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.
Leadership Coos 34th Annual Session
The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and our hardworking Steering Committee are thrilled to announce our upcoming class of 2023/2024 is open for enrollment!
The deadline for applications is August 1st. Don’t delay!
We only have 30 spots available, and historically have a waitlist. This is an incredible program that shares the inner workings of the Bay Area with local leaders. Field trips for adults once a month on the second Tuesday of the month September through May.
See attached brochure for more information!
The Chamber Minute 09/29/23
The Chamber Minute When I first ran for city council, many years ago, I was looking for a way to convey the commitment and energy I thought a councilor should have. While looking through a local antique store, I found a large and colorful early ‘40s book on the Little Red Hen. As you recall she found some wheat grains. She then asked for help in planting, tending, harvesting, processing and baking the product. But she found no one was interested in working to get the prize—warm fresh bread. So she did it herself and made a difference. That’s the attitude of success. Your Bay Area Chamber has a whole flock of little red hens and roosters. We are truly benefiting by the “mountains of bread” they are producing. The Legislative Action Team, hardworking and successful in prior sessions, actively participated in the 2023 Legislative long session to promote business and community. The issues were tracked daily as the LAT worked with the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce lobby team to have an impact, used the VoterVoice system to convey our positions to those in Salem and built a strong working relationship with our legislators though video conferencing twice monthly […]
The Chamber Minute 09/22/23
The Chamber Minute 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 and Community Profile. 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. In this post COVID-19 world, we are, once again, offering all of our networking opportunities. For example our Business after Hours programs, which will make you the focus of an evening on the last Thursday of each month, with two hours to acquaint everyone with what makes you special. Spots are open in our 2024 schedule. Also, our Wednesday Business Connection (WBC) luncheons started again in September and run through May 2024. They give you many opportunities to promote yourself. Whether it’s the open mic […]
The Chamber Minute 09/15/23
The Chamber Minute A community tradition was born in 1987 when the Friends of Shore Acres decided to “string a few lights” to help celebrate the holidays. That first season, 6,000 miniature lights, one large Christmas tree, and the decorated Garden House drew 9,000 visitors. Now in its 36th year of bringing magic to the Coast, Holiday Lights with 325,000 LED lights – many decorated Christmas trees, lighted sculptures, entertainment in the pavilion, and a beautifully decorated Garden House draws 40,000 to 50,000 visitors each season. Inside the Garden House, scrolls of names are a tribute to business supporters and the more than 1,500 volunteers who make it happen. So beginning Thanksgiving day through the entire month of December, plan to make the trip to Shore Acres for Holiday Lights. Make sure you visit the Friends of Shore Acres website and sign up for the timed entry reservation information. These will cut down those long traffic lines to get into the lights each. Also, don’t forget to sign the registry in the Garden House and enjoy the free hot spiced cider and cookies. But why bring that up now? Well Saturday October 14th the light stringing at Shore Acres starts and […]