Who we Are
In January 2009 a small group of likeminded professionals met to discuss the idea of establishing a network to promote and encourage people with a professional qualification to consider the Shoalhaven as the place to further their careers.
Today the Shoalhaven Professional Business Association (SPBA) is an incorporated entity creating opportunities for professionals and businesses in the professional industry sector in the Shoalhaven. With the wholehearted support and encouragement of Shoalhaven City Council, TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute and the Shoalhaven Campus of the University of Wollongong, SPBA is building relationships – business to business, business to education and business supporting the community.
We are a group of professionals who are passionate about the beautiful Shoalhaven and believe in the future of our businesses in this area.
SPBA is a not for profit association representing the professions, including:
- Building Consultants
- Employment Trainers
- Surveyors and
- Town Planners
- Local Government
- Management and teams in community organisations
- Allied Health
- Marketers and Public Relations
- Human Resources
- Defence Industry Sector
- Financial Advisors and Managers
- Industrial Chemists
We are constantly seeking interest from businesses employing professional staff and other interested people who share our aim to make the Shoalhaven the number one choice for a professional career.
SPBA believes in.
- More local jobs
- More education
- More training
- More local careers
- Providing greater choice for the residents of the Shoalhaven
Since we began our journey we have participated in the Gilmore Jobs Forum, the Shoalhaven Career Expo and the Shoalhaven Business Awards. We work with our partners and supporters especially the Shoalhaven City Council, UOW Shoalhaven Campus, TAFE NSW and the Shoalhaven Business Chamber.
In June 2010 and March 2011 spba delivered “A Professional Snapshot” which enabled school students aspiring to enter the professions to have a “taste” of life in a professional business. By opening up our member businesses to future professionals we generate increased interest in growing the opportunity for creating professional positions in our area. The Professional Snapshot has now been delivered annually and the program grows each year with over 100 students participating in 2017. This program is in partnership with Shoalhaven Schools and Careers Advisors, Shoalhaven City Council Economic Development and spba member businesses.
This year will see us taking an even more active role in promoting employment opportunities for professionals (and those keen to upskill).
In 2014, spba delivered a mentor program for young professionals. The program was sponsored in its first year by NAB and UOW Shoalhaven Campus. The program mentored 15 young professionals from various local professional businesses. The program is now in its fourth year and is at capacity with young mentors being mentored by experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the region. The program has been sponsored each subsequent year by Southern Phone (through Shoalhaven City Council Economic Development) and UOW Shoalhaven Campus. The aims of the program are to provide:
- Greater connections and networks within young professionals
- Greater connections and networks widely among Shoalhaven professionals and young professionals
- Increased knowledge and skills
- Increased personal confidence
- Learning opportunities
- The opportunity for members to engage more fully with young professionals
- Acknowledgement and recognition of Shoalhaven young professionals
- Increased profile and reputation of spba
- Delivery of member needs for spba
- Presentation opportunities within spba
- Increased awareness of knowledge, skills and experience of people in the Shoalhaven
Spba surveys its members each year to discover what the members needs are, how the professional industry sector is growing in the Shoalhaven and members’ level of satisfaction with the Association. We need to know spba is relevant and of value to our members. From the annual survey over the past 5 years, the professional industry sector businesses are growing and employing professionals (from within and outside of the Shoalhaven) and support people. Our members requested for spba to provide networking opportunities, support for young professionals and more professional development.
In 2016 spba formed a management committee to develop an Executive Leadership and Management Program. Spba Leadership Compass was created – a program that combines fortnightly sessions – with a Guest Leader presenting monthly. In the alternate fortnights, a peer peer to peer management environment for sharing and confidential discussion combined with management skills workshops. Spba partnered with Illawarra ITeC, a Registered Training Organisation, to expand the spba Leadership Compass to a program where participants could choose to do the 6 month Leadership Compass or gain a national accredited qualification with the 12 month Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management. We thank Illawarra ITeC, the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Program and the spba Management Committee in developing this program.
Spba is fulfilling its objective in promoting the Shoalhaven as a regional force and promoting the development of the Professions in the Shoalhaven. Spba is now represented on many regional Committees including the Shoalhaven Business Chamber and Council Economic Development Committee. We see the importance of the Professions being represented at all levels for the growth of the industry in the region to promote business growth, employment and social wellbeing in this vibrant regional economy.
We are involved in social gatherings with guest speakers which enable young professionals to network and share ideas.
In 2013 the Shoalhaven young professionals group was formed. The Shoalhaven young professionals meet regularly to create opportunities for increased networks and opportunities for young professionals who live in the region and young professionals who are new to the region.
Our participation in the community of the Shoalhaven will continue to grow as member numbers increase and ideas continue to flow.
- Steven Bayer
- Shoalhaven Professional Business Association Inc
If your business is interested in being part of a dynamic and connected professional industry business group, contact us to request a membership form.