Chamber Committees

Ambassadors

The Chamber’s red-coated welcoming committee greets visiting dignitaries, cuts ribbons at grand openings and assists with Business After Hours events. Meetings are held at noon the First Thursday following the first Board of Directors meeting each month at rotating locations. ($40 annual dues and purchase of red jacket required.)

Contact: Stacy Gavette at 541-267-7804 or orcon@uci.net

Business Development & Support

Advocate for business recruitment, retention and expansion activities in the Bay Area and throughout Coos County. 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. Meets  the Third Thursday of the Month, Noon at Umpqua Bank
Contact: Michele Hampton at 541-269-4244 or mhampton@bannerbank.com

Natural Resources

Supports two of Oregon’s original key industries, working to educate the public on timber and fishing issues which affect our coastal community and our economy. Meets the third Friday of each month at 7am at the Red Lion Hotel.

Contact: Tim Huntley (541) 297-1140 Tim.huntley@kniferiver.com

Legislative Action Team

Mission is to serve as an advocate for Chamber members and the business community in local and state issues impacting quality of life, growth, and profitability of member businesses and their employees. Purpose is to increase the Chamber’s influence in the development of public policy concerning issues of critical importance to the future of the Bay Area and its businesses. Gets in on the action at the Oregon legislative sessions and helps shape local government decisions that will maintain a healthy business climate. Conducts candidate forums during election years. Meets monthly on the third Tuesday, 7am at America’s Mattress
Contact: Tom Burdett 541-756-7142 tom@bntpromo.com

Wednesday Business Connection (WBC)

The mission of the Forum Committee is “To provide an opportunity for businesses to network with each other, market products and services and expand their knowledge of the Bay Area business climate”. This committee is charged with continuing the weekly Business Luncheon Forums (with an attendance from 50-100 persons per week). The Forums focus on the positive aspects of doing business in Oregon’s Bay Area. Speakers and subject matter include new businesses moving to the area, business expansions, successful existing businesses and general information that pertains to doing business here. The weekly forum gives an opportunity for networking with other businesses with the prospect of expanding the individual business clientele. The WBC is always seeking new ways to educate the community and expand the value of networking opportunities. Lunch Forums are held each Wednesday from 11:30 to 1:00 at The Mill Casino-Hotel except for the summer months of June, July and August.

Contact: Timm Slater at 541-266-0868 or timmslater@oregonsbayarea.org
or Deena Gisholt at 541-269-7929 or deena.gisholt@opbc.com

Leadership Coos

CoosLeadershipParticipants gain a comprehensive awareness of our area as they prepare for new roles as community leaders and are introduced to businesses and services available throughout the area that they may not have been aware of previously. Speakers share information on the changing and dynamic Bay Area as they facilitate connections between the participants and volunteer opportunities within local community organizations. Program commitment required: Tuition and one day per month from September through May. Enrollment is limited.

Contact: Deena Gisholt at 541-269-7929 or deena.gisholt@opbc.com
or Pam Cottrell @ 541-266-0868,  pcottrell@oregonsbayarea.org

Marketing & Communication

This team reviews all means of communication, press releases, email notes, website, social media, radio and others, to ensure that our message gets out successfully. They also work on branding the Chamber, develop a tag line, and oversee the monthly Newsletter. They review and improve our mail material to visitors and folks relocating to the area. Monthly meetings are held the Second and last Friday of the Month, at Umpqua Bank.

 Contact: Pam Plummer at 541-269-1122 or pamplummer@umpquabank.com 

Membership Development

Our small but mighty team assists Chamber staff in reinforcing the value and benefits of membership to maintain a strong and viable organization. Assist with membership recruitment drives, fund raising projects, regular “Meet & Greet” events and a Mentoring program. Meetings are held the third Tuesday each month, 8:15 at Oregon Pacific Bank.

Contact: Heidi Proett at 541-269-7929 or heidi.proett@opbc.com

Tourism

Takes a leadership role in developing and improving tourism partnerships and communications on local, regional, county and state-wide levels. Provide ideas, resources, and programs to support new and expanding tourism-based businesses. One of the most active committees, this group takes action to increase the value and strength of the local tourism industry including everything from highway tour routes and mountain bike trails to hosting the Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Meets the Fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 am in the CB VIC conference room.

Contact: Jennifer Groth at 541 -756-8531 or jennifer@flyoth.com

Transportation

Works continuously to insure that highways, rail and air services are maintained and upgraded to better serve the businesses and residents of the south coast. Meets the second Thursday of the month at noon in the CB VIC conference room.

Contact: Rick Skinner 541-260-2705 or rick.skinner@charter.net

Education

Our mission is to provide support to our local schools so they have the resources to help students achieve their dream and become productive adults. The committee is supporting the schools by improving communication with business community, monitoring school performance, recognizing excellence, exposing students to careers and job opportunities, enhancing facilities, and advocating for appropriate funding. The committee meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at noon in the Shark Bites Theater.

Contact: Jayson Wartnik at 541-269-9338 x 234 or jayson.wartnik@hmwcpas.com

Events 

Our Event Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month, 8am at the Coos Bay Visitor Center. We focus on planning fundraising Events for the Chamber that are fun and beneficial for everyone. We reach out to our Members for raffle prizes, new venue places and event ideas. We are always welcoming new Members to join us that want to share their exciting ideas, if this sounds like something you’re into…. Contact: Allison Richards at 541-888-9799 x 2123 or allison@cardinal-services.com