With the start of a new year and a new decade, I would like to welcome our new members to KCC and thank our existing members for their ongoing and valued support.
It is my pleasure to lead an exciting new Chamber Committee in 2020 that is dedicated to serving the Chamber and its members:
Jon Elbery – Chair – fortunegreen
Denise Twigger – Deputy Chair – Bas’s and Balances
Stephanie Lee – Treasurer – Imprest Business Services
Mark Leach – Secretary – Mediforce
Kevin Bennett – Rothwood Wedding Venue
Lyn Sykes – Hainault Winery
Peter Stewart – Benchmark Consultants
You can see descriptions and photos of the new committee HERE
Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organisation and your committee is made up entirely of volunteer members who are passionate about supporting and promoting business in the City of Kalamunda.
In addition to our Committee we also welcome our new part-time Manager, Judy Houlahan. Judy’s family history goes back many generations in Kalamunda and she brings strong operational and administrative skills from her years working here and overseas. She is also involved in a number of other community activities. There were some huge staff and committee shoes to fill at the close of 2019 and I’m confident that the current team will continue to effectively promote the Chamber’s objectives. The Chamber’s ability to effectively deliver its programs and remain relevant to the Kalamunda Business Community is largely dependent upon the effective time that our staff and volunteers are able to give.
With this new team in place, I feel optimistic about the year ahead and confident we can bring our members together as a strong community to support one another in the City we call home. Apart from the material benefits of membership I am strongly of the view that businesses will benefit from cooperation and a growing sense of community. Knowing your local businesses, their owners, employees and their respective stories encourages a sense of respect and a desire to transact locally.
This is the business culture that the Chamber would like to encourage.
This year, we are reviewing many of our systems and procedures to become more efficient and streamlined. We are also keen to reach out further to new members from all areas within our City boundaries from High Wycombe and Forrestfield in the West, to Bickley and Pickering Brook in the East, through to the boundaries of Perth Airport and the new Forrestfield Airport Link.
With a population of close to 60,000, The City of Kalamunda offers a diverse range of businesses from industrial to tourism, and retail to rural. My aim is for us all to work closer together and maximise our business opportunities.
To add to this, we are busy re-evaluating some of our existing events, such as our workshops, sundowners, Business Excellence Awards and Young Entrepreneurs Program, as well as reviewing strategy, memberships and sponsorships.
There are some exciting initiatives in the pipeline, and I will share those with you in the months to come as they unfold. Proudly bringing you the KCC Kalamunda Farmers Market, Night Markets and Bickley Harvest Festival
Our markets have become a showcase for KCC and provide an opportunity to sell directly to the consumer, as well as providing fresh produce, entertainment, music, artisan crafts and delicious food for local families, and visitors to our City.
Our Farmers Market runs every Sunday 8am-12pm, in Central Mall. Our Night Markets run from September to April usually from 6-9pm on every third Friday of the month. Finally, the ever-popular Bickley Harvest Festival will again be held on 2-3 May this year along the beautiful Bickley and Carmel wine trails to celebrate the Harvest.
If you would like to know more about participating in the KCC markets/festival, please contact the relevant manager whose contact details are set out below.
Working closely with our Platinum Sponsor Along with the KCC Committee, I am personally most thankful for the close and valuable relationship we share with the City of Kalamunda and appreciate their generous support of our members and the Chamber.
In 2020 we hope to strengthen this working relationship as we work towards common strategic goals.
The benefits of being a KCC Member
Your annual membership offers you benefits to assist your business in development, support, training and promotion and includes:
- A free, financial, operational and strategic Business Health Check worth $500
- Assistance with City liaison
- Assistance with liaison with State and Federal members
- Regular training workshops covering a range of business needs
- A regular email newsletter keeping you abreast of Chamber matters and events
- Promotion via KCC Facebook and Instagram
- Monthly networking sundowners hosted by KCC members and the opportunity to host a sundowner to showcase your business
- Access to networking sundowners and training opportunities through the Mundaring Chamber of Commerce
- Free entry of your business to the Annual Business Excellence Awards
- Discount on tickets to the KCC Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner
- Opportunities to sponsor KCC run events throughout the year
- 50% membership discount at the Perth Hills Visitor Centre to showcase your business (for more info contact 9257 9998)
- A promotional stall at the Kalamunda Farmers Market or Kalamunda Night Markets at a heavily discounted rate (stalls must be in conflict with the markets’ objectives)
- Your business listing in the KCC website directory (www.kalamundachamber.com)
- A discount loyalty card for the Kalamunda Hotel Membership certificate
- A KCC window sticker
- A hi-res Chamber logo for your website or marketing collateral
The Business Health Check is a comprehensive survey with which you can assess the health of all aspects of your business. It will show you what’s working and what needs attention. It will also help you assess what is urgent and what is not. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the health check please contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org to take advantage of this service.
In addition, our Chamber Committee Members have a wealth of experience and knowledge to help you with whatever business issues you face. To help us get to know you and your business better, and to ensure that our Members Directory is up to date we have put a BUSINESS PROFILE FORM on this website. We would appreciate it if you could fill it in and submit it.
Please `Like’ Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for all the latest information on upcoming events.
Working closely with the committee, I am also proud to welcome our new part-time manager, and you might already know our amazing market managers. Our committee and team are looking forward to meeting you in person at one of our sundowners.
For your convenience and future reference below is a list of their contact details:
Judy Houlahan – KCC Manager
(Mon-Fri, 8.30am -2.30pm)
Andrea White – KCC Accounts – email@example.com 0437632126
KALAMUNDA NIGHT MARKET ( www.kalamundanightmarket.com.au )
Andrea White – KCC Manager Kalamunda Night Markets -firstname.lastname@example.org 0416 152 997
KALAMUNDA FARMERS MARKET ( www.kalamundafarmersmarket.com.au )
Andrea White – KCC Manager Kalamunda Farmers Market – email@example.com 0437 632 126
BICKLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL ( www.bickleyharvestfestival.com.au ) Nicole Airay & Rachael Bolton – KCC Managers Bickley Harvest Festival firstname.lastname@example.org 0466 622 332
I look forward to meeting with you and welcome your discussions. Yours sincerely, Jon Elbery Chair, Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce Inc 0418 922 828