Horsham mum Stacey Taig has been named the new ambassador of Business Horsham and hopes to be a 'sounding board' for local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I was originally involved with the establishment of Business Horsham in 2006, so it's great to be back again," she said.
"This is my first week as the ambassador and I had my first meeting Tuesday via Zoom ... We had 15 members join our open meeting.
"In this role, my main goal is to reconnect with members and be a sounding board for local businesses."
Ms Taig said there have been some great examples of Horsham businesses adapting during the coronavirus pandemic.
"Toy's Garden Restaurant has adapted really well, moving from a dining-based experience to tap-and-go, which has been really successful," she said.
"There are businesses that will change direction completely and during this time, people have to think creatively about how they deliver their business."
Ms Taig was previously the small business advisor and manager for the Wimmera Business Centre, and a business management teacher at Federation University.
"I have been a small business advisor for the majority of my career. I am really passionate about local businesses," she said.
"I would like to think that we are a point of call if anyone needs assistance with their business, or even just to have a chat.
"If people are concerned about particular aspects of their business, Horsham Business is here to help and offer guidance and support."
Long term, Ms Taig hopes to see membership grow and Horsham's business community prosper.
"It's a terrible time, but it has provided us with a unique opportunity to stop and assess how we do things," she said.
"It is important for businesses to look towards technology and provide new products and services during this time."
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