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Welcome to the Brisbane Southside Chamber of Commerce’s new newsletter

Here you will find all things business and networking, with member spotlights, upcoming event information and resources for small businesses.

This is a great opportunity for members and sponsors alike to get themselves out there. If you’d like to be a part of next month’s newsletter, please reply to this email letting us know what you have to share. 

Terri Cooper | BSSC President

The Chamber has attended the CCIQ policy meetings to discuss the challenges currently being faced by small business owners.

Some of the issues under discussion are:

  • Staff and skills shortages
  • Business and disaster recovery
  • Insurance costs
  • Electricity costs
  • Small Business grants process

Please keep us informed on any challenges you are experiencing so these can be raised at the next CCIQ meeting to be passed on to the Minister.
 
Until next month.
 
Stay Warm!

Lucky Tennekoon | Stellario Realty Group

“To believe in something, and not live it, is dishonest.” 

“Stellario” is dedicated to my beloved mother, who along with my father, provided me with wonderful family values – strong morals, principles and beliefs. Our neighbourhood, home and the community were THE most important aspects of our lives. I brought these values to my professional sales career that has spanned over 20 years.

‘Nail That Sale’ with Business Sales Coach Sharon Davies

From BSCC President Terri Cooper:

Our June business dinner was a huge success. Not only great advice from our guest speaker and fantastic networking opportunities, but a stunning sunset and then the glittering lights of our beautiful city from the vantage point of the Lovewell Cafe. We have a great lineup of speakers coming for the final quarter of the year, but we’d also love to hear from you as to what speakers and topics you’d like the Chamber to present.

Prizes included a Studio Pilates session donated by Robyn Papas won by Geoff Webster and a gift hamper donated by Corinne McMillan MP won by Paul Garcia.

Small Business Commissioner | Tax Time Tool Kit

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a tax time toolkit to help small businesses and their tax professionals with their income tax returns.

The toolkit has been updated significantly this year with information on COVID-19 and FBT and primary producers, in addition to the following: 

  • home-based business expenses
  • claiming digital expenses 
  • motor vehicle expenses
  • travel expenses
  • digital product expenses
  • using business money and assets
  • pausing or permanently closing your business

 Access the toolkit here.

CCIQ | OUT NOW: The latest CCIQ Pulse Report on Queensland Business Sentiment

The Pulse Survey has been measuring Queensland business confidence and expectations for more than 20 years.

The survey is unchallenged in terms of being the most authoritative, timely and comprehensive snapshot of Queensland business sentiment, providing critical insights into the opinions of business owners across the state.

Pulse includes detailed measurements on employment levels, turnover and business profitability – knowledge that adds a great degree of confidence to the strategic planning and future investment decisions of your business. 

Download the March 2022 Report.

Brisbane City Council | Business Recovery Hubs

For help with business recovery, come and see Brisbane City Council in person at one of its business recovery hubs. Each day, Council officers and representatives from services and funding providers will be on hand to answer your questions for business support. 

Find out more here.

Jules Smibert | International Trade Management 

Jules has been working in the supply chain field for over 30 years involving international logistics, customer service, supply chain solutions, purchasing, and operations. As a Global Supply Chain Specialist with ITM, today he assists customers, large and small, who are involved in international trade. It’s all about helping businesses find the best transport and logistics solutions, whether import or export by air freight or sea freight, while remaining cost-conscious and delivering efficient processes. Jules’s specialties are: Global Logistics, Freight Forwarding & Customs Clearance Operations, Route Management, Account Management & International Supply Chain Solutions, Sales & Customer Service, and Purchasing & Contract Management. In his spare time, he’s a rescue boat skipper at Volunteer Marine Rescue, Southport.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein

Key Message: Never stop evolving and improving.

Geoff Webster | TAFE Queensland

Providing good service to your customers is crucial to gaining their loyalty and retaining their business.

We aim to be a strong voice for all business through A.C.E. – Advocacy, Collaboration and Education.

ADVOCACY


For almost 150 years CCIQ has been the voice of Queensland business, with a primary focus on advocacy, lobbying and representation. Its advocacy team has built an enviable reputation in this regard, and works to ensure Queensland is the best place to do business. The CCIQ approach is to regularly meet with senior government officials, write submissions to government departments, undertake research and engage with the media – all to grab the attention of the people who can make a positive difference to business.
 
Our focus as the Brisbane Southside Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) is more on local issues directly affecting our members. Whether we need to lobby government or other organisations, whether at a local, state, or federal level, our aim is to assist our members to obtain the best result for their business and community. Our membership includes Brisbane City councillors, and state and federal members of parliament, whose wards and electorates are located on Brisbane’s south side.
 
