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Business Development & Support

Committee Update -07/10/19

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, here are some examples of what we are accomplishing:

  • Assisted businesses struggling to meet requirements to get permitting completed to grow their business.
  • Shared the recent Oregon Employer Council conference information and website to invite local business owners and encourage them to participate or send a key employee to participate. We have also done this same thing for the classes that have been offered by South Coast Development Council and by the Small Business Development Center.
  • We have worked with the local Air Force recruiter to get him connected with local business owners and the Education committee because his goal is to reach out to students interested in trade schools as opposed to college. It is the recruiters experience that 40% of rural students recruited into the Air Force will return home after their tour is over, bringing strong trade skills that enable them to earn family-living wages.
  • We continue to share Jordan Cove Project updates and request support for this important project. This includes educating the community about the project itself as well as the safety precautions being followed and the documented positive reputation of Pembina.
  • We continue to be aware of the struggles that our North Bend businesses have feeling like their voice is not being heard. We support the North Bend council with their commitment to visit each business in person. We also support those businesses on an individual basis.

We will not meet in July due to the Fourth of July holiday. Our next meeting is August 6, 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.

Leadership Coos 2018/19
Quarterly Report
July 10, 2019
Leadership Coos wrapped up its 30th class holding our traditional graduation day at the Coos Bay Yacht Club on May 14. When we began the year back in September, we weren’t sure whether this class would be engaged and bond as a group. By graduation day, they were all sitting together, discussing the events of the day and visiting like old friends. It was a great way to end the year with a wonderful group of people. Special thanks to Pam and Jolene; all of our amazing guest speakers and of course our Steering Committee who put a lot of time and effort into each session.
We also held the Leadership Coos 30th Reunion Celebration on June 20 at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. We couldn’t have asked for better weather! We were fortunate to have some of the best businesses in the area donate to the reunion, ranging from food, beverages, tours and live music. Many of the current and past Steering Committee members were able to reminisce about how it all began and marvel at how much the program has grown. The highlight for me was meeting Bill Lansing and Linda Seely. In speaking with them, you could see that lot of careful thought was put into creating a good solid foundation for this program and I am so thankful they had the vision to make it happen. I must admit that I also loved looking at the old yearbooks and seeing the hairdos!  That’s good stuff!
For our 2019/2020 program, we’ve welcomed several new Steering Committee members. This includes: Karlee Cottrell, Kendell Smith, Anne Flitcroft, Melanie Collier, and Winston “Woody” Wood. Applications for program participants have gone out and are due by August 1. We’ve set the class size is set at 34 people, which is within our typical range. Orientation is scheduled for September 10 and our sub-committee has already met to begin preparations. It’s going to be a great year!
Respectfully Submitted,
Christy Wright
Committee Chair

BACC July Quarterly Committee Report for Education- July 10, 2010

The BACC Education Committee meets every second Monday at the CB Fire Station

Noon- 1:00pm.

On April 8th, the Education Committee met. Present were 16 local business leaders, 5 high school students and 2 high school educators. The focus of April’s meeting was to invite high school students who were interested in hearing about career opportunities. Guest speakers were Jake McClelland from SOWIB (Southwestern OR Workforce Investment Board) and Tina Carpenter from WorkSource Coos – One Stop Center. They discussed support services offered such as youth programs and education training, career counseling and navigating, skill building and resume writing for adults, dislocated workers and youth. Both WorkSource and SOWIB will assist in finding and applying for employment and seek internship opportunities.  It’s great for high school students and others who are not pursuing college and plan to enter the work field.

On May 13th, the Education Committee met again. Present were 20 businesses leaders, 7 high school students and 3 high school educators. The focus of this meeting was to discuss a field career in forestry and timber lands. Guest speakers were Tracy Pierce and Ian Thompson of Rayonier who subcontract and Dan Robertson of Professional Reforestation who supports services in forestry. Both spoke of their company and the success and changes that have taken place in the forest lands over the years. However, there are all kinds of exciting employment opportunities for anyone looking at a career in forestry. From logging, truck driving, land resources, real estate, flagging, tree planting, hunting and recreation, accounting/finance, etc. Plus, the pay is good and there are great opportunities for advancement. A college degree is not always a requirement either. It was nice to see each high school student engaging in conversation and asking questions.

Two BACC Education Committee Extreme Makeovers were held. The first one was on May 11 at Marshfield High School. There were approximately 35 volunteers including several students. We removed several overgrown juniper bushes, dangerous yucca trees along with other invasive plants in the front yard of the campus. Then we shaped the remaining shrubbery, weeded and laid bark chips. Lunch was provided by The Coach House Restaurant.

On June 1, another extreme makeover was held at the South Coast Family Harbor Relief Nursery. We transformed the front entrance by giving all the bushes a major “haircut.” We mowed and edged the lawn and cleaned up the island in the parking lot closest to the nursery.  This really was a transformation. Lunch was provided by NW Natural and some of the SCFH staff. Both extreme makeover events were a success!

Future BACC Education Committee Meetings – 12-1:00

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

Monday October 14th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St

*Tuesday November 12th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St * (Monday is Veteran’s Day)

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

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

February – June- TBA

Stacy Gulseth – BACC Education Committee, Chair, 541-269-6652 –


NOTE: Educators will return to school on Aug. 26-28 for meetings. At that time, I hope to get the work experience coordinators thinking about their programs and what their goals and expectations are for the new school year and how the education committee can support them.

Then be able to discuss this at the September meeting.

The following are some goals to focus on during our future meetings:

  • Cluster businesses together and have them speak at each BACC Ed Comm meeting
  • Have junior and senior students present especially if there are career fields they are interested in learning about
  • Hear from businesses who would like to offer specific training to our students such as work-based learning / internships, job shadowing, customer service and interviewing skills / training, etc
  • Talk about what career-focused courses students could be taking in conjunction with their academic requirements and combined with work-based learning activities
  • Inform both MHS and NB school-to-work experience programs to our local businesses
  • How can our high school programs increase employment retention, develop loyal and dedicated workers?

Please feel free to make suggestions and comments about how schools and businesses can collaborate and better communicate with one another. Making real-world connections can engage students and help them set goals for their live