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Chamber reaching out to local businesses

By: Leslie Griffith, Guest Columnist
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The year 2008 is a time of growth and opportunity for the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce. Since the move to our new location at the corner of Horseshoe Bar and Doc Barnes, we continue to get many new visitors who stop to learn more about our wonderful community and the many businesses that are a part of the Loomis Chamber. The Board of Directors is actively exploring services and benefits we can bring to our businesses and how we might take a more active part of the community. One of the avenues we are looking at is offering a Presidential Circle for our business members, giving them many more added benefits and advertising opportunities. Another goal that I personally have is researching how the Chamber and the Town of Loomis can work more closely together in helping local businesses be more successful, what we can do as a town and chamber to more actively welcome new businesses into the Town of Loomis, and how we can revitalize retail business in our historic downtown area. Russ Kelley, our Mayor, and I are in the beginning stages of meeting with area business and property owners to better understand the needs and struggles of our existing businesses, and the steps the Chamber and the Town can take to bring a positive change that will benefit businesses and bring in new ones. We appreciate the time that some of our business owners have already spent with us and the input and honesty that they have given. Our annual Chamber fundraiser is just around the corner and promises to be another huge hit! As usual, we are offering a murder mystery dinner theater, where all the audience has the opportunity to participate in the who done it style play, titled Sex, Lies, and Politics. The play is based on a mayoral election in a small town “ seems appropriate for our little community! The evening will be filled with laughter, intrigue and action that will keep you on-the-edge of your seat. We will also have our annual silent auction, and a wonderful meal catered by Randy Peters Catering and Event Planning. The event is Friday, April 11, at the Blue Goose. Tickets are available at the Chamber office for $50 a person. Due to the participation between the actors and the audience, seating is limited! So don't delay; get your tickets early before we sell out! To donate an item(s) or service(s) to the silent auction, and/or purchase tickets, please contact the Chamber office at 652-7252. In closing, whether you're a long-time Loomis resident, new to the area, or a business that hasn't taken advantage of being a Chamber member, if you haven't stopped by our new office, please drop in and say hi to our staff, Carol Voyiatzes and Jill Beauchamp. The coffee is waiting, the staff and members are friendly, and you will find loads of information about Loomis, our business members, and, of course, lots of fun Eggplant memorabilia! And ask about our upcoming business mixers, where we welcome the community, as well as our business members! We hope to meet you soon! Leslie Griffith is president of the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce