Emerald businesses are concerned about the Little Green Book which is yet to be published for 2011.
Emerald businesses are concerned about the Little Green Book which is yet to be published for 2011.

Business directory on backburner

THE Little Green Book is causing a big stir with some advertisers asking where the 2011 edition is.

Traditionally published in the early months of the new year, Emerald’s quick business directory is yet to hit shelves and shopfronts, despite advertisers having met the December 2010 deadline.

Small business owner, Shannon Simpson, said she contacted the Emerald Chamber of Commerce – the organisation responsible for compiling the book – and paid her advertising money at the end of last year.

Now, in July, the Little Green Book is still not published and the professional photographer and make-up artist has secured a refund.

“But that’s not the point when there are businesses out there who have paid their money and are expecting the book to be published by now,” Ms Simpson said.

“I got a refund but it wasn’t easy.”

ECC president Victor Cominos was tight-lipped when asked if the book would be published but assured advertisers they would get a product “soon”.

Mr Cominos said a number of factors, not least of which were the floods and an economic recession, were contributing to the delay.

“The Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer organisation and we are putting the booklet together in-house,” he said. “We (ECC volunteers) have our own businesses to run and have dealt with the floods and recession.”

Mr Cominos said any business seeking a refund with a “legitimate” reason would get their money back.

Although a publication date has not been set, he said the book was almost complete and was awaiting publishing confirmation. It would now become a mid-year to mid-year version, he added.


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