Jobkeeper payments

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WA businesses will receive an unprecedented wage lifeline from the Federal Government to help pay staff and protect jobs.

$1,500 per fortnight, per worker

For the next six months, each worker in hard-hit businesses will be eligible to be paid a wage of $1,500 a fortnight.

    • If your small-medium business (under $1bn turnover) has suffered a revenue hit of 30 per cent due to COVID-19, your business qualifies.
    • If your larger business (over $1bn turnover) has suffered a revenue hit of 50 per cent due to COVID-19, your business qualifies.
    • These losses are self-assessed.
    • Full time, part time and stood-down workers are eligible.
    • Sole traders, not-for-profits and casuals who have been employed for 12 months are also eligible

You will need to register your interest with the Australian Taxation Office online. Click HERE

We urge you to visit for more information to help your business manage the impacts of COVID-19.

31/03/2020 |

What are we saying on Facebook?

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17/12/2018 |

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 |

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:

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 and can be emailed to [email protected]

02/01/2017 |



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 |



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 |

Chamber Board Members

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The Annual General Meeting was held on 1 December 2016 with the incoming board for 2016-2017 as follows:

Paul Tomlinson – Avon Community Development Foundation – President Contact details E [email protected] T 0428 928 002
Leonie Knipe – Avon Valley Nissan – Vice President – Contact details E [email protected] T 08 9621 1311
Amanda Marshall – Avon Paper Shred – Treasurer – Contact details E [email protected] T 08 9622 6500
Sharon Lugget-Hassell – Leap into Life – Secretary – Contact details E [email protected] T 0427 472 729
Brant Jansen – Byfields – Contact details – E [email protected] T 08 9622 3200
Sandy Hatherly – RSM – Contact details – E [email protected] T 08 9622 2822
Chris Antonio – Shire of Northam representative – Contact details [email protected] M 0419 220 210
Maren Lavery – Avon Valley Art Society – 0434 123 284 -E [email protected] T 0434 123 284
Catherine Whitely – Commonwealth Bank of Australia – E [email protected] T 0437 780 905

Please contact any of our board if you require assistance with any issue.

02/11/2015 |
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