Byron business using Community Engine to give

63 not-for-profit groups across the Northern Rivers have signed up to raise money through Community Engine’s $100,000 giveaway. 43 businesses are also on board raising money for their favourite groups.

Byron’s premier tourism portal is getting behind the Byron Community Centre, directing their ample traffic to the giveaway campaign.

“Our year to date traffic is up 14%, which means an extra 78,000 visitors and 456,000 pageviews for Byron businesses so far this year” said’s Rick Slater. “It’s also the one year anniversary of our website redesign this week, so we are celebrating by pushing this campaign and raising much needed cash for the Community Centre”.

“We are excited to be onboard” said the Byron Community Centre’s Amanda Gorr. “It’s a fantastic initiative by Community Engine and we’re grateful for’s support. Please help us help our community by going to Community Engine and following and the Community Centre”.

This year Community Engine launched a pilot for their social commerce website. The pilot has been successful and now the company is expanding its reach. To say thanks for hosting the pilot program and to help launch the community building tool nationally, Community Engine is giving $100,000.00 to Northern Rivers not-for-profit groups.

“Any new followers of Northern Rivers organisations on the engine attract $1 each” said Dean Power, who heads up Community Engine’s Northern Rivers branch. “So we encourage groups to claim your profile and ask people to follow you. It’s all free and takes no time at all. If you’re a not-for-profit group you keep the money, if you’re a business you can donate the money you raise to your favourite group.

“It’s been a joy connecting locals, as so many had previously felt that e-commerce or even having a web presence were beyond their reach”. is a website to help small businesses and community organisations find new customers and members, stay in touch and sell online. For everyone else it’s a personal guide to information, products and services.

“Byron Bay was chosen as the place to start the engine because people here have held onto their village values” said Dean Power. “We are about putting business into the community and putting community back into business”.

Not-for-profit groups signed up so far include BayFM, Byron Youth Service, Mullumbimby Community Gardens, Byron Community Centre, Byron Visitor Centre, Ocean Shores Community Association, Northern Rivers Community Foundation and Sunshine Coach Mullumimby.

The tool is free to use with only a small fee for processing payments (4.5% for community groups, 6.5% for business).

To raise money go to or call 1300 266686 or email or drop in to the office at 1 Byron Street Byron Bay.

Downloadable images:
Photo 1 –’s Rick Slater
Photo 2 – Community Engine’s Dean Power with client David Styles
Photo 3 – Community Engine’s Koby Hagenfelds


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