Business Wodonga

About Us

Building A Stronger Wodonga Together

Business Wodonga is North East Victoria’s premier business networking, support and representation organisation. With a strong membership base, well established networks across all sectors and a fresh new brand, Business Wodonga is working hard for business growth in Wodonga and the wider region in a variety of ways. Let’s build a #strongerwodonga together.

Building a stronger Wodonga involves our business community and leaders working together with Business Wodonga to achieve the best for our growing city. Business Wodonga works with large organisations like the City of Wodonga, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Development Victoria to connect businesses, develop businesses and to showcase what Wodonga has to offer to the greater population.

Here at Business Wodonga we are responsive and keen to assist businesses with their needs.

We are passionate about helping business with business. Let us help you move forward in business.

Business Wodonga is the peak business representative body in Wodonga, that works with businesses on business, building business together.

Business Wodonga is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation supporting our members, sponsors and key stakeholders in business for individual success and the success of Wodonga and our region. We currently have around 340 members, being the fourth largest Chamber of Commerce in Victoria. We work with nearly 7,000 employers & employees across the region and are funded by members and sponsors.

Meet Our Operations Team

Graham Jenkin

Graham Jenkin

CEO Business Wodonga

After leaving financial planning after over forty years as an advisor, without knowing what was coming next, I was excited when the opportunity to become CEO of Business Wodonga presented itself.

After nine years on the Leadership Team, I am already heavily invested in Business Wodonga and the work our organisation does in supporting and connecting our business community. 

We are more than a Chamber of Commerce, we are a Business Community and I fully intend on continuing to build that. Wodonga is growing rapidly, along with the demand for businesses to serve the needs of an increasing population.

I love seeing people grow, taking risks along the way, to build their businesses from scratch to something viable, possibly bigger, but always better. When a Financial Advisor, I really enjoyed being part of those journeys and now continue to be part of other’s journeys as well.

There are many challenges at present for everyone. As a Not for Profit, Member Based Association, Business Wodonga is not immune to those challenges. I look forward to meeting them head on to support our Members, their families and their team members and making Wodonga stronger.

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Allison Warren

Business Development Officer

Well howdy all. I am a Melbourne Ex-pat, moved myself and three children to the area for love six years ago.

My husband has been here for twenty plus years. I am heavily involved with the Athletic Community on the border & with Athletics Victoria.

I come to Business Wodonga with more than thirty years os retail, sales and marketing experience.  I have the gift of the gab, and more front than Myer, or so I have been told!

I am very driven, a bubbly person, so you often find me chatting at events.. I enjoy rolling my sleeves up and getting in & helping others. Looking after 200+ kids should tell you that I am very patient and enjoy being out with all walks of life.

I am here to help you build your business into what you want it to be. We are all wanting to build an amazing business community that supports each other. So let’s all do it together!

#strongerwodonga

Tracey Basham

Tracey Basham​

Events Co-ordinator

I am the owner of Enhance Styling events and Elopement Co.  Specialising in wedding, ceremony and corporate event styling along with event management, I  have over 10 years experience and pride myself on attention to detail. 

I manage a challenging work life balance with my husband who is also a local business owner

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Shannon Dube

Communications Coordinator

As the previous Member Manager of Businesss Wodonga, my heart is invested in ensuring that the local business community continues to recover and thrive. I am very happy and proud to be able to continue in this role and look forward catching up with the familar faces and getting to know all the new ones to the Business Wodonga Membership Family. 

Meet Our Leadership Team

Brett Drinnan

Continuing a 25+ year career in road transport, I arrived in Wodonga in 2008 after taking up the role as North East Regional Manager for the Dyson Group of Companies, transferring across from the Moama. Responsible for the Operation here in Wodonga with 60 Staff & 40 vehicles, along with a variety of vehicles and Staff throughout NSW stretching to Bathurst in the north and Condobolin in the west. I am passionate about our Region and want to see continued success and growth for many years to come. The resilience, toughness and community spirit of this Region holds me in awe.

Our Region is the premier place to work and live and by supporting business to grow and prosper, we will continue to be one of the fastest-growing regional centres in Australia.

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I currently work with North East Water as the Executive Operations. My role is to manage the day to day core activities of the corporation in delivering water and waste water service delivery to the North East region.
I have been with North East Water for 9 years. In that, time I have held various board positions in the water industry and education. I have filled director roles on the Catholic Education Wodonga board and the Water Industry Operations Association board.

I grew up in Albury and attended the Albury High School. After leaving school, I completed my apprenticeship with an engineering company in Albury then left to travel overseas, coming back to work at the Australian Newsprint Mills where I found my passion for the water industry. Stints in the Northern Territory and the Goulburn Valley in leadership roles delivering water related outcomes lead me back to Wodonga where I have settled with my wife Kim and our 3 children.

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I am the owner of Busy01 including First Class Accounts Ovens & Murray, a franchise bookkeeping business providing exceptional, award winning bookkeeping services to small and medium sized businesses.

I have over 20 years of experience in the financial service industry, having operated my bookkeeping practice for the last 13 years. I have a strong understanding of the needs of small and medium size business in the local area.

For Business Wodonga to be a key network/connection provider and to be the hub of offerings for business owners, particularly learning & training opportunities – helping business owners be aware of the great events/training/workshops that are available to them.

I am a keen golfer and am very active in the local community: as a Justice of the Peace (VIC), Sport Albury Wodonga committee member and Treasurer of Victory Lutheran College P&F committee.

