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    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
    Friday, February 01, 2019
    A state-of the art CCTV system comprising of 23 imaging devices is now operational in Caloundra after more-than a decade long campaign for increased safety in the CBD area.   The fight for CCTV ignited in 2007 after the bashing death of lifesaver Josh Mills at a taxi rank in Caloundra’s CBD, signalling the need for enhanced security measures. The now completed CCTV system is the product of a ...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
    Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    As local business is now firmly positioned in competition with global online businesses, customer service is becoming increasingly crucial. Creating a better experience for customers and looking for more effective and tailored approaches has been proven to be one of the most successful principles in retails defence against online business. First impressions count and knowing your patrons by name ...read more
    Thursday, November 08, 2018
    A street back from Bulcock Beach, you will find the perfect balance of beauty and relaxation. Continually innovating their services list to match the demanding trends emerging in the beauty field, Blend Hair and Spa strive to do things differently.  With more than three decades in business under her belt, Jeanette Marshall is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to successful marketing, finding ...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
    Tuesday, October 09, 2018
    Learn how to get out of your own way and think diferently with Duncan Wardle  Disney has long been at the forefront of creativity and the exploration of bold new ideas - cementing its market worth of over $150 billion dollars. Forged by the genius of Walt Disney himself, this company has secured a culture of innovation and creativity which continues to produce internationally consumed ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Caloundra Weekly Column
    Friday, October 05, 2018
    Bolstering your Business Arsenal this SummerA few words from Michael Shadforth Whether you are strapped for time and resources working every role within your business or are comfortable with your product from years of steady growth and regular customers, the prospect of added risk is daunting. However, within this accelerated business climate that we all reside the risks associated with stagnation ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Friday, September 21, 2018
    The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce will today announce they will be progressing with the installation of the $140,000 Federal Government funded Caloundra CCTV security system in the Caloundra business precinct.   With the project stalled at a Sunshine Coast Council meeting in March this year, the Chamber has committed to implement the security system in collaboration with the Federal and State ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Press Release
    Thursday, August 02, 2018
    Due to popular demand, the Caloundra Street Fair has launched a brand new fresh produce section to Caloundra’s Sunday favourite. As people are becoming increasingly self-aware of their environmental footprint, they are continually searching for local and sustainable lifestyle and shopping alternatives. The new fresh produce section is not only fantastic news for the Caloundra Street Fair, and ...read more
    Categories: Caloundra Weekly Column, Chamber, Community, Human Interest
    Thursday, August 02, 2018
    The inaugural Sunshine Coast French Festival, which graced Caloundra last weekend, was successfully brought to life through a culmination of community spirit, multiculturalism and local ambition. Organised by Caloundra locals, Lynette Croft and Ken Smalls, this dynamic team of Francophiles created a lasting impression in Caloundra and abroad. The festival was designed to enrich the event tourism ...read more
    Categories: Caloundra Weekly Column, Chamber, Human Interest
    Thursday, June 14, 2018
    Sentiments of growth and investment have been cemented into the Sunshine Coast’s psyche over the past few years through unprecedented levels of progress and development.  CALOUNDRA, in particular, has been at the forefront of this growth with the welcomed construction of the new and vibrant Aura Community, which is set to provide homes for an additional 50,000 Caloundra residents.  While the ...read more
    Categories: Economic, General News Article
    Thursday, May 17, 2018
    An application by Caloundra Chamber of Commerce for additional closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to be installed in the Caloundra CBD was today (May 17) approved by Sunshine Coast Council, subject to a range of conditions being satisfied.   The public space cameras will be in addition to the 42 that council operates and maintains on the Sunshine Coast, including 18 already in Caloundra, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article, Press Release
    Thursday, April 26, 2018
    Caloundra Street Fair will come to life on International Dance Day this Sunday to celebrate the iconic Bulcock Street market’s 16th birthday. In celebration of this milestone the bustling markets will provide live dance entertainment and lessons to get everyone up and on their feet.    The Caloundra Street Fair will feature four local dance groups throughout the day, buskers, roving Latin dance ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article, Press Release
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
      The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of Caloundra Tourism, is introducing a progressive professional development program to the Caloundra region this year which will vastly improve the regions service industry.  The Welcome to Caloundra Professional Development program aims to revitalise the service culture of frontline staff and build a network of trained ambassadors who are ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article, Press Release
    Friday, April 06, 2018
    Representatives from Google Australia will visit the Sunshine Coast on Thursday 12 April to hold a free training seminar for local business leaders. The ‘Digital Garage’ event came about as a result of a collaboration between Federal MP Andrew Wallace, the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and Google Australia.Mr Wallace said that he had been working hard since last year to seek out Google’s ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Press Release, Chamber, Education, Political