Work Locally and Make a Difference

There are many reasons for a business owner to join a business group, more than often it is with a view to increase their connections and grow their business. Some are also looking for mentoring, networking, collaborating and giving back to their communities. The latter is what I love, love, love the most about the NOW Business Network.

I’ve always been interested in connecting and networking, however except for a few groups I’ve never felt a real connection, I needed more. When a friend asked me to join them at a relatively new group in 2017, I figured why not and I haven’t looked back since.

The NOW Business Network first met in September 2017 and currently have over 50 members and with a motto of Business Building Community that’s exactly what they do. Since I have been a member I have watched them grow and I am indeed proud to say that I have been part a business group that actively and regularly gives back to the community. This is truly a different and unique business group consisting not only of business people from all types of businesses but also community members looking to make a difference and we’re Incorporated too.

Work Locally and Make a Difference

With the mantra for 2018 “Giving without expectation”, it really was a year for that with some of the community donations given including Christmas hampers for local families in need, fundraising for Stafford Meals on Wheels and CPL – Choice, Passion, Life (formerly the Cerebral Palsy League), the annual Free Easter Egg Hunt at Teralba Park, Bursaries to local schools, mentoring locals who need support, work experience for local students, Breakfast Club, business advice support to community groups, mentoring support to local businesses, donations to the Lions Carols in the Park, Volunteers in the Salvos Drive for Life Program and with one raffle raising over $5,000 these are some of the wonderful ways they contribute. In the past members have also donated unwanted IPads to those in need. This year has kicked off fundraising with Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings Stafford (onions on the bottom – we know) and with more to be held on 21 February and 22 March why not pop in, grab a sausage sizzle and have a chat to the wonderful volunteers? But be warned they are all as proud and passionate about this group as I am! In addition to fundraising we also hold social get together and coffee meets which are great for businesses where there aren’t any or many employees as you get to have work “Christmas Parties” etc. without all the expense and organising.

The NOW Business Network’s mission is “to support local business by providing a platform where ideas, partnerships and collaboration can flourish through openness, trust, co-operation thus fostering a strong unified prosperous community. Forging relationships with local businesses whilst giving back to the community”.

We meet once a month on the first Thursday of every month at Everton Park High School from 6.45am. You are more than welcome to join us and you can go online and book a $10 breakfast up until the Monday before each meeting, our first meeting this year will be next Thursday and you can book in here whether you want breakfast or not.

Work Locally and Make a Difference

To be notified about meetings, follow us on our Facebook page NOW - Business Building Community

If you are a business owner why not join us, we’d love to meet you?

Businesses and community supporting and working together to build a strong sense of belonging. Work locally and make a difference!

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Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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