Committee Reports

Committee Reports

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:

  • We support the Legislative Action Team (LAT) committee’s efforts to inform our business community about upcoming legislative issues that have the potential to directly impact them.
  • We remain involved with the Coos County Housing Action Team’s (HAT) meetings regarding affordable housing issues and ways to support, as well as keeping our business community informed on this topic.
  • We are working on gathering information from our North Bend businesses regarding issues they are facing, what assistance they believe they need and how we can collaborate with them, the City and community in general to help meet those needs and build one voice.
  • We continue to share updates on major business infrastructure projects such as the Jordan Cove Energy Project, Coos County Airport District twice daily flight to/from Portland and the International Port of Coos Bay’s Channel Modification project, and request support for these important projects from our community. We also participate in meetings and provide comments in support of these projects as well as help educate our community regarding them.
  • We continue to be informed about the Community Enhancement Plan (CEP) status and work to educate our business community about how important this is to complete prior to JCEP receiving final approvals to begin construction.

We are reviewing our committee goals and updating these to meet our expectations going into 2020. We are open to any suggestions you may have. If there is an important issue or topic that you believe we should be looking at, please let us know. You are welcome to email the chair, Michele Hampton, at or the Chamber office at with any suggestions.

Our next meeting is October1, 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.


After a nice summer break, the BACC Education and Workforce Committee is back in full swing! Both North Bend, Marshfield and the Harding Learning Center (HLC) work experience coordinators are excited to build a school / business relationship with one another. By collaborating with employers, educators and job training programs this will help students receive a well-rounded education and relevant training that will prepare them for the workforce and/or college.

On Monday, September 9th, the BACC Education and Workforce Committee met at the Coos Bay Fire Station training room from 12-1. The goal of this committee is to bridge the gap between education and the business community while engaging all students in career opportunities they need to reach and succeed in future jobs. During our meeting, we had 9 business leaders and 5 educators. Steve Delgado, the new HLC work coordinator, spoke about his program. He says that he is anxious to work with his students and help them explore career options. In the past, the HLC has partnered with the Coos Watershed program on several projects. He hopes to place his students in the community whether for employment or volunteering.

Our guest speakers were Kyle Stevens, Interim Director from Southwestern Workforce Investment Board (SOWIB) and Chelsea Corliss, Workforce Program Manager from South Coast Business Employment Corp. They spoke about a new in-school youth program called Recruit Hippo which will service Coos, Curry and Douglas counties. This exciting program will bring Workforce Development staff in the schools to assist students preparing to enter the workplace. Chelsea says the staff will work with students to build resumes, assist with vocational training and employment opportunities just to name a few. Both Kyle and Chelsea have already met with several school administrators, counselors and work experience coordinators and discussed the process. This is great news for our students as they enter the workforce after high school as well as our community.

Our next Education and Workforce meeting will be October 14th (see time and location below). Attending this meeting will be guest speakers Michelle Martin from NeighborWorks Umpqua, Kaley Sweet, MHS Business and Tech teacher and Joanna Goslin, NB Business and Tech teacher along with some junior and senior students.

If you are not getting the invites for the BACC Education and Workforce meetings, please let me know and I will add you to the list.

Stacy Gulseth – BACC Education and Workforce Committee, Chair, Marshfield Asst./ISS Monitor & Key Club Advisor.  541-269-6652 –

Future BACC Education & Workforce Committee Mtg meets the 2nd Monday of each month – 12-1:00

*Tuesday, Nov.12th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St (*Different day)

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

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

Monday, Feb.10th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St

Monday, Mar.16th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St

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

Monday, May 11th – CB Fire Station Training Rm, 450 Elrod St

Our next meeting is on Thursday October 3rd @ Ciccarelli’s.

Tom’s Tire pros..(Ribbon Cutting)Monday October 21st. Open house from 4p till 8p with cutting at 5:30p

(63085 US -101 CB)

BAH will be hosted by Life Care Center Thursday October 31st from 5p till 7p (2890 Ocean Blvd SE CB)

We have a awesome team of Ambassadors! But we can always use more! So, if you are interested please contact Stacy or Lonni and we will be happy to get you involved!


