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Thriving Together: The Resilient Ku-ring-gai Business Community in Sydney's Upper North Shore


Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Sydney's Upper North Shore lies the vibrant Ku-ring-gai business community, a tapestry woven with resilience, innovation, and community spirit.Despite facing numerous challenges, this tight-knit network of businesses is contributing to the local economy. The Ku-ring-gai Chamber of Commerce is fostering a strong sense of camaraderie and helping to connect this business community so to build strength by numbers, as well as, support. Our role is to support businesses with networking, education and advocacy with local, state and federal government. 

A Rich Tapestry of Businesses

From boutique stores lining the streets of St Ives to bustling cafes in Turramurra, the Kuringgai business community boasts a diverse array of enterprises. Whether it's family-owned businesses passed down through generations or startups driven by entrepreneurial zeal, each establishment adds its unique flavor to the local landscape. This diversity not only enriches the shopping and dining experiences for residents but also presents ample opportunities for collaboration and support among businesses.

Navigating Challenges with Resilience

Like any community, Ku-ring-gai has faced its share of challenges. Economic downturns, changing consumer behaviours, and the recent disruptions caused by the global pandemic have tested the resilience of local businesses. Also, the rental rates, parking accessibility and influence of corporate investors is having an impact over small businesses. However, time and again, these entrepreneurs have demonstrated their ability to adapt and innovate in the face of adversity. Many have embraced digital transformation, leveraging technology to reach customers beyond traditional brickand-mortar boundaries. Others have pivoted their offerings, introducing new products and services to meet evolving demands. Through it all, a spirit of determination and perseverance has remained the driving force behind the community's success.

Fostering Community Connections

Beyond business transactions, the Ku-ring-gai business community is deeply rooted in fostering connections with local residents. Whether through sponsoring community events, participating in charity drives, or simply engaging in friendly conversations with customers, businesses here prioritize building meaningful relationships. These connections not only enhance the sense of belonging for residents but also contribute to a supportive ecosystem where businesses and residents alike can thrive.

Looking Towards the Future

As the Ku-ring-gai business community looks towards the future, there is a palpable sense of optimism and excitement. With new developments on the horizon and a growing appetite for local experiences, there are boundless opportunities for further growth and collaboration. By continuing to adapt to changing trends, embracing innovation, and nurturing community ties, the businesses of Ku-ring-gai are poised to write the next chapter of their success story.


In the heart of Sydney's Upper North Shore, the Ku-ring-gai business community stands as a shining example of resilience, innovation, and community spirit. Through challenges and triumphs alike, these businesses have woven a rich tapestry that not only contributes to the local economy but also fosters a sense of belonging among residents. As they navigate the road ahead, one thing is certain: the future of Kuringgai is bright, guided by the unwavering spirit of its business community. See for more details. 

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Ms. Adrienne McLean 

Adrienne McLean is the President of Ku-Ring-Gai Chamber Of Commerce. She is the Founder of "The Speakers Practice" offering marketing skills, presentation skills and video marketing skills training for business professionals.
After achieving a Bachelor of Science with Honours (majoring in Organic Chemistry) from the University of Sydney and performing corporate executive roles within the chemical manufacturing industry for over 20 years,she has gone on to receive training as a Professional Facilitator earning Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Workplace Safety and Certificate IV in Small Business management.
Adrienne has experience as a speaker, webinar host, podcaster and  presenter. Adrienne has also been a member of Toastmasters International and achieved the highest award of 'Distinguished Toastmaster', in 2012. She is the author of the book
"Think Bigger, Grow and Succeed",in which she artfully assimilates the experiences of local businesses and narrates how to achieve business goals and aspirations.