Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce July Newsletter

Amanda Checken - Executive Officer

PO Box 7435 Dandenong 3175
9794 8881
0488 012 494
Click here to email Amanda
Upcoming Events

Premier Regional Business Award Breakfast
Wednesday 29 July, 7.00am
Sandown Greyhounds
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Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce AGM
Wednesday 15 August, 8.00am
Venue TBC

Grand Final Charity Lunch
Wednesday 30 September, 12.00pm
Sandhurst Golf Club
Bookings open soon
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Premier Regional Business Awards
July Breakfast - BOOK NOW
The 2015 Premier Regional Business Awards will mark the Silver Anniversary of what has been recognised as one of the most respected awards programs in the country. This year's breakfast event will be focusing on the last 25 years in the Greater Dandenong area, what people have done and achieved during this period, and where the region is headed now. The celebratory year will be capped off with a massive Gala Celebration in March 2016.

Guest Speaker: Professor Geoff Brooks
Professor Geoff Brooks is responsible for co-ordinating and developing manufacturing related research and education across Swinburne University of Technology. His own expertise is in the field of process metallurgy and he has published over 150 papers on various aspects of steelmaking, aluminium and magnesium production. Geoff has held senior positions at University of Wollongong, McMaster University in Canada, CSIRO and is now Head of the High Temperature Processing group at Swinburne University of Technology. He received his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 1994; he has a Degree in Chemical Engineering at RMIT and a Bachelor of Arts from Swinburne. In 2013, Geoff was awarded the John Elliott Lectureship by the Association of Iron and Steel Technology, acknowledging his contribution to metallurgy around the world. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers.

Registration details
Members and their guests - $50.00 per person (inc GST)
Non-members - $65.00 per person (inc GST)

Please download and return your registration form by Friday 24 July to

Chamber Business Networking Event Recap

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Chamber Business Networking Event, held at the Drum Theatre on Thursday 9 July. Over 60 people came together on the stage of the theatre for a great night of networking. It was very exciting for us to also launch our new-look website and thank you to Jim Schaefer from The Schaefer Group who was on hand to show off all their work on the website. Thank you also to Greg Hordache and all the staff at the Drum Theatre for hosting the event.

Photos courtesy Business Times

NEW Chamber Website

We are pleased to announce that the new Chamber website is up and running, so please make sure that you take the time to check it out! The website has a new fresh look, is much easier for visitors to navigate and to also find the information that they are looking for. A big thank you to The Schaefer Group who are facilitating the website update.

2015/2016 Chamber Membership

By now all members will have received via email their membership renewal invoices. To help support the local business community, we would be grateful if you could renew your membership as soon as possible.

The Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce offers you the opportunity to meet other local business people, in a region well served by business groups that cover retail, manufacturing, financial, legal and commercial services. We see the role of the Chamber as the 'connective tissue' of the business community.

This is also an excellent time to join the Chamber if you are not already a member. For information about membership, please call Amanda on 9794 8881, or download the membership application form here.

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Save the Date - Grand Final Charity Lunch
Wednesday 30 September
This year's Grand Final Charity Lunch will be held on Wednesday 30 September, 12.00pm, at Sandhurst Golf Club. This is a fantastic annual event that has raised over $70,000 in the past ten years for some very worthy charities. For 2015 we will once again be support the Make A Wish Foundation.

We have confirmed our guest speaker for this year's event, but we are going to keep it a surprise for a little bit longer! Stay tuned to find out which former champion player will be speaking about their experiences this year!

Please put this date into your diary NOW to avoid missing out!

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City of Greater Dandenong
 15/16 Business Grants
The City of Greater Dandenong has launched its 2015 -16 Business Grants Program. Grants of up to $8000 each plus a marketing and business mentoring package valued at approx. $2000 are on offer.

Grant categories include:
   -  Business start up
   -  Business growth
   -  Business relocation / expansion
Expressions of interest close 21 August 2015 at 4.00pm. For further details:
Council’s Economic Development Unit: 8571 1550 or
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City of Greater Dandenong
Lunch with the Mayor and CEO
We would be delighted if you would join us for an informal lunch with other local business leaders. This luncheon event provides an opportunity for you to talk about your business and your organisation’s current issues, as well as trends that your industry is experiencing. It will also enable us to discuss Council projects which may be of relevance to you and your business and how Council may be able to work with you in the future.
Friday 21 August 2015, 12-2pm
Dandenong Civic Centre
225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong
Places are limited, bookings are essential:
Please RSVP by Thursday 13 August to:
Phone: 8571 1550
Yours sincerely
John Bennie PSM, CEO, and Sean O’Reilly, Mayor
City of Greater Dandenong
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Congratulations to Cabrini Linen Service
A big congratulations to one of our Platinum Members Cabrini Linen Service (and Cabrini Health) for being named the Corporate Citizen for 2015 in the Victoria Day Awards announced on 1 August 2015.

Cabrini Linen Service in Dandenong South, which provides employment opportunities for people who might otherwise struggle to find employment, including recently arrived migrants, long term unemployed, homeless, at-risk youth and people who have suffered mental illness or addiction. The Cabrini Linen Service has more than 140 staff, representing 32 different cultural groups including 41 staff from the local community comprising ten refugees and 31 locals.

For more information on this fantastic achievement, click here

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