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  • 23 Nov 2015 12:15 PM | Anonymous


    Wodonga Chamber Fostering the Development of a World Class Business Community is looking to achieve 30 B Corporations on the Border by 2030

    B Corporations represent an emerging group of companies that are using the power of business to create a positive impact on the world and generate a shared and durable prosperity for all.

    Certified B Corporations have undertaken the B Impact Assessment, scored over 80, and have signed a term sheet that declares that they will consider all stakeholders. It is a rigorous assessment that explores a company’s governance, transparency, environmental and social impact. B Corps voluntarily hold themselves to a higher level of accountability in these areas.

    Together, B Corps redefine success in business by competing not to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world.

    Together, we will be the change that we seek in the world, see how you could become involved by contacting Bernie at the Chamber on 02 6056 8302 or e-mail mail@wodongachamber.com.au or even visit http://bcorporation.com.au/become-a-b-corp-1.

    Read the features in the Border Mail see the buzz which is happening on the border. Business Made to Measure, When Plan B is Actually the Best

  • 02 Nov 2015 12:15 PM | Anonymous

     

    30 by 2030 is the goal! Now we are 29 away!

    A big congratulations to Business Growth Strategies who have just become a Certified B Corporation!!!
    This is a huge achievement, and as part of BGS mission in conjunction with us at Wodonga Chamber of Commerce they want to"Foster the development of a world class business community" while with their own core purpose is to "Have real impact: to grow conscious businesses that grow our community".

    So, what is a B Corp? Read more >>HERE<< to find out more, and how BGS and Wodonga Chamber of Commerce can help you.



  • 23 Oct 2015 11:53 AM | Anonymous

     



    One of our sponsors has had a brand overhaul! Quest has just revealed a major re-brand of the business, with the company adding the ‘hotel’ tag to its name for the first time.

    The new name, as revealed by the company’s CEO Zed Sanjana on August 19 at the franchisee conference on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is Quest Apartment Hotels.

    This new brand is Sanjana said is about "Delivering a premium offering to meet the needs of a new generation of travellers and future-proof the business for continued growth”.

    Rolling out across more than 150 Quest properties across Australasia, the AUD$10 million re-brand, curated by the company’s marketing and brand head Tony Gauci, comprises a revamped logo, refreshed signage, new uniforms and an “invigorated franchisee spirit providing a personalised guest experience for tomorrow’s business traveller,” according to Sanjana.

    The brand changes are expected to be completed by March 2016- Wodonga already seeing new uniforms, and logo on their collateral.


  • 17 Oct 2015 11:47 AM | Anonymous

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    Did you see your Chamber representatives Bernie and Tara in the media this week?
    What a Photo, great fo a bit of a laugh but a more serious issue at hand. Shopping Local. Shopping Wodonga.
    Member Vitality Manager Tara Leach and Business Manager Bernie Squire from The Wodonga Chamber of Commerce encouraged shop 

    owners and managers to engage with the community early before the shopping rush hit. 

    The pair agreed it was an ideal opportunity for businesses to kick start the festive season.

    “A couple of months can go by really quickly so traders need to start thinking about layby and getting displays up,” Mr Squire said.

    “People are really clued in to good deals and shopping early.

    “If you have a compelling offer and strong service customers will come.”

    Mr Squire said traders should start thinking about visual appeal and decorations as part of the season.

    “Most people are pretty happy to have their spirits lifted and Christmas tends to be able to do that,” he said.

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    “Businesses could use November as a launch period to brighten their stores.”

    Mr Squire said the popularity of online shopping had changed customer habits but wanted to see residents continue to purchase from bricks and mortar stores.

    “We’re happy for people to shop online but we would like them to buy local and give back to the community,” he said.

    Miss Leach said advertising Christmas opening hours early was a way to attract and keep potential customers ahead of December 25.

    “Even if it’s quiet, businesses should stick to the trading hours they display because they never know who’s going to walk in the door,” she said.

    Mr Squire said several retailers were already using Facebook as a channel for Christmas promotions.

    A couple of months can go by really quickly so traders need to start thinking about layby and getting displays up - Bernie Squire

    ManZone owner Mark Stelfox said people loved something different.

    “Quirky stuff is always good, so we’re always trying to find something they can put in their man cave,” he said.

    Exact Computers owner Greg Haysom said people were already purchasing several types of electronics.

    “I had someone come in on Thursday and layby a computer for Christmas,” he said.

    “For us, Christmas trade comprises a lot of toys, radio controlled items and other stocking fillers.”


  • 14 Oct 2015 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    Ride2Work Day.

    Wodonga Chamber of Commerce Staff Joined the Commuter Revolution as a part of Ride 2 Work Day. 
    The event saw 70+ people ride from their home to The Cube Wodonga and then on to their employer. 
    Each person who took part in the Wodonga Ride2Work day was provided with a FREE Coffee from The Cube Wodonga, a FREE breakfast- more enough to feed those who rode a distance, a quick service of the push bikes and a check up by back on Track Physiotherapy. 
    A great imitative to get involved in and to remind employers and employees how simple it can be to keep physical. 
  • 01 Oct 2015 12:23 PM | Anonymous


    October is Senior Celebration month and Wodonga Chamber are supporting the Wodonga Council in providing some special offerings.

     

    Wodonga Council put on a show for our local seniors from the Border and Surrounds, even bringing them in by bus! This offered them the chance to mingle, have some lunch and celebrate what life has to offer including a concert held at Chamber members 'The Cube' Wodonga.

