Its been a big but very productive year at the Chamber and I’m excited to be handing over a vibrant, active chamber which is positioned to grow and increase in effectiveness and influence in its next season.

The Chamber’s role in our community is to “create a vibrant network supporting and promoting the Central Coast business community”, which in every one of our actions this year, we endeavour to do well.

In my last report as President, I could list our achievements, but that would be self-serving. Instead, I would prefer to focus on the new committee, new members and sponsors we have attracted because we have been able to lift the profile of the Chamber and to bring more value to the business community. We have indeed represented them well and put our best foot forward to build a more active Chamber.

However, to rest on our laurels or to accept the status quo would be a mistake for the Chamber in the next term. That’s why instead of stepping down and leaving the committee, I’ve decided to support a new President and team in the year going forward so that we can meet our objectives and make a more significant mark on the Central Coast.

I believe, (and I will elaborate on this at our AGM this Friday night) that not only do we need to focus on how we promote and support the Central Coast business community, but we need to challenge what this means in our modern society.

 We need to look at the Chamber’s role in the community and challenge ourselves on the value we bring to our members and the region. We need the courage and honesty to look at our value proposition again and to release our executive, committee members and promotions officer to do things in a new way which promotes and supports local business.

I think that the key lies in the words from our mission statement which say “to create a vibrant network.” or in other words, a “vibrant business community”. 

If we can put the “community feel ” back the local business community and rather than just providing more information or representing the needs of businesses politically, then the future of the Chamber and the business community on the Central Coast will be in good hands.

Yes we need to represent, yes we need to promote the coast, yes we need more sponsors, and yes we need more members, but above all, we need to build strong relationships and a “can do” spirit into our region once again. 

Across the world, I see movements of people changing communities organically based on a collective will and an appetite for change. So in the next couple of years if we challenge ourselves as a Chamber to break with tradition and do what needs doing now,  then we will be able to more effectively create a vibrant community of business people who promote and support business on the Central Coast.

I believe that as the new executive and committee think this way that we can change what it means to belong to the Central Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry, heck, we might even change the entire business scene on the Central Coast if we let our imaginations run wild.

So, in my last President’s report, can I encourage new president Jess Janz, executive and a new committee to think differently and have the guts to try something new and innovative? Let’s shake it up some more and work towards a bright future for our region!

Lastly, I wanted to say thank you for the opportunity for being in this role, I wish I had done more but I hope that my time in this role has progressed the mission of the Chamber and contributed to our Central Coast which we all love so much,

Its been a big but very productive year at the Chamber and I’m excited to be handing over a vibrant, active chamber which is positioned to grow and increase in effectiveness and influence in its next season.

The Chamber’s role in our community is to “create a vibrant network supporting and promoting the Central Coast business community”, which in every one of our actions this year, we endeavour to do well.

In my last report as President, I could list our achievements, but that would be self-serving.  Instead, I would prefer to focus on the new committee, new members and sponsors we have attracted because we have been able to lift the profile of the Chamber and to bring more value to the business community. We have indeed represented them well and put our best foot forward to build a more active Chamber.

However, to rest on our laurels or to accept the status quo would be a mistake for the Chamber in the next term. That’s why instead of stepping down and leaving the committee, I’ve decided to support a new President and team in the year going forward so that we can meet our objectives and make a more significant mark on the Central Coast.

I believe, (and I will elaborate on this at our AGM this Friday night) that not only do we need to focus on how we promote and support the Central Coast business community, but we need to challenge what this means in our modern society.

 We need to look at the Chamber’s role in the community and challenge ourselves on the value we bring to our members and the region. We need the courage and honesty to look at our value proposition again and to release our executive, committee members and promotions office to do things in a new way which promotes and supports local business.

I think that the key stands lies in the words from our mission statement which say “to create a vibrant network.” or in other words, a “vibrant business community”. 

If we can put the “community feel ” back the local business community and rather than just providing more information or representing the needs of businesses politically, then the future of the Chamber and the business community on the Central Coast will be in good hands.

Yes we need to represent, yes we need to promote the coast, yes we need more sponsors, and yes we need more members, but above all, we need to build strong relationships and a “can do” spirit into our region once again. 

Across the world, I see movements of people changing communities organically based on a collective will and an appetite for change. So in the next couple of years if we challenge ourselves as a Chamber to break with tradition and do what needs doing now,  then we will be able to more effectively create a vibrant community of business people who promote and support business on the Central Coast.

I believe that as the new executive and committee think this way that we can change what it means to belong to the Central Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry, heck, we might even change the entire business scene on the Central Coast if we let our imagination run wild.

So, in my last President’s report, can I encourage new President, executive and a new committee to think differently and have the guts to try something new and innovative? Let’s shake it up some more and work towards a bright future for our region!

Lastly, I wanted to say thank you for the opportunity for being in this role, I wish I had done more, and I hope that my time in this role has progressed the mission of the Chamber and contributed to our Central Coast which we all love so much,

All the best friends, It’s been an honour

Sincerely, 

Nathan Kelly
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