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WELCOME TO THE THIRD EDITION OF 
The ECCI Express


Edition Three  ~ 2 MARCH 2021
 
Message from the President
Welcome to this issue of the ECCI Express! Thanks to all who attended last months AGM, To read a copy President's Report click here. and to view a copy of the Minutes, please click here.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our newly appointed committee:

President – David Gillespie 
Vice President – Jackie Brooks 
Secretary – Sarah Booth 
Treasurer – Mark Hawker 
Committee Members: Jules Bush, Steve Riley, Justin Ayres and Gary Mounsey.

The team is ready to represent our membership and we look forward to your involvement also.

Over the past 12 months, ECCI has successfully petitioned the government and industry to create opportunities to promote, sustain and grow Exmouth businesses in what was an extremely challenging year.  ECCI has hit the ground running with Sarah, our newly appointed Operations and Project Officer consolidating the initiatives we have committed to for the benefits of the Exmouth Business Community.
 
Our strong industry partnerships continue to grow with ongoing substantial support from Woodside, Santos, Horizon Power, BHP, the WA government, and the Shire of Exmouth.
 
The Shire of Exmouth is working hard along with local trades to ensure the building is ready for the Exmouth Business Hub facilities to open in the coming months. The official opening date will be announced shortly. The EOI for the opportunity to lease office space prompted some solid enquires from a range of enterprises. Be sure not to miss out and submit your EOI 
for information contact Sarah on
0400 445 177or email: info@exmouthchamberofcommerce.com.au
 
March will kick-off for our first Business Accelerator workshop 6.0 Digital Marketing Health Check, click here to secure your spot for the upcoming workshop. With many more exciting workshops and events scheduled for 2021 thanks to founding partners Woodside and Mitsui E&P.
 
We aim for a further increase in our membership, so If you know of a business that isn’t a member of the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce be sure to encourage them to get in touch. It’s an exciting year to be part of this incredible community organisation!

We hope you enjoy this edition of the ECCI Express.
 
- David Gillespie, ECCI President
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Awards - Grants - Our new Operations and Project Officer - Worker Housing Updates
Member Survey Results - Exmouth Business Hub - Member Photo Library 2.0 - Business Accelerator Workshop - Hosting a Business After Hours Event (BAH)
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ECCI News and Updates
Well Done Exmouth, rated the 8th best town in Australia and the only Western Australian town to make the list in Wotif.com's 2021 Aussie Town of the Year Awards 🏆

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Hotel Energy Grant
Attention all hotel, motel or serviced apartment owners the Hotel Energy Grants program may be of interest to you!  Are you wanting to improve the energy efficiency of your property to lower operating costs?

The grant money can be used to help small and medium hotels save energy and reduce power bills through:

• Upgrading equipment to reduce energy consumption
• Upgrading the building fabric to save energy, such as improving windows, drapes or insulation
• Undertaking energy management activities and assessments, such as energy audits and engineering feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
• Investing in energy monitoring and management systems.

WA has been allocated $680,000 of the $10.1 million programs, and grants of between $10K - $25K to fund the above initiative prior to 30 June 2022 are available.

For more info visit: https://bit.ly/3uwhpE6

Applications for grants close 1 April 2021.
(Not applicable for solar power generation and battery storage solutions)
Same person, just a new name!
Hello members,

It's still me 'Sarah Lindsay' however I am now a 'Mrs' and know as Sarah Booth. Sorry for any confusion. I am so excited to be part of the ECCI team and cannot wait to kick off all the incredible opportunities ECCI is facilitating. I am also excited to find new funding to support other business initiatives, in this amazing town.

Some of my responsibilities as the Operations and Project Officer include:

 
  • Be the first point of contact for member enquiries
  • Coordinate and support the Executive Committee
  • Be responsible for the day to day management of the Exmouth Business Centre.
  • Represent the Chamber aims
  • Develop and implement marketing and communication plan.
  • Organise and manage all aspects of activities, workshops, or events pertaining to projects.
  • Implement the ECCI Strategic Plan and develop operational procedures.
ECCI has an official phone now! To contact me in regards to all things ECCI, call 0400 445 177 or you can also reach me at info@exmouthchamberfocommerce.com.au
Worker Housing Update
Unfortunately, one of the sought-after solutions to use existing overflow caravan campsites for workers accommodation was unsuccessful.

