THE Kiama and District Chamber of Commerce's new board will approach the coming year with an ethos of ideas, energy and enthusiasm.
New president Deidre Hindmarsh said she looked forward to working with her team of Dave Lambert, Kay McNiven, Gavin McClure, Megan Smillie and Marie Baikmanis.
"I feel confident that the Kiama chamber will be able to achieve the objectives for which the chamber was established - to promote and protect the trade, commerce, transport and industries of Kiama and surrounding regions," she said.
Kiama's surrounding townships will become a larger focus this year, with the monthly network meetings moving to different establishments every month.
Mrs Hindmarsh hoped the venture would encourage more members from Gerringong and Jamberoo.
"We had a habit last year of using the one venue," she said.
"We are part of of the community, our members represent all the businesses and we want to be out there amongst them."
The board welcomed three new executive members in Dave Lambert, Megan Smillie and Marie Baikmanis.
Mr Lambert, its vice-president and youngest member, said he had the experience in business to help take others to the next level.
"I'm always promoting a message to clients to step out of their comfort zone and this kind of scared me a bit, so I thought I'd better lead by example," he said.
Ms Smillie said her philosophy was creating healthy, inspiring businesses, while Ms Baikmanis said her background in TAFE would help her nurture small businesses.
Mr McClure has been a regular presence on the board along with Ms McNiven, and said business had been good to them and they wanted to give something back.
The next network meeting will be held at Mosstique tomorrow night from 6pm to 8pm, including a speed business networking session.
The chamber will also launch its latest business directory at the event.
To join the chamber or for more information, email email@example.com.