Presidents Report March/April 2020

Our local community have entered into uncharted waters that for some it may take years to recover but for others the changing Business landscape provides opportunity  to grow and prosper.
Right now where possible online shopping trend that is here to stay so let's embrace it set up a web page, look at fast service and deliver to the front door. The Amazon's of this world can't match local in terms of delivery and service at a similar price. We need to be smart with inventory to compete. The NBN is the new highway that does allow us to do business all over the world.
Now more than ever we need to support each other,  where possible buy in town and buy local. If you can buy it local then by all means do it- it all goes around.
With state and federal governments doing their best trying to stimulate and keep our economy in work the Griffith Business Chamber will lobby Griifith council to provide rate relief for 3 months for all rate payers, they have the funds and could easily do it without impacting on services. Already some Sydney councils have moved in this direction by dropping some fees and charges in an effort to do their bit.
Also the chamber with our local state member have approached MLHD  to reopen community input on our new hospital to increase services and push for the kitchen and mental health to be available there as well.
Griffith Business Chamber encourage you all to support your local businesses MORE THAN EVER. With uncertain times ahead, it's wise to equip yourself and research as much useful information and knowledge on how your business can steer through this uncertain time and come out the other end. 

Useful information and links 
Information is coming through thick and fast, keep up to date by visiting the ATO website , business.gov.au for the most up to date support and details.

Instant Asset Write-Off: The Federal government has increased the instant asset write-off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000. They have also expanded the access to include businesses with an annual turnover of less than $500 million. Click here for more details or speak to your local accountant on how they can assist.

Stimulus package: The Federal government has announced multiple stimulus packages aimed at maintaining employment and business cash flow. Click to download the Economic Response from the Australian Government

Coronavirus information and support for business

As part of your local membership you are a Alliance member with NSW Business Chamber. This has now changed as NSW Business Chamber has changed their name and brand to  Business Australia They now offer a free membership and you will receive one free call to the Workplace Advice Line 13 29 59, unlimited Modern Award servicing, a free marketing discovery call, free HR documentation & be kept in the loop of all business matters.  If you have any questions regarding employee's PLEASE GIVE THEM A CALL to have a confidential discussion. There are resources available to you and we're here to help.

Got questions about employees? 
What to do if an employee had COVID-19 Symptoms? What type of leave do my employee's take?Do i need to pay employee's who are isolated? What about casual employee's? Click HERE to have all these answered. 

If at any point you require assistance, please contact our Secretary Amanda Quarisa who will point you in the right direction. 

Following the announcement by the Australian Government to restrict gatherings of 500 people or more and indoor gatherings, we regretfully need to cancel the Side Walk Sale, Sussan Ley event, Business Awards - local, regional and state for the forseeable future.

Kind regards
Patrick Pittavino 
Griffith Chamber