The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been recognised for the work the team does in supporting local business.
The chamber has been nominated for a Regional Achievement and Community Award in the Community TAB Community Service Award category.
Chamber chief executive officer Kylie Ryan said the organisation had worked hard to see the development of business and economic development in Esperance.
“We are really passionate about local business, regional business and small business,” she said.
“By default also then the community, because if business is going well the community is doing well.”
Ms Ryan said activities the chamber ran such as The Business and Industry Forum supported those aims.
“The Business Excellence Awards are our other major event for the year,” she said.
“That’s around recognising and celebrating the businesses that we have here.
“We know that every other day of the year they're out there doing it pretty hard, so this is a nice pause in that to take a moment to reflect on what they've done.”
From July 2, 2018 the Esperance Chamber independently provided the Business Local Program, after previously having subcontracted through the Kalgoorlie Chamber of Commerce from 2015 to 2018.
“We were really proud of our efforts there, we showed that we are able to stand up on our own two feet we don't always have to lean on our bigger brother up the road,” Ms Ryan said.
She said the chamber was stoked to have successfully tendered for the program and said the service was free, regardless of whether businesses were members of the chamber or not.
“That program is to listen to businesses and to put an activity into place from what we’re hearing,” she said.
Chamber business adviser Tammy Maloney said the organisation was looking to grow their membership.
“We’re a not for profit, so we exist through membership and sponsorship,” she said.
“The more members we have the stronger we become as a voice.”
Regional Achievement Award winners will be announced at a presentation on Friday, October 19.