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We're here to help our businesses and the whole community to thrive.

6 Reasons why you need to join the Byron Chamber:

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Connect At Our Events

Together we do better! Our regular events provide opportunities to connect with likeminded business owners and establish new relationships with inspiring local people.

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Grow Your Business

Our skills development workshops are designed to assist the growth and development of your business, providing you with the solid foundations you’ll need as your business evolves.

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Advocacy For Industry

With well-established links into local council, the NSW Business Chamber and both state and federal government we provide a megaphone for your voice to be heard.

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Celebrate Your Wins

We regularly celebrate our innovative, inspiring members and their wins, through local media and via our website and socials, as well as provide a platform to spruik about the good stuff at our regular monthly events.

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Member Community

Our members benefit from exclusive member-to-member offers, networking opportunities and direct partnerships with local universities, the NSW Business Chamber, Regional Development Australia and the Byron Shire Council

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Join Our Network

We’re constantly engaging with our key regional partners and exploring ways in which we can shine the spotlight on our business community. We’re focused on celebrating and exposing Byron’s reputation for innovation. Come join us!

You are an important member of our business community.

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Beautiful, Booming Byron

Byron Bay’s Chamber of Commerce (BBCC) is widely recognised for its deeply etched desire to not only support, but also incubate the diverse range of unique businesses that call the Byron shire home.

Our whole reason for being at the Byron Chamber of Commerce is to see local business people, just like you, thriving within our local economy.

Our unique home town is hot right now and we are passionate to see that business opportunities and resulting economic benefits to our local community go hand in hand, to the benefit of all.

And of course, first and foremost, everything we do must be sustainable and protect what is priceless about our home, our community, our culture.

So let’s make the most of this pivotal moment in Byron’s history and help to shape a future for Byron of which we can all be proud.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you and hearing all about your business, so contact us today…

Meet the Board:

Todd Sotheren

Todd Sotheren

President / The New Economy

With a 15 year background in the advertising industry, since relocating to Byron 5 years ago, Todd has focussed on using his experience to assist local businesses – particularly startups – to ensure that they achieve product-market fit and that they communicate the value of their offering to their market in an arresting, captivating and concise way, resulting in consistently high ROI for his clients.

Demonstrating a passion to partner with ethical and sustainable business, to the benefit of the community as a whole, Todd is also an advocate for continual improvement in the quality of local businesses overall, to meet a rapidly changing market and local economy.

“One of the first things I noticed when I came to the region is just how much entrepreneurial activity there really is going on in the region – the diversity of which is truly impressive and punches far above our weight, for such a small local population.

We also have some really very inspiring leaders of genuinely world-class businesses here and we as a Chamber are very much keen to celebrate those success and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”

Todd operates his agency, Creation Theory, in Byron Bay.

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Alice Moffet

Alice Moffett

Vice President
(Role Share)

Vice President, Alice Moffett possesses a wealth of business, marketing, project management and community engagement experience; both in her own business Light Touch Solar and Electrical and through her position with innovative local business, Beeinventive, the company behind Flow Hive.

Specialising in community engagement, including community-based marketing. Alice manages Beeinventive’s international events program as well as designs and manages a broad range of programs that effectively engage diverse sectors of community in the company’s key product – the Flow Hive.

Alice also owns and manages Light Touch Solar and Electrical, which she founded with her husband Tim Hodgson. She draws from her skills and experience in business management and sustainability to position the business as the region’s first qualified installer of Tesla’s Powerwall. She has also passionately created a Community Solar Fund, where a portion of funds from every system installed contribute to solar systems that are gifted to community organisations and installed at zero charge.

Alice sees her role on the board as an opportunity to utilise her skills and passions to engage with and assist in building a vibrant local business community.

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Mark Ryan

Vice President
(Role Share)

A registered migration agent, Mark specialises in Australian immigration law, with a focus on business sponsorship and investment visas.

Mark works with business investors globally as well as a range of SME’s and top tier corporate clients to allow them to attain their immigration goals.

Before becoming a lawyer, Mark’s career encompassed commercial construction engineering/project management – across a range of high rise, commercial, residential and infrastructure projects. Over the past 10 years, Mark has worked with and coordinated teams on major government and private sector tenders with a specialisation of planning and procedural requirements.

Mark draws on his milestones across both the immigration law industry and the commercial construction engineering/project management industry to bring about strategic outcomes for his business clients.

Having been involved in business across many critical, core areas his advice is invaluable to businesses both locally and globally.

Growing up in the Tweed Shire, Mark has always spent a lot of time in the Byron Bay area and is passionate about living in a diverse and continually developing, business environment.

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cathy levins

Cathy Levins-Byres

Secretary / Advocacy

Cathy Levins-Byres joined the board as secretary in October 2018. As an accomplished activation strategist, Cathy is the principal of her own management consultancy business specialising in place management strategy and activation.

Having worked from the coalface to the C-suite, Cathy understands the passion and engagement needed to create a dynamic mix between people and places – plus, the strategy essential to success.
Formerly the Activation Strategist for Darling Harbour, Cathy was charged with ensuring the 60-hectare tourism precinct continued to thrive and prosper during the redevelopment of the entertainment and exhibition centres.
Having previously run her own event management business – Ecco Productions – for 10 years, she has over 25 years’ experience in the events industry across retail, fashion, food and beverage, corporate events, national conferences and government, the arts and community sectors, producing strategic activation from intimate and granular to large-scale festivals in the public domain.
Cathy relocated from Sydney to the Byron shire in 2018, fulfilling a long held dream to live in the beautiful Northern Rivers. Her wealth of experience has her understanding the ingredients it takes to make places thrive with vitality by way of visitor and consumer participation and through engaging public and private stakeholders.

