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Welcome to the Hills & District Chamber of Commerce - a friendly and supportive business group bridging the Ferny Hills, Arana Hills, Ferny Grove, Keperra, Mitchelton and surrounding districts. Established 1992, our Chamber is not-for-profit and is affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.
If you are involved in a business and live or work in the Hills Districts, why not register for the next meeting - new members and visitors are always welcome.

Slithery guest expected at Big Breakfast

The Snake Sheila is expected to bring a slippery guest with her when she attends the Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce Big Breakfast charity event on September 14.

She is the star of Animal Planet’s top rating international TV series “Snake Sheila” now in its second season. Julia Baker is well known for inspiring and motivating people of all ages across the globe to challenge their fears, set goals and achieve – and this Mother of two has certainly walked the walk.
It started with an incredible Bucket List drawn up and completed after a tragic event in 2008 and now she is on a mission to show and teach others how they too can achieve their goals & dreams regardless of age, background or culture. ​

With a long list of personal and professional achievements under her belt, she has transferred herself from being a depressed overweight divorced Pastry Chef to a Snake wrangling, acting, Chopper riding Super Mum with 2 Businesses, her Dream Man, a TV series and a Speaking Career.

Julia’s mission in life is to prove that no matter what your past or circumstances are “If you can dream it – you can achieve it!”

She is in constant demand to appear on popular TV shows such as “The Project”, “Sunrise” and ABC Radio.
Besides being loved by viewers for her entertaining skills and sense of humor, she has also earned the worlds respect for her brave no-nonsense approach to life and of course catching and handling the most venomous Snakes in Australia. 

Unique, down to earth, funny, warm and wise – Julia will be inspiring our Big Breakfast audience on 14 September, enabling participants to see their own potential plus send them home with a proven set of strategies they can use to achieve.



Ron Crump

I have just returned from a small overseas break in Thailand and I am still processing the many experiences.​

Probably the most important of which was the great gulf between the “Haves” and the “Have Nots”. Ironically the “Have Nots” seem to have more than the “Haves”. Commerce is chaotic, hours are long repetitive and arduous and returns are small relative to our nation yet things get done.

The people, their smiles, humility and genuine welcome was an experience from which many of us can learn. I cannot remember the number of times that staff in the resort, in town, in Tuk Tuks would ask “when will you return to visit us again”. In my experience many people in our tourism industry might adopt these simple ways that are so effective.

So it is in our day to day business we tend to look for that one giant step that will grow our businesses exponentially over night. The key though is in the “increment”. That is, all the little things that we do moment by moment to be the best or provide the best for our customers. Little things like cleanliness ease of access to a product or service or simply a genuine smile or thank you.

I am confident that I have learned quite a deal from the “Have Nots”. It is easy to forget or take for granted this great country we live in with its own great people.

Our Big Breakfast Committee has done a sensational job and all is in readiness as we run down these final few weeks. Please purchase your tickets now.

We all know that in today’s world it is difficult to find a good garage for vehicle maintenance and repairs and one that we can trust. I commend to you Ross Pickering and his staff at Samford Garage just near the round about as you enter Samford. Ross is a major supporter of the Chamber and has been so for many years. We thank him for sponsoring our guest speaker Julia Baker “The Snake Sheila”.
Until next time, Ron

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Upcoming Events
2016 Big Breakfast
Facilitator Ian Plowman amazed us all with his knowledge at the July meeting.
Members neetworking over breakfast before the guest speaker at the July meeting.

Vice President

Kellie Pamic

It has been a wonderful month to see how much chamber members are willing to support each other in the wider business community and just what that can achieve.  The more effort we put towards building genuine relationships with other members the stronger the rewards are over time.  If you are feeling out of the loop or wondering how you can contribute give me a call or drop me an email. ​

MasterMind Groups
Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in joining a Chamber Mastermind group, we are still taking expressions of interest. Essentially we are going to arrange a few groups of people who will meet monthly or more if it makes sense, to tackle current issues and problems together. The group will lean on each other, provide opinion, share connections and support each other. Email me if you would like more information.   Kellie


Leonard Whittaker

We had 45 in attendance at our July meeting and our Member Speaker Ian Plowman from Picabeen provided us with Co-operative Conversations part 2, an engaging and thought provoking presentation (see photos from the last Breakfast Meeting above). Committee Chairperson reports were given by:

  • Awards Committee - Rob Carmody
  • Big Breakfast Committee - Bruce Kimball
  • Commerce in Schools - Ron Crump
  • Development & Advocacy Committee - Ron Crump
  • Membership committee - Kent McDonald
  • PR & Social Activities Committee - Alisa Cork
  • Women & Business - Kellie Pamic
Business card draw was won by Chris Hansen, Curves Mitchelton.

The take a card and contact a member program continues to has produce worthwhile outcomes for those making the effort. The Table Discussion revolved around a recap of Ian Plowman’s last session: The value of small groups, name tags, difference between introverts and extroverts, why we need turn taking, why we need to be concise, why we should never disagree. Membership now stands at 78.  Leonard


Chairperson | Scholarship Committee
Craig Cooper

A reminder nominations for the 2016 Scholarship Program close September 30. If you know a Year 11 student heading into year 12 in 2017 that attends one of the local high schools, have them check the chamber website to see how they can win $750.00 to help them in their final year of School. ​

Financial Position Statement at August 14 2016 
Cash in Bank -                   $15,137.51          
Scholarship Program 2015 $     807.38
Balance                            $14,330.13

Public Relations

Executive Representative
Alisa Cork

Recently I spoke to a Chamber member who was feeling a little down heartened by the lack of contact from other members who might have taken his card at breakfast meetings. I, for one know how beneficial these coffee meetings can be and urge you for the sake of your own business, to reach out and make the call in the days following the meeting so that you have time to set a date for your catch up.

I have loved hearing about other people's stories and found that I have benefited from the tips and strategies that others are willing to share with me. It's almost like a free consultation - especially with those people who offer professional services. 

Please also keep us updated with events and changes in your business and where we can, we will post them on facebook. If you have a story to tell, please share it with the Chamber!   Alisa

Big Breakfast

Chairperson | Big Breakfast Committee
Bruce Kimball

2016 Big Breakfast
6.45am – 8.30am, Wednesday 14 September.

A reminder to members about the 24 August closing date for Early Bird ticket purchases.
There are a limited number of seats for sale, and we strongly encourage members to purchase their tickets sooner, rather than later – the clock is ticking…...

This year, we are pre-selling raffle tickets on-line – ($5, $10 and $20 bundles). We are also taking bookings on-line for a photograph ($10) with our guest speaker, Julia Baker with/without her ssssscaly “friend”.

Make sure you don’t miss out on what will be a very entertaining Big Breakfast event. All net profits raised are being directed to selected local charities. Enquiries – Brian Battersby 0418 878 508.  Bruce

Development & Advocacy

Executive Representative | James Niven

The Development & Advocacy committee is currently looking for members who want to assist in the external promotion of the chamber to businesses in the Hills District. We are currently working on a fundraiser for the Hills District PCYC and also on the connection between local businesses and their community along with connections between the chamber and all levels of government in order to gain insight into what's happening in our region.  James

New Members

Executive Rep & VP | Joanne Harding-Smith

Hello to a fresh new financial year.  In July we welcomed 4 new members, please join me in making them feel welcome and take the time to get to know them and their businesses.

• Cameron Stanley – Arana Leagues Club
• Paul Crooks – Paul Crooks Advertising
• Vanessa Atzeni – Atzeni Accountants
• Dean Weston – Jax Tyres Mitchelton

   Joanne and Kent

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