Committee Reports

Committee Reports

In keeping with the board’s mission to make sure that our committee work meets our purpose we begin each meeting with the Chamber’s mission statement and our committee’s vision statement.

BACC Mission and Vision Statement:      Our Business is Helping Your Business

BD&S Vision Statement:               Advocate for business recruitment, retention and expansion activities in the Bay Area and throughout Coos County. The Committee supports and encourages economic growth, new jobs, new technology that will benefit and strengthen the South Coast region, and the infrastructure development that makes it all possible.

Our current focus is to support the Chamber’s Coos County Bold project. To that end, the BD&S committee has chosen to focus on three topics that came from the community outreach to gather bold ideas. Those topics are “Working Together, “Economic Growth” and “Infrastructure”. With this as our focus:

  • We support the Legislative Action Team (LAT) committee’s efforts to inform our business community about upcoming legislative issues that have the potential to directly impact them.
  • We remain involved with the Coos County Housing Action Team’s (HAT) meetings regarding affordable housing issues and ways to support, as well as keeping our business community informed on this topic.
  • We are working on gathering information from our North Bend businesses regarding issues they are facing, what assistance they believe they need and how we can collaborate with them, the City and community in general to help meet those needs and build one voice.
  • We continue to share updates on major business infrastructure projects such as the Jordan Cove Energy Project, Coos County Airport District twice daily flight to/from Portland and the International Port of Coos Bay’s Channel Modification project, and request support for these important projects from our community. We also participate in meetings and provide comments in support of these projects as well as help educate our community regarding them.
  • We continue to be informed about the Community Enhancement Plan (CEP) status and work to educate our business community about how important this is to complete prior to JCEP receiving final approvals to begin construction.

We are reviewing our committee goals and updating these to meet our expectations going into 2020. We are open to any suggestions you may have. If there is an important issue or topic that you believe we should be looking at, please let us know. You are welcome to email the chair, Michele Hampton, at or the Chamber office at with any suggestions.

Our next meeting is October1, 2019. We meet the first Tuesday of every month from noon to 1:00PM in the South Coast Development Council’s conference room in the Newmark Center located at 2110 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay on the 2nd floor. This is a working lunch and you are encouraged to bring your lunch with you.


After a nice summer break, the BACC Education and Workforce Committee is back in full swing! Both North Bend, Marshfield and the Harding Learning Center (HLC) work experience coordinators are excited to build a school / business relationship with one another. By collaborating with employers, educators and job training programs this will help students receive a well-rounded education and relevant training that will prepare them for the workforce and/or college.

On Monday, September 9th, the BACC Education and Workforce Committee met at the Coos Bay Fire Station training room from 12-1. The goal of this committee is to bridge the gap between education and the business community while engaging all students in career opportunities they need to reach and succeed in future jobs. During our meeting, we had 9 business leaders and 5 educators. Steve Delgado, the new HLC work coordinator, spoke about his program. He says that he is anxious to work with his students and help them explore career options. In the past, the HLC has partnered with the Coos Watershed program on several projects. He hopes to place his students in the community whether for employment or volunteering.

Our guest speakers were Kyle Stevens, Interim Director from Southwestern Workforce Investment Board (SOWIB) and Chelsea Corliss, Workforce Program Manager from South Coast Business Employment Corp. They spoke about a new in-school youth program called Recruit Hippo which will service Coos, Curry and Douglas counties. This exciting program will bring Workforce Development staff in the schools to assist students preparing to enter the workplace. Chelsea says the staff will work with students to build resumes, assist with vocational training and employment opportunities just to name a few. Both Kyle and Chelsea have already met with several school administrators, counselors and work experience coordinators and discussed the process. This is great news for our students as they enter the workforce after high school as well as our community.

Our next Education and Workforce meeting will be October 14th (see time and location below). Attending this meeting will be guest speakers Michelle Martin from NeighborWorks Umpqua, Kaley Sweet, MHS Business and Tech teacher and Joanna Goslin, NB Business and Tech teacher along with some junior and senior students.

If you are not getting the invites for the BACC Education and Workforce meetings, please let me know and I will add you to the list.

Stacy Gulseth – BACC Education and Workforce Committee, Chair, Marshfield Asst./ISS Monitor & Key Club Advisor.  541-269-6652 –

Future BACC Education & Workforce Committee Mtg meets the 2nd Monday of each month – 12-1:00

*Tuesday, Nov.12th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St (*Different day)

Monday, Dec. 9th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St

Monday, Jan.13th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St

Monday, Feb.10th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St

Monday, Mar.16th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St

Monday, Apr. 13th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St

Monday, May 11th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St

Our next meeting is on Thursday October 3rd @ Ciccarelli’s.

Tom’s Tire pros..(Ribbon Cutting)Monday October 21st. Open house from 4p till 8p with cutting at 5:30p

(63085 US -101 CB)

BAH will be hosted by Life Care Center Thursday October 31st from 5p till 7p (2890 Ocean Blvd SE CB)

We have a awesome team of Ambassadors! But we can always use more! So, if you are interested please contact Stacy or Lonni and we will be happy to get you involved!


