Three local Chambers of Commerce support diverse business precincts in the City of Ryde. They are:
- Gladesville – President: Max McFarlane, phone 0422 051 158 – website
- Eastwood – President: Victor Tagg, phone 0412 369510, website
- West Ryde – President: Nora Etmekdjian, phone 0417 699 955, website
In addition to these Chambers, we have Epping Chamber of Commerce (President, Tony Hackett, website) on our boundary, straddling council areas; the Korean Chamber of Commerce (President, Kenny Lee, email ), the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong (President Justin Li, email ) and the Armenian Chamber of Commerce (President, Arman Lepedjian, phone 0401 949 556, website) while not specific to any boundary have the many of their members operating businesses within the City of Ryde.
Several precincts within our region have strong local business centres unsupported by a dedicated local Chamber of Commerce, and RBC will work with them to grow their presence and advocate on their behalf, creating working groups within RBC to promote and help those local businesses.
Members of the Armenian, Eastwood and Gladesville Chambers may attend our Business After Hours events at the special local Chamber price of $20 (we usually charge $40 to attend if you’re not a RBF Member).
While the Forum works on a strategic level, lobbying to government on behalf of single Chambers on some issues and all Chambers on others, and addressing issues that affect the City of Ryde as a whole, Chambers of Commerce tend to be tactical, focusing on issues that affect their local business precinct directly.
Like the Forum our local Chambers meet monthly, and you’ll find details of their upcoming meetings on our Events calendar.