Local Chamber or RBF? What’s right for me?

By Sabrina Ferguson, Executive Officer

We get asked this question a lot: Should I join RBF or my local Chamber – or both?

Both local Chambers and RBF are Chambers of Commerce. RBF is overarching across Ryde, whereas local Chambers are typically localised in their business precinct: Eastwood, Epping, Gladesville, Ryde/Macquarie Park, West Ryde.

We usually recommend to individual retailers that they join their local Chamber first and see how that goes before joining RBF as well. Why? If you’re a local retailer you need to have a strong awareness of what’s happening right where you are. Your local Chamber members are your patrons; get to know them and they will use your retail service as you are there on the spot. Your local Chamber will help

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Disaster Recovery seminar – register now

Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber of Commerce and its member Graham Nisbet are running an important seminar on disaster recovery on 5 November prior to our Business After Hours, and are inviting all RBF members and members of local Chambers of Commerce.

Would you know what to do if your business had a disaster?

How would you make sure you could continue operating?

The Graphic Arts Services Assocation of Australia and Ryde-Macquarie Park Chamber of Commerce present an opportunity to learn how your business can survive disaster.

Join Graham Nisbet, Managing Director – Continuity Planners Australia for a fun and informative seminar, followed by an opportunity to meet and mingle with other business folk at Ryde Business Forum’s Business After Hours Event in Macquarie Park.

This seminar will address:

  • What would happen if your premises were hit by a disaster, be it a cyclone, power failure, f
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Important survey into urban planning in Sydney – have your say!

The Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Institute at the University of Canberra needs your help, to spread the word about important research they are working on across the Sydney region.

Their research into Globalisation and Cities is looking at the increasing connections Sydney residents and workers have within and beyond Sydney, especially through the growing numbers of people moving to the Sydney region from other parts of Australia and the world.

RBF Members are invited to take part in an online survey (the “Working in Global Sydney survey”) that forms an important part of the research. The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ucsydneyworkers

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Fearlessly Creating Your Business with SHE Business – Christmas with a difference

RBF Member SHE Business invites you to a Christmas lunch that is more than just champagne and mince pies.


  • Finishing the year inspired and energised rather than a little tired and weary
  • Having crystal clear clarity around your business and life
  • Having the answers to the challenges of 2013 before the year has started
  • Feeling creative and joyful throughout the festive season
  • Making new connections with some of the most extraordinary businesswomen in Sydney.

Join She Business and Women in Focus for the most powerful and celebratory event to complete your

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