Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce February Newsletter

Amanda Checken - Executive Officer
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Welcome to 2015

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I welcome you back to the Chamber for what we hope will be another fantastic year. Last year came to a close with the Greater Dandenong Carols by Candlelight - which was a fantastic event and the perfect way to end a busy and productive 2014.

Preparations are in full swing for the Premier Regional Business Awards Gala Dinner - don't forget to book now to secure the early bird rate! This is a fun night honoring some great businesses in the Greater Dandenong area, and a chance for attendees to let their hair down and squeeze in some networking also. We also have a full year of breakfasts, networking, and of course our Grand Final Charity Lunch, and I look forward to meeting you at many of our upcoming events.

If you know of any business who you think may be interested in joining the Chamber, we have a great membership deal for new members at the moment (more information below). If you want any further information about membership please contact our Executive Officer, Amanda Checken, on 9794 8881.

Once again, I wish you all a prosperous 2015!
Robert Downing

Premier Regional Business Awards
Gala Dinner

The Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce invites you, your colleagues and partners to the 2014 Premier Regional Business Awards Gala Dinner, to be held on Wednesday 18 March 2015 at Sandown Greyhounds.

Click here to download the booking form

The Premier Regional Business Awards, now in their 24th year, are a function of the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce and are designed to profile and highlight successful small and large businesses in the region. Nominees are drawn in various categories and the winners will be announced and presented at this Gala Dinner. This year's nominees are:

ATTAR delivers leading practice engineering testing, training and consulting services covering an expansive array of disciplines, including materials engineering, asset conditioning monitoring, floor consulting (including slip resistance) and expert witness services. ATTAR also provides access to the highest level of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) training, consulting and specialist NDT services offered by a single provider, including the provision of private and customised courses.

Exova Warringtonfire is one of the leading testing groups, trusted by organisations to test and advise on the safety, quality and performance of their products and operations. The business started in the early 1990's and has gone through several changes in ownership in the past 10 years. In the last six months it has become part of the international operation Exova, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Foster Street Clinic has been in existence for over twenty years and provides an important service, which has two primary aspects to it. The first is its needle and syringe program where needles and syringes are exchanged on a very regular basis.  Its second service is its primary health care clinic, which it introduces to those people using its exchange program on a voluntary basis.

Future Metals Recycling started in Shepparton in 2005 with two businessmen who purchased the business to develop the land and purchased Fletcher Metals. In March 2008, they established a Melbourne operation and in October 2008, they moved into the green-filled site in Dandenong South. Later that year, the business then purchased another operation known as National Metals in Hallam. The three sites were then consolidated into a single company in 2010.

Norden Bodyworks was found by Ron Anson and Dennis Lantsbur in 1959 with the idea of building commercial transport truck bodies. Norden is synonymous with quality and service in Vehicle Access, Transport Solutions and Fluid Power. Three major divisions make up the company - Norden Conversion, Norden Hydraulic Connections and Kwikee/Power Gear.

Objective 3D is the largest distributer of Stratasys 3D printers across Australia and New Zealand. The business was commence four years ago and had focused in targeted industries such as mechanical engineering and manufacturing, architecture, consumer electronics, dental, education, medical and health care, and animation and entertainment.

Rye Crust Bakery opened its doors in In September 2009, in Foster Street, Dandenong as a bakery, both wholesale and retail.  Its quality comes through on a host of different levels such as in its home cooked meals, but also in the handmade sourdough bread which is made from a sourdough starter that is over 100 years old.

SRX Global is the Australian market leader in electronic manufacturing services. Some of the products that the business manufactures are in the medical field include sleep apnoea machines, hand held ultrasound machines, medical disease diagnostic equipment and metabolism rate evaluation devices. In defense, the company is responsible for Heads Up Display systems for attack helicopters and battery power control systems for foot soldier electronics.

Wastech Engineering designs, manufactures and supplies engineering solutions for the waste and recycling industry throughout Australia. Their products are specifically designed to manage waste and deliver results and solutions where landfill is reduced for the environment's benefit.

Wurth first opened in Australia in 1982 and today the company employs around 550 people Australia wide with its office and warehouse at Healey Road, Dandenong being its national headquarters for all its central operations. It is well on its was to becoming the number one supplier of assembly and fastening materials in Australia due to its focus on customer service.


Membership Special - Join the Chamber and SAVE

If you submit an application for new membership, you will receive 18 months membership for the price of twelve! So if you join as a new member you will be paid up until 30 June 2016!

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, finacial, legal and commercial services. We see the role of the Chamber as the 'connective tissue' of the business community.

For information about membership, please call Amanda on 9794 8881, or download the membership application form here.


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