Award win a boost for Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce's hub hope

Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce's Maria Tolentino, Carrick Gill-Vallance, Jason Croker, business manager Kathie Heyman, Scott Mann and Greg Wood. The chamber was the winner of NSW Business Chamber Local Chamber of Commerce Regional award. Picture: DAVID THORPE

Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce's Maria Tolentino, Carrick Gill-Vallance, Jason Croker, business manager Kathie Heyman, Scott Mann and Greg Wood. The chamber was the winner of NSW Business Chamber Local Chamber of Commerce Regional award. Picture: DAVID THORPE

ALBURY is moving towards being named a business hub after the Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce was announced the best in the Riverina.

The chamber’s business manager, Kathie Heyman, said she hoped the Murray Riverina Local Chamber 2014 award would encourage people to move to the city for work.

“When people look at us from outside the region they might want to relocate because they see it’s a driven city with great economic development,” she said.

The group has 430 members and Ms Heyman said it was one of the largest regional chambers in NSW.

She believed they won the Murray Riverina NSW Business Award because the chamber was unique.

“It supports younger members with Young Business Edge and we have Women in Chamber,” Ms Heyman said.

“We also have a partnership with the Wodonga chamber.”

Ms Heyman said Albury Northside had become a gateway for people to the business industry in the past six months.

“They are able to find out what to do with business, networking and about workshops and events,” she said.

“We point them in the right direction.”

Albury Northside members also took out five of the 12 chamber categories at the awards.

Gareth Mack, of Macktronix, was named Young Entrepreneur, Murray Conservatorium director Stephen O’Connell was named Business Leader, Crowe Horwath was the Employer of Choice and Norske Skog won Excellence in Work, Health and Safety.

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