Women put hands up
EUROA Chamber of Commerce has announced their new line up of executives, with local businesswomen taking out the majority.
The new executive comprises of Steph Swift as chair, Jacqui Thomson as secretary, Pam Kiessling as treasurer and Dennis Rebbek as vice chair.
The Chamber of Commerce held its annual general meeting last Tuesday night, which was a positive and well attended event, with Ms Swift saying she looks forward to working with business owners and community leaders to reinvigorate Euroa’s commercial space.
With the AGM having passed and a committee now formed they’re hoping to now gain a better idea of what their long terms goals are going forward.
“We really want to involve every business in town not just the main street, everyone is welcomed,” Mrs Swift said.
Following in the footsteps of her father Chris Thomson, Mrs Swift said being in the business now for a long time she wanted to be able to step up to these sorts of roles and be involved.
“It’s a great way to have a support network for our businesses in town and all be on the same page as one another,” she said.
“I think it’s also good to just socialise with other business owners we don’t usually get to socialise with.”
Taking on the reins of secretary, Ms Thomson said they’ve got quite a big job to do to get it back to its full potential and it’s going to take time.
“We can’t do everything at once and we are still in those early stages of building back up,” Ms Thomson said.
By joining the group you also gain access to the resources made available through the Victorian chamber of commerce, which Ms Thomson said is a really valuable source of information for business owners.
Since the AGM the group has seen already a big influx in interest from local businesses, which they welcome and hope to only continue to grow, with their upcoming projects.
Starting with a simple yet fun idea put forward at the October meeting, the Chamber is offering a $ 500 first prize to the business that promotes their enterprise in the most “eyecatching” way.
Entries will be in photoformat ( or vinyl poster) which will then be displayed in the empty shop windows in Binney Street.
Every business has received an invite to participate and it is hoped that every company or enterprise will take the opportunity to “sell themselves” in a fun and original way while adding to the spirit of Xmas goodwill.
Two generous businesses have kindly donated a substantial cash prize of $ 500 as an incentive for the First Prize winner, which will be judged on Thursday, December 20 at 7pm by a team of local qualified photographers.
For businesses situated in the main street, they can put their own poster in their own front window and for those outside your posters will be placed in empty shop fronts.
Its’ the responsibility of each individual business to arrange and take the photo and then email it through to Damon or Lauren at The Euroa Printers, stating what size you would like and whether you’d like it on paper or vinyl.
It would be fantastic if everybody could have their photo/ s into The Euroa Printers ASAP but ideally by tomorrow, and photos will then be on display through to the new year.
STEPPING UP: Steph Swift and Jacqui Thomson are in the line-up of new executives for the Euroa Chamber of Commerce.