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Award nomination a reflection of community teamwork

Emma Pritchard

The Grafton Chamber of Commerce has been recognised for their continuous hard work and commitment to their community at the upcoming 2021 Regional Business Awards after receiving a nomination in the Outstanding Local Chamber category.

Describing herself and the whole team as “stoked” by the recent announcement, President of the Grafton Chamber of Commerce Carol Pachos said the nomination is incredibly exciting.

“Even to get recognised as a finalist is huge,” she added graciously.

“I am so proud of our executive team, and we always work closely together.

“The skills, talent and expertise every member of the chamber brings together is so valuable, and this nomination is a recognition of their ongoing dedication.”

Ms Pachos said the nomination also reflects the strong working relationship and supportive network between the chamber and the local community.

The Grafton Chamber of Commerce is steadfastly influential and supportive of local businesses as they continue to negotiate their way through another extremely difficult 12-month period.

Ms Pachos identified one of the strengths of the Grafton Chamber of Commerce as being “their commitment to work closely, respectfully and productively with key stakeholders,” as a strong advocate for the local community.

Their success is also attributed to their recent membership growth which has increased substantially in the past year.

The chamber now boasts more than 180 members, and Ms Pachos is extremely thankful to the community for their ongoing support.

“It means so much to us,” she said appreciatively.

“We’re a part of the community for the community.

“We work strongly with local businesses to help promote them, and we also work closely with Clarence Valley Council (CVC) on local projects including the Grafton Waterfront Precinct development and the Grafton CBD and Transport Strategy.

“Our executive team is formed by people from big businesses, small businesses and sole traders, and we are essentially a voice for the community.”

The Grafton Chamber of Commerce has been nominated alongside the Lismore Chamber of Commerce in the Outstanding Local Chamber category.

Ms Pachos said winning the award would be testimony to the chamber’s executive team and highlight their resilience and commitment to Grafton.

As they wait for the winner to be announced on October 23 via a virtual ceremony due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Grafton Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to hosting their next breakfast meeting on October 20.