We invite Chamber members to consider any issues you have that others may share and which the advocacy of the Chamber may assist to resolve.

COLLABORATION

The Chamber aims to be a strong local community voice by reaching our to all local community groups and small business to let them know of the Chamber’s willingness to be a local support network and a community voice funnel. We invite members to share any ideas as to how this could be better achieved.
 
EDUCATION

We aim to promote the increase of knowledge among our members and the business community by engaging interesting and informative guest speakers at our Chamber events as well as facilitating the sharing of knowledge and expertise between members. This could include areas such as:
  • Customer Service (delivery v/s expectations)
  • Building business relationships (customer value)
  • Retaining Staff (salary, incentives, training)
  • IT Systems (lack of program integration)
  • Recruitment (costs, applicant pool, quality)
  • Outsourcing (costs versus doing it in-house)
  • Trading Requirements (terms, contracts, etc.)
  • Marketing (business image, products & services)
  • Promotion (advertising, internet, database)
  • Formal business planning
We invite members to consider how they might be willing and able to contribute to this aim by sharing their knowledge and/or suggesting guest speakers for events.
96.5 Radio

96Five is a faith based Community licensed station broadcasting from Caloundra to Gatton and down to Nerang. We play music from the 80’s to current and are one of the few music stations that is safe for the whole family to listen to.. The station is very listener focused and provides great content to make one feel good about themselves and the world.

Great reasons for your company to consider using us to promote your message:
  • Only 5 minutes an hour of station sponsorship, so it is very easy to have your message heard compared to commercial radio where advertising content can be up to 20 minutes in the hour.
  • Incredible loyalty of listeners to the station and its sponsors.
  • Listeners trust the station, and by association, the businesses that partner with us.
  • Listenership wise, we rank in the top 10 of Brisbane stations.

Adding Value First in Business | Daniel Rodic

Daniel Rodic describes how success is not just achieved through money coming into a business. He explains how finding the value of the business and the people bringing in that revenue is essential.

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Mark the following events in your diary:

