What’s Your Idea?

Now that we have incorporated (Yes!) It’s time to get stuck in and get things done.

We want to know what your ideas are – what you want to see the Chamber getting stuck into!

Uralla Shire Business Chamber General Meeting – Ideas Night!

6 July, 2017 – 5.30 pm – McCrossin Mill

Please join us at the next USBC General Meeting for a night of brainstorming and ideas sharing. Concepts that we can process through the USBC to promote our shire, Uralla, as it thrives towards growth and success for all businesses and trades.

Thank you to McCrossin Mill for lending us your space for this night.

Please bring a plate of food if you can, and you are also welcome to BYO drinks. Tea and coffee making facilities are at the Mill.

We encourage you to bring anyone who you think may be interested in, or benefit from this evening, and hope to see you all there.

We want to make our Chamber awesome, and we need your input.

Here’s a list of the ideas you have all shared so far to get your thinking caps whirring so you can bring us even more fabulous ideas!

Xmas fair: A xmas fair/carnival to be held in December, say around the 21st – perhaps held on Hill St with jumping castles etc for the kiddies maybe, and maybe each shop having a table outside their shop selling their wares as an outdoor festive market, with other businesses not on the main street or in the Uralla township setting up stalls also.
Best Shopfront Xmas display: competition – either a people’s choice or judged by Mayor Mick or Adam or somebody, or both judges and people’s choice. Prize donated or just recognition?
Xmas Vouchers: Several weeks before xmas (6?) vouchers for locals come out from local businesses… collect them from local businesses or (somewhere)
Welcome to Uralla pack: A Welcome to Uralla pack with vouchers from local businesses (trades people, craft outlets, wineries, B&Bs as well as retailers, local cafes and restaurants etc) – possibly getting the real estate agents to distribute these to new residents (but also have them available for those who fall through the real estate agent net somehow).
vouchers from local businesses to introduce yourself to new residents. Packs to be given by council and real estate agents, and others
Welcome to Uralla (annual?) bbq/drinks: The pack would also include an invitation to a regularly held (annually perhaps? Or more frequently if immigration levels to Uralla demand this) “Welcome to Uralla” BBQ or function, where we invite the local sporting and other clubs and community groups, churches etc to talk about themselves, and also local tradespeople, services, retailers, tourism operators and others businesses to introduce themselves, as well as for the new residents of our Shire to get to know others, become aware of the services, facilities and things and places of interest in our lovely shire, and not need to feel isolated (I personally made a great friend in this manner when we held one of these events in Tumbarumba, and we are still good buddies to this day).
Business and Community Awards night celebration: Business and Community Awards night celebration – people’s choice best business, best employee, nominated business of the year, all designed to encourage businesses to be the best they can individually be and a great leg-up for young and starting out employees/apprentices. This can also help recruit people for local community groups so would be of benefit for them also. Plus an opportunity to “Frock up!” 🙂
Networking: coordination of shop trading hours and community events happening in the Shire so everyone can benefit, and gives our Shire a good reputation/good vibe where we are all looking out for each other and encouraging/promoting each other’s businesses, giving the area as a whole a good rep with the locals and visitors… good for tourism and businesses alike.
We found in Tumbarumba that the local bakery didn’t know when the footy home games were on, so they were surprised and swamped for pies etc – having a “What’s On” flyer and webpage helped everyone know when the games were on (etc) as well as help the local shops schedule extra staff on when there was going to be an influx of visitors into town. Also, having communication between the shops can help the retailers coordinate when to take breaks, or when to put on extra staff, in order to best serve the passing trade.
Business Directory: An online and also hard-copy Uralla Business and community group directory, hopefully including local residential white pages too.
Benchmarking tourism visits and setting goals for increasing numbers, with project funding from grants
Industry, development
NBN, Secure ITC
TVs everywhere adds roll
Shop windows, token books, locals for locals program, collective advertising
Artisans co-op/workshops (Uralla Railway Station) Coffee shop?<br>
Performing Arts Space<br>
Special Needs: Literacy/Music/Theatre<br>
Media Arts – film/sound and training
Community, Use of Uralla Railway Station, Chamber/Tourism Web Site/Arts