Committed to Small Business
The Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism is committed to working with local businesses to help them survive and recover after the Covid-19 crisis.
Following initial information sessions and the launch of a Business Impact Survey, Chamber has been busy filming promotional videos of survey respondents to showcase the innovations and services provided by local businesses.
The aim of the videos is to encourage the Hinchinbrook community to shop locally and support small businesses during, and following, this unprecedented event.
The resounding message is to support those who support the community, with many businesses having introduced services such as free delivery, phone and internet orders and drive-thru windows in addition to social distancing measures and the highest hygiene standards.
While these videos on Facebook reveal the more visible Chamber activities, in the background the management committee is formulating strategies and considering options that will assist business following the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions.
The recovery phase of managing the impact of the pandemic will prove critical to the wellbeing of the local economy during uncertain times.
Chamber has initiated preliminary conversations with the Department of State Development and Department of Small Business and the Management Committee will be lobbying to various levels of government for a variety of mechanisms to support the business community.
Further to this, the committee has made a submission to participate in a national television marketing campaign and has applied for a grant to help fund resilience activities.
Chamber acknowledges that it cannot be successful in all endeavours and that it is therefore necessary to pursue a number of avenues to aid recovery efforts.
Similarly, businesses are encouraged to access resilience funding that remains available following last year’s monsoon event in addition to newly released Covid-19 specific assistance.
Anyone who would like more information or assistance is encouraged to contact Chamber via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone President Rachael Coco on 0414 698 610.