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South Burnett groups have been keen to embrace video conferencing to beat COVID-19 isolation and keep their networks intact.

The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) held its first virtual meet’n’greet on Tuesday 5th May.

The KCCI meet’n’greets are usually held every six weeks, although the recent schedule has been disrupted due to COVID-19.

This time the KCCI opted to meet for the first time on Zoom and attracted 23 participants.

Compere for the one-hour meeting was KCCI president Damien Martoo with guest speakers Kristy Frahm (BIEDO), South Burnett Regional Council economic development portfolio holder Cr Kirstie Schumacher, Opposition Leader and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, and Brisbane-based consultant Grant Doyle, from ExecForce

Mr Doyle talked about business strategies to prepare for the post-COVID world as well as the importance of a “24/7” business plan in these rapidly changing times.

Participants also discussed the South Burnett / North Burnett water review; the South Burnett Regional Council’s procurement policies; and free “microcredential” and financial resilience courses being offered by TAFE Qld.

The next KCCI meet’n’greet has been pencilled in for June 16, but whether it will go ahead in a physical location or online will depend on what restrictions are in place at that time.