The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce Inc. May eNewsletter
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MAY 2022



Welcome to The Hills & District Chamber of Commerce Inc. - a friendly and supportive business group bridging the Ferny Hills, Arana Hills, Ferny Grove, Keperra, Mitchelton and surrounding districts. Established in 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 or community group and live or work in the Hills Districts, why not register for the next meeting - new members and visitors are always welcome.
Become a Member
Upcoming Events
Meet Mary Di Marco, the sponsor of the May Friday Night Social event
Mary has over three decades of real estate experience working with property developers, owning and managing rental properties and working as a multi-award-winning property sales agent on the north side of Brisbane.
She is a great listener who understands that the decision to buy or sell, what is in effect a major asset is one that requires much-considered thought and planning.
Her passion for selling real estate has been honed during the past 30 years. She is dedicated to the task at hand and will not rest until she has achieved the best outcome for all concerned.
Mary is also the President of the Hills and Districts Chamber of Commerce.
Contact event organiser Mandy Barker of Message Magnifier with any questions or to discuss future sponsorship opportunities.  Phone 0407 765 723.

Men’s Health Matters

Bouncing back from Challenges was a huge success with 85+ men engaged in conversations about men’s health on Thursday 12 May 2022. Our panel, consisting of retired professional footballer, Darius Boyd, radio personality, Ian Skippen and TIACS counsellor, Kurt Everard, was masterfully led by Michael Crutcher. The panel shared awesome insights and strategies with our audience.
It was wonderful to collaborate with the Now Business Network on this event. Together we raised approximately $3600 for RUOK? and TIACS (which funds free counselling for construction workers and those that support them).
Thank you to the committee, panel, volunteers and guests who all contributed to making the night a success.
Committee photo (left to right - Dave McNair, Darius Boyd, Sheldon Morey, Donna Thistlethwaite and Josephy Panthradil) 


Mary Di Marco

We have had a very busy social month and May is not yet over! Thank you to Susanne Jones and Mandy Barker for all their hard work in organising the Inaugural Women in Business Gala in the first week of May and Donna Thistlethwaite and her team for the Mental Health event fundraiser the following week. It is so good to return to networking opportunities and socials.

You may not be aware, but we now have a Hills and District Men’s Shed specifically to cater for the needs of men. If you feel that you would like further information, have a look at the website or contact the Secretary.

The upcoming events are always advertised on the Events page of the Chamber Website, if you are not able to attend the monthly breakfast and would like to network then consider either a Women in Business lunch or the sponsored Social drinks at the Everton Park hotel. These get togethers provide an opportunity to informally social with existing and potential members.

The Friday night drinks are held every 6 weeks. They are sponsored by a chamber member, this means that you only have to provide your drink and nibbles are provided. If you would like to sponsor an evening contact Mandy Barker, she is the Chair of the committee.

A reminder that the Hills Carnivale is on Saturday 28 May 2022, what promises to be a fun-filled event.

The Women in Business lunch is on 3 June and the Seniors’ Committee are holding a Christmas in July event. Full details are on the Chamber website.

Take the opportunity to meet new members and grow your business networks. I look forward to seeing you at the Social Drinks this evening from 4.30pm at the Everton Park Hotel bistro.  Mary


Stuart Jaeschke

Financial reports for the month ended 30 April 2022. 

Meet the 2022 Federal Candidates Committee

Chair | Brian Battersby


Our Tuesday 26th April 2022 Federal Candidates Breakfast Forum was well attended and hailed a great success also from the forum harmony.
Many Chamber members received comments of support from the 97 attendees, including the 13 attending Candidates spread across the two seats of Dickson and Ryan. 
The photo below is of the attending Candidates with MC Ian Skippen in the centre:

