Pres­i­dent shares pas­sion

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

MELVILLE Cock­burn Cham­ber of Com­merce (MCCC) pres­i­dent Tony Ro­mano says his pas­sion for small busi­nesses was be­hind his suc­cess­ful bid for an­other 12 months in the role.

Mr Ro­mano was voted in for a sixth term as pres­i­dent dur­ing the MCCC’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 25.

He said the chance to work with and pro­mote busi­nesses kept the role in­ter­est­ing.

“We want to give small busi­ness own­ers the chance to meet other peo­ple in the same boat,” he said.

“I’m a small busi­ness owner my­self, so I think I can re­late to what it’s all about.

“I en­joy meet­ing new peo­ple and pro­mot­ing lo­cal busi­nesses in the com­mu­nity.”

The cham­ber was es­tab­lished in Melville in 1984 to fos­ter busi­ness growth and de­vel­op­ment in the district.

With 150 mem­bers and spon­sors, in­clud­ing the cities of Melville and Cock­burn, Mr Ro­mano said the MCCC was now in the best shape he had seen it.

He said af­ter-hours func­tions had proven pop­u­lar over the last year, as had its ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams.

“We’re not try­ing to do any­thing fancy,” he said.

“We’re a fa­cil­i­ta­tor of ser­vices, not a de­liv­erer, so we bring peo­ple in who we think will be ben­e­fi­cial.”

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Tony Ro­mano has been re-elected as Melville Cock­burn Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent.

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