As we get ready to hop in to Easter, I thought I would take a moment to address the questions I get asked on a weekly basis in regards to my involvement on the Manly Business Chamber Exec Committee:
Are you the same as Northern Beaches Council?
No, we are separate. Whilst the Chamber often partners with Council on projects, grant submissions or activations, we represent local businesses owners and advocate issues on their behalf.
Is the Manly Business Chamber the same as Chamber of Commerce?
No, but yes! The Manly Chamber of Commerce was established in 1936 then re-launched in 1990, and more recently rebranded as Manly Business Chamber. As a non-profit organisation, it is funded by annual membership fees with all profits invested back into local projects.
Are there other Chambers on the Northern Beaches?
Yes there are a number of Chambers on the Beaches all working to promote local businesses.
Are there geographical restrictions?
Chambers and membership are not restricted by location, the Manly Business Chamber welcomes members from Ryde and Central Coast to Pittwater and Castle Hill, plus everywhere in-between! Recently the opportunity for our members outside Manly LGA to collaborate has seen sub-committees for Brookvale and Freshwater develop, focusing on issues and events specific to these areas.
Are you and the committee paid?
No, we are all volunteers. At a minimum committing to a monthly Exec Committee Meeting each month, plus networking events where possible. Based on skillset the Execs sit on various sub-committees or Council working groups to grow the Manly economy.
What do you get from being on the committee?
Professional development, working with committed local business people, expanding my skill set, developing local connections, utilising my skills for the betterment of my community – and it’s great to be part of a local business community – I have met some amazing people!
I see you and the Chamber everywhere; how do you manage your time?
Carefully! I’m mindful of looking after my physical and mental health and I have an amazing support team managing my diary. Sometimes I have to practice saying no which is good training for me, and my motto is to “lead by example” so I have to be cautious of over-committing or that same team calls me out!
Why would I become a member of the Chamber? What benefits do I get?
Benefits will depend on the individual member and what you’re trying to achieve, that said our most popular benefits would be:
And personally, I joined many different groups but landed on the Chamber as I was looking for a community where I could chat about business in a nice environment without feeling under pressure. Initially I walked in on my own and always felt welcomed and the Exec Officers and the Committee helped smooth the way. It felt professional yet relaxed without being heavily “salesy”.