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    Monday, November 11, 2019
    Congratulations to all of the finalists, participants, event organisers and winners of last weekend’s back to back awards ceremonies.  These awards truly showcase the array of spectacular people and businesses here on the Sunshine Coast.  Friday night’s Queensland Tourism Awards and the Saturday’s Sunshine Coast Business Awards were attended by nearly 2000 people at the newly constructed Novotel ...read more
    Monday, November 11, 2019
    Article by Tony Smedley from the Red Cross Caloundra.  The Caloundra Branch of Red Cross have created a Community Social Services Hub which aims to serve as a one-stop shop for a range of services for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness and for community members who may face barriers to accessing social services.  The Red Cross Caloundra Branch / Employment Service is ...read more
    Thursday, October 31, 2019
    I recently attended the Combined Government and Business Forum put on by Sunshine Coast Business council, which honed in on the important topics of infrastructure and investment.  While there is so much content to unpack from this event, that I will lay out in future columns, today I really want to focus on the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit strategy. Mass transit is simply a form of public ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    Make more money with this simple strategy. There has never been a better time to market your business than right now! The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce presented marketing mastermind and host of Australia’s leading podcast ‘Small Business Big Marketing’ Tim Reid at our signature Better Business Breakfast last week.     From years of experience working for one of Australia’s largest ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce have pledged their support to the SEA Caloundra mixed use development application set to be lodged to the Sunshine Coast Council which would enable the development of a 5,289m2 site on Bulcock Street.  The first development of its kind in Caloundra for over decade, this project signifies a major milestone for the southern end of the Sunshine Coast and Caloundra ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, September 20, 2019
    In this article, I’d like to shine a light on Caloundra and make mention of the incredible transition we are currently going through in our town and how we, the Caloundra Chamber, are contributing to this.   Just a few years away in 2026, our little seaside town of Caloundra will be home to the largest population on the Sunshine Coast.  On this note, I am proud to say that the Caloundra Chamber, ...read more
    Friday, September 06, 2019
    Data is the new oil. However, like oil this cash cow cannot be accessed without the proper infrastructure.  In the last year we have created as much new data as had been created in the previous 5,000 years, and much of the value that we will offer customers tomorrow will be derived from the way in which we collect this data today.  This is where the forward-thinking work from the Council in ...read more
    Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    While many of us in business are now quite familiar with the term ‘digital disruption’, it takes hearing from the likes of former Facebook CEO and the international authority on digital transformation, Stephen Scheeler to truly understand its implications.    Speaking at the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce Better Business Breakfast last Friday, Stephen shared inside stories with the crowd of over ...read more
    Thursday, June 13, 2019
    The International Submarine Cable build is underway, but what does this really mean to business on the Sunshine Coast? As the Sunshine Coast plugs into the International Broadband Network through the undersea fibre cable landing in Maroochydore the region is pronouncing its proactivity and readiness for the jobs, education and infrastructure of the future to the rest of the world.  At the ...read more
    Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    It was a great privilege to be part of the Sunshine Coast Daily lunch featuring not only economic futurist Bernard Salt but to also have our premiere, Annastacia Palaszczuk, as part of the conversation of our future, which looks overwhelmingly bright.   The Sunshine Coast is one of four Queensland municipalities where the expected rate of growth is significantly ratcheting upwards. This means we ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic, Political
    Thursday, May 02, 2019
    Are you experiencing growth in your business, or expecting significant growth in the near future? Perhaps you have an innovative new product ready for commercialisation and need assistance getting it to market? Are you a manufacturer with a cutting-edge project in mind that requires advanced equipment or innovative technologies and/or processes?  Or maybe it is as straightforward as admitting ...read more
    Thursday, March 28, 2019
    A few words from Michael Shadforth    Customers today have more choices and options available to them than ever before.  Where once it was relatively easy to provide a unique product or service in your surrounding area, you now have competition constantly at your heels from businesses with new and different approaches.   With the ubiquity of online retailers with international products, ...read more
    Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    While there has been much said in the past few months regarding the International Submarine Cable and its benefits for the Sunshine Coast, it is important to note that this forward-thinking project has far wider implications for the business community than simply being able to watch YouTube faster.  We do not know how far this single game-changer project can evolve the entire face of the Sunshine ...read more
    Thursday, March 07, 2019
    While financial specifics currently dominate the argument surrounding the efficacy of the Caloundra Music Festival, it is important to note the vital role this community event plays in the broader economy of Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast.  An additional $4 million was injected into the Caloundra and Sunshine Coast community in 2018, via the incredibly popular, family friendly Caloundra Music ...read more
    Thursday, March 07, 2019
    Stepping through the doors of the brand new Your Mates Brewhouse, you are hit with an immediate sense of pride as if by just being a Sunshine Coast local you have some personal stake in the thriving craft beer business.    While the countless schooners of Larry that many Caloundra locals have enjoyed over the last few years does not actually equate to having skin in the game, it is clear the ...read more
    Monday, March 04, 2019
    The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce have launched a professional development program designed to help local businesses deliver a memorable experience for Caloundra visitors and local customers alike.This project was first given life by the Stockland Aura Community Grants program and has since received support from Sunshine Coast Council grants program and Visit Sunshine Coast. It is based on the ...read more
    Thursday, February 21, 2019
    If you’re a growing business in the likes of Sydney or Melbourne, you can move to the Sunshine Coast and rent cheaper office space, get better connection to the rest of the world and your staff can live in a cheaper house – all with a better lifestyle.  This is the outcome of the State of the Nation breakfast event that the Caloundra Chamber held last week which featured Mayor Mark Jamieson, Head ...read more
    Categories: Caloundra Weekly Column
    Tuesday, February 05, 2019
    While the Sunshine Coast is best known for its pristine coastline and golden sand beaches, a growing list of modern niche food and beverage outlets are quickly proving the quality of our hospitality and agribusiness sector. With the rise of micro-breweries from Noosa into the Hinterland and through to Caloundra, internationally competitive café’s such as Lamkin Lane, phenomenon’s such as One ...read more
    Thursday, December 20, 2018
    Christmas has come early for the Caloundra Police Station with 20 of the 23 state of the art CCTV cameras online and operational thanks to a $140,000 Federal Government grant sourced by the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce. Through a collaboration with retailers, property owners, the Caloundra Police Service and Federal member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace the cameras now line the street from the top ...read more
    Monday, December 17, 2018
    With the distinctive red floral emblem plastered across its chic black shipping container premises, Coast café chain Izba Espresso have managed to develop an iconic and enigmatic character that is so often over-engineered. As the café culture on the Sunshine Coast has certainly reached maturity and a heightened level of sophistication and service is expected, Izba has not only managed to compete ...read more
    Monday, December 17, 2018
    A recent Sunshine Coast Daily commissioned poll regarding the top priorities of Coast residents, alongside the recent City Pulse SEQ report which measures the comparative ‘live, work and play’ elements, have produced some interesting results for our region.   The City Pulse survey derived that poor regional connectivity, due to less effective transport infrastructure is a major constraint to ...read more
    Wednesday, December 05, 2018
    Hurtling across a Soviet era skyline at the whim of mother Russia’s icy gusts a giant Mickey Mouse hot air balloon, the symbol of American Capitalism, descends over the walls of the Kremlin.   Armed with Kalashnikovs and the stereotypical fluffy round ushanka’s upon their heads, Soviet guards shouted at the incoming intruders floating towards them. “You know what they wanted?” Duncan ...read more
    Monday, December 03, 2018
    A few words from Caloundra Chamber of Commerce President, Michael Shadforth. A message that I have been pushing for quite a while now and something that I find to be incredibly empowering for business minded people everywhere is the inherent capacity of anyone and everyone to scale your idea nationally and internationally from right here on the Coast.   The Sunshine Coast last week hosted our ...read more
    Thursday, October 25, 2018
    Whether you prefer an espresso to a piccolo, two sugars to an equal or instant to barista made - the delicate flavours within each cup of coffee hold an intriguing story.       This captivatingly rich obsession, consumed over 2.2 billion times per day, is the product of an inherently complex and dynamic process.  Purposefully blended with beans from around the world: sewn, grown, picked, dried, ...read more