Meeting hears suggestions about making the CBD shine

A MEET and greet session with 35 local business operators last Thursday turned out to be a fruitful first for the Nowra CBD Promotions Committee.

Lines of communication between the volunteer organisation and Nowra retailers and service providers received a boost through the meeting, which Business Chamber general manager Jennifer Stewart said became a good networking event.

“It was fantastic, there was a lot of interaction from those who attended,” she said.

“We got a lot of good feedback and ideas. One example was to make more of the fact that we are a university town. Armidale does that really well; it is a proud university city.

“I spoke about all the things we had done in the past like the scratch-and-win promotion.

“Feedback from retailers said they would like to see a way to keep the winning money local, possibly through gift vouchers rather than a cash prize.

“Then another person mentioned the need for signage on the highway directing people to the CBD.

“At the end of the night people were sharing ideas. I don’t think anyone walked away and thought that was a waste of time.

“We hope to have one or two of these meetings each year,” she said.

The Shoalhaven Business Chamber’s next function is a business networking breakfast on Tuesday, March 4.

The breakfast will be held from 7.30am to 9am at Ablaze Brassiere.

The cost is $20, which includes a hot breakfast.

Ms Stewart said the breakfast was something the chamber was trying.

“We are hoping the guests will speak for one minute about their business. “The guest speaker is from Webics. This is a trial but if it’s successful we hope to run it once a month,” she said.

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