Small Business Association hold public merger meeting

With the merger between the NSW Far West Small Business Association and the Broken Hill Centre for Community now almost finalised, members of the public are invited to attend the final meeting of the Small Business Association tonight at 7pm at Stone’s on Argent Café, or via zoom – link at end of this article.

Association Secretary, Jack Dickson, said the purpose of tonight’s meeting will be to, “review any outstanding tasks the Association has to do to finalise the merger, and to introduce the members of the Association to the Community Centre in a formal manner”.

President of the Broken Hill Centre for Community, John Harris, will be outlining his goals and ambitions for a merged organisation. Mr Harris told the Truth he was excited for the potential opportunities the merger offered, and said he was looking forward to speaking to members of the Small Business Association.

Mr Dickson praised the Association for the work over the last three years.

“During the entire Covid pandemic until the end of the Delta Lockdown in 2021, not one of our members lost their business. I don’t think any other Business Association or Chamber of Commerce can make that claim.

“To see 10 per cent of our members survive the pandemic and make it through to 2022, tells us about the structure and calibre of the Small Business Association, and how effective the Association had been during a very difficult period of time,” Mr Dickson added.

Last week, the Small Business Association completed its last substantive task prior to the merger, by renewing, ratifying, and signing the second version of the Menindee Country Women’s Association’s Memorandum of Understanding, which was initially signed in Menindee last July.

Secretary of the Menindee branch of the Country Women’s Association, Lorraine Looney, said, “it is great to have a continuing partnership with the Small Business Association, and I wish the Association all the best with their merger with the Community Centre.”

Ms Looney added that she was looking forward to working with the Community Centre in the future, noting it was great for Menindee to be involved with the centres and organisations.

The renewed Memorandum of Understanding will now be sent to the Community Centre for a review in July.

The Association and the Community Centre will next week be hosting a changeover dinner at the Junction Hotel at 6.30pm on Thursday, June 29. Guests are welcome to attend, and the Small Business Association asks anyone who is interested in attending to call them on 0419 046 256. The dinner is open to all members of the community.

Zoom link below for those who wish to tune into the meeting:

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