Kylie Warne informed members at the April After 5 and Annual General Meeting that she is stepping down as Chamber President next month after five years in the role, making her the longest-serving President in Chamber history.
A special presentation was made to Kylie by Vice-President Mark Edmonds (pictured right) on behalf of all Chamber members, staff and directors.
We congratulate Kylie on her contribution to the organisation and look forward to her ongoing input to the Board of Directors.
Congratulations to the following long-term Chamber members (pictured right) that had their membership anniversaries recognised at our 127th Annual General Meeting, held in The Brownlow Stand at GMHBA Stadium on 19 April with the presentation of Member Recognition Certificates by President Kylie Warne.
Click on each business name below to read their thoughts on celebrating these significant milestones.
Geelong businesses continue to be optimistic about the opportunities for growth in the region’s economy, the results of the annual Geelong Business Trends Survey have revealed.
This is the fourth business trends survey, conducted by the Geelong Chamber of Commerce with support from Deakin Business School. The latest findings show that 45 per cent of respondents have high or very high levels of confidence in the region’s potential for future economic growth.
Geelong Chamber of Commerce President Kylie Warne and CEO Bernadette Uzelac were delighted to attend the historic commitment from the Federal and State Governments entering into a Memorandum of Understanding for a City Deal for Geelong and the Great Ocean Road.
This will be the first City Deal for a Victorian city and the fifth to be announced across Australia since 2016.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Acting Premier James Merlino signed the agreement on Geelong's waterfront watched by many key stakeholders.
We were delighted to welcome Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO Dean Salter (pictured right with Chamber President Kylie Warne and CEO Bernadette Uzelac) as guest speaker at our final VicSuper Corporate Partner Boardroom Briefing Series Luncheon for 2017, held at Truffleduck.
As part of his presentation he emphasised the importance of Avalon Airport to Jetstar's operations - and revealed the airline was on track to carry record passengers through the airport in 2017, an increase of 56 per cent in the past two years.
Here's a selection of media coverage of his visit:
Grand Final eve public holiday remains out of bounds
The Geelong Chamber of Commerce reiterates its stance on removing the controversial AFL Grand Final Eve public holiday from the calendar in 2018. Geelong Chamber of Commerce CEO Bernadette Uzelac said the needs of the business community have been overlooked.
Deakin University announced as new naming rights sponsor for Geelong Business Excellence Awards
The Geelong Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce Deakin University will become the new naming rights sponsor of the Geelong Business Excellence Awards in 2018.
To be now known as the Deakin University Geelong Business Excellence Awards, the announcement was made at the 2017 Awards gala presentation dinner held at The Pier Geelong.
Powercor has been involved with the prestigious Business Awards for the past 12 years, including the last five as naming rights sponsor.
Click here to read the full media release on the announcement.
Oishi-m named 2017 Powercor Geelong Business of the Year
Congratulations to Torquay-based children's clothing label Oishi-mon beingnamed the 2017 Powercor Geelong Business of the Year at the Powercor Geelong Business Excellence Awards gala presentation dinner, held at The Pier.
A delighted Oishi-m owner Miyo Fallshaw accepted the award with members of her team (pictured).
She's pictured, second from the right, with (from left) Small Business Victoria Director Barbara Cullen, Victorian Small Business Commissioner Judy O'Connell, Small Business Innovation and Trade Minister Philip Dalidakis and Victorian Multicultural Business Council Chair Rohini Kappadath.
Click here to read Bernadette's message to members about the important role small business plays in our community.
Chamber assists refugees kick start their business ideas
The Geelong Chamber of Commerce is delighted to support the City of Greater Geelong’s KickStart Your Business program that aims to assist multicultural groups develop their understanding of small business.
The four-day KickStart Your Business – A Multicultural Approach program is being launched On Tuesday 20 June as part of Refugee Week.
Chamber CEO to lead Small Business Ministerial Council
Victorian Small Business Minister Philip Dalidakis has made a special visit to Geelong to announce the appointment of Geelong Chamber of Commerce CEO Bernadette Uzelac as the new Chair of the Victorian Small Business Ministerial Council.
The Small Business Ministerial Council is an important link between the Victorian business sector and State Government.
Federal Budget supports growth of small business sector
The Geelong Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see the Federal Government’s recognition of small business as being the engine room of the Australian economy with budget measures designed to support the growth of our small business sector.
Click here to read the Chamber's response to the Federal Budget from CEO Bernadette Uzelac.
State Budget delivers payroll tax relief for Geelong businesses
The 2017-18 State Budget was delivered today by Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas with one of the key announcements for business being a further $221 million cut to payroll tax.
Click here to read the Chamber's response to the State Budget from CEO Bernadette Uzelac.
