Regional Voice - Limestone Coast

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Limestone Coast Pantry

1/20 Harrald Street

Mount Gambier, SA 5290


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Limestone Coast businesses - we want to hear from you

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Join the Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce and Business SA at our upcoming Regional Voice event in Mount Gambier.

Hear from Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman, Business SA's Director of Media and Communications, Verity Edwards, and EML's Account Manager, Jodie Bischoff, to discuss local conditions impacting your business.

Business SA's Brenda Callahan will also be discussing the Federal Government’s flagship Entrepreneurs' Programme for small to medium-sized businesses, covering:

  • Fundamental business practices
  • The importance of digital platforms to reach local, regional, national and international markets
  • Research and Development assistance
  • Funding available through the Entrepreneurs' Programme

Business SA's Regional Voice forum is a great opportunity to learn from industry experts, connect with innovative professionals and like-minded entrepreneurs while expanding your networks and creating worthwhile business opportunities, over some drinks and nibbles on us.

To book your place for this event, click the the 'Register' button above.

Alternatively, Regional Voice will also be held in Bordertown on Thursday 7 November, click here to book.

Speaker Bios:

John Chapman - Small Business Commissioner

John Chapman was first appointed Small Business Commissioner in 2014 and was reappointed for a further four years in 2017. The role of Small Business Commissioner, under the Small Business Commissioner Act 2011, includes alternative dispute resolution for business disputes, providing information to small businesses and advocating on their behalf.

He brings to the role extensive experience at a senior executive level in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is also an experienced board director and fellow and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He completed a Masters of Business Administration at the Adelaide University Graduate School of Business in 2004.

John was the Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Trade Association of South Australia for over eight years between 2005 and 2014 where he played the lead role in assisting members in the areas of advocacy at state and federal levels, industrial relations, industry information, and environmental education. He was responsible for the MTA’s Registered Training Organisation and Group Training Scheme which employed more than 550 apprentices and trainees.

  • He has held a number of board positions including:
  • President of Group Training Australia (SA);
  • Founding Director of Auto Skills Australia – the automotive industry’s national training body; and
  • Councilor on the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.
  • Interim TAFESA Director April 2018 - current

Before joining the MTA, he was the General Manager – International Business at Business SA and held a number of executive positions with, Insurance Australia Group.

Earlier career history has included senior experience within the South Australian Government including as an Executive Director in the Department of Premier and Cabinet with responsibilities for all economic related cabinet items, policies and policy implementation including major projects.

John has also worked as a Chief of Staff to former SA Premier Hon. John Olsen as well as Deputy Premier and Treasurer Hon. Stephen Baker.

As a journalist, John worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation specialising in finance, political and industrial reporting for both radio and TV.

Jodie Bischoff - EML

Jodie has over 30 years experience in the Workers Compensation and Work Injury Insurance industry. Commencing at WorkCover in 1989 Jodie has held various roles in the industry including Case Manager at WorkCover and various agents, Workers Compensation Manager at various Self Insured organisations and for the past 8 years Member Benefits and Business Partnerships Manager at EML. For a brief time during her career Jodie took 5 years away from the work injury insurance industry to manage a team of commercial bankers in the banking industry at Westpac in the role of Senior Manager Customer Service.

Jodie’s passion is to work with others to help find solutions to assist in making a difference – whether that is injury prevention, organisational culture change or through communities initiatives.

Verity Edwards - Business SA

Verity Edwards is Business SA’s Director of Media and Communications. She has worked in the media for the past 23 years and been in her role at Business SA since July 2017.

Prior to joining Business SA, Verity spent 12 years working in the Adelaide bureau of The Australian, including four years as the paper’s Weekend Professional editor, undertaken stints as bureau chief, Weekend Australian Magazine contributor, workplace columnist in The Deal and as a feature and news writer.

She has also worked at Messenger Newspapers, Channel 7, 5AA and the ABC, working in roles from reporting, news reading and covering sport to program producing.

Brenda Callihan - Business SA

Brenda brings over 40 years of extensive business development, senior management and strategic executive sales experience across a number of sectors including manufacturing, food and agribusiness, recruitment and engineering. Brenda brings a very practical approach to her clients’ in delivering business services under the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. Developing strategies for business improvement including business direction, growth and collaboration opportunities and supply chain connections are some of the key areas that see real results for her client base.

Brenda’s reach across SE South Australia and SW Victoria spans 11 different regional councils from Colac Otway Shire to Southern Grampians Shire in SW Victoria, and from Kingston Regional Council to Tatiara District Council in SE South Australia.

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Limestone Coast Pantry

1/20 Harrald Street

Mount Gambier, SA 5290


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