2020 was a challenging time for many Australian businesses, with ongoing uncertainty about COVID and its impact on the economy. Although we have begun to return to a COVID Normal, the impact of the pandemic is still being felt.
Through the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce (GDCC) and the Victorian Government Business Support Grants, Ashfords is pleased to be able to offer members of the Chamber access to the Business Support Program to help SMEs with their post COVID recovery and ultimately run a better, more successful business.
How does the program work?
The Business Support Program is designed to help you answer the most important questions for your business, to pinpoint your risks and opportunities, and to deliver and execute a practical and considered strategic plan.
Using a range of tools and resources, the Program will help you find the right solutions and prepare for the future.
The Chamber is offering members access to the first stage of the program, fully funded by the Victorian Government. This tailored COVID business recovery program will deliver a clear plan of action, a timeline and an outline of the resources you’ll need to be successful.
The second stage of the Program, which provides one-on-one support with financial performance management, strategic, operational and governance matters, business valuation and improvement solutions and more, will be made available at an exclusive special members’ rate.
The Chamber is proud to take part in the Greater Dandenong Council's new look annual Sustainability Festival, now re-branded as the 'Forever Fest' - 'Sustainable living for now and the future'.
Day 3 will be themed around 'Business and Economy', one of the Council's eight themes in their Climate Emergency Strategy.
The Chamber will be presenting a webinar, 'Creating Positive Change', brought to you by Michele Tocci of Chisholm Institute. Michele speaks passionately about how change is the first step in sustainable business conversations. She explains that the only thing constant is change. Change is essential, because it is what enables us to learn and grow.
The Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Macpherson Kelley, takes great pleasure inviting you to attend our FIRST in person Networking Night for 2021!
Please join us and other professionals in the local business community for a night of informal networking.
Strengthen your business relationships, catch up with old friends, and create new business opportunities over a casual drink (or two) and light refreshments.
We are proud to be able to help remove the stigma around mental health with a few laughs at our upcoming event.
Join us at the Magistrates Room for some pre show drinks and some delicious food from Oro Bianco followed by comedy show, "I Have A Face", at the Drum Theatre.
"I Have a Face" is a laugh-out-loud award-winning cabaret by Melbourne’s renowned comedian Jude Perl, discussing labels for people and life, how to deal with labels and mental health. Our local comedian Margot Tanjutco will provide a fabulous set of musical comedy before Jude’s show to make the night even more special
We will be joined by Bruce Allen who works as a Planning Manager in the retail industry and is an R U OK? Ambassador. He is passionate about spreading the R U OK? message due to his lived experience with depression and anxiety. His presentation will be on how to notice signs that someone might struggling in the community and workplace, how to ask ‘are you ok’ meaningfully and where to refer for help if required.
There will be plenty of time for some informal networking before the commencement of the show and at intermission.
Due to current restrictions, you will need to bring a mask to wear for the show
Many businesses are unaware of the opportunities available in the Grant Research and Writing space. There are also many businesses who are undertaking Research and Development activities that do not know about the R&D Tax Incentive and are missing out on money that is available to support their business.
And if you are aware, you may not have the time and resources to craft an application and project manage the process.
Join us for these webinars focused on getting the most out of your grant applications. They can be attended individually or together. For those businesses focused on R&D, we highly recommend you attending both sessions.
You can read more information regarding the sessions and the presenters HERE
The Chamber has been running this event for over twenty-five years, and has raised over $150,000 for various charities. Last year, even though the event was held virtually, we were still able to raise over $4,500!
I am delighted to confirm that for the first time ever, we have two guest speakers - JASON AKERMANIS and from the AFLW, DARCY VESCIO!!
Affectionately known as "Aker", Jason had a colorful career both on and off the field with his time at both the Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs. Darcy was a part of the inaugural AFLW season with Carlton and continues to strive for greatness and fairness both on and off the field. Both players will be speaking individually and together on topics and we can't wait to hear and discuss their viewpoints.
This will be an event not to be missed! To stay COVID Safe, tickets are limited and have sold out in previous years.
Pre registrations for this event are currently available! By pre registering, you will be able to purchase your tickets before they go on sale to the general public. You will also have access to exclusive pricing and special deals which we only making available to those who pre register for this event.