The inaugural Cooma Connect was held on Monday 26th February at the Altair Motel, with almost 40 people from local business, government and community associations attending the meet up. Cooma Connect not only attracted Cooma locals, but also saw representatives attend from the Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce and a number of businesses travel from the Snowy Mountains.
Business Connect is an initiative run by business for business across the Southern Inland region of NSW. In early 2018, some proactive businesses thought that Cooma needed its very own business networking event each month. The informal catch-ups allow businesses to engage with each other, discuss potential collaborations, speak to their local council or state and federal government representatives, or simply ask questions or share innovative ideas.
The evening was opened by Simon France from AusIndustry who spoke about the purpose of Cooma Connect and the importance of collaboration in the community. Simon has assisted in establishing Connect events all over the Southern Inland region and has seen many exciting opportunities and relationships formed from the meet ups.
Next to speak was Charlee Hommen, manager of the Altair Motel and one of the key organisers involved in Cooma Connect. Charlee spoke about her desire to work closely with other businesses and groups to provide a better service to customers and visitors to Cooma.
Olivier Kapetanakos from the Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce then spoke about the Snowy Monaro Business Excellence Awards, a partnership between Snowy Monaro Council and the three Chambers of Commerce that celebrates the success of local businesses. Olivier called for applications and offered assistance and mentoring for businesses looking to apply.
Gabrielle Curtin, from Snowy Hydro, welcomed everyone on behalf of Snowy Hydro, a key supporter of Cooma Connect and spoke about her vision for Cooma Connect and her hope that it will continue to grow throughout 2018.
Andy Willis from Working from Anywhere in Tathra also spoke about his business. Andy helps people to transition their business so they can work from anywhere and spend more time outside of the office. He uses cloud-based tools, such as G Suite, to allow people to access systems wherever they are. He also runs various workshops around ‘Digital Auditing’, which helps businesses to find the tools and technology to make their business life easier.
Special thanks to the Altair Motel for hosting the event and providing the delicious food, as well as Snowy Hydro who sponsored the drinks for the evening.
Cooma Connect is held on the last Monday of every month. The next Cooma Connect will be held on the 26th March 2018 at the Altair Motel from 5.30pm. All local businesses are encouraged to come along – it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded businesses and discover new business opportunities.
Cooma Connect is proudly supported by Cooma Chamber of Commerce, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Snowy Hydro, Regional Development Australia Southern Inland and AusIndustry.