Q&A with our Members

Welcome to our member  Q&A.  This month we have asked our members about their upcoming events, current problems, and solutions if any, that their member’s are facing and to highlight one of their members.

If you would like to contribute with your information please contact us.

Caloundra Chamber of Commerce July 2017

What’s coming up for the Chamber.

The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce are leading the way with a brand new event concept that will be held in Bulcock Street on November 25. The Ignite Chilli Festival will incorporate an eclectic program of classes through to competitions, eating to entertainment. To add to the flavour, there will be unique stalls offering products with a chilli twist including; arts and crafts, fashion, street food, jewellery, homewares and lifestyle products with a focus on handmade and local wares. This event builds on the Chilli Eating Competition that’s been held for the last two years in Caloundra and is the first food festival in Caloundra for everyone to enjoy.

We asked the Caloundra Chamber to share a common problem that their members face.

Problem: Not having enough time to work on their business rather than just in their business.

Solution: Step away from the business even when you don’t think that you can and take in something new, some conversations with others, some advice from your peer group and reset your thinking and strategy.

A member Bio :

Natasha and Chris Holloway from The Art Hub Sunshine Coast run a family owned locally based art studio where they offer art classes from drawing to canvas paintings for all ages. They also offer drama classes and activities throughout the school holidays. Natasha and Chris have been active members of the Chamber since October 2016 after opening the art studio in the Strand at the top of Bulcock Street. They now work collaboratively with two other businesses in Caloundra under the banner of Creative Kids in Caloundra and promote children’s classes and workshops.

Supplied by Leanne Layfield – Executive Officer
Caloundra Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc.


Montville Chamber of Commerce July 2017

Set in the Montville Village Hall, St Mary’s Hall and a Yurt, the exhibitors will include award winning professional wedding service providers who work in and around Montville, Flaxton; Maleny; Mapleton, Obi Obi and beyond in the breathtakingly beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.Set in the Montville Village Hall, St Mary’s Hall and a Yurt, the exhibitors will include award winning professional wedding service providers who work in and around Montville, Flaxton; Maleny; Mapleton, Obi Obi and beyond in the breathtakingly beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.Whether brides/grooms are planning a wedding that is grand and elegant, chic and intimate or uniquely distinctive, attending the Village Wedding Expo will help with decisions around which venue, celebrant, florist, hair stylist, makeup artist, photographer, transport provider, cake maker, caterer, dressmaker, stationery provider, etc.The area around Montville, Flaxton and Maleny has become a premier wedding location with expansive coastal views, gigantic ancient trees, lakeside gardens, babbling brooks, country settings and everything in between.

PROBLEM AND SOLUTION : Our continual challenge is to encourage staff from the Main St cafes to park off the Main St.


Montville Yurts Naomi and Jamie started up this wonderful new business less than 2 years ago and due to demand they have already increased the number of Yurts available and increased available options. Montville Yurts are the beautiful and unique solution for alternative wedding venues. Hire a handmade yurt for a beautiful Yurt Wedding. These stunning round structures with their perfect white skins and bamboo poles create a space that is truly unforgettable Our artisan marquees are inspired by traditional Mongolian yurt design. They are handmade, elegant and strong. We have multiple sizes available to create interconnected spaces for you and your guests.

Based in Montville, the most romantic destination for weddings, our team cover the south-east corner of Qld and Northern NSW spreading their yurt love!

Web: http://www.montvilleyurts.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/montvilleyurts/
Email: helloyurts@gmail.com
Phone: 07 5442 9490

Shiralee CooperPresident

Maleny Chamber of Commerce July 2017

Member Bio

Forest Heart Eco-Nursery is your local native plant nursery, based in Maleny
Our aim is for this to be on your one stop shop for local native plants, fruit trees, bush foods, timber trees, native gardens, tools and equipment for Revegetation and Bush Regeneration, books, DVD’s, art and so much more.

The focus of Forest Heart is to work directly with the landholder and the wider community to restore, appreciate, learn about and work with our amazing local biodiversity through education and practical hands on work through gardening, revegetation and bush regeneration. www.forestheart.com.au

Problem solving:

One problem our members face (and this may not just be a problem of rural areas) is ADSL connectivity and service are poor throughout the hinterland with prolonged outages and intermittent delivery. Impacts to business are frustration, loss of time and money working around this issue.

The Maleny Commerce is advocating for an explanation and improvement of service.

SCBWN (Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network) July 2017

What’s coming up for the Network.

On the 12th of August, the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Awards will be held with a gala dinner at the Caloundra Events Centre. Everyone is welcome to come along. The network will be putting on a unique mentoring program in conjunction with the Sparx Bureau. More information to follow – this program will begin later in the year.

Member problem and solution.

