With business getting tougher with the pandemic, border closures and stand downs of staff, business leaders need every bit of help that they can get.
The Illawarra (Local Government Areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee) is just one of the diverse economic regions, with over 27,000 businesses, which contribute in excess of $17 billion to gross regional product.
The Illawarra Business Chamber is a member-based, not for profit business support organisation that helps to connect, support and grow business across the Illawarra region.
Members gain access to a huge range of discounted products, services and opportunities as soon as membership begins.
For example, Business to Business Marketing is a very effective form of promotion. This includes online and offline promotion plus options of advertising in their eNEWS, monthly mail-out or you can choose a targeted email.
Business NSW representative is Illawarra First that champions the strategic interests of their Illawarra-based member businesses and the Illawarra region as a whole.
They base their policy positions on a foundation of solid evidence and leadership to achieve outcomes that support business growth in our region.
"Initiatives, strategies and priorities are driven by members," Adam Zarth, executive director of Illawarra First said. "Our advocacy is directed at advancing those issues that will make a difference for decades to come."
Key priorities, for example, include improving connectivity with Sydney, realising greater value from existing strategic infrastructure and leveraging competitive advantages to bolster economic growth.
As a leading business organisation in the region, they are committed to representing the interests of their members by providing a powerful voice to all levels of Government and key decision makers.
In addition, they can supply support services you need to help your business start, manage and grow.
Data available to members includes economic trends, population, employment, output, tourism data, workers, business counts, and building approvals.
Also members have access to legal advice, marketing, recruitment, education, human resources, apprentices and trainees, workplace relations, and international trade such as export documentation.
To become a member of the Illawarra Business Chamber, part of the NSW Business Chamber, you can sign up at nswbusinesschamber.com.au/About/Our-Locations/Illawarra-Region or give them a call on 4229 4722.