Bungendore Connect was hosted by Summerhill Road Vineyard on Tuesday night, with Greg Simms from Bungendore Rural Services as MC. The picturesque vineyard provided the perfect venue for local businesses to catch up and enjoy each other’s company with some wine and cheese.
Owner of Summerhill Road Vineyard, Sarah McDougall, introduced the venue and spoke about their growing business and their newly introduced Air BnB accommodation. Sarah often persuades people she meets to stay in Bungendore next time they are driving through Canberra or simply need a break.
Three retail business then delivered three motivating and unique pitches.
Louise, from Wild Rose Organics, spoke about her business and her business moto. Wild Rose Organics sells a variety of local, ethically sourced and sustainable products. Louise spoke about the need to have clear parameters when running a business, something she has learnt from her time in retail. She emphasised the importance of finding a niche in the market and focusing on this.
Kate, from Station Shops, then spoke about her retail store that she bought early last year. As well as offering high quality clothes and homewares, Kate also emphasised the importance of customer service, particularly in a small town. In Kate’s opinion, Bungendore has the chance to become a real destination where each business offers something a little different.
Chloe, from Phils Emporium Op Shop, was the final pitch of the evening. Phil’s Emporium is a relatively new venture that started in response to the Carwoola fires and the need to assist those affected. Phil’s Emporium, in partnership with Anglicare, continues to grow and now sells a wide range of pre-loved items to the Bungendore community and beyond. For Chloe, Phil’s Emporium has two dimensions; it not only offers affordable clothing and products but it provides a sense of purpose and belonging for many of its volunteers.
The final Bungendore Connect for 2017 will be held 28th November from 5.30pm with venue TBC.
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