As a Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce (WBAC) Chamber member you may be aware of the vital work, at a local level, business chambers do.

The NSW Business Chamber plays a similar role but on a larger scale. According to the statewide organisation it “helps all businesses from small enterprises to maximise their business potential”.

If you own or run a small business and think you might benefit from professional business advice or mentoring, Small Biz Connect could be the answer.

In a recent joint initiative between the City of Sydney and the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner, low cost business advice is now readily available to inner city businesses through the program.

2014 has been a big year for iconic Walsh Bay hotel and WBAC member, Pier One Sydney Harbour - formerly known as The Sebel Pier One.
In February owner Bob Magid handed over the hotel’s management to Marriott International as Accor’s lease ceased.

The Xpand Group, with headquarters in Sydney’s Millers Point, is an award winning, digital, technology, media and communications recruitment agency providing talent acquisition services via offices in London, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney and Hong Kong – with further planned growth into Asia.

Walsh Bay is set to host to a number of initiatives as part of the second year for Corroboree Sydney. Under the creative directorship of Hetti Perkins - the former curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the 2014 event features stand-up comedy performances, panel talks with the cast of ABC TV series Redfern Now, bush-tucker picnics, art installations, exhibitions and Indigenous language talks.

If enjoying a five course degustation menu while sipping on matched Pinnaroo Estate wines, listening to top musical talent and admiring artworks by leading regional artists sounds like a good idea don't delay snapping up the last of the Walsh Bay Arts Table tickets.

The Walsh Bay Arts Table takes place on Tuesday November 11 and this year is a joint initiative of Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce and Regional Arts NSW.
Set against the waterfront backdrop of Pier 2 the event's stunning menu has been generously designed and donated by Walsh Bay's finest restaurants including Dedes on the Wharf, Lotus Dumpling Bar, Seawall Restaurant and Bar, Simmer on the Bay and Sydney Dance Lounge.

October is Good Food Month in NSW and there is plenty on in Sydney to satisfy even the most hard to please foodies.

A number of events and venues in and around Walsh Bay feature in this years official program including the 10th annual beer festival at The Australian Heritage Hotel (October 17-19), ‘Let’s do lunch’ offers ($38) at Hickson Road’s The Dining Room as well as a special ‘Neo-Tokyo’ menu and pop up bar celebrating Halloween at Sake on October 31.  And for anyone looking to sample to best regional wines in the sate don’t forget the NSW Wine Awards ‘Outstanding on the Pier’ on in Walsh Bay on October 30.

Most people are familiar with the Vivid brand as the state’s best-known winter festival of light and music but that’s not the full picture. The people behind the highly successful festival that earlier this year engaged 1.43 million punters are also responsible for one of the biggest creative industry think tanks - Vivid Ideas.

Vivid Ideas is described as: “a summit, forum and playground for the creative industries, where art, technology and commerce intersect”.