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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.

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