Problem: One of our members’ biggest problems is time. How do they fit it all in, lots of our members are busy business owners, juggling work/ family/ health. It’s tricky to fit it all in.

Solution: We ensure that we don’t just have breakfasts events, through listening to our members, we also have regular professional development lunch events and also early evening cocktail events so that our busy members can choose what suits them best. We also think through our speakers in order to assist our members with their business, and their family and their health.

Member Spotlight: Anthea O’Sullivan-Kovacevic – Signal Fox

Anthea is the owner of Signal Fox – Antenna, Internet & Mobile Phone and her company fixes 4G, WiFi and mobile phone signal problems. They’ve been installing and repairing TV antennas and WiFi systems across the Sunshine Coast for over 10 years and their technician has 22 years’ experience in the IT and Radio Frequency Engineering fields.

Anthea believes that everyone deserves to have strong and reliable signals all day, every day, in their homes and offices.

Signal Fox’s diversity of services range from repairing TV antennas, to boosting mobile phone signals in the home/office, to installing wireless internet systems for homes, large holiday resorts and everything in between! Not only do they have an incredible technician, but Signal Fox only use the best technology available right now to improve or boost the signal for your TV, mobile phone, 4G internet, WiFi, digital radio and networking.

With wireless and NBN internet technology rapidly advancing, Signal Fox can come in and make these new technologies work smoothly in your home or office. Their cutting edge equipment and experience makes these problems a thing of the past when you deal with Signal Fox.

If you’ve got radio frequency tech problems at home, in your office or in your investment/rental properties, be sure to connect with your SCBWN member Anthea; she can help you optimise your signals to work at their optimal capacity, which will make your life run smoother with effective technology.

www.signalfox.com.au | 5414 9030 | admin@signalfox.com.au

The members were also asked to share one paragraph on the biggest thing or things happening or happened THIS YEAR for their chamber or organisation:

Sunshine Coast Council July 2017

Sunshine Coast Council plays an active role in supporting and stimulating investment, industry development and innovation across the region.  The Economic Development Team within council are the primary contact for business related events, programs, investment and enquiries.  Through a network of advisory groups, including seven high-value industry taskforces, staff work alongside business and industry to identify and action opportunities to enhance economic outcomes for the region.  Feel welcome to contact at any time.  Email: ecdev@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Anne Lawrence
Economic Development Branch | Economic Development and Major Projects
Sunshine Coast Council

Yandina Chamber of Commerce July 2017

The biggest achievement each year is the Yandina Street Fair run in August. Beyond that, we have been working with Council in building our new toilet Block and other Town centre upgrades and improvements. They have gone well. We have also run a reasonably successful media campaign this year promoting our town around the coast. Our town is building a positive community atmosphere and starting to grow stronger and more prosperous.

Supplied by Rev. David Tidey
Yandina Chamber

Sunshine Coast Business Council July 2017

Sunshine Coast Business Council (SCBC) is an independent membership based organisation, working across sectors to advocate on behalf of its industry and business members with a focus on issues relating to regional economic prosperity.   The business council presents events such as forums, conferences and think tanks to inform and influence regional discussion on economic drivers such as investment and infrastructure, and on matters impacting or creating employment.  We seek to bring high calibre speakers and new perspective to our discussions.  We also seek to work collaboratively with councils, government and industry leaders, and connect business influencers to speak with ‘one vision one voice’ in the best interest of the region.


Upcoming agenda for the second half of 2017:


  • Continuing Think Tank Series 3 – Sunshine Coast Growth Opportunities and Challenges Emanating from the Shaping SEQ Regional Framework.  A discussion with industry, business, councils, academic and interest groups with the series due to be finalized by the end of August 2017.
  • Combined Government & Business Forum to be held Tuesday 26 September 2017.  A discussion between the three tiers of government and approximately 25 business leaders on regional ideas or concerns.
  • Member lunch with key note speaker.  Date to be confirmed for October.
  • Research release:  Review of 2017 census data and what it means for Sunshine Coast and SCBC Focus Areas.  Planned for November.
  • Conference:  Topic and date to be confirmed for November.
  • SCBC AGM and Xmas function.  23 November 2017.


Details of SCBC Strategic Focus Areas,  past events and speakers are available on SCBC website –  www.scbusinesscouncil.com.au



Sandra Zubrinich

Chair, Sunshine Coast Business Council

Glasshouse Country Chamber of Commerce July 2017

Our focus this year was promoting the Hinterland area to the tourism sector.  We are currently working with Council to establish a 5 Peak Heritage Walks, thus linking all the Glasshouse Mountains. This is a project that will keep the Chamber busy for years to come but it will open up the area to tourists and thus give the local businesses a chance to grab some of those tourist dollars. After all, the Chamber is there to look after businesses.

From Ursula Starkovsky, President
Glasshouse Country Chamber of Commerce

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