About the Chamber and how we operate
The Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of over 200 business members, who enjoy a network of support and a combined voice on business and community interests.
The members are currently represented by a Board of eight, including President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
All administrative matters are handled by a paid Executive Officer who is funded 15 hours per week from member contributions.
Rules & Objectives
Click here for the Rules of Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc as approved at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 13 November 2006, with accepted amendments at the Special General Meeting held on 30 April, 2009.
Click here for the Objects of Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc as approved at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 13 November, 2006.
Our MissionWe are dedicated to building a healthy, sustainable, prosperous and vibrant business community catering to all industry sectors. We represent a substantial membership base by acting collaboratively and supporting and protecting our members’ interests. Our chamber is a professional resource for businesses and strives to strengthen and enhance regional economic growth.
Our VisionTo provide the business and wider community with a proactive, ethical and innovative leading organisation that successfully represents all local businesses. Directed by a volunteer, expertise based Board of business owners, we aim to ensure exceptional value to members through consistent delivery of benefits that align with our constitution and core values,
Core Value: AdvocacyOur key objective is to make a positive difference to business in Byron Bay by providing a strong, knowledgeable and unified voice for members. We actively engage with neighbour chambers; local, state and federal government; councillors; tourism organisations; the media; service and community groups by promoting open and clear channels of communication – this ensures the voice of our business community is heard by those in decision making roles. We advocate best business practice and promote excellent customer service standards.
Core Value: ConnectionWe believe a connected business community is a healthy one. We host networking, social and educational events, and our fortnightly e-newsletter provides information on business, workshops, seminars and events happening in the region. The Chamber attracts and assists in the development of new and existing businesses and encourages members to support one another by buying local.
Core Value: EnvironmentWe have the utmost of respect for our natural environment, heritage and town infrastructure. We conduct Chamber business in a manner that is environmentally responsible and encourages our members to do the same. Our directors and members regularly facilitate and/or partake in the maintenance, security, clean-up and beautification of our town for the preservation of its unique environment and culture.
Funded by members through donations:
Clean up Byron – 90% Graffiti Eradication by Christmas 2011
Postcards from Byron – antigrafitti program
Surf Alley and Padmount Stations painted throughout town
Byron Naturally – www.byronnaturally.com.au
Business Breakfasts: Events for members and their staff, with invited speakers. An opportunity to learn how to develop your business knowledge and skills as well as meeting fellow business people and members of the community.
Meetings & forums for all members are held at least 3 times a year, as required.
Networking and News
Business After Hours: An opportunity for members to market their business and provide member networking.
Ladies Lunch: Held once a year.
A fortnightly e-newsletter is sent to all members and includes news, our events, activities and any information which will be of benefit to the members. Advertising space is available.
Byron Business on Bay FM: Information, great music and interviews every Tuesday between 11am and 12 Noon. Contributions to the show are welcome.