The Leadership Coos Program officially began its year with orientation day on September 10. We’ve got 35 class participants from some great organizations this year and can already see that this year’s class in particular is heavy on leadership. Something new the Steering Committee voted to try out this year was ordering portfolios rather than jackets. We will be watching to see if participants bring their portfolios to the next session!
Speaking of the next session –Natural Resources day is scheduled for October 8. The facilitators have put a lot of effort into making sure the day goes off without a hitch. They’re busy putting the finishing touches on the agenda and it sounds like they have some really fun things planned for the group, including a visit to a local dairy, a drive to the fish hatchery and a trip to Friday Farms – the Freitag’s Cranberry Bogs in Bandon. It’s the perfect fall day!
The Steering Committee held its regular monthly meeting on September 24 and discussed planning for Business & Industry day, which is coming up in November. We were disappointed to learn that Southport Lumber will be unavailable to accommodate our group for a tour this year. The facilitators are working on setting up a tour of Roseburg Forest Products on the North Spit, but have a few other ideas if this doesn’t work out. I’m happy to report that we’ll be taking the group on a tour of Giddings Boatworks, which has boats featured on the television show Deadliest Catch. We’re hoping this stop will be both educational and a crowd pleaser. We end this day with a trip to 7 Devils Brewery and an inspiring talk by its owner, Carmen Matthews. This is always a popular day.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year’s sessions have in store for us. Our new Committee members are bringing some great ideas to the table as the program continues to evolve and grow.
Respectfully Submitted,
Christy Wright
Committee Chair

Chamber Minutes

A weekly update from our Executive Director, Timm Slater

The Chamber Minute 07/06/19

The Chamber is led by a Board of 21 Directors, chosen from its membership. Each year, in September, about 1/3 of them are up for election, for a new three year term. So what does a board member do?

Your Chamber board determines policies and sets goals aimed at improving the well being of our community. They team with other directors in developing a program of work, through the Chamber, that gives the community the greatest opportunity for growth and prosperity. You must believe strongly in the problem solving powers that are created when people are mobilized for action.

Board members are doers, not just policy makers. They lead by example. They all serve on at least one of the Action Teams, like Tourism or Business Development & Support , or Leadership Coos, or Transportation or the Legislative Action team, just to name a few. They encourage other members to actively participate as well. They ensure the Team has clearly defined objectives to meet its responsibilities and challenges. They also have fun.

Your community has succeeded as a result of people working together. Your Chamber of Commerce provides the perfect mechanism for continued community cooperation and success. As a director you have an opportunity—and an obligation—to move your Chamber and the community into an even more exciting future.

So Chamber member, if this sounds like an exciting opportunity to you, throw your hat in the election ring. Give us a call and we will line you up with the nominating committee as it puts together its slate of new directors for the September election.

Remember Our Business is Helping your Business. And like us on facebook.

Top Ten Reasons to Join

Reason #1 to join ….

Gain Credibility Within Your Community
Joining your local Chamber can be a huge credibility booster. In fact, Chamber membership can boost your business’ reputation by 57%.

Consumers often use their Chamber as a resource when seeking out local goods and services. As more and more community members and consumers perceive your business as reliable, you’ll increase your potential for more referrals and new business deals.

Your Chamber of Commerce supports you as you experience this growing positive perception of your business.


Joining your local chamber can positively affect other organizations’ perceptions of your business, and also the views of consumers. Statistics show that 63% of consumers are more likely to purchase from a business that is a chamber of commerce member, and 44% are likely to view those businesses more favorably (Source: American Business Magazine). Plus, some businesses also give discounts for chamber members, a great advantage for small or new entrepreneurs. The reliability and trust your company gains through chamber of commerce membership will boost perception of your brand as an industry leader, and possibly give you the potential to increase revenue.

Reason #2 to join…

As a business person one of the most important things you do is to get the word out about what you produce, its excellent value, your great staff and where you can be found. In today’s world they call that being visible.

As a member, your contact information is in our annual business directory. We produce 5,000 copies each year which are well distributed locally and regionally. Additionally, you are listed on our website, available to those who are seeking your products or services. We also regularly post your announcements to our Facebook page.

Why not be the focus of an evening by holding a Business after Hours at your operation, with two hours to acquaint everyone with what makes you special? Also, our Wednesday Business Connection luncheon gives you many opportunities to promote yourself. Whether it’s the open mic you can use to introduce new staff or products, door prizes provided for drawings at the end of the session or giving a business spotlight.

Visibility comes through sponsorships, too. Sponsorships are highlighted in all our activity advertising. Weekly sponsorships are available for WBC. The Economic Outlook Forum has numerous spots available, as does our BACC awards banquet in January. Or maybe you would like to be a participant, bringing your team to our bowling party or golf tourney or the Highway 101 cleanup.

How about becoming active in one of our committees like tourism, education or business development? Not only are you visible in the community, but you are making it a better place to live.

So, come on down and join the team today, for a better tomorrow.

Remember our business is helping your business, and like us on Facebook.

Timm Slater is executive director of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information on your Chamber, email us at

  • WBC-the Wednesday Business Connection-Weekly networking/Business Luncheon, held Every Wednesday (September-May), Noon at the Mill Casino in the West Salmon Room.  Different Speakers with new topics each week.  Provides many opportunities….Sponsor (Call for exposure details) Attend (Open mic-30 seconds to tell us about your business) Bring a Give-Away to receive a shout-out (Door Prizes)
  • Show off your Business-Host a Business after Hours Event (The Last Thursday of the Month at different locations. Opportunity to Invite members to your business from 5-7 PM to host after hours events-Call to Schedule )~Open House (Much like Business after Hours only can schedule any day/time of the week)~
    Ribbon Cuttings(Celebrate your success with our Ambassadors-Many exposure opportunities

Reason #4 Gain a Voice in Government


Join the BACC Legislative Action Team Committee on the first and third Tuesday, 7 am for video teleconferences, conference room at SWOCC (5th floor, room 505 Tioga Hall