7th March 2024 Update | Supporting Local Business

The sun continues to shine, yet flicking through the NZ Herald recently, it struck me how challenging it is to find uplifting news these days. This scarcity of positive stories seems to cast a shadow, making it more difficult for us all to maintain a sunny outlook, even during our sunshine weather.

During my conversations with numerous business owners each week, a sense of resilience is evident. Although not every aspect of business is thriving as we’d hope, there’s a collective determination to remain optimistic and keep pushing forward.

The issue of crime is a frequent headline in news outlets, and while our community might be spared the worst of it, the concern is nonetheless present. To enhance the connection and understanding between our local businesses and the NZ Police, we’ve planned a couple of events:

March 13th at 5:30 pm at ITSS Engineering on Morrison Drive: This BBQ and chat session is a chance for businesses in the Industrial Area, Hudson Road, and Goatly Road to meet our local Police. It’s an opportunity to discuss concerns and build stronger community ties.

March 20th at 5:30 pm at the Warkworth Information Centre on Baxter Street: Another session aimed at businesses in the heart of Warkworth and the Grange. Similar to the first, this event is a platform to voice concerns and engage with our local law enforcement in a meaningful way.

One Mahurangi Business Association (OMBA) is also gearing up for our Quarterly Impact Report evenings, which will provide insights into OMBA advocacy work for the town and preview upcoming events. We will share more information on these upcoming evenings soon.

Our sponsors, vital to our association’s success, enable us to undertake initiatives that would otherwise be unfeasible. To better acknowledge their support, we are introducing new levels of sponsorship, with details to follow after discussions with our current sponsors.

Mark in your calendars the Women’s Brand Boost Breakfast on March 26th. Additionally, we’re planning a series of seminars aimed at unlocking the potential of AI for your business. Keep your eye out for future details.

As we proceed into another busy year, my commitment to focusing on the positives is strong. I’m choosing to step away from the negativity, eager to celebrate our collective achievements and explore how OMBA can further support our local business community. We are Stronger Together!

Murray Chapman
One Mahurangi Manager

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