The Leadership Coos Program officially began its year with orientation day on September 10. We’ve got 35 class participants from some great organizations this year and can already see that this year’s class in particular is heavy on leadership. Something new the Steering Committee voted to try out this year was ordering portfolios rather than jackets. We will be watching to see if participants bring their portfolios to the next session!
Speaking of the next session –Natural Resources day is scheduled for October 8. The facilitators have put a lot of effort into making sure the day goes off without a hitch. They’re busy putting the finishing touches on the agenda and it sounds like they have some really fun things planned for the group, including a visit to a local dairy, a drive to the fish hatchery and a trip to Friday Farms – the Freitag’s Cranberry Bogs in Bandon. It’s the perfect fall day!
The Steering Committee held its regular monthly meeting on September 24 and discussed planning for Business & Industry day, which is coming up in November. We were disappointed to learn that Southport Lumber will be unavailable to accommodate our group for a tour this year. The facilitators are working on setting up a tour of Roseburg Forest Products on the North Spit, but have a few other ideas if this doesn’t work out. I’m happy to report that we’ll be taking the group on a tour of Giddings Boatworks, which has boats featured on the television show Deadliest Catch. We’re hoping this stop will be both educational and a crowd pleaser. We end this day with a trip to 7 Devils Brewery and an inspiring talk by its owner, Carmen Matthews. This is always a popular day.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year’s sessions have in store for us. Our new Committee members are bringing some great ideas to the table as the program continues to evolve and grow.
Respectfully Submitted,
Christy Wright
Committee Chair

Chamber Minutes

A weekly update from our Executive Director, Timm Slater

The Chamber Minute 07/06/19

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. As a director you have an opportunity—and an obligation—to move your Chamber and the community into an even more exciting future.

So Chamber member, if this sounds like an exciting opportunity to you, throw your hat in the election ring. Give us a call and we will line you up with the nominating committee as it puts together its slate of new directors for the September election.

Remember Our Business is Helping your Business. And like us on facebook.

Top Ten Reasons to Join

Reason #1 to join ….

Gain Credibility Within Your Community
Joining your local Chamber can be a huge credibility booster. In fact, Chamber membership can boost your business’ reputation by 57%.

Consumers often use their Chamber as a resource when seeking out local goods and services. As more and more community members and consumers perceive your business as reliable, you’ll increase your potential for more referrals and new business deals.

Your Chamber of Commerce supports you as you experience this growing positive perception of your business.


Joining your local chamber can positively affect other organizations’ perceptions of your business, and also the views of consumers. Statistics show that 63% of consumers are more likely to purchase from a business that is a chamber of commerce member, and 44% are likely to view those businesses more favorably (Source: American Business Magazine). Plus, some businesses also give discounts for chamber members, a great advantage for small or new entrepreneurs. The reliability and trust your company gains through chamber of commerce membership will boost perception of your brand as an industry leader, and possibly give you the potential to increase revenue.

Reason #2 to join…

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 Economic Outlook Forum has numerous spots available, as does our BACC awards banquet in January. Or maybe you would like to be a participant, bringing your team to our bowling party or golf tourney or the Highway 101 cleanup.

How about becoming active in one of our committees like tourism, education or business development? Not only are you visible in the community, but you are making it a better place to live.

So, come on down and join the team today, for a better tomorrow.

Remember our business is helping your business, and like us on Facebook.

Timm Slater is executive director of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information on your Chamber, email us at

  • WBC-the Wednesday Business Connection-Weekly networking/Business Luncheon, held Every Wednesday (September-May), Noon at the Mill Casino in the West Salmon Room.  Different Speakers with new topics each week.  Provides many opportunities….Sponsor (Call for exposure details) Attend (Open mic-30 seconds to tell us about your business) Bring a Give-Away to receive a shout-out (Door Prizes)
  • Show off your Business-Host a Business after Hours Event (The Last Thursday of the Month at different locations. Opportunity to Invite members to your business from 5-7 PM to host after hours events-Call to Schedule )~Open House (Much like Business after Hours only can schedule any day/time of the week)~
    Ribbon Cuttings(Celebrate your success with our Ambassadors-Many exposure opportunities

Reason #4 Gain a Voice in Government


Join the BACC Legislative Action Team Committee on the first and third Tuesday, 7 am for video teleconferences, conference room at SWOCC (5th floor, room 505 Tioga Hall

Welcome New Members

Friends of Boomer Wright

Boomer Wright for State Representative

Jake Pelroy
210 Thorton Oar Ln. Reedsport, OR 97467

Boomer Wright is running to be your state representative for HD 9 because the voice’s of Oregon’s coastal communities are being ignored. See more at

ACTNow Retention Services, LLC 

ACTNOW retention services

Diane Rich
3840 Buccaneer Lane North Bend OR, 97459

Whether you need a simple website upgrade or an interactive on-boarding tool, ACTNow can help you develop your recipe for success.

Operation Rebuild Hope
Krystal Hopper
1520 Sherman Ave Suite 109, North Bend OR, 97459

Fast track housing solutions for veterans and their families.

