Liz Koh updates members on some of the current projects which are funded by member subscriptions. “With low overheads and considerable volunteer input, our subscriptions remain at the very low end of Chambers nationwide,” says Liz. All those who have paid by 31 August will receive a laminated membership card with details of member discounts available.
Welcome to the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce membership year, running 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. This is an exciting time for our Chamber, with our profile as “the voice of business in the Kapiti region” continually rising which in turn provides us an opportunity to have a say on behalf of all our members, in relation to the many and varied local Kapiti issues that affect business in our region. We are now in our third year as a Board and have retained representation on our Board across many of the business sectors in the community. These sector representatives work alongside our Kapiti Coast District Council representative, our Electra representative and the Executive officers covering the Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary and Treasurer positions.
We are working on several projects with particular focus on membership and revenue growth to provide more paid resources to your voluntary Board; our website has been re-designed and we encourage you to visit it to update your profile and upload your member to member benefit (wouldn’t it be great if we could all pass a benefit onto the membership). We continue to advocate on behalf of our members on the many issues including KCDC’s Long Term Plan. We are again a supporting sponsor of our Electra Business Awards, that recognize excellence in our Kapiti and Horowhenua business environment.
We continue to hold our bi-monthly Business After Five events (BA5), which are free to members, with great turn-outs and also have several other interest groups operating under our umbrella, including Women in Business and the Kapiti Business Network that meets monthly on a Monday evening. A new initiative we are trialling this year is the Training after Five events (TA5) with the first very successful one held in June showcasing the upcoming changes in the Health and Safety legislation. Our monthly newsletter, the Kapiti Business News reaches 950 subscribers, so extends beyond our membership out into our region. This newsletter is a great place to economically advertise your business and if you wish to pursue that, contact the editor, whose details are included in the newsletter.
If you have any feedback, please feed it through to us, as your Board always welcomes your views and as your Chair, I look forward to seeing you at our networking events and trainings throughout the year. The next Kapiti Chamber of Commerce AGM will be held in October and we will be promoting the details of that over the next few weeks.
Chair, Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce
p: 04 297 2294, m: 021 313 339