Welcome back to business in the Canberra region

Suzanne Kiraly 6 February 2017


Does anyone remember that old show “Welcome Back, Kotter”? I know. I know. I am no spring chicken … but the tune was catchy and it echoes in my mind as I write this post.

We are now into February, and the long, lazy summer is behind us (well … the lazy bit, not the heat), and so I am now seeing a plethora of invitations in my inbox from business networks gearing up for another exciting year and intensifying by the day.

I recently attended the Canberra Women in Business “Speed Networking” event (pictured) that is always so popular each year and in 2017, it attracted the largest numbers (75 business owners) for many years. I think this augurs well for business in Canberra. Don’t you? It signals to me that more and more people are venturing into the private sector – and that’s a good thing for the region.

Maryanne Gore of Project Lighting is enthusiastic about the organisation, and is part of its (largely new) committee. She is looking forward to helping to build and grow the network this year. She has this to share about why she loves being part of the CWB network:

“I like being a part of Canberra Women in Business because it is a friendly, supportive environment where you can meet people outside your own industry and share ideas, tips and tactics that can help you in your own work. The guest speakers we have (and our members) are really inspiring. It makes you want to work hard to achieve greater things, both personally and in your business.”

If you are a woman in business, then this is a network for you to consider. It’s a good idea, especially if you are a new business owner, because business can truly be a lonely journey. Their website is at http://cwb.org.au

The Canberra Chamber of Business is highlighting a new collaborative website at www.canberra.com.au, where interstaters are encouraged to live, work and play in Canberra. It’s a very good strategic alliance between many organisations and the ACT government in Canberra. It will enhance and promote the CBR brand, which we all want of course.

We are very fortunate that our Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, is very much focused on growing the business sector, both nationally and internationally in conjunction with the Canberra Airport and the Canberra Business Chamber, with our new international flights that will bring more people here than ever before. This represents strong opportunities for local business, especially those involved in hospitality and tourism.

In fact, the Chamber’s 2030 plan is a key indicator that forward thinking and future focus are high on the agenda in the capital and to those involved in key planning (many organisations actually), we thank you.

Of course, the Chamber is the premium business network in Canberra and joining is a ‘no-brainer’ if you are entering into, or already operating in the world of business here in the region. Robyn Hendry‘s message is:

“2017 looks set to be a positive year for Canberra businesses. Don’t miss out on finding out what new things are happening or planned, and understanding the market opportunities and challenges. There is no better way to gaining market insights than by talking to other business owners, members and the team at the Chamber. Gain support and acquire knowledge through networking in the business community.”

The Chamber’s business bullets indicate a line-up of great events coming up, so head on over to their website https://www.canberrabusiness.com and make sure you subscribe.

As business owners, we are lucky because there are a number of other business-related networks and organisations right here in the capital that can also play a key role in furthering our 2017 business goals. Seek and ye shall find.

My suggestion is to “get connected” in 2017, get good at networking and may you have the best business year ever.

(Photo courtesy of CWB)

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