The Parkes Chamber of Commerce is an organisation for local business people whose common goal is the prosperity and growth of the business sector of the Parkes Shire.
The chamber’s mission is to support programs and events in the Parkes Shire that will lead to overall commerce growth in Parkes; generate funds and provide services for the promotion, education and training of business and industry to the mutual benefit of commerce and the community; and liaise with Council and relevant committees for the improvement of our community.
This year we hope to invigorate the business community by providing timely information, networking opportunities and sourcing education and training opportunities including guest speakers.
The Chamber of Commerce Facebook page regularly posts and shares important information that involves our local community. We encourage not only business owners but also the general public to like our page and if there is any beneficial information to be shared we are happy to facilitate this.
The Parkes Shire – What’s in store for you? Facebook group is like a one-stop group to help promote the wonderful businesses of the Parkes Shire and encourage people to shop local! It is there for local businesses to promote their offers, discounts, specials and events for the benefit of their customers.
Businesses are encouraged to share their upcoming promotions to the group for members to take advantage of what is on offer. Members may also share to help spread the word. It is free of charge and already has over 1,200 members.
Parkes Chamber Of Commerce Events & Initiatives
The chamber’s annual program includes many events and initiatives of which the The Henry Awards Gala Evening is a premiere event on the Parkes calendar. The prestigious night not only gives businesses the opportunity to celebrate their peers’ success, but it is also an excellent opportunity to network and socialise. This year’s event takes place on 19th October. Nominations close on 27th August.
Meet My Business Networking Event: This event is hosted at a local business to network with other chamber members and the host to showcase their business. AA Blatch is the next featured business on Wednesday, 12th September at 6pm with drinks and nibbles provided.
Celebrate our Families Day at Lions Park on Sunday, 18th November: As a business community we recognise the important role our families and friends play in supporting and running a local business.
We will have a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and a chance to socialise on a non business- related level.
Quarterly information sessions: Different topics and guest speakers to help educate chamber members on ways to improve their business.
Women in Business Chamber Networking Group: An idea we hope to grow in the new year. It will be a support network for women in business in the shire, whether you are a chamber member or not. Any- one will be welcome to join and to invite successful women to share their stories.
Website: The chamber plans to update our website to make it more informative, easier to use and more relevant. We hope to feed into our social media as well as create a platform for members to access.