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New Batavia chamber executive director shares insights

BATAVIA – As the new executive director of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, Holly Deitchman said she wants to make the organization even more of a resource for local businesses.

"We have lots to offer to the community and we want to continue to offer so much more," Deitchman said to members of the Batavia United Methodist Church on Sunday.

Deitchman spoke as part of the church's monthly program to have different community members or organizations speak at the church. The program began in January.

"It's connecting the church with the community," said Deb Mengler, the church's director of Christian education. "It's educating the congregation about what is going on in the community."

Deitchman started as the Batavia Chamber's executive director in February after the resignation of Roger Breisch, who lead the chamber for almost 10 years. She had been the station manager of BATV since July 2008.

A Batavia resident for 12 years, Deitchman has been involved in the community since moving here.

"I definitely wanted to be a person that was part of the community, not just a resident," she said.

As the Batavia Chamber's new executive director, Deitchman said she hopes the chamber can provide even more networking opportunities for local businesses.

"We have members from all over the western suburbs," she said. 'We try to bring businesses together."

One of her goals is to increase the chamber's membership. The Batavia Chamber currently has 283 members.

"That means more people can come together to share ideas and better each other," Deitchman said.

The Batavia Women in Business group is an active part of the Batavia Chamber, and sponsors luncheons that feature different guest speakers.

"We do lots of events to educate our members," she said.

More information about the Batavia Chamber of Commerce is available by going to http://www.bataviachamber.org.

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