Chamber set to boost networking with events

Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce chief executive Marisha Woods.
Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce chief executive Marisha Woods.

Wow, what a huge couple of months we've had!

On May 9 Camden Haven Chamber co-hosted a visual merchandising workshop at the Laurieton United Services Club, which was made possible and free to attend, thanks to the NSW Small Business Commissioner and Port Macquarie Hastings Council. Visual merchandising expert Carol Bagaric of Retail Revamp presented a two-hour workshop to twenty enthusiastic retailers. Carol shared key tips for improving sales by strategically placing and rotating stock in time and cost-effective ways. The workshop included discussion and ideas around creative and effective window displays, "hot zones" and stock display.

Eight of the attendees registered for a free half-hour onsite consult with Carol. Feedback from the event was very positive and we hope to get Carol back to the Camden Haven again soon.

Slice of Haven 2019 was again a huge success. Held on Sunday, May 26 the event achieved record attendance, the weather was spectacular and it was an enjoyable day for all - you couldn't ask for much more! Thank you to the Slice of Haven Committee, volunteers, community groups and sponsors who make this event possible each year, bringing thousands of visitors to Laurieton and exposure to our beautiful destination.

The Camden Haven Tourism Marketing Co-op held a Business Showcase and networking event at Reflections Holiday Park North Haven on May 29. Destination Coordinator from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Jane Ellis was the guest speaker. Jane presented the results of the recently completed Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Profiling and Satisfaction Survey. With over twenty businesses in attendance, it was a great night!

In June, we launched our new and improved website. Our new website has a modern and contemporary design, is user friendly and has improved functionality. Visit to learn all about the Chamber, our upcoming events, membership and more.

Digital Marketing Specialist Karina Schiller will be delivering the next digital marketing seminar 'Setting your business up for Success' on Tuesday, June 25. The seminar will cover digital tools including Google my Business, Google AdWords, Gmail and YouTube. Karina will offer insights into how to be found, how to be relevant and digital tools. For more information about this event or to register, please visit our website.

Please pencil Thursday, July 11 in your diaries! We will be hosting our next General Meeting and Networking Night at the Camden Haven Surf Life Saving Club from 6pm. Guest speakers include Kellon Beard (Regional Manager, Mid North Coast, NSW Business Chamber), Slice of Haven Committee and King of the Mountain. For more information about this event or to register, please visit our website.

Lastly, it is with sadness I report that our current President (Sue East) and Treasurer (John Saunders) will be stepping down from their senior roles on the Chamber committee, effective from July 1. Sue and John have dedicated years of service and we sincerely thank them for their valuable and integral contributions to the Camden Haven Chamber.

Stuart Bate (our current Vice President) has been nominated by the Committee to fill the temporary vacancy of President until the AGM. We are seeking Expressions of Interests from members to fill the Treasurer position. For more information, please visit our website.

For more information on the Chamber, please visit our website or contact