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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Shannon Dube​

Member Manager

I am the Member Manager for Business Wodonga. I am new to the area and I bring a background in emergency services. This gives me a unique perspective that I am using to enhance current programs and develop new opportunities for our members.

I am excited to be a part of Business Wodonga’s growth into a vibrant, innovative network of classes, workshops, seminars and events that service the changing and evolving business needs of the members in our local area.

I have a small farm in the surrounding area and raise a wide variety of heritage and rare breeds of poultry, cattle and goats. I love reading newspapers from all over the world, listening to hours of podcasts on a huge range of subjects and playing competitive roller derby in my spare time.

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

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 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!
Wendy-McInnes-Profile

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.

Mary Simcic
Hi I’m Mary. I’m an Organisational Change Manager with 15+ years experience managing change in organisations in Australia. I love rolling up my sleeves and doing change, and I’m also passionate about helping people build change resilience (if they are going through change) and change capability (if they are managing change) and help organisations and people adapt to change. I’m based in Wodonga, Victoria and am able to support change initiative in Melbourne and other surrounding locations.
Jos Weemaes

Hi, my name is Jos Weemaes. Originally from The Netherlands and arrived in Australia in 1981, looking for adventure, breathing space and nice weather.
After landing and acquiring a position in Melbourne, I moved to North East Vic in 1985 and have lived here ever since.
I hold a Masters in Engineering and have worked in many different engineering, management and business owner positions both overseas and in Australia.
What I bring to the table is energy, initiative and a desire to see the job through to the end.
After a life-long very interesting career and upon retirement I decided to give some of my time and energy back to the community. In 2018, I embarked on a study in Hypnotherapy and Applied Psychotherapy.
I now operate Hypnotherapy Centre in Wodonga and help clients to achieve their goals in life, become an improved person, remove phobia’s and resolve their emotional sufferings.
In my spare time I am a Paramotor Pilot and you can see me often at the shores of Lake Hume flying my MotorParaglider. A sport I have been engaged in for 30 years and still love every minute of it.
I am an electronics tinkerer or you could maybe call it “electronics addict”, ham radio amateur, amateur landscape painter, lover of modern science and if you see a white big three wheeled motorbike driving around it will, most likely, be me on it.
I see myself as an inhabitant of this globe, and feel strongly about our responsibility for a clean and healthy earth that we can share in harmony with all other living creatures
To serve the local community, I am a member and Past President of The Rotary Club of Wodonga West and the chairman of Rotary World Peace Bell, an activity to bring a large Peace Bell to Albury Wodonga.

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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 an Operations Team to develop and implement. The operations team currently consists of a CEO, a Membership Manager, an Administration Officer and an Events Coordinator jointly managed by Business Wodonga and Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce.

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