Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce to be led by interim president until October AGM

 

Chris Gibb is now the interim president of the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce (ACOC).

Chris Gibb is now the interim president of the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce (ACOC).

By Ron Giofu

 

There is a new man at the helm of the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce (ACOC).

Chris Gibb has become the interim president after former president Ray Bezaire stepped down from the position to focus on the increased demands of his business. Gibb, owner and operator of Gibb Insurance, moved up from his vice president position to the presidency last week.

The interim tag will remain until October when the ACOC holds its annual general meeting. Gibb indicated he will likely seek the position at that time.

An ACOC member for five years, Gibb believed he has to actively assist the chamber and the business community.

“It’s one of those things where you have to step up,” he said.

Gibb noted that Bezaire was working with the town’s manager of economic development and strategic asset management Tony DeThomasis regarding bringing a “business incubator” to Amherstburg.  That is a project Gibb said he wants to continue.

“The whole idea is that there are a lot of government grants available to help small businesses get started and defer part of their costs,” said Gibb, adding it helps allow people to create their own jobs. “I’d like to see if we could push that forward.”

With 2014 being a municipal election year, Gibb said the ACOC is hoping it leads to better news ahead for the community.

“As the Chamber of Commerce is for the business community in town, we’re really looking forward to getting past the bad news that has hit the papers in the last year and promote the good things in Amherstburg and the reasons to invest here and buy homes here,” he said. “We’d like to shift the focus from all the bad news since the beginning of the year and put out the good things Amherstburg has to offer.”

Gibb said he would also like to see more business owners working with the ACOC board of directors and invites those business owners to get involved.

“Anyone who wants to help out or pitch an idea, feel free to contact me or (ACOC general manager) Monica (Bunde) at the chamber office,” he said.

Gibb can be contacted at 519-736-8228 or chris@gibbinsurance.ca. The ACOC office, located on the second floor of the Gordon House, can be reached at 519-736-2001 or by e-mail at amherstburgchamber@gmail.com.

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