Proud to have chosen the Shire as her home, Cathy believes in integrating with community in an authentic and purposeful way and hopes that her experience and passion for place making can contribute towards positive collective experiences within the region and beyond.

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Matt Davison

Treasurer / Public Officer

A CPA qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience, business owner/operator of True North Accounting, Matt now works with small business owners across the entire Northern Rivers.

Driven by a passion to help build financially sustainable businesses, Matt says he most enjoys assisting business owners to make sense of their numbers.

“I was primarily drawn to the Northern Rivers because of the thriving, innovative and entrepreneurial community (and of course the natural beauty). I am passionate about helping people to build sustainable businesses, so we can all lead a balanced life.”

Matt joined the Chamber Of Commerce board in early 2019, with a view to contribute his skills and assist to raise financial awareness in the local business community.

“By finding creative and engaging ways to deliver the message, I believe we can achieve significant impact and improved financial health throughout our local economy.”

Matt worked as the CFO at community owned, Enova Energy in 2018 and says that the experience was a real career highlight for him, despite a long career in both Australia and the UK of working with start-ups right through to large scale public companies right.

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Katee Blizzard

Executive Officer
(Role Share)

Executive Officer Katee Blizzard is an American Expat who now resides in the Byron shire where she works with purpose-driven business owners to help them make a greater impact on the world.

After managing a team that raised $1 Million for a Children’s Hospital in 2016, she found her passion for helping businesses recognize the value of partnering with causes they care about. Today, Katee uses her passion to support local businesses through her marketing consulting business, Social Greatness Co.

Before moving to Australia, Katee worked at Walt Disney World’s Four Seasons as well as Universal Studios where she worked in everything from customer service to loss prevention/investigations, and beyond. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with degrees in both hospitality and event management and is a certified nonprofit professional.

Katee joined the Byron Bay Chamber Of Commerce with a view to make an impact in the Byron Bay business community by creating new opportunities for collaboration, growth, and networking.

In the future, Katee is planning to facilitate purpose-driven mastermind groups that help passionate business owners make a greater impact on the world.

 

 

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Eddie Brook

Board Member / Advocacy

Since the age of 10, Eddie has been ingrained in the business community of Northern Rivers. Growing up in Byron, Eddie’s Parent’s (Martin & Pam Brook) started the family-owned business, Brookfarm, at the local Bangalow markets which have since grown to employ over 70ppl.

Growing up within the business and on the family’s Macadamia farm, Eddie has always had a fascination with the food and agricultural industries. This led him to an 8 year sales and marketing career within the premium spirit industry.

Eddie returned home in 2016 to start a new family-owned business, Cape Byron Distillery, whereby they business now produces the award-winning Brookie’s Gin.

Eddie is excited to be a part of the ever changing business landscape and help support the shire’s business community to grow and proper for generations to come.

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Kate Hardman

Kate Hardman

Board Member /Events

In the last decade, Kate has worked across a diverse range of events that have seen her travel internationally for both the private and public sector. She has extensive practical experience and knowledge in events management through the production of both small and large scale events.

Kate relocated to the shire from the Blue Mountains in 2017 in anticipation of a quieter life away from the urban sprawl. She loves the challenges and diversity of working in the events field and the dedicated, skilled people who are drawn to the industry. She is driven by her desire to be part of the community and facilitate positive change. Kate is passionate about using events to support social and community sustainability.

Kate was motivated to join the Byron Bay Chamber Of Commerce board because she wanted to use her experience in events management to help create events for Chamber that are beneficial and inspiring to members.

She says “I wanted to be a part of this group of passionate, innovative professionals who really have the ability to create positive change and support the local business community”.

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Louisa

Louisa Ryan

Board Member / Governance

Having practised law both nationally and internationally and with 15 years as a practising solicitor under her belt, Louisa now brings her legal skills and experience to Byron Bay and the Byron Chamber Of Commerce.
Working as an immigration lawyer and multilingual, Louisa is able to connect with individuals and businesses from across the globe to help them achieve their immigration goals to migrate to Australia.
Her work requires legal strategy, discretion and cultural sensitivity to navigate the complex and ever changing landscape of immigration law.
Louisa says she finds her work incredibly rewarding, and often life changing as it allows people an opportunity for a new start in a country that we are lucky enough to call home.
Louisa is the founder of LRG Lawyers, after having nurtured a start up legal practise organically, to reach successful heights with partner Mark Ryan.
LRG Lawyers was recognised in 2016 by ‘Australasian Lawyer’ as one of the ‘top 10 fastest growing law firms in Australia’.
Louisa has a comprehensive understanding of business, across all levels; both as an entrepreneurial business owner herself and through being at the forefront of identifying global and domestic political and economic drivers which, not only impact Australian immigration policy but both local and international businesses as well.
Louisa spends her free time outside of work practicing yoga.
She says, “I absolutely love yoga that’s my thing!” 

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Riley Bachelor

Board Member / Innovation

Riley is the Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific for Trilogy Education

For the last 16 years Riley has been working in the tech industry in both Australia and the US. He has founded a number of technology start-ups in the fashion, e-commerce and education industries.


Riley is a former board member of Fishbuners, Australia’s first co-working space, the Co-founder of TechSydney and CEO of EduGrowth, Australia’s education technology industry association.

Passionate about youth education and jobs, as well as the growing new economy of technology start-ups and innovative food businesses in the Byron region, Riley and his family moved to the area in late 2017.

In his spare time Riley likes to spend time with his young family, enjoy the outdoors and indulge in jiu Jitsu. He and his family decided to move to the shire to enjoy the amazing natural beauty of the area and to build new businesses in a regional area.

As our newest board member, Riley is keen to make his mark and says, “I look forward to contributing to any activities associated with the new economy in Byron Bay and am motivating to create a thriving economy with ample jobs for the future generations.”

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