INCORPORATED after months of organisation, the Uralla Business Chamber is ready to bring a change of pace to local business.
Meeting for the first time last week, members are determining their vision and strategy for the town.
President Teresa French said she saw a need for a collective voice in creating opportunity for Uralla businesses.
“When they had the council elections, there was a town meeting and all of the questions and issues that came up was all chamber stuff,” she said.
“All of the things that people wanted to have resolved were things that a proper chamber would be perfect for.”
As long as we’ve been here we’ve noticed that it’s a ‘Can Do’ town.Teresa French.
Owner of Thunder Graphics with her husband Rus, the pair have had a shopfront on the main street for four years.
Both have been involved in business chambers in their previous town and felt there was something missing when they moved to Uralla.
“There was a collective happening here but that disintegrated just as we got here,” Mrs French said.
“[With the chamber] you have a stronger voice, this is about having a stronger voice with Council.
“It’s more of a coordinated effort to get things done.”
The Uralla Business Chamber provides an opportunity for business owners to consider how they want to market the region, and the town.
It means businesses can communicate more freely and make a coordinated effort to help one another out.
“Everybody is an information centre,” Mrs French said.
“If we physically know each other we can recommend each others’ services and products to visitors.
“As long as we’ve been here we’ve noticed that it’s a ‘Can Do’ town.”
New England North West Business Chamber regional manager Joe Townsend said the business community in Uralla is one that has grown from strength to strength.
“The boutique businesses which call Uralla home are exemplary examples of the benefits regional NSW contribute to the NSW economy,” he said.
“When coupled with the strength of industry such as The Phoenix Foundry, Uralla is a powerhouse in servicing NSW and a welcomed addition to the National Chamber Movement.”
As an incorporated chamber, Uralla businesses will have access to networking functions, workshops and training sessions, and more promotional and educational opportunities.