Consider an event where over a thousand of Australia’s business leaders, executives and owners converge to debate, network – and perhaps even solve – the most telling issues facing business today. Ambitious? The inaugural Australian Chambers Business Congress promises nothing less than bringing together, for the first time, members from all state and territory Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

The significance is not lost on the CEO of NSW Business Chamber. “There has never been an annual Business Congress of this kind in Australia, and I am very proud that the Chambers from around the country have united to produce this landmark event,” says Stephen Cartwright.   

The Congress will be promoted to the combined Chambers’ membership of over 100,000 Australian businesses from all industries, luring Directors, CEOs, top executives and business owners to the Gold Coast in June 2011. Under the banner of “today, tomorrow and beyond”, the Congress will integrate renowned Australian and international keynote speakers with a ‘think tank’ of collaboration, whether in forums, plenary sessions or debate panels.

Topics will range from the here-and-now issues shaping the Australian business environment, through to megatrends just appearing on the global horizon.

“Attendees will also contribute to sessions on innovation, HR, marketing, technology and entrepreneurship. This will be a dynamic environment where experiences are shared and new strategies for business explored. I can’t think of a better crucible for networking and forming business relationships.”

At the philosophical core of the Congress is the idea of Chambers in alignment – all contributing to a larger movement where a new strength and influence are realised.

“One of the great characteristics of the Chamber movement is that it embraces diversity. The Chamber movement is both structured and organic. It is professional, but strengthened by its volunteers and shared beliefs in business.

“The Congress is providing a common focal point for State Chambers and the Australian Chamber of Commerce, but more fundamentally, we are forming a new framework of business representation.”

Business SA Chief Executive Officer, Peter Vaughan, said that the event will be unlike any other on the business calendar.

“This is a unique event and one that will be very valuable to the business community” Mr Vaughan said.

“Sessions will address the megatrends that impact global business, sustainability issues facing the Australian business environment, new business models and best practice for business today.

“There will be great networking opportunities and an exhibition that will add energy and excitement to the quality business program.”

The Australian Chambers Business Congress will be held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on 1-3 June, 2011. To find out more, including the full schedule of speakers, visit www.BusinessCongress.com.au today.

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