More than 40 local organisations gathered at Wauchope Country Club to exchange ideas and mingle at the Wauchope Small Business Expo.
Hosted by the Wauchope Chamber on October 15, it brought together local businesses, services and the community to find out what’s available in our area, and the diversity of our locally-run businesses.
The evening provided opportunities for networking and raising business profiles. A variety of industries were represented, including manufacturing, real estate, health and medical practices, retail and hospitality.
There was a business draw to win an advertising package with the Wauchope Gazette and the winner was Bago Real Estate.
Information and business services included:
- NBN Co (opportunity for business to talk about internet accessibility)
- Port Macquarie Hastings Council (opportunity for businesses to talk about Main Street works)
- Edmond Barton Centre (Business mentoring)
- Hastings Business Womens Network (other networking opportunities)
- NSW Business Chamber (access to benefits and information within the Chamber movement)
In a survey after the event, people who responded said the event helped them to generate business leads, create new business contacts and access services or information to help grow their business.
100% of respondents said they would attend again. Comments on what was most liked was the atmosphere, and the opportunity for further exposure and networking in Wauchope.
“The Wauchope Small Business Expo proved a great success with a positive response from local business,” said Wauchope Chamber president, Gary Rainbow.
“The event was well-attended with a diverse range of industries represented. The Chamber is delighted with the outcomes which saw local organisations gain new leads for their businesses and develop new contacts,” he said.
“With the positive feedback from local business we will look to organise another expo in the future with a focus of driving more of the public along to learn what is happening right here in our own back yard.”