However, the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and the Shire of Exmouth have further investigated the concept of developing a new more permanent worker village. Last week we welcomed a visit from the Hon Alannah MacTiernan, MLC, Minister for Regional Development and are happy to announce if re-elected, will assist in releasing the identified site and open the EOI for private developers to submit applications for this project by the end of April 2021. This is a significant move forward in our efforts to finding a solution to this problem.

We will continue to keep you all up to date of further developments.
 
Members Survey Results
Thank you to all who completed the recent 2020 member survey.

Overall the survey provided valuable information and feedback and has provided a great insight into what types of training initiates we should be looking at offering in 2021.

Key Take-Aways:

70% of respondents said ECCI has assisted in Increasing business confidence followed by 35.3% saying we have helped build economic viability in there business.

70% responded yes when asked if the workshops delivered by ECCI helped to identify gaps in their business capability or identify any other barriers.

The main gaps identified included:
1. Marketing / Social Media / Digital Marketing & Websites
2. Maintaining
Brand Consistency
3. Keeping up to date with local information
4. Legal terms of service
5. Cybersecurity awareness
6. General

94% of respondents believe Woodside's sponsorship of the Exmouth Business Accelerator program has had a positive impact on the local Exmouth business community.
 
Completing surveys can be time-consuming; however, it is imperative that everyone takes the time to complete them as it is a crucial part of our funding agreements and without valuable feedback, future funding could be denied.
Exmouth Business Hub
Works are underway converting the old shire office to become the Exmouth Business Hub. Works being completed by the Shire include planting, replacing ceilings, lighting, electrical works, plumbing, airconditioning and flooring. The transformation is all well underway and estimated for completion by the start of April. We thank, the Shire and the local trades for working hard to get this huge job completed as quickly as possible.

ECCI will commence our part of the fit-out thanks to funds from BHP, Horizon Power and the State Government RED Grant which will include office furniture, AV equipment, printing facilities, security technology, signage, WIFI, telephone system just to name a few.

Offical expressions of interest are now opened for the 7 office spaces that will be available. Details of these spaces and the facilities of the hub can be found by clicking here.

Tenants should be able to move in early May, however, stay tuned for the official opening date to be announced shortly!
Member Photo Library 2.0
We recently completed the Horizon Power Up - Member Photoshoots for the second round. This fantastic initiate is just another benefit of being a member of the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce. Have a look at some of the great shots captured by Blue Media Exmouth and Jess Hadden Photo.
Upcoming Events

Workshop 6.0 – Digital Marketing Health Check

Before the season is in full swing, be sure you take this opportunity to complete a digital marketing health check on your business.

Share insights, identify gaps & find opportunities to improve your digital marketing with guidance from an expert & other local businesses.

During this FREE workshop Digital Marketing Expert, Jen Hanrahan from Business Local will provide an overview of the latest digital marketing trends and then guide you through a detailed digital marketing checklist covering:

– branding & messaging
– websites
– getting found in Google/search engines
– social media marketing – Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn etc
– paid advertising and promotions
– email marketing & loyalty
– systems and measurement/analytics.

Bring your laptop, tablet or phone. Share insights, identify gaps & uncover opportunities to improve in collaboration with other local businesses.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions or you can book a free one-on-one follow up consultation to discuss your individual requirements.

To ensure everyone has the opportunity to attend we will be holding 2 sessions:

Session 1:
Tuesday, March 16 2021
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Ningaloo Centre – Bundegi Boardroom, Exmouth, WA

Session 2:
Wednesday, March 17 2021
9:00am to 11:00am
Ningaloo Centre – Bundegi Boardroom, Exmouth, WA

To secure your spot at either of these workshops click here

For more information please contact Sarah Booth, Project officer at info@exmouthchamberofcommerce.com.au or call 0400 445 177

BOOK A SEAT
Future Projects
Host a Business After Hours
 
Hosting a business after-hours (BAH)  event is a fantastic way to showcase your business to all ECCI members.

Why not join a complementary business and do a BAH together?

If you would like more information and assistance on what is involved with hosting a BAH s or even a breakfast function, contact me we can work together.
MORE INFO PLEASE

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