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I am a sole practitioner lawyer in Wodonga. My firm is “Duly Served Legal & Consulting”, which reflects my property and commercial work, and a previous long life in the hospitality, tourism and entertainment industries as corporate counsel for Village Roadshow Limited. My clients dream of growing grapes, raising dorpas, running country cafés, starting a BnB, or even living on a yacht. Life doesn’t have to be confined to a box! I love seeing my clients realise those dreams and create a life worth living. I assist them all the way, from commercial leasing, franchising, IT agreements and protecting their IP, to guiding them through the process of buying their first investment property, and building their portfolios. I am passionate about this region, with its amazing variety of food, wine, walking tracks, cycle paths and ample opportunities to participate in cultural life, with theatres, art galleries and music. As an amateur (very!) viola player its great to have access to the Murray Conservatorium and the annual Harrietville Music Camp. Being on the Board of Business Wodonga, and the ability to contribute to the wider business community, is a very gratifying experience. I also serve as Chair of Corryong Health and Chair of The Metavision Institute, a provider of allied health higher education courses in counselling and psychotherapy. When I get the chance, I love to go sailing. I once did the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. There is absolutely nothing glamorous about it!
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I am the owner / manager of ‘enviro drapes and shades’ where ‘we have all windows covered.’ We work closely with clients with made-to-measure window furnishings. We share the goal with clients to create their personal environment in their home to suit their requirements.

 

I provide as a business owner in the retail sector a different view and reflections to Leadership Team discussions and decisions, promoting retail at every opportunity.

My vision is to help create a future direction for Wodonga, to encourage the partnership of all shareholders from every sector of Wodonga and surrounding areas.

I enjoy reading, riding my Harley, grandchildren and sharing life with family and friends.

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Are you interested in being a part of driving the local business community? Get in touch today to discuss how you can make a difference for your business and so many others.

Pedro Afonso

Hi, my name is Pedro Afonso, the Company Director of Afonso Building Solutions. I began my building career as a carpenter, and am now a qualified builder in both residential and commercial construction. 

The Afonso family emigrated to Australia from Portugal in 1980. Upon settling in Wodonga, my father, John Afonso set himself up to become one of the finest tradesmen in the Albury Wodonga area, turning his hand to non-standard feature work in the fields of concreting, masonry, stonework, solid plastering, ceramic tiling and modern cement rendering.

 My brother David and I completed apprenticeships under the guidance of our father. Together we established Afonso Building Solutions Pty Ltd – a privately owned and operated family building and development company which serves Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Yarrawonga and surrounding areas.

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I have lived in Wodonga for the past 35 years and been involved in school, sport and business for all that time. The first 10 years of my working life were as a stock and station agent/ auctioneer, then I owned and managed Sportspower in Albury for 19 years. I moved to The Border Mail in 2009 and became the Advertising Manager. For the last 4 years, I have been the General Manager of MP Training & Recruitment. I am passionate about local business and the Wodonga community and would love to keep as much money in our town as possible. I think Business Wodonga can help with this and connect people to build relationships and make it possible. A couple of fun facts are that I played football for Wodonga in the 80’s and 90’s and in the late 2000’s I completed 4 Murray River paddling marathons.

Raymond Bertazzo
From working with Nonno in his shed and Franco (Pappa) teaching him his art of pattern making in the foundry, to a purpose driven state of the art fabrication facility has been a learning journey every step of the way. Joining the Military at 15 years old as an Army Apprentice was the grounding he needed and Raymond developed a broad range of trade skills, coupled with a clear understanding of respect and teamwork. A year abroad working and living in Italy fuelled his passion for craftsmanship, design, form and function. Returning home he met his wife Trudie, coming from a similar strong family base and a passion for her hairdressing trade the match was made. Encouraged by Trudie they founded Bertazzo Engineered in 1996. Raymond focused on fabrication and mechanical side, Trudie focused on finances and personnel. Driven by the never ending lust for technology, innovation and the need to always challenge the norm, Raymond and his team today look towards a better future for our industries and our nation as we all learn to work together. When not at work you will find him in their veggie garden, open water swimming, on his bicycle or enjoying time cooking for his family.

Why are we here?

Our Strategic Purpose.

The purpose of Business Wodonga is to foster a World Class Business Community Our target market is all businesses from Wodonga and across the immediate region who aim to be innovative, to grow, to collaborate for the good of all and who can see a vision for Wodonga and the broader North-East Victoria. These businesses also share Business Wodonga’s Strategic Purpose. Business Wodonga strives to build a #strongerwodonga through the services offered.

Businesses Membership services include:

Be Connected.

Develop sound working relationships

  • Events
    • Business After Hours
    • Coffee Connectors
    • Members meetings
    • Education events
    • Tradie After Hours
    • Key speakers
  • Business Women Albury Wodonga
  • Young Business Edge
  • Mentor programs
  • Member marketing
  • Member to member discounts
  • Weekly newsletter

Be Represented.

Have a voice
Be supported

  • VCCI’s services
  • Senate inquiries
  • Key stakeholders
  • Major issues
  • Promotion of efficient and orderly development of community and commercial facilities
  • Weekly newsletter

Be Well-informed And Resourced.

Information gateway
Strategies for improved business performance

  • See calendar of events and get involved in one of the many opportunities
  • Key speakers events to inspire, inform and educate
  • Leadership training and advice
  • Learn from other members
  • Important links such as Fair Work, Safety, Human Resource Management
  • Workshops, discussion groups, courses, webinars
  • Business Diploma – La Trobe
  • VCCI services
  • Valuable links, tips and tricks, ‘How to’s’ articles on website
  • North-East Small Business Festival

Our Structure.

Business Wodonga is a Not for Profit membership-based organisation governed by a Leadership Team (the Board) made up of business leaders from the Wodonga community.

The Leadership Team provides the strategic direction for the Operations Team to develop and implement. The operations team currently consists of a CEO, a Business Development Officer, a Communications Officer, and an Events Coordinator.

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