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Our members have great stories to tell. Find out more about these successful NSW businesses by reading their stories below.


Roy Wilkinson has worked 16 years for the hat-making business, Akubra. The fifth-generation family business is based in Kempsey and has been a member of NSW Business Chamber for over 85 years.
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Balcony Bar & Restaurant

Wage costs are a burden for Paul Water, owner of the Balcony Bar & Restaurant in Byron Bay. The local employer estimates that wage costs for the business have increased by over $180,000 every year since the introduction of modern awards.... more

La Baracca Espresso Bar

“You can feel isolated in business, but the Chamber makes you part of a bigger picture,” says Steve Krieg, owner of La Baracca Espresso Bar in Lismore.Originally from Western Australia, Steve opened the café doors almost seven years ago, creating a popular destination – and much-needed jobs – in the country town.... more

Excel Hydraulics

The former apprentice runs a successful business that fixes any kind of problem relating to industrial hydraulics – building new systems, repairing machinery, selling components, and his specialty – removing contaminants from the oil itself. Long hours are spent standing in the workshop, tending to large machines that compact cardboard or bend steel.... more

Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO)

Denise Hardy, CEO of Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO), is overseeing work to grow the organisation’s profile in the community. As the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolls out by 2018, disability service providers grapple with marketing to a new audience, as government funding shifts from service providers to individuals.... more

Norco Cooperative Limited

Tracing its heritage back to 1895, Norco is a farmer-owned dairy cooperative with almost 200 farms servicing its requirements for milk and ice cream. “We have over 700 employees and 28 rural stores from Bundaberg to Newcastle,” says HR Manager, Yasmin Lawrence.... more

Resources for Profit

“I was liaising with a potential client, and the relationship was moving along slowly. I dropped the award into our conversation, and the whole position changed. I would argue that it won us the contract, which is worth several hundred thousand dollars to us.”... more

SNP Security

SNP Security is a fully-integrated security solution provider, from designing industry leading CCTV solutions, to guarding some of Australia’s most famous landmarks, and managing the roll-out of innovations within Aviation Security.... more

Stone & Wood Brewery

Opening doors in Byron Bay six years ago, the brewery was instantly taken to heart by the community. Demand quickly grew, leading to the operation of a second, larger brewery in Murwillumbah. ... more

Ultimate Suspension

Ken began his family business in 1975, customising suspension for all kinds of vehicles. Today, Ultimate Suspension exports to the world, with customers including NATO, the World Food Program, the Paris-Dakar international rally, and to war zones such as Afghanistan.
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Amanda is a Graphic Designer and owner of VAADA (Visual Arts and Design Agency). After a career in Sydney, Amanda sought a ‘tree change’, moving back to Orange to start her own business. “VAADA grew quickly, so I had to step up from being a sole trader to becoming an employer,” recalls Amanda.... more

Orange Precision Metalcraft

Mark is a 25-year member of NSW Business Chamber. He subscribes to WorkplaceInfo, which keeps HR/IR professionals updated with news and information.... more

Australian Architectural Hardwoods

Located on the outskirts of Kempsey, Australian Architectural Hardwoods has been manufacturing a variety of products from recycled hardwoods since 1993.... more

Harwood Marine

The value of membership, “It’s the comfort of having a big brother speak for you.” says Ross Roberts, Harwood Marine, Yamba... more

Morning Glory Cafe

Responding directly to NSW Business Chamber’s advocacy efforts, NSW Government reduces workers compensation premiums by an average of 7.5 per cent. What does it mean to a small business?

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W.E. Smith.

Power stations, mines, and oil and gas refineries – are all powered by large and sophisticated machinery. For over 80 years, W.E. Smith has supplied process and heat exchange equipment for these industries, designing and manufacturing equipment that can weigh over 100 tonnes and rise above six metres.... more

Yenda Producers Cooperative

Set up in 1925 to cater for soldier settlers who were given land for their service in World War I, Yenda is a farmer’s cooperative based in the Murrumbidgee. Today,1,600 shareholders and a turnover in excess of $50 million is evidence that Yenda Producers is going from strength-to strength.... more