Making coffee is about people
THE new year arrived without much good cheer.
Hell and high water was in abundance and this meant the chamber’s original calendar of events was replaced by urgent initiatives to support local business people dealing with repercussions from the flooding.
We are now in the process of supporting a business rebuilding phase with the Shop Ipswich campaign and setting in place our events calendar for 2011.
Our first chamber breakfast is just around the corner on March 31 at the Ipswich Turf Club and features special guest speaker Phillip Di Bella.
Even if you aren’t into caffeine (is that possible?), the name Di Bella should ring all your branding recognition bells.
When out and about around our region you’ll see Di Bella signage on billboards as well as in numerous cafes.
Di Bella’s success was recently celebrated when Phillip scooped the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2010 for what is described as his “insatiable entrepreneurial appetite”.
As founder of Espresso Enterprises, Phillip Di Bella built the largest coffee manufacturing company in Australia, selling the equivalent of 1.6 million cups of coffee a week; all this in just eight years.
Not resting on his very successful laurels, he also has plans to launch an instant espresso coffee brand called Torq, which will be free of unhealthy chemicals associated with the “instant” process.
When asked about his achievements, Phillip said: “I’m not in the coffee business, I’m in the people business. When ‘coffee’ walks in the door to buy coffee, that’s when I’m in the coffee business.”
Being in the “people business” is what your chamber is all about.
Throughout each year we host a wide range of events featuring speakers who are leaders in their field, as well as the very popular bi-monthly Networking AFTER 5 evenings that are free to Chamber members.
If you aren’t a chamber member, why not make it a new year’s resolution?
Join mayor Paul Pisasale, other local, state and federal members as well as people from enterprises of all shapes and sizes across many industries and become part of the best business organisation in the region.
Just call Amy at the office on 3282 8688 for further information.
With the worst of the flooding behind us and support initiatives in place, including Shop Ipswich, 2011 may yet prove to be full of possibilities. Make being active in your chamber part of your 2011 business plan.