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 06/09/23
The Chamber Minute 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. […]
The Chamber Minute 06/02/23
The Chamber Minute Welcome, almost, to the summer of 2023. Today we are going to focus on Gratitude. So, what is it? Gratitude is showing appreciation for and returning kindness. What experiences have you had which you are grateful for? Did you express that gratitude? I know for me, one such person was my scoutmaster Mr. Follas. He taught me the basic elements of working as a team, striving for excellence and how to lead. As an adult I had the chance to convey my appreciation to him, which made all the difference for him and for me. Let me share a story with you about a veteran’s car and a son’s keepsake. Justin Rozier of Moore, Texas, really cherished anything his father once had. As he approached getting a driving permit, he mentioned to his mother that he would really like any vehicle his dad once owned. Dad was an army officer killed in Iraq when Justin was 9 months old. His mom was forced to sell dad’s 1999 Celica to help make ends meet. While there was not much hope in finding it after all these years, she thought she had to try. As she said, “I have […]
The Chamber Minute 05/26/23
The Chamber Minute In the early days of my time in North Bend city government, as we looked for opportunities, I found myself thinking “if only” we had the assets of the County we could really get something done. What I quickly found was the County was saying the same thing about the State and the State was saying the same thing about the Federal government. I was reminded of an old hymn called “Brighten the Corner where you are”. Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do, Do not wait to shed your light afar; To the many duties ever near you now be true, Brighten the corner where you are. Your big time is now and this is your stage to make a difference on. For many years we had a formal Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Each May they had annual RSVP Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. It was there we acknowledged that these folks had given over 100,000 hours of volunteer time to your community. While RSVP is gone, the volunteer service continues. So what does that do? It makes our area viable. We could not afford to pay for those services. […]