Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
Develop, Promote and Connect your Business
The Bay Area, consisting of Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston, is a truly unique community. Located on the Southern Oregon Coast, home to some of the most spectacular beaches and sand dunes in the world, the Bay Area has become a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and retirees to experience living in the unspoiled beauty that surrounds us, and is the perfect nest for young families to grow.
Our business community accentuates individuality and character while our retailers strike a balance between distinctively local shops and nationally known chains.
So whether you’re a first time visitor, prospective new resident or business owner considering relocation, once you come here, you’ll never want to leave.
The Chamber Minute 01/27/23
Top 10 reasons to join the Chamber: Number 4, Gain a voice in government. Country singer Aaron Tippin had a song a few years ago entitled, “You got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything”. Our Legislative Action Team (LAT) takes that to heart. It’s important for your Chamber to promote those things which give us a positive economic climate to grow your business and create a healthy community for your family. The LAT has actively participated in every legislative session since 2011. The 2022 short session running 35 days at the legislature was intense. With its compressed “bill to law” processing time, it was filled with challenges for Oregon businesses and communities which the LAT was striving to balance for all of us. In the 2023 long session the public will once again get to access the capitol in person. The LAT will track and work the bills in support of the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce (OSCC) Legislative Agenda. While we have not been successful in every fight in the past, the Chambers of Commerce in Oregon, are having an impact in Salem. The LAT, over the past few years, has developed a strong relationship with […]
The Chamber Minute 01/20/23
Top 10 reasons to join the Chamber: Number 2, Increase your visibility in the community. 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 […]
The Chamber Minute 01/06/23
Often you have heard me say that the Chamber’s strength comes from utilizing the vast collective experiences and energy of our diverse membership of over 540 businesses. So how do we do that? In many ways, it’s through their participation on one of our teams. Let me re-introduce you to those committee opportunities we expect to be active in 2023. Ambassadors—Are the Red-coated welcoming team that greets dignitaries, cuts ribbons at grand openings and hosts Business after Hours each month. They also have an important role in promoting membership communication through regular visits to all. Business Development & Support—works for a positive business climate which promotes retention, expansion and recruitment activities throughout Oregon’s Bay Area often with our other South Coast economic development partners. A new aspect of this group is the Business Builders monthly seminars on subjects important to your operations. Natural Resources—helps to educate the public on timber and fishing issues and other natural resource opportunities which affect our coastal community and economy. This team works in concert with the LAT. Legislative Action Team (LAT)—Serves as an advocate for Chamber members and the business community in local and state issues impacting quality of life, growth and business viability. […]