Introducing the new MBF Committee
The Micro Business Forum had its Annual General Meeting on 7 August 2020 chaired by Sue Faulkner of Blue Owl Design. The AGM was supplemented with a technology topic led by Barbara Smith of The Roving Trainer.
The previous year's committee stepped down with Barbara Smith leaving her role as President and Veronica Lind now appointed as MBF's new President.
I want to thank each and every committee member, especially Barbara Smith who has been MBF's President for over 7 years. Barb worked hard to bring MBF where it is now. Barb is staying on as a Mentor in the committee.
The new committee will bring MBF forward as a modern outfit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. They all volunteer their time and expertise to help new and established small business owners step up and grow with support, development and networking opportunities.
Let's recognise the new MBF Committee.
Veronica Lind, President and co-founder of Vermilion Pinstripes sales / marketing / communications
Glenda Hamilton, Vice-President
Kylie Short, Treasurer and founder of MagnifyUp
Alison Carroll, Membership Secretary and a franchisee of Tumerix
Vickie Carnes, Event Manager and owner of Victoria's Model Agency and Costume Hire
Stuart Lyall, Photographer and Videographer and owner of Stuart Lyall Photography
Barbara Smith, Mentor and owner of The Roving Trainer
Wendy Hee, committee member and owner of Qi and Tonic
Lyn Richardson, committee member and owner of Rosewood Environment
Lee Heng, committee member and owner of My Blue Tea
Impact on over 6,535 businesses in Port Macquarie-Hastings District
Figures from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council show an estimated fall of 6.4 percent in monthly employment due to the effects of COVID-19 on the local business infrastructure.
We, therefore, expect there will be more people considering starting their own businesses.
MBF, The Way Forward
We encourage budding entrepreneurs in Port Macquarie-Hastings District to take the plunge and launch their small businesses to help boost local employment and counter negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the community.
Any business facing challenging circumstances or anyone thinking of starting a business can approach the MBF for friendly support, personal and professional development and networking opportunities.
MBF aims to help business owners learn new marketing technologies, improve money management to be financially astute and focus on being physically and mentally healthy – particularly important for solo business owners. She also wants to encourage more men in business to join the MBF.
We’re a modern outfit with members from 25 years to 75 years of age and we encourage the community to support their local businesses. The MBF is renowned as a friendly business network and we’re all supportive of each other, helping all of us to grow.
Let's grow happily
President, Micro Business Forum