    Wodonga Chamber of Commerce members on High Street and Surrounds have put together some great offers for our valued seniors and really thrown their support behind this great event.

    Senior Celebrations runs for the full month of October with a number of events being held. head to http://www.wodonga.vic.gov.au/community-services/seniors/snr-celebrations-event.asp


  • 07 Sep 2015 11:17 AM | Anonymous
      
    Shop Wodonga This October Long Weekend!

    This year will be the first year that Victoria will see a public holiday for the eve of the AFL Grand Final. 
    The public holiday will be unusually late this year, due to the initial start of the AFL season seeing an October Grand Final. 
    For those who are still needing the date...  2nd October 2015 is this years public holiday.
    Without going into much politics surrounding the public holiday Wodonga Chamber conducted a survey among it's members to see who would be open, trading and whether this would be a full day or half day.

    Retails who will be open on Friday 2nd October (AFL Public Holiday) are as follows in no particular order.
    All trading full day unless noted.

    • Dare's Fruit and Veges
    • Daintree Medical Centre
    • Azzi Nusser
    • Exact Computers and Home Entertainment
    • Wodonga Tatts and Greetings
    • The Butcher's Hook & Cleaver
    • Mad 4 Hair
    • Parkside Produce
    • Homemakers Wodonga
    • Wodonga Charcoal Chicken
    • Subway
    • Mahony's Newsagency (Half Day 9am-12pm)
    • Best and Western Stage Coach Motel
    • Quest Wodonga
    • Rinnovate Business Brokers
    • Premier Building Constructions
    • Coles
    • Enviro Drapes and Shades
    • Genevieve Boutique
    • Flyaway Gymnastics Wodonga
    • Megas Music Store
    • Leads to Clients
    • Pour Mes Amis
    • RBR Party Hire
    • Border Backyards
    • House of Lingerie
    • Specsavers Wodonga
    • Premix King Wodonga
    • Elite Solutions Mowers- Chainsaws
    • Joan Naldrett Real Estate
    • Everything Dance Australia Pty Ltd
    • Gold Financial Services
    • ONeils Auto
    • Comfort Inn and Suites Blazing Stump
    • Home Inspirations
    • Critical Difference Learning Solutions Pty Ltd
    • ARO Systems
    • Dysons
    • Albury Wodonga News Weekly
    • West Mount Aged Care
    • Beechworth lake Sambell Caravan park
    • Regional Academy of Performing Arts
    • Ron Finemore Transport
    • Dunn's Twin City Cranes
    • Probon Pty Ltd
    • Woolworths Distribution Centre
    If you need any of the contact details of the above please head to the directory here. 




  • 13 Aug 2015 12:28 PM | Anonymous


        

    Wodonga Chamber was invited to the Murray River Culinary Challenge on 12th August. This was held at Wodonga Tafe.

    Everyone invited got to see some amazing skills in the kitchen from entrees, to mains and then dessert which really did put the old faithful Honey Joy recipe  to shame- I feel maybe... I might need a few lessons on how to cook after what these students plated up!

    These students really showed amazing talent and skill. 

    The students were marked on workflow, management, methods and principals of cookery as well as presentation.

    The grand final will be held in Echuca on September 10.

    Good Luck!

  • 03 Aug 2015 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    #RCYA15 

     

     

    What an amazing and inspirational night held by young people for young people!

    The Wodonga Council Red Carpet Youth Awards was a night that saw some of most community minded and giving youth on the Border. With great performances from the Performing Arts Award Finalists and Guest Speaker Tristan Miller everyone walked away wanting to take on the world!

    We would like to congratulate all the entrants, finalists and winners of the night.

    Finalists and Winners as follows:

    Youth Ambassador Award

    • Emma Hargreaves
    • Emily Woolford
    • Riley Briese
    • Jacob Mildren (Winner)
    • Jason Hyatt
    • Erin Valkenburg
    • Jamal Thompson

    Endurance/ Persistence Award

    • Laura Bennett
    • Erin Valkenburg (Highly Commended)
    • Addison Jones
    • Riley Briese (Winner)
    • Jarrod Mann
    Sports and Recreation Volunteer Award
    • Emily Wollford (Highly Commended)
    • Jeremy Bahr (Winner)
    • Emma Deuchar
    • Lachlan Lewin.
    Environment Award
    • Emma Hargraves (Highly Commended)
    • Hannah Waite
    • Sarah Thompson (Winner)
    Visual Arts and Media
    • Lacey Smith (Winner)
    • Maddie Anderson
    • Molly Bellairs (Highly Commended)
    • Cody Blockley
    Apprenticeship/ Trainee Award
    • Mark Damm
    • Jamal Thompson
    • Emma Burgess
    • Ashely Carter (Winner)
    Young Carer Award
    • Melaine Gale
    • Hunter White
    • Danni Good (Winner)
    • Tahlia Netherwood
    Individual Community Service Award (WCC Sponsored)
    • Ashley Whitehead
    • Jacob Mildren (Highly Commended)
    • Annie Jarratt (Winner)
    • Jacqui Hawkins
    Group Community Service Award
    • WSSC Leadership Council (Winner)
    • Flexible Learning Centre- Hospitality Students (Highly Commended)
    • Path to Peace of Mind
    • Wodonga FReeZA Crew
    Performing Arts Award
    • Josh Lovett (Winner)
    • Mason Gregory (Highly Commended)
    • Heidi Nicholson
    • Jason Hyatt





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