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Welcome to 2021! The JAA Board and I hope you have all entered in good health and on the back of excellent December trading.

The JAA has certainly hit the ground running as we start to implement projects off the back of the 2020 survey feedback. Starting with furthering our educational offerings, which ranked as a favourite and desirable membership benefit.

In 2021, each month we will be hosting online workshops, via Zoom, for both members and non-members. February will see two workshops on the 2nd and 9th, following they will be held on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding public holidays) at 11am AEST.

Taking in further feedback from the surveys, we will be covering a range of topics that are relevant to your business and staff. The first workshop, which I will be presenting, will cover the benefits of being a JAA member. So, whether you are a current member and want a refresher on your member benefits, have thought about membership but not sure of the benefits or want to know what the JAA is all about, please join me.

The other topics we will cover this year include hallmarking, security, wages and awards, importing and exporting, Australian Consumer Law, complaints resolution, the JAA Code of Conduct and what it means for you, Standards Australia, jewellery knowledge - JAA Technical Guide and preparing your business for Christmas trading. We will have various knowledgeable professionals presenting each topic.

There are many reasons why you should attend these workshops. Firstly, no matter how experienced you are or how long you have been in business, everyone can learn. For those working in a small business it can be particularly isolating, especially in these times, and without exposure to a variety of points of view, we can miss new ideas and trends, hampering our ability to grow our business. Secondly, attendance also provides a great opportunity to connect with others in the field, which you may not have had otherwise. Perhaps you are a little shy or introverted, don’t worry as it is still beneficial to listen in and you can even engage through the online chat option. Embrace the opportunity to expand your industry contacts; there is power in being connected to other people who are active in your line of work. Thirdly, you can do it all from the comfort of your own workspace, no travel expenses involved. Simply said, it is convenient.

Additionally, some think joining an industry association is enough but to capitalise on the return on your investment you need to be engaged and participate in order to maximise your benefits. The JAA is here to work for you, your business, and your industry.

To register your attendance or to find out more, visit jaa.com.au/workshops

I look forward to seeing you online.

Jo Tory
JAA President

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