Happy New Year from the Raglan Business Chamber

The Raglan Business Chamber has wrapped up another year full of networking events and ongoing Member advocacy. Here’s a bit of what we accomplished in 2019. 🎉

In March the Chamber hosted International Women’s Day in Whaingaroa, where we brought together a lineup of influential leaders from around the Waikato to celebrate and inspire the incredible women, and men!, doing business in Whaingaroa.

May saw the rollout of Techweek across the country, and as part of the Nationwide Techweek events, the Chamber organised a full-day of training at the Raglan Bowling Club to help get our local business owners up-to-speed. In June we launched the first 5 After 5, and have since hosted quite a few of you in the 5-minute hot seat! 🤗

The Raglan Business Chamber AGM was held in July, where we welcomed new Board Member, Kendyl Haultain of Raglan based social media marketing and strategy company, Make Social Click. Kendyl has brought new energy and insight to the Board and is lending her knowledge to help us step up our own social media game.

October welcomed another local election season, and the Chamber hosted a special Raglan Meet the Candidates session for the community. The following week, we flew our administrator, Lani Puriri, to Invercargill to attend the New Zealand Chambers Conference, which enabled us to further connect with Chambers from around the country.
Did you know… 🤔As a Member of the Raglan Business Chamber, businesses not only have more one-on-one access to our local business network, but you also get exclusive Member only business savings, thanks to the National New Zealand Chambers Discounts programme!….
Outside of events and networking, Board Members stay busy advocating on behalf of Chamber Members, representing the Chamber in front of Council and the Community Board, and supporting and getting involved with on-going local community issues.
Board Members are active year-round, advocating and representing the Chamber and our Members in WRAP, the Whaingaroa Raglan Affordable Housing Project, at Wastewater Treatment Plan meetings with Council, within the Plastic Free Raglan movement, and the most recent launch of Raglan Local Energy. Throughout 2019, the Board also held multiple discussions in regards to the future of Raglan’s Visitor and Information Centre with Council and other stakeholders. As part of this, the Board has eagerly been learning about the Tiaki Promise, a new tourism initiative which encourages visitors to Aotearoa to help us preserve and protect our land.
The Board has also supported the ongoing work of the Raglan Naturally Community Plan over the last three years, advocating for sustainable business and better destination and visitor management. This includes participating in Focus Group conversations and making sure Member and local business interests are vocalised at the table.

While we do host year-round events and activities for Members to network kanohi ki te kanohi, face to face, much of the work of the Chamber happens behind the scenes, as the Board continues to support, foster and advocate for vibrant and sustainable business activity in our community.

✨If you are interested in finding out more about our behind the scenes work and maybe even getting involved to help represent your local business networkget in touch!✨

We hope you have enjoyed a relaxing holiday season.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Raglan Business Chamber and your local business community. 
Cheers to 2019 and looking forward to a bright and brilliant 2020!

The Raglan Business Chamber Board

**p.s. we recently set-up an exclusive Member Only Facebook group!
If you haven’t joined yet, click here!!

See you soon… ☀️

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