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Dear Members,

Wow the summit program is done; 22 speakers, a great insight into what works are planned for our region. The final plan for the Economic Summit was completed, and tickets are on sale on Eventbrite.

Congratulations to the organisers of the Mingenew Expo who pulled together a great event. It was wonderful to attend on the Wednesday with a new member, Liam Richards from Liam Richards Designs, who had never attended. This year the set out of the marquees was slightly changed around and I thought it worked very well. Many of our local businesses were there. Tyreright exhibited for the first time and feedback was very positive. It was well attended from figures I have heard, and the weather was very kind. It is the season for the agricultural shows in our region with Mullewa this weekend and Chapman on the 1st of September, followed by Northampton.

Shine Aviation had their open day last Saturday which was highly successful, with many taking advantage of the opportunity to fly over town for $30 per person. Many Chamber members visited and bought their children along to see the array of planes Shine Aviation had on display. I think there might be a few more people hooked on becoming a pilot; Shine Aviation is able to help, just give them a call for tours and training on 99233600.

Last week I visited one of our members Steph at Rogue Pony on the North West Highway. Steph has certainly increased her stock range, not just the Horsey supply store, but with a whole range of clothing including many of the brands of jeans previously stocked by Bennetts. She has a wonderful range of race day hats and fascinators, and a great range of casual clothes for all ages. When you next go along the Northwest highway stop in and say hello to Steph and shop local for your jeans.

Last night we had the August Business After Hours hosted by Dagleish Catering and Geraldton Party Hire, what a great night, food made by real chefs was superb and no one went home even slightly hungry for sure. A few new members attended which was great and one member commented on it was great to see so many women attending. The next BAH is on the evening after the summit and is hosted by Ian Blayney MLA.

One of the benefits of being a member of the Chamber is if you have under 100 (used to be 30) employees you can utilise the free HR advice line of CCIWA. This can help you with all sorts of HR issues which might arise in your business. Interestingly 1039 companies used the service in the first half of July. A number of our Mid-West Business’s use this service and find it a great benefit from their membership of MWCCI.