AirMedCare Network 


Crystal Martinez
2131 NW Aviation Dr. Roseburg, OR 97470

AMCN is America’s largest air medical membership network, providing financial coverage for emergency air medical transport across 38 states including Alaska and Hawaii. Even with medical insurance, air medical transport can result in significant out-of-pocket expenses, however an AMCN membership ensures no out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary flights if flown by an AMCN provider. Do you travel? Our Fly-U-Home membership provides added protection.

Eva Germaine – Shimotakahara 
Eva Germaine – Shimotakahara
Richardson Recovery Center
Rachel Richardson
55 E. 1st St, Coquille, OR 97423

Founded to assist and mentor at-risk individuals who wish to use education as their vehicle to become productive and successful citizens in our community.

Consolidated Electrical Distributors
Cameron Martinez
541 756-4116
726 Chappell Parkway, North Bend, OR 97459

CED has been in North Bend/ Coos Bay since 2008, serving the Oregon Coast from Lincoln City all the way down to Crescent City, CA. We provide just about every piece of equipment that keeps your lights on, your energy flowing, and your lifestyle comfortable. residential, commercial or industrial, we can get it.

Thank you to our January Renewals 

Abel Insurance Agency
Art Signs, Inc.
Avamere Rehab of Coos Bay
B & B Janitorial
Bay Area Foot Clinic
Bay Area Hospital
Bay Clinic, LLP
Bay Optical Lab
Berger’s Top Service Body Shop, Inc.
Bicoastal Media
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Bigfoot Beverages
Boys & Girls Club of SW Oregon
Bridge to Healing
Brown’s Studio / Lifestyle Portraits
Builders First Source
Callery, Martin
Campbell’s Apartments
Cardinal Services, Inc.
CARE Connection
Carson-David Oil
CCD Business Development Corp.
Charleston Merchants Association
Chuck’s Seafood, Inc.
City of Coos Bay
City of North Bend
Clambake Music Festival
Common Ground Mediation
Consolidated Electrical Distributors
Coos Art Museum, Inc.
Coos Bay – North Bend Chapels
Coos Bay – North Bend Water Board
Coos Bay Marine
Coos Bay Sanitary Service
Coos Bay School District #9
Coos Bay Toyota
Coos County Habitat for Humanity
Coos Golf Club
Coos Head Builders Supply, Inc.
Coos History Museum
Crow/Clay & Associates, Inc.
Dave’s Pizza
Dyer Partnership Eng & Plan, Inc.
Engles Furniture, Inc.
Farr’s Hardware
Farwest Tire & Auto, Inc.
Friends of Shore Acres, Inc.
Gordon, Michael CPA, LLC
Grand Management Services
Hanson-Meekins Animal Hospital, Inc.
Honda World
Jackson-Osborn Insurance Agency, Inc.
Johnson Rock Products, Inc.
Jordan Cove Energy
Juul Insurance Agency
Ken Ware Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac
Lake House Vacation Rental
Larry A. Reiber, C.P.A., P.C.
Les Schwab Tire Center – CB
Little Theatre on the Bay
Marineau & Associates
Marler Appraisal Services, Inc
McKay’s Markets/ Freshmart
Miss Coos County Scholarship Pageant, Inc.
Moe’s Super Lube & Car Wash
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Morgan Veterinary Clinic
My Yarn Shop
Myrtle Grove Funeral Services – Bay Area
NeighborWorks Umpqua
North Bend Medical Centers, Inc.
North Bend Powersports
North Bend School District #13
Northwest Community Credit Union
Ocean Ridge Retirement & Assisted Living
Oceanview Memory Gardens & Burial Service
Oregon Coast Vacation Retreat
Oregon Community Foundation
Oregon Department of Human Services
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
Oregon West Management, LLC
Pacific Coast Restoration, LLC
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Plainview Motel & RV Park
Porter’s RV’s
Praus Haus – Bay Burger Inn
R P Properties
Russell W. Clark Insurance Agency
SAIF Corporation
Seaboard Properties
Senator Arnie Roblan
Shoji Planning, LLC
Soroptimists of the Bay Area
South Coast Business Employment Corp.
South Coast Office Supply, Inc.
South Slough Estuarine Research Reserve
Southwest Physical Therapy
Southwestern OR Community College
Star of Hope
Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home
Tan Republic
The Pottery Company
The Vigue Company
The World
Ticor Title Insurance
Tom’s Lock & Key
Tower Motor Company
Umpqua Bank Commercial Loan Department
United Way of SW Oregon
US Bank – CB
Vacation Home at Lighthouse Beach
Vend West Services, Inc.
West Coast Contractors, Inc.
Western Mercantile Agency, Inc.
White, J.W. Painting & Decorating
Yellow Cab Taxi

Member to Member Specials

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Do you have an offer you’d like to share with other Chamber Members? 

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Shared office space for rent at Sol Suites – $260/month

  • