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Snowflakes? No, but I think you all deserve an award.

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So the Avon Valley awards is over for another year and it was a corker!!

We had a significant increase in the number of applicants and I for one under estimated the time it takes to put the whole show together. Sleep – whats that?

Our amazing judges scored more than 75 different businesses many of whom submitted multiple applications. Our adjudicator then had the serious business of coordinating scores for more than 160 entries for the 15 categories.

Once the scores were in and the finalists identified ,  there was the unfortunate task of advising unsuccessful businesses of the outcome. I heard it was for some “How to ruin a weekend”.

Well, for most businesses it was not a case of “your application was not good enough”, your application did not deserve to win”, it simply came down to your application score was not in the top 5.  ie there were 5 other applications that scored higher.

It doesn’t make your business any worse than theirs, it doesn’t mean your business is doomed. Your score in any other year might have been a finalist, but this year,  you and (in some categories) 20 other businesses did not end up in the top 5.

This however is cold comfort when you’ve had a cracking year, made great developments in your business, maybe expanded, taken on new staff, new premises, reached an awesome business related goal.

Don’t be disappointed, you ARE to be congratulated because there are some out there who didn’t even enter. They fell at the first hurdle. Good on you for taking stock of your business and writing a submission. I salute you. Good work, great work. You wrote your application, the passion was there, it was a cracker, but. . .  as they say, no cigar.

Well you know what, so what. You know you’ve had a cracker. It would be nice to get a public acknowledgement of that and  if I had my way I would have given everyone that entered a medal. What for? For being in business for another year; for not jacking it in and giving up.  Because its hard, it’s REALLY hard.  So good on you for being here.

And another gold star if you came to the awards event and weren’t a finalist- THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. Sharing in each others wins.  We’re in this together, building up this region. We should champion each others businesses, refer enquiries and become advocates for each other. Then Team Northam wins; Team Avon Valley wins. We are not each others competition; Toodyay and York are not our competition, the Swan Valley and Midland are the competition.

So I’ll see you at the NCC / NWIB Christmas party on the 6th December and regardless of the Award outcomes, if you entered / didn’t enter, if you come to the Christmas party know you’re a member of the best business related networking group in the Avon Valley. No doubt. We are ROCKING it and will kick some serious business goals in the next 12 months.

With or without a medal.

xx E

21/10/2018 |

PEOPLE OF NORTHAM – HOW VERY DARE YOU!

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Prior to moving to Northam I’d heard the stories – lots of crime, can’t walk the streets, unfriendly town. Nothing to see or do, just a country town in decline.

Well thanks a lot Northam – you’ve shattered that dream or nightmare of mine. I’ve lived in a lot of towns all over the world and I gotta say, who on earth do you think you are? How dare you bring a tear to my eye this week?

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25/06/2018 |

Winter Coats for a Cure

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A community market

The offspring of the Northam Chamber of Commerce and Northam Women in Business is a relatively young phenomenon known as the Northam Farmers Market. Only a mere 18mths old it has started to attract attention as a small baby would for community and charity drives in Northam.

The latest deserving charity at the markets is

“Winter Coats for a Cure”.

This official fundraiser proudly supports the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation and has been initiated by local boy Mason Barr who recently completed a $5km run for the charity raising more than $200. 100% of the proceeds go to the Perth Children’s Hospital – Children’s Cancer Ward 3B and EVERYONE can help in 1 of 2 ways:

Donations

Clear your wardrobe and donate a winter coat to the fundraising cause. It also means those in need can afford a warm coat for winter. Coats and jackets can be either dropped off at the Northam Chamber of Commerce office between 9.30-1 Monday to Friday, or alternatively Mason’s mum, Kate can come around and collect. Who doesn’t have a jacket or coat they no longer need?

Buy a Coat (prices start at $5)

The Winter Coats for a Cure can be found at the Northam Lions Market which meets at Bernard Park every 1st Saturday of the month. Next markets are during the school holiday on July 7th

 

You can also donate directly to Mason’s fundraising page:

https://oncology.everydayhero.com/au/kids-should-live-to-be-99

Stacey and I also had a short chat with Mason to see what this charity drive was all about.

A very worthwhile causeDetails to come….

