support, other members. “We do not supply our email database but

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“I highly recommend entering the business awards; it’s a good exercise to discover how your business really functions and learn how outside eyes view it too.” PAU L B R O C K I E , A B S O LU T E E N E R GY

members can have news, events or offers posted on our website or Facebook page free of charge.” “Members can also pay to have material included in our e-news or can use the members’ directory themselves to contact other members,” says Ali.

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Blenheim businessman Tony de Reeper, of Wallace Diack Chartered Accountants is a long-term Marlborough chamber member. “Of course the discounts the chamber negotiates for the members are always welcome but really the biggest value we get from the chamber is from their role as advocates for the business community. They are not a member of any political party, they are not dependent on funding from central or local government so they are totally free to speak out on the issues that are important to local business,” he says. Across in Nelson, businessman Paul Brockie of Absolute Energy is a firm supporter of NTCoC, having individual memberships for each of his two companies. He finds it worthwhile attending the various chamber functions and seminars such as Aspire. “I want to learn more and connect with more people. Nelson Tasman is home to so many good business people, who are already well connected, but keeping those connections through members is important.” Paul is a fan of the annual business awards, having entered his companies a few times. “I highly recommend entering the business awards; it’s a good exercise to discover how your business really functions and learn how outside eyes view it too.” For Ali and Hans, their leadership roles include creating connections and value for their members. They achieve this by raising awareness of the chamber and its activities, engaging their communities and being the glue that holds everyone together.

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