Ray Hunt’s Presidency of Highfields District Business Connections over the past two and a half years has seen both growth and challenge because of the changing dynamics of Highfields and the ongoing COVID restrictions.  HDBC was formed to provide networking and collaboration opportunities for local business and emerging community issues reflective of the expanding infrastructure and diverse needs of the residents.  It has been Ray’s role during his term to build resources and for the organisation to develop options for future planning for community facilities.

One of the most significant goals of HDBC is to support Members and Associates in meeting the future business growth and facilities in the Highfields area and to identify and support those growth areas.  One such developing areas is the local vendors providing quality products, venues, accommodation and services to the wedding industry.  HDBC provides a variety of means for communicating the opportunities and initiatives through its monthly meetings, its fortnightly business workshops, offering complimentary access to a Zoom service, its newsletter, and guest speakers and networking with bodies such as SEGRA, RDA and TSBE.

With such a suite of tools at his fingertips, Ray is pleased to be able to support and communicate the upcoming ABIA Weddings and Business Leaders Breakfast event.  The significance and potential at local regional, state and national level of this partnership between ABIA and its Managing Director, Natasha O’Meara and Kim Cahill’s Toowoomba Darling Downs (TDD) is enormous.  The possibility of collaboration with this national body to promote the capacity of Toowoomba’s micro and small businesses allied to the wedding industry is untapped.  Having Toowoomba’s as yet undiscovered location potential to provide different partnerships and collaboration for pre and post wedding destination packages is the sort of area in which HDBC can play a vital role in promoting.

The Breakfast event, with MC Belinda Sanders, introduces ABIA to Toowoomba, provides exchanges with key business and political leaders and the message of collaboration from local business champion, Kim Cahill  at The Oaks, Ruthven Street from 6.30-8.30 am on 9th July.

The organisers thank HDBC President Ray and the members for supporting this event, and the ongoing benefits which will flow to local businesses from this.

Blog by Molly B