Letter from the President 2020-03-25T11:25:12+00:00

25 March 2020

A message from your President.

Hello Members.

It would be an understatement for me to say this is a very challenging time for us all, not only trying to survive in business, but also worrying about the health and futures of our families.

There are however small things that we can do to help each other here in Wodonga.

For several years we have claimed the mantra “Building a World Class Business Community.”   That last word is very important. Community.

Before I tell you what the Business Wodonga Team is doing going forward, here are small things each and everyone of us can do to support our currently fragile business community, especially in the hospitality sector.

I offer my apologies to Member Businesses not mentioned, as it is impossible to name you all, so I’m going from my own recent experiences.

  • If you order a meal in from any business offering home delivery, do it directly with the provider, not through a multi-national App, that not only charges you a delivery fee, but also charges the business a commission. Keep more of our local dollars invested in the local small business.
  • Fact: if you order through a certain home delivery app, even if the restaurant delivers the meal to you, they still pay the provider of the App a commission for doing so through them.
  • If you need a drink at home, let’s spend it with some of our local hoteliers through their bottle shops, such as The Birralee Tavern.  The Premix King is a great choice as well. Did you know that Jim there has a massive collection of local wines?  Buying there supports our whole region.

The Business Wodonga Team is also proactively working to find new ways that we can support you.

  • Our website has a dedicated page of resources detailing support on offer to you, including the Federal Government’s Stimulus Package.
  • In addition, we are looking at how we can provide you with more personalised support in relation to services and funding options available to you.
  • We are creating a “Members Only” site.  Through this Group we can share ideas, provide support to each other (YOU ARE NOT ALONE!), provide updates on businesses open and changes to their services, and even offer each other special deals, if that helps you stay afloat.
  • We are striving to provide a clear, simple overview of the latest announcements, rules and recommendations, stimulus measures in the one, easy to find spot.
  • We’ll be a running a serious of webinars with our local business experts from various sectors helping to interpret what it means for local businesses. We ran one on Monday on setting up for working from home and will provide a pdf of the contents on the members only portal that is currently in development.
  • Business Wodonga’s social media pages and newsletter have provided clear, relevant information on Government updates, stimulus packages to help ease the mountain of information currently being provided from multiple sources.
  • We have formed an alliance with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and with your Business Wodonga membership you also have the Essential membership package with the Victorian Chamber. This allows you 2 free calls to the Advice Line for HR support. If you would like to access this support, please contact Business Wodonga at [email protected] and we can organise this for you. This offer is only available during the Coronavirus crisis. On Monday next week, Linda Griffiths-Brown from Total HRM will be delivering a webinar on a HR response to the crisis so stay tune for further details.

We are a member not for profit business community. Our Operations Team and volunteer Leadership Team are doing our best to be there for you in a practical sense. Please reach out to the Operations Team on any one of their contact options, email, phone or social media channels if you need support.

Please play your part by supporting each other and most importantly do the recommended steps to avoid exposure to this disease.

Finally, please note the Business Wodonga staff are working largely from home for the foreseeable future. You can continue contacting them via phone, email, social media and teleconferencing.


Graham Jenkin

Business Wodonga