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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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Sarah Knight

EO/ Business & Membership

Executive Officer Sarah Knight is actively involved in a broad range of community projects and regularly donates her time to assist with project development and promotion.

Having always loved the Byron Bay area, Sarah took on a role as a journalist with APN News and Media in 2015 that enabled her to relocate to the region. She now spends a large portion of her time indulging her passion for building and supporting local businesses through her ever-evolving consultancy business, Shimmer Creative.

Throughout her career, Sarah has worked across many different industry sectors, including media, advertising and entertainment, hospitality and fine wine, leadership and community development and the NGO and NFP sectors.

Driven by a passion to celebrate and build great ideas Sarah joined the chamber at the beginning of 2018 and now contributes her strategic business development skills to assist our board to create more value for it’s members.

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Ben Funnell

Ben Funnell

Board Treasurer/Public Officer

Ben holds a Master of Business Administration from The Australian National University, he is a certified Project Management Professional and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

He is an experienced executive from the tertiary education sector and has provided business transformation services to professionals in disciplines such as counselling, case management, nursing, psychology, social work and more recently the creative industries through SAE Creative Media Institute in Byron Bay. 

He has managed a number of education businesses – both large and small – and is passionate about learning and growth.

Ben believes that education has a long lasting, positive impact in our communities well beyond mere job opportunities. To this end, Ben is keen to connect young people with local businesses for mutual benefit.

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Adam Collett

Adam Collett

Board Member/Youth And Community Engagement

Adam Collett is the Founder / Director of Encounter Global, a social impact platform providing opportunities for people, organisations and companies making a difference in the world.

After 10 years in New York, Adam returned home to Byron Bay in 2012 and devoted himself to local community initiatives including the Kulcha Jam creative hub and Tekstar* Digital Arts Festival, as well as a number of Indigenous and Youth programs.

In 2016 he launched Creative Foundation, an “agency with a mission” designed to support purpose-driven companies and community projects before going on to open Encounter Byron in the existing Kulcha Jam space in the Arts & Industry Estate.

In early 2018 Adam closed the space to launch Encounter Global with a mission to accelerate the delivery of innovative solutions to issues facing both our local and global community.

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Mark Ryan

Board Member/Advocacy

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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Emma Thomson

Board Member/Events

A self-confessed serial creator of successful businesses Emma Thomson joined the Byron Bay Chamber Of Commerce as a valued board member in 2018.

With an entrepreneurial spirit, deeply ingrained work ethic, can-do attitude and approachable nature, Emma has created four small to medium sized businesses (three of which were created from scratch), and all of which have achieved a 100% success rate.

Emma thoroughly enjoys the journey of building businesses, from concept to reality, followed by the constant challenge of achieving operational efficiency.

One of three original founders of ADR Network Limited (ADR) in the UK, now the UK’s largest supplier of temporary truck drivers to the logistics industry with over 100 million pound turnover. As Managing Director of ADR, Emma led the business through its first significant growth phase (from 2 million to 15 million pound turnover), she then sold out of the business in 2005 at the age of 32.

After 9 years of working hard and fast in the UK Emma and her Aussie husband Greg decided on a sea-change and moved to the sunny shores of Byron Bay in 2008.

Once here, Emma and Greg quickly established themselves in the business community with the revamp of Asia Joe’s on Bay Lane followed by the creation of Miss Margarita Mexican Cantina and later The Mez Club. Somehow they also found time  to have two children and move house eight times! 

“Business journeys are never straightforward! With 20 years experience of creating and growing successful concepts I hope to be of good service to this exciting new Byron Chamber which is committed to making a positive impact on the business community.” Emma says.

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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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Alice Moffet

Alice Moffett

Vice President/Board Member

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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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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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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cathy levins

Cathy Levins-Byres

Board 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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