On behalf of Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry I would like to wish all of our members, partners and sponsors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2018 has been an excellent year for GCCI with many successful events brought to local businesses including our network meeting, business breakfast seminars, #bizfail events and our Women’s Week workshop.  As well as this we launched the results of our Boom, Bust, Recharge study which was the third study carried out by GCCI.  And finally we were again delighted to be involved in the 2018 Best in Business Awards in conjunction with the Gladstone Observer and GAPDL.

In the month of December 2018 we have made a significant effort to promote our Buy Local campaign and it has been great to see so many people and businesses share this message with others.  Hopefully the result will see improved performance over the Christmas shopping period.  And in addition to this we are also hearing of more local businesses doing business with other locals which is an excellent sign that the Buy Local message is getting results.

We are beginning to see increased confidence in local businesses and there is a feeling that 2019 is going to be a great year for our members and other businesses!  GCCI are looking forward to 2019 as well with more events planned that will help our members carry out more business with others.  We also have some plans that will help grow our local economy and with the support of our members, partners and sponsors we believe that 2019 can be one of the best ones yet for Gladstone.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year then come back refreshed and ready to make 2019 as successful as it can possibly be for the Gladstone Region.

Joe Smith
GCCI President

Author: Troy Elliott

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