“Join your local Chamber of Commerce.” That was the message The Hon Michael MacCormack MP, Federal Minister for Small Business, told local business people during his visit to Ryde on Friday 2 June.
Affable and erudite, the Minister spoke at a free breakfast organised by John Alexander MP, Member for Bennelong, at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club. He spoke about what the government was doing to assist small business, e.g. cuts to company tax. The Government has produced a booklet, Backing Small Business, which covers initiatives being undertaken and supplies links to useful websites. Mr MacCormack mentioned some of these including the Small Business Ombudsman, and every guest received a hard copy. Download your soft copy here.
We were delighted that he encouraged all guests to join their local Chamber of Commerce. Businesses do better when they are member of local Chambers, he stated.
He encouraged all guests to shop locally and grow their local economy. With the globalisation of businesses and the ease of buying on the internet, it is more important than ever to support the local community and ultimately increase the number of local jobs available.
Guests were welcome to ask their own questions and several did. Hear the transcript from the breakfast here:
Mr MacCormack and John Alexander invited Presidents and representatives of local Chambers to lunch at Bar Angolo in Top Ryde City, to hear first hand what issues were for local Chambers and their members. It was a full table, with people from almost every Chamber in the region enjoying a chat with the Minister: RBF, Ryde Macquarie Park, Gladesville, West Ryde, Australian Asian Association of Bennelong, and the Korean Chamber.
Ryde Business Forum is not a member of nor affiliated with any political party, and provides this story for the information of its members and guests. We thank John Alexander MP for giving our members the opportunity to meet the Federal Minister for Small Business.