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Manawatu Chamber of Commerce – Handing on the Baton!


Manawatu Chamber of Commerce launched the Manawatu Young Chamber Board (“MYCB”) on 1 March 2018. The purpose of the MYCB is to bridge the gap between businesses and youth. MYCB will provide a platform for youth to have a voice in the business community and will offer an opportunity for its members to tap into knowledge, skills and experience that will help them to succeed in business.

“The Chamber recognises youth are our future. We want to ‘hand on the baton’ to the next generation, whilst harnessing the inter-generational energy that allows us to learn from each other” says Owen Greig, Chair of the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce. “This is about developing our future leaders”.

MYCB will be able to take advantage of the Chamber’s many connections in the local business community, while at the same time sharing the knowledge it gains through its connections with other regional youth organisations.

“This is an opportunity for us to be the interface of youth organisations with the business community, which we believe will lead to a more vibrant and better connected Region, with clearer pathways for our generation” said Felicia Aull, Co-Founder of MYCB and Youth Ambassador.

Felicia and Mariah Clark (also a Co-Founder of MYCB and Youth Ambassador) have been developing the MYCB concept since July 2017. Both are passionate about the concept. “It’s been great that we have been able to develop this with guidance from our mentors within the Chamber, but with our own input from the beginning as to what MYCB should look like” said Mariah. “Our Board will have people from across the Region and from all walks of life, which will be representative of our generation. We have our core group already established”

Strategic links will be developed, and there will be access to a pool of mentors, business intelligence and training opportunities. “We are really excited about MYCB and look forward to continue working together to strengthen the relationships for our businesses and youth in the Manawatu” said Amanda Linsley, CEO Manawatu Chamber of Commerce.


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