20 July 2022
Ian MacPherson – Mount Gravatt Bowls Club

17 August 2022
Brendan Forwood (SBB People) – Newnham Hotel

21 September 2022
Noel Whittaker – Robertson Gardens

19 October 2022
Graham Quirk – Mt Gravatt Bowls Club

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Here you will find all things business and networking, with member spotlights, upcoming event information and resources for small businesses. This is a great opportunity for members and sponsors alike to get themselves out there. If you’d like to be a part of next month’s newsletter, please reply to this email letting us know what you have to share.
Terri Cooper | BSSC PresidentThe Chamber has attended the CCIQ policy meetings to discuss the challenges currently being faced by small business owners.
  Some of the issues under discussion are:
  • Staff and skills shortages
  • Business and disaster recovery
  • Insurance costs
  • Electricity costs
  • Small Business grants process
Please keep us informed on any challenges you are experiencing so these can be raised at the next CCIQ meeting to be passed on to the Minister. Until next month. Stay Warm! Lucky Tennekoon | Stellario Realty Group “To believe in something, and not live it, is dishonest.”
“Stellario” is dedicated to my beloved mother, who along with my father, provided me with wonderful family values – strong morals, principles and beliefs. Our neighbourhood, home and the community were THE most important aspects of our lives. I brought these values to my professional sales career that has spanned over 20 years.
  ‘Nail That Sale’ with Business Sales Coach Sharon Davies From BSCC President Terri Cooper: Our June business dinner was a huge success. Not only great advice from our guest speaker and fantastic networking opportunities, but a stunning sunset and then the glittering lights of our beautiful city from the vantage point of the Lovewell Cafe. We have a great lineup of speakers coming for the final quarter of the year, but we’d also love to hear from you as to what speakers and topics you’d like the Chamber to present. Prizes included a Studio Pilates session donated by Robyn Papas won by Geoff Webster and a gift hamper donated by Corinne McMillan MP won by Paul Garcia.
Small Business Commissioner | Tax Time Tool Kit The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a tax time toolkit to help small businesses and their tax professionals with their income tax returns. The toolkit has been updated significantly this year with information on COVID-19 and FBT and primary producers, in addition to the following:
  • home-based business expenses
  • claiming digital expenses
  • motor vehicle expenses
  • travel expenses
  • digital product expenses
  • using business money and assets
  • pausing or permanently closing your business
Access the toolkit here.
CCIQ | OUT NOW: The latest CCIQ Pulse Report on Queensland Business Sentiment The Pulse Survey has been measuring Queensland business confidence and expectations for more than 20 years. The survey is unchallenged in terms of being the most authoritative, timely and comprehensive snapshot of Queensland business sentiment, providing critical insights into the opinions of business owners across the state. Pulse includes detailed measurements on employment levels, turnover and business profitability – knowledge that adds a great degree of confidence to the strategic planning and future investment decisions of your business. Download the March 2022 Report.
Brisbane City Council | Business Recovery Hubs For help with business recovery, come and see Brisbane City Council in person at one of its business recovery hubs. Each day, Council officers and representatives from services and funding providers will be on hand to answer your questions for business support. Find out more here. Jules Smibert | International Trade Management
Jules has been working in the supply chain field for over 30 years involving international logistics, customer service, supply chain solutions, purchasing, and operations. As a Global Supply Chain Specialist with ITM, today he assists customers, large and small, who are involved in international trade. It’s all about helping businesses find the best transport and logistics solutions, whether import or export by air freight or sea freight, while remaining cost-conscious and delivering efficient processes. Jules’s specialties are: Global Logistics, Freight Forwarding & Customs Clearance Operations, Route Management, Account Management & International Supply Chain Solutions, Sales & Customer Service, and Purchasing & Contract Management. In his spare time, he’s a rescue boat skipper at Volunteer Marine Rescue, Southport.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert EinsteinKey Message: Never stop evolving and improving.
  Geoff Webster | TAFE Queensland Providing good service to your customers is crucial to gaining their loyalty and retaining their business.
We aim to be a strong voice for all business through A.C.E. – Advocacy, Collaboration and Education. ADVOCACY For almost 150 years CCIQ has been the voice of Queensland business, with a primary focus on advocacy, lobbying and representation. Its advocacy team has built an enviable reputation in this regard, and works to ensure Queensland is the best place to do business. The CCIQ approach is to regularly meet with senior government officials, write submissions to government departments, undertake research and engage with the media – all to grab the attention of the people who can make a positive difference to business. Our focus as the Brisbane Southside Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) is more on local issues directly affecting our members. Whether we need to lobby government or other organisations, whether at a local, state, or federal level, our aim is to assist our members to obtain the best result for their business and community. Our membership includes Brisbane City councillors, and state and federal members of parliament, whose wards and electorates are located on Brisbane’s south side. We invite Chamber members to consider any issues you have that others may share and which the advocacy of the Chamber may assist to resolve. COLLABORATION The Chamber aims to be a strong local community voice by reaching our to all local community groups and small business to let them know of the Chamber’s willingness to be a local support network and a community voice funnel. We invite members to share any ideas as to how this could be better achieved. EDUCATION We aim to promote the increase of knowledge among our members and the business community by engaging interesting and informative guest speakers at our Chamber events as well as facilitating the sharing of knowledge and expertise between members. This could include areas such as:
  • Customer Service (delivery v/s expectations)
  • Building business relationships (customer value)
  • Retaining Staff (salary, incentives, training)
  • IT Systems (lack of program integration)
  • Recruitment (costs, applicant pool, quality)
  • Outsourcing (costs versus doing it in-house)
  • Trading Requirements (terms, contracts, etc.)
  • Marketing (business image, products & services)
  • Promotion (advertising, internet, database)
  • Formal business planning
We invite members to consider how they might be willing and able to contribute to this aim by sharing their knowledge and/or suggesting guest speakers for events.
96.5 Radio 96Five is a faith based Community licensed station broadcasting from Caloundra to Gatton and down to Nerang. We play music from the 80’s to current and are one of the few music stations that is safe for the whole family to listen to.. The station is very listener focused and provides great content to make one feel good about themselves and the world. Great reasons for your company to consider using us to promote your message:
  • Only 5 minutes an hour of station sponsorship, so it is very easy to have your message heard compared to commercial radio where advertising content can be up to 20 minutes in the hour.
  • Incredible loyalty of listeners to the station and its sponsors.
  • Listeners trust the station, and by association, the businesses that partner with us.
  • Listenership wise, we rank in the top 10 of Brisbane stations.
Adding Value First in Business | Daniel Rodic
  Mark the following events in your diary: 20 July 2022 Ian MacPherson – Mount Gravatt Bowls Club
17 August 2022 Brendan Forwood (SBB People) – Newnham Hotel21 September 2022 Noel Whittaker – Robertson Gardens19 October 2022 Graham Quirk – Mt Gravatt Bowls Club