Having secured 38 new members and planned the region's first ever business awards, Collie Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Bec Woods has a lot to celebrate in her first year in the role.
Ms Woods officially took on the role in January, 2019, determined to have strong communication with the local business community, increase engagement and bring about more procurement opportunities.
Despite the organisation's limited resources, Ms Woods said the chamber managed to attend numerous meetings throughout the last year with government ministers, project managers and investors to find out how it could increase awareness of local procurement opportunities and allow businesses to take advantage of the support available.
"We have increased our members during my tenure by 38 members, which is huge," she said.
"Our goal is build on our membership services so the question is, why wouldn't you want to become a member of the Collie Chamber?
"I am looking forward to hosting our first ever Collie Small Business Awards in October this year."
Thanks to funding from the South West Development Commission, Synergy and Premier Coal, the chamber were able to launch a Job Portal on its Collie Hub website.
Over the past 12 months, the chamber has also run a series of workshops, hosted business after hours events and begun a customer service awards program.