Business is booming
By LUIS FELIU
BUSINESSES at Burleigh have a lot to look forward to this month.
The spotlight will well and truly fall on Burleigh from September 26-30 as its business community showcases local product and services during Burleigh Business Week.
On top of that, the inaugural Burleigh Business Awards, which recognise achievements of local firms and their employees, kick off with nominations closing on Monday.
The events, set to raise the profile of the booming Burleigh business and industrial sector, are being hosted by the new-look Burleigh Chamber of Commerce with support from Gold Coast City Council through its Advance Burleigh initiative.
Chamber vice-president and chair of both events, Michael Hart, said the revitalised chamber had run three successful business breakfasts this year and the awards and business-week events were a natural progression for local businesses wanting to get involved in the wider business community.
"We're spreading our wings into the expanding industrial area at West Burleigh...there is a lot of innovation out here and most people wouldn't know what sort of businesses are here," Mr Hart said.
Project manager for Advance Burleigh, Jo Eady, said Burleigh Business Week and the Burleigh Business Awards were two key initiatives which would showcase the array of businesses in the area and their services.
Mr Hart said his chamber, which was formed 12 years ago, went through a couple of growth spurts with about 150 members at its height.
It had since dropped back to about 70 members.
"We're building it back up now with a new committee and great enthusiasm to promote businesses in the area of which there are about 1500," he said.
The chamber, he said, was not only just a networking platform but gave a forum for communication with all tiers of government to champion issues impacting on local business.
"These range from security issues such as vandalism, theft and hooning, parking issues and new developments here with the traffic chaos that's going to occur," he said.
The chamber's wish list to address some of these, he said, included more police presence with an operational police station or beat in the area.
Businesses wanting to join the chamber are asked to contact (07) 55353866.