Working closely with the Orange Business Chamber, ‘Brand Orange’ is an independent, non-profit organisation promoting economic and tourism development, strategic marketing and community benefits to NSW’s Orange region.

Established in 2007 and with more than 200 business members, Brand Orange is tasked with promoting Orange to continue to grow its appeal to visitors as a place to live and work as well as to encourage investment and economic diversification.

The City recently completed a draft strategy to encourage visitors along the harbour’s foreshore - The Cultural Ribbon; Sydney’s nature and culture walk. The proposal outlines a nine kilometre walking trail from Pyrmont to Woolloomooloo and until September 19 is open for public comment.

Showcasing the best of Walsh Bay to Sydney’s most influential hotel concierges, WBAC’s annual Concierge Famil took place on Tuesday August 30. Once again the event was heralded as a major success.

WBAC members can access a number of free or low cost business products and services through the NSW Business Chamber. In this issue we highlight one - Business Propel’s suite of online recruitment articles and tools.

Moving half way across the world and opening a second salon in Walsh Bay with an exclusive French approach are business milestones Marie-France Barget is proud of. But what really drives the owner of Marie-France Group is a passion to help people put their best self forward.

“At the age of 30 I moved to Australia, with the idea of creating an innovative hair and beauty brand. I wanted to start a business that was different to the one my parents created forty years earlier. I wanted a business where I was not the face of but behind a brand that emphasised the concept of team – this is why I chose the brand name 'Marie-France Group,' says Marie-France.

The inaugural Foodie Fields of Spring at The Loch in Berrima on Sunday September 18 is a celebration of the Southern Highlands’ spring harvest. The event showcases fresh, local produce from the area’s top producers who in turn share expert tips on farming, cooking and gardening.

Part of Moss Vale Chamber’s new Southern Highlands Food & Wine Clusters experience, Foodie Fields of Spring also features a delicious seven course spring feast using produce grown at The Loch farm and put together by resident chef and farmer, Brigid Kennedy.

South Sydney Business Chamber, along with Sydney TAFE and the City of Sydney, has come up with a unique way to help local retailers increase consumer footfall by reinvigorating their shopfronts. Karen Levin, South Sydney’s Treasurer and Executive Manager, shares insight on the Chamber’s Shopfront Showcase and Be a Localist campaigns.

“Running for the third consecutive year in 2016, South Sydney Business Chamber is behind Shopfront Showcase - a campaign that successfully unites commerce and arts by giving small businesses in South Sydney a great opportunity to showcase their unique displays to the public,” says Karen.

Sally Walker is a Yuin woman from the South Coast of NSW and since 2015, Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Development Coordinator. She is also a valued WBAC committee member and advocate for Walsh Bay. She tells us more about herself.

“My role at Bangarra has a large philanthropic focus and I also coordinate all of our donor events including opening nights. I have always admired Bangarra and the work they do so I was thrilled to be welcomed into the family,” Sally says.