Left to Right for the seat of Ryan: Julian Simmons LNP MP Ryan, Elizabeth Watson Brown Greens, Janine Rees Aust Progressives, Damian Coory Liberal Democrats, Peter Cossar ALP & Axel Dancoisne Aust. Federation Party.  Centre position - Ian Skippen our Event appointed MC.
Left to Right for the seat of Dickson: Alina Ward United Australia Party, Peter Dutton LNP MP Dickson, Alan Buchbach Independent, Tamera Gibson One Nation, Ali France ALP, Vinnie Batten Greens and Thor Prohaska Independent. 
Many photos were taken at this event, too many to list, however a high quality video was created and this can be viewed from the Chamber website via Youtube or this link.
ecoBiz Star Partners have improved their water, waste and energy efficiencies by at least 10% within a year of joining the program. Star Partner Benefits Include:
  • Recognition within the Queensland business community as a leader in sustainable business practices
  • A collateral pack for your use to signify and promote your business as an ecoBiz Star Partner
  • Advantages with certain tender applications, with ecoBiz Star Partners acknowledged as preferred candidates
  • An invitation to CCIQ annual ecoBiz Leaders Forum more details “especially for Small Businesses” Phone 1300 731 988 or email or view info via the link here.
Queensland Government Department “Small Business Grants”
Do you need $ Grant Funding help for your Business. Some grant programs closing soon, but some are still open for a time ahead. Start your search here.
Master Your Mindset to Master Your Business
The Milestone Marker on the 800k walk to Santiago in Spain.
Mastering YOUR Mindset is the key ingredient when taking on any major project. And let’s face it, owning and succeeding in small business is a major project. It may be called “small” business but when you have one it tends to take up your thinking 24/7.
So how can you Master your Mindset? It’s easy to say and not easy to just do. It is so easy to shift into overwhelm when you have so many roles to fill yourself – marketer, accountant, buyer, negotiator, organiser, employer, managing people, promotions etc. And that doesn’t include having a family or private life.
Take time to isolate the roles your business needs and write them down. Then decide on milestones that you want to reach in your business journey. This was a key when I walked the 800km road to Santiago and it will be to your business journey. Don’t OVERTHINK.  FOCUS YOUR BRAINCELLS – they are your biggest ally.
Please consider joining our Chamber of Commerce for this and many more monthly activities as we continue to support both Business and Community to prosper. To join us check out our website  www.hillschamber/membership or just register to attend any Chamber Breakfast forums, (generally) 4th Tuesday monthly or the variety of other forums, and all attendees must book via our website
Any Questions/Queries regarding our Chamber Advocacy or Meet the Candidates committee activities, please contact Brian Battersby via email or his Mobile 0418 878 508.

Seniors Committee

Chair | Judith Heindorff

The Senior Committee of The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce Inc is now up and running with six Committee Members and others made up from some of the Senior organisations in the Hills District and North West Suburbs.
Our Goals for 2022:
  • Seniors lunches
  • Christmas in July 14th July
  • Senior Month 20th October
  • Senior Christmas Lunch 14th December
Isolation and Loneliness Project
  • Gaining funding for and commence our ‘Bunch on Us’ initiative
  • Organise our ‘Over the Hills (and still going) experiences.  Activities in the parks of the Hills area, meeting to do or chat about Books, Art, or Music.  The Arana Hills Library, together with Gail Price from the MBRC Community & Cultural Programs, is supporting us in this project.
  • Assist Seniors to increase their technology skills by using the Library Technology programs (and then going onto other areas of learning).
  • Promoting exiting activities and senior organisations in our community by our newsletter.
It is a big program, with the lunches set and working on the other ‘dreams’ that will come true over time.  You don’t get anywhere without working on a dream. Thank you to our Committee members and helpers.
If you would like to consider joining the committee contact Judith 0431 159 921.

Women in Business Committee

Chair | Susanne Jones

In big Women In Business news we have successfully delivered our Inaugural Women In Business Awards.
The 6th May 2022 saw the culmination of many months work by the Women In Business Committee to deliver the Inaugural Women In Business Awards.
Congratulations to Jessie Jeffery of CyberGuru and Heather Rapkins of Hummingbird House on being crowned winners at this year’s Women In Business Gala Awards Event.
And of course, congratulations also go to all of the finalists (L-R):
We are also very thankful to our sponsors, without whom the event could not have taken place: Final thanks to the suppliers that helped us to pull the event together: We look forward to seeing these great local women grow and prosper in their businesses; please support them if you can.
Our next luncheon event is set for 3rd June, midday to 2pm. Women In Business Award winners Heather Rapkins and Jessie Jeffery will be speaking with us about their award experience and tips for entering awards.
RSVP at the Chamber website

Susanne Jones, Committee Chair | Mandy Barker, Committee Member
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