The Geelong Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for winners of the 2017 Powercor Geelong Business Excellence Awards ‘Business Leader of the Year’ and ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’.
Business confidence in Geelong’s economy continues to go from strength to strength with optimism high for future growth in a number of key industries
Almost half of businesses surveyed in the third annual Geelong Business Trends Survey expect to hire more staff in 2017, while 79 per cent expect their sales to increase and 77 per cent anticipate a rise in profits for the current financial year.
Opinion piece: We truly have a lot to look forward to
Read the opinion piece written by CEO Bernadette Uzelac as part of the City of Greater Geelong's `Our Future' series in The Geelong Advertiser about her vision for Geelong's business community and economy by 2050.
Geelong’s ambitions to become a global centre for innovation and entrepreneurship is another step closer with two projects among the recipients of large-scale grants.
The Andrews Labor Government is accelerating Geelong’s startup community and helping create the jobs of the future through a $1.7 million funding boost from the State’s new $60 million startup initiative LaunchVic.
Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis and LaunchVic Chair Ahmed Fahour has announced the projects that will share in the first round of funding.
The Runway project will receive $1.25 million over four years to establish a major startup hub in Geelong.
Runway will act as a catalyst for innovation in the region, creating new businesses and jobs through mentoring, networks, training and access to venture capital.
BARWON REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP PUTS LOCAL ISSUES FIRST
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today congratulated the seven inaugural community members of the Andrews Labor Government’s new Barwon Regional Partnership.
Regional Partnerships are being established in Barwon, Central Highlands, Gippsland, Goulburn, Great South Coast, Loddon Campaspe, Ovens Murray, Mallee and Wimmera Southern Mallee and will transform the way rural and regional Victorians engage with government, as well as giving people a greater say about their local area.
Ms Kylie Warne, Geelong Chamber of Commerce President, has been appointed the Chair of the Barwon Regional Partnership. Mr Kean Selway, Deakin University Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will be Deputy Chair.
New Chamber alliance will create stronger voice for Geelong business
28 June 2016
A new alliance between the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Geelong Chamber of Commerce will boost the voice of the Geelong business community and enable stronger advocacy on key local issues.
Federal funding to support 'Pivot' jobs of the future
Media Release: The Federal Government's Department of Employment has announced $85,000 funding to support Geelong's digital futures event Pivot Summit for 2016 and promote a ‘Pivot Jobs Drive’ program.
Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson MP officially announced the Department of Employment funding today in Geelong.
Pivot Summit Inc President Leighton Wells said that the tech and creative industries communities are ready and willing to give locals a chance to experience work in these new economy sectors.
The Seeking Refuge Project, a partnership between seven community groups, is looking for $70,000 in donations to fund vital interpreter services for Asylum Seekers navigating the complex protection visa application process.
Approximately 300 Asylum Seekers in the Geelong area will be invited by the Federal Government to apply for protection visas over the next three years.
Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, today announced funding of $50,000 for a project that will identify the economic benefits and make recommendations for using purchasing power and procurement processes to benefit areas experiencing disadvantage in the G21 region.
City of Greater Geelong 2015 - 2016 Budget Submission
Wednesday 15 JUNE 2015
The Chamber congratulates the City on preparing such a comprehensive budget that is both well balanced and responsible. In particular, we note the moderate commercial rate differential of 4.5% which is consistent with most other rate charges in the proposed budget.
On behalf of the business community we acknowledge and appreciate this as a strong measure of encouragement and support of the Geelong business sector.
Geelong Chamber of Commerce to take Smart Geelong Network to the next level of excellence
Thursday 4 JUNE 2015
The Geelong Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Deakin University, will ensure the core purpose of the SMART Geelong Network will continue. This follows the recent public announcement that the current SGN would cease operations by the end of 2015.
Labour Government Secures Future of Avalon Airport
Monday 27 April 2015
The Andrews Labor Government has guaranteed the future of Avalon Airport, signing an agreement with Jetstar that secures operations for the next ten years and expands passenger services.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio, visited Avalon Airport today to announce that the landmark partnership will save up to 200 jobs and prevent the airport from ceasing passenger services.
The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry to examine the performance of the workplace relations framework and identify improvements to it.
In undertaking this inquiry, the Commission has been asked to review the impact of the workplace relations framework on matters including:
unemployment, underemployment and job creation
fair and equitable pay and conditions for employees, including the maintenance of a relevant safety net
productivity, competitiveness and business investment
the ability of business and the labour market to respond appropriately to changing economic conditions patterns of engagement in the labour market
the ability for employers to flexibly manage and engage with their employees
barriers to bargaining
red tape and the compliance burden for employers
industrial conflict and days lost due to industrial action
appropriate scope for independent contracting.
The Geelong Chamber of Commerce prepared a submission to the Australian Government in March 2015. The Government received a total of 214 submissions regarding this issue. To read the submission put forward by the Geelong Chamber of Commerce please click here.
The draft report is expected to be released in July 2015 at which point the Commission will seek further information and feedback.
The inquiry report is expected to be handed to the Australian Government in November 2015. The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process. Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.
Collaborative efforts to revitalise Central Geelong
13 April 2015
Collaborative efforts to revitalise Central Geelong
On a recent visit to Canberra it was interesting to read in the local newspaper about issues in Canberra’s city centre that were not unlike many of the issues we have been grappling with in relation to Central Geelong for some time, such as vacant shops and low numbers of residential inhabitants in the city. As well, issues relating to safety in the Little Malop Street Mall and surrounds have been brought into sharp focus with recently reported incidents of unruly and threatening behavior towards traders. As a city that has so much to be proud of, such incidents can have a disproportionate and negative impact on the way we view Geelong and how we perceive issues such as safety, especially in light of Victoria Police statistics that show crime in the mall has actually reduced.
The current debate on penalty rates has divided many in Australia, with divergent opinions being broadly expressed. For business, the issue of penalty rates paid for weekend work and public holidays is often more about survival and sustainability than simply making more money.
Around 97 percent of businesses in Geelong are small, family owned businesses. Many of these small business operators have worked hard to build their businesses to a point where they can employ staff. Commonly, the small business owner has made great sacrifices, both financially and personally, in order to just stay in business, let alone grow it.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Powercor Geelong Business Excellence Awards, celebrating business excellence in the Geelong region for micro and home based businesses right through to large businesses, public sector, and not for profit organisations. Information sessions are now being held and for the first time members of the general public can nominate a business that they consider to be excellent.
As the organiser of the Awards, the Geelong Chamber of Commerce encourages all businesses to consider entering one of the nineteen award categories and potentially being crowned as Geelong’s Business of the Year in 2015.
Chamber wins funding to support Geelong small business
Business building workshops and mentoring will be offered to small businesses from throughout the Geelong region in an expansion of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce’s successful Small Business Smart Business program.
Federal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson awarded the Geelong Chamber a $600,000 grant to allow the continuation and expansion of Small Business Smart Business, which has delivered thousands of hours of training to small business operators over the past two years.
Geelong Telephone Company (GTC), a local Geelong company operating for over 34 years, has been awarded the network infrastructure installation contract by Appselec. As the project’s electrical contractor, Appselec has supported local business by subcontracting this section of their scope to GTC.
Celebrating the big difference small business makes
Geelong region residents are being urged to get behind local small businesses on Support Small Business Day on Saturday 4 October and celebrate the big contribution small businesses make to the economy and to local communities.
Grants Help Victorians Take Charge of Energy Bills
The Victorian Government has announced a grant to the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council in Norlane as part of a program to make sure all Victorians get the information they need to take charge of their energy bills.
Member for Western Victoria David Koch said grants made under the $1 million Energy Information Fund would see not-for-profit community organisations delivering information about the electricity market to hard-to-reach Victorians.
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Investing in jobs for the future
Media Release: Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson MP, has urged innovative businesses in Corangamite and Geelong to apply for funding under the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund which closes on Thursday.
Media Release: Creating Geelong jobs will be easier for small business after the Federal Government moves to scrap costly, unnecessary and time consuming red tape and regulations in Parliament tomorrow.
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer, For Early Completion Of The Geelong - Bendigo The Goldfields Rail Link
Press Release: Rail Revival Alliance President, Noel Laidlaw, has welcomed the generous support of former Deputy Prime Minister to the Rail Revival Alliance's push for the Geelong – Bendigo the Goldfields
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Chamber collaborates to support Land 400 bid
Media Release: The Victorian Coalition Government is providing $60,500 from its $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to support the appointment of a specialist defence consultant to secure an Australian manufacturing solution of world-class armoured military vehicles for Geelong, Victoria, and Australia.
New design gives businesses fast access to key info
Media Release: Small businesses on the Bellarine will have faster, easier and simpler access to key information for running their business with the redevelopment of the Business Victoria website ( www.business.vic.gov.au). The website has been redesigned for optimal use on all devices including mobiles, tablets and desktop computers so information can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
The introduction of the Kokoda Program into the Geelong region in 2013 has provided another avenue through
which young people can be re-engaged. It has also provided an opportunity for police and local
business people to have more involvement and provide a positive role model and relationship with young
people who have had (or potentially will have) contact with police.
Media Release: The six month trial to restrict trucks in Central Geelong starts Monday 3 March 2014. Three community information sessions will be held to explain the restrictions and what they mean for Central Geelong traders, residents and the truck industry.