This month Sydney Theatre Company’s Marketing Manger, Campaigns and new WBAC Committee member (Retail/Arts Chair), Gabrielle Keen, talks about her role, what’s coming up at STC and what she loves about Walsh Bay.

“I have been with Sydney Theatre Company as Marketing Manager, Campaigns since May of 2015. In this position I look after all the single ticket campaigns for all STC shows. This involves advertising, print, design, distribution, partnerships and promotions and direct mail,” Gabrielle says.

“What I love most about what I do is seeing work get off the ground- from its initial conception as a draft script, right through to seeing it on stage in its full glory. The workings of a theatre company are truly amazing and it’s so special to be able to go on this journey with the creative team as they finesse their works.

In a bid to encourage an organic yet active style of networking, Manly Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a unique kayaking, SUP Board/Yoga event to bring chamber members and the business community together.

Attracting 50 participants the event, dubbed ‘Escape on the Water,' saw Chamber members and friends paddle from Manly Wharf to historic Store Beach on a double Kayak, courtesy of Manly Kayak Centre. The group then participated in a SUP Board (Stand Up Paddle Board) and SUP Yoga (Stand Up Yoga) session instructed by fellow member, Flow mOcean.

Hosting the event twice - before and after hours on Thursday 23 February, Manly Chamber of Commerce executive officer, Chantelle Hoare, says the goal was to create a unique experience showcasing fellow member businesses while enabling the local community to get together in a non-traditional networking environment.

The Southern Highlands is set to host the annual Moss Vale Rural Chamber of Commerce and the Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Moss Vale Buskers’ Battle over the weekend of 11 and 12 March with a headline act from 2016 event winner, Angus Murray.

Guests can expect to enjoy great food and wine, arts and crafts along with the main event – lots of free, live entertainment! This year the Busker’ Battle, sponsored by McDonald’s Moss Vale, has expanded to include a two-day line-up and more than $7,000 in prize money - including a new People’s Choice Award along with Judged and Encouragement Awards.

"The event is all about bringing community together, showcasing the best of the best in the busking world and showing off our incredible offering of retailers, businesses and some of the finest food and wine products in the country," says Brigid Kennedy, President of Moss Vale and Rural Chamber of Commerce.

Candaice O’Brien is Head of Marketing and Communications at Trippas White Group and new WBAC Committee member, taking up the role of Retail Chair in 2017.

Launching new venues, rebranding and developing new and exciting events and campaigns for Trippas White for more than two years Candaice was promoted to head up the group’s marketing and communication efforts six months ago.

“I have always been a creative person at heart and loved writing and being a ‘people person’. I had some family members in marketing who always used to say I should be in marketing or PR so that’s what I did! In the early days of my career, I joined a Government Affairs and Public Relations agency, working on some wildly different clients, every day was different and I loved it! After having worked with Trippas White Group for some time as a client I was offered a position in the marketing team and couldn’t resist and here I am today,” Candaice says.

Membership to the WBAC delivers a host of benefits including access to The NSW Business Chambers wide range of resources, training, expert advice and events including its regular series of hour-long webinars – an easy, cost effective way to learn new business skills from the comfort of your own office!

Developed by industry leaders, the NSW Business Chambers’ webinars cover all matter of topics from superannuation, workplace relations, tax, marketing, legal and HR issues.

This month we take inspiration from Bondi & Districts Chamber of Commerce’s new initiative to engage young business owners in the area - a concept credited, in part, for bolstering the eastern suburb’s chamber membership by 30% over the past year.

Ignore the energy and success of youthful entrepreneurs at your own peril is the message the Bondi Chamber’s President, Mary Anne Cronin, (inadvertently) gives after launching a Chamber-run scheme targeting the group.

 ‘#BondiDisruptors’ was a name chosen through a Facebook competition run by the chamber to launch a new, youth-lead member concept.

New WBAC member, Cathy Buykx, is the office manager at professional services firm 10,000 Hours. The company is dedicated to assisting clients with high-stakes group facilitation, executive education, and content for big room events.

“My role is to keep the promises we make to our clients. I ensure the vital detail is not missed, and that our clients and colleagues have everything where and when they need it to do the privileged work we are invited to do,” she says.

Joining the six-person team in July, Cathy already vows she’ll never leave! 

New legislation has passed to help protect small businesses from unfair terms in standard form contracts. The NSW Business Chamber is urging small business members to check new agreements reflect these changes and investigate if older versions require updating.

Last month’s Arts Table resulted in a huge $24,000 raised for co-hosts, The Song Company while an exceptional 5 course degustation dinner, served with stunning matched wines and enjoyed with sublime, vocal entertainment was thoroughly enjoyed by all guests in attendance. But despite such success, the event’s immediate future is unclear.

Owing to the redevelopment works at Pier 2/3, the Arts Table may not be able to go ahead in its current format in 2017. The WBAC is awaiting a copy of the schedule of building works to help assist in the planning process, along with confirming the next co-hosts – currently slated to be Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

All WBAC members are encouraged to attend Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce’s Annual General Meeting at Simmer on the Bay on Monday, 5 December from 3pm.

The objective of this important, annual meeting is to elect all committee members for 2017 and to discuss how best the local business and arts community can work together as the redevelopment plans for Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 go ahead.

The rejuvenation of the Walsh Bay arts precinct is a project that will affect most members – one way or another. Working together to discuss solutions as well as to continue to map out viable ways to promote Walsh Bay as an inspirational and unique destination for visitors is vital to success going forward.

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A good turn out of WBAC members ensured our final event of the year, Christmas drinks at Pier One’s new pop up eatery, The Kerrigan, was celebrated in festive style. And along with the celebratory atmosphere, at least one guest came away with a new business lead.

On Monday 28 November, chamber members together with several food journalists enjoyed Pier One’s stunning waterside location while sampling choice items off The Kerrigan’s ‘smokin’ hot’ menu including Aussie fried chicken wings and gourmet burgers, fittingly accompanied by a glass of wine or bubbles.

WBAC member Christmas drinks and nibbles hosted by Pier One Sydney is set to take place on Monday, 28 November.

The WBAC extends a warm invite to all members and friends to attend a relaxed evening to celebrate another fantastic year here at Walsh Bay and to catch up on what is being planned in the local arts and business community for 2017.