The Canterbury Bankstown Chamber of Commerce is one of the most active business chambers in Sydney with members from a wide array of industries. It holds a variety of events with the purpose of introducing businesses to one another in order to be empowered, improve, and thrive together. One such occasion is the “Life After Covid” event, which was held at the Bankstown RSL on Wednesday, 29 June, 2022.
The event was a tremendous success which was attended by over 150 small and medium businesses and guests. Mr. Wally Mehanna, the president of the CBCC, started by welcoming the guests and introducing the event sponsors, namely Chess Lending and Capital & Centric, followed by a short introduction to Little Wings by Clare Pearson who explained the mission of the organisation to provide air transport to sick children from rural NSW to access needed medical care.
After the introductions, a panel discussion was conducted, and the members were the following:
- The Hon Eleni Petinos, MP – Minister for Small Business and Fair Trading
- Mr. Chris Lamont – NSW Small Business Commissioner
- Matthew Stewart – General Manager of the City of Canterbury – Bankstown
- Mr. David Alameddine – Director of AAA Removalists
The members of the panel discussed a variety of important topics relevant to small businesses including the importance of the childcare industry and new incentives for it, in addition to how the commissioner for small business can help in mediating small business disputes. Moreover, the small business commissioner distributed a new guide which was issued by the NSW Government entitled “Resolving Business Disputed: a guide to mediation”. Afterwards, Ms. Petinos announced that Small Business Month has been set to November 2022, and the grant to create small business events has been increased to $5,000.
After the panel discussion, an elevator pitch contest was conducted and the winner received a $500 cash prize, followed by the draw for the lucky door prizes. Afterwards, there were plenty of networking opportunities for the members and the guests.
Oz Arab Media congratulates Mr. Mehanna and the Canterbury-Bankstown Chamber of Commerce for conducting such an excellent and well needed event.