Posted by Northam Farmers Market on Monday, June 11, 2018

12/06/2018 |

Give a Little, Change a Lot

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Thank you from the Northam Chamber of Commerce

A shout out to all of the volunteers that attended the “Thankyou to Volunteers” event hosted by the Northam Chamber of Commerce at the newly refurbished PCYC on Wellington St, Northam last week.

Thank you for attending, thank you for all the fantastic work you do in our community – you rock!

A special thank you to the following to whom the Northam Chamber of Commerce thanks for their contribution of time and / or financial donation.

Volunteering WA and Lotterywest, Bendigo Bank, Hon. Mia Davies MLA, Hon. Darren West MLA, Hon. Laurie Graham MLC, Gerard Lance from Black Box Control, Taryn Davies, Jane Atterby from PCYC, Angie Roe from Angie Roe Photography,  Jodie Lowan for such a creative grazing table and The Hills Catering Company.

For those that didn’t attend but would like to order a certificate or nominate ANYONE that volunteers their time for a certificate please email [email protected]

Certificates can be collected from the Northam Chamber of Commerce Office from Monday 4th June.

#NVW2018

 

 

29/05/2018 |

Avon Valley Business Excellence Awards 2018

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Nominations for the AVBEA18 are now open !

Following are the 2018 Award categories available for nominations:

  • Best Business with 0-4 Employees
  • Best Business with 5-10 Employees
  • Best Business with 11+ Employees
  • Best Home-Based Business
  • Best New (Start-Up) Business
  • Best Not for Profit Business
  • Ray Head Community Award
  • Community Engagement Business
  • People’s Choice
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee of the Year
  • Northam Women in Business Award
  • Young Business Person of the Year
  • Business Person of the Year

Nomination period Mon 28 May – Fri 6 July 2018

Applications Close Fri 24th August 2018

AVBEA Presentation Awards Night Friday 12 October 2018

Tickets for the presentation dinner will be available from September 1st at Trybooking

Nominate your Business

Nominate a Business

28/05/2018 |

Free Small Business Locator Launched – Small Business Matters

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Small Business Matters is launching its first ever Small Business Locator and a consumer competition to encourage shoppers to Think Small First.

Our aim is to dramatically change people’s mindsets about the value of our small businesses to our community. To do this we wanted to provide an avenue for small businesses to promote themselves and special offers for consumers.

Calling all shoppers… yep that’s you! In the lead up to Christmas… (Christmas is coming) we want you to Think Small First.
So we have introduced a new competition and built a WA Small Business Locator Map.
All shoppers that spend at least $10 in one of these participating small businesses, go in the draw to win $2,000* T & C’s apply
After you have shopped in participating small business, you will be given instructions and a special code on how to register online for the competition.
If you have a fav small business that is not on the map, tag them to get them involved, share here via facebook.
Let’s go shopping!
Small businesses can register their small business via here: http://smallbusinessmatters.net.au/page/small-business-locator

Every small business that registers also goes into a draw to win $500 – pretty good hey!! They also get sent a competition kit with all of the materials they will need. Attached is some more information. This is all possible because of Bankwest’s support. Download the Information Sheet here[Download not found]

23/10/2017 |

Northam Customer Service Challenge

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Received GREAT Customer Service?

Why not pay it forward and nominate the employee for the Northam Customer Service Challenge. [Download not found]
Open to all employees of businesses within the Shire of Northam. Each month a winner will be chosen from those nominated during the month. Monthly nominees will attend the monthly Business Networking Sessions where all nominees will be recognised and the monthly winner announced..
Nomination forms are available on the Chamber website www.northamchamber.com.au and can be emailed to [email protected]

02/01/2017 |

NORTHAM FARMERS’ MARKETS

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nfm-logoThe Northam Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Northam Women in Business have been working together to bring the Northam Farmers’ Markets to Northam.

These markets are held on a fortnightly basis – every second and fourth Saturday of the month at the “Village Green” – the old Fitzgeralds Hotel site. The markets focus on being a fresh produce from Northam and the surrounding areas. Interested stallholders should contact Shari Spatcher whose Email contact is [email protected]

28/04/2016 |

WHEATBELT BUSINESS DIRECTORY

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The Wheatbelt Business Directory comprises a listing of businesses within the Wheatbelt and you are able to access business’s details or search for a particular industry or trade to source a local business.

The database is accessible through the Northam Chamber of Commerce website, as well as Heartlands WA and the Wheatbelt Business Network.

To be included please download the form and return to [email protected][Download not found]

04/03/2016 |
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