Out Of Area: Orange Business Chamber

Working closely with the Orange Business Chamber, ‘Brand Orange’ is an independent, non-profit organisation promoting economic and tourism development, strategic marketing and community benefits to NSW’s Orange region.

Established in 2007 and with more than 200 business members, Brand Orange is tasked with promoting Orange to continue to grow its appeal to visitors as a place to live and work as well as to encourage investment and economic diversification.

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Cultural Ribbon draft: have your say

The City recently completed a draft strategy to encourage visitors along the harbour’s foreshore - The Cultural Ribbon; Sydney’s nature and culture walk. The proposal outlines a nine kilometre walking trail from Pyrmont to Woolloomooloo and until September 19 is open for public comment.

Read more: Cultural Ribbon draft: have your say

Concierge Famil. It's a wrap

Showcasing the best of Walsh Bay to Sydney’s most influential hotel concierges, WBAC’s annual Concierge Famil took place on Tuesday August 30. Once again the event was heralded as a major success.

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WBAC Member Benefits - Business Propel (recruitment)

WBAC members can access a number of free or low cost business products and services through the NSW Business Chamber. In this issue we highlight one - Business Propel’s suite of online recruitment articles and tools.

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Member Profile. Marie-France Barget

Moving half way across the world and opening a second salon in Walsh Bay with an exclusive French approach are business milestones Marie-France Barget is proud of. But what really drives the owner of Marie-France Group is a passion to help people put their best self forward.

“At the age of 30 I moved to Australia, with the idea of creating an innovative hair and beauty brand. I wanted to start a business that was different to the one my parents created forty years earlier. I wanted a business where I was not the face of but behind a brand that emphasised the concept of team – this is why I chose the brand name 'Marie-France Group,' says Marie-France.

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Out of Chamber. Foodie Fields of Spring at The Loch

The inaugural Foodie Fields of Spring at The Loch in Berrima on Sunday September 18 is a celebration of the Southern Highlands’ spring harvest. The event showcases fresh, local produce from the area’s top producers who in turn share expert tips on farming, cooking and gardening.

Part of Moss Vale Chamber’s new Southern Highlands Food & Wine Clusters experience, Foodie Fields of Spring also features a delicious seven course spring feast using produce grown at The Loch farm and put together by resident chef and farmer, Brigid Kennedy.

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VIVID Sydney ‘17: Expressions of interest

Up a whopping 35 per cent on last year, VIVID Sydney 2016 attracted more than 2.31 million visitors. Such success highlights many exciting future opportunities for Walsh Bay but VIVID is not only about benefits to business and community. Event organisers are currently offering individuals $10,000 towards the cost of curating artworks too. 

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WBAC Membership Benefits: Free Legal Advice

Membership to the WBAC comes with a range perks including free or low cost legal advice through the NSW Business Chamber. So joining up is not just about garnering better local community spirit - it makes perfect business sense too. 

The NSW Business Chamber offers a suite of legal products and services to business members including a telephone advice line, readily available and legally compliant DIY templates through business toolkit, fixed price legal services as well as affordable, personalised legal support.

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Walsh Bay Arts Table: 8 Nov 2016

In celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the theme for the 2016 Arts Table is; “If Music Be the Food of Love,” and plans for the November 8 event are well underway. Co-host and recipients of funds raised on the night, The Song Company, are planning an interactive performance that will delight guests while sponsors including View by Sydney, Sydney Dance Lounge, Pier One and Simmer on the Bay, will supply one course each from the evenings sumptuous degustation dinner.

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Coming up: Save the Date

There are plenty of upcoming events in Walsh Bay including the annual WBAC Concierge Famil (30 August) and Taste Orange@Barangaroo (20 November).

This month’s Concierge Famil will see 10-15 of Sydney’s top hotel concierges taken on a guided tour of Walsh Bay to introduce/reintroduced them to the area’s many ‘off the beaten track” offerings.

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COS’s Business Improvement Grants

The City of Sydney are running a Business Improvement Grant scheme to encourage businesses to enhance their local streetscape to help create more lively and attractive communities and increase consumer footfall.

Funding is currently available through a grant application for shopfront improvements with matched grants of up to $10,000 or, for acoustic audits (for the purposes of live music) with matched grants of up to $5,000.

Read more: COS’s Business Improvement Grants

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