“Business is the ultimate sport. In business as in sport, the one thing you can control is effort. Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is.” Mark Cuban – The Shark Tank 

Sweat equity seems to be our motto this week at the Chamber. With so much going on, it has felt at times like a mad sprint rather than a marathon this week.

There have been a lot of positive inroads though so hopefully all the efforts are paying off for our members, and the greater Fremantle business community. You can read more on some of our important advocacy work further in this Chamber Weekly.

The finish line of Job Keeper is now finally upon us next week. It is going to take considerable energy to ensure our Tourism and Retail businesses can battle their way through the next few months as we await the full return of national and international tourists.

We heard the sad news this week that long term Chamber member Fremantle Trams has had to bow out of the race. This is a sad loss to our local Tourism industry, and I encourage each of you to do your best to get out and visit our local attractions over the next few months to ensure we don’t have more sad stories on our doorstep.  If you need some inspiration our  “Fremantle from the Inside Tours” might be just the answer as a starting point.

We had a lovely night out on the local bowling green last night at the impressive new Fremantle Park Sports and Community Centre. This new local asset  is available for Corporate Function hire, and judging by the photos below our members certainly enjoyed the sunset and the relaxed atmosphere to mingle and build important connections.

Our Chamber Board welcomed new Board member Glenn Wheeler, Managing Director of local success story Fremantle Octopus, this week. Glenn’s position will be formally ratified at the next AGM but already Glenn’s depth and insight is adding considerable value.

In fact my personal take out of the week comes from Glenn’s wise words when our Board was robustly debating whether we pushed further for a Commonwealth Expert in Residence Grant to build on our existing programs to support our new and innovative exporters, or whether we collaborate with a new untested project, arising through new funding that was given to the City of Fremantle, Notre Dame University and For Blue, instead.

Glenn reminded me that sometimes sweat equity is perhaps best applied to accepting a process rather than fighting against it, letting go and applying the most effort to a new race – one that perhaps differs from the race that you initially entered.
I think I’ll stop there as this is bumper edition of Chamber Weekly. For our exporters don’t forget the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Global Market Insights Series, and for our other members looking to make the most of Job Maker and other employment funding available register for our next Set the Month in Motion on different recruitment pathways.

Finally, we have just had three of our permanent car bays released at our Chamber building if you, or your staff, are looking for a car bay rental solution. Please contact me directly.

Danicia

To Read more on our advocacy projects and events in this week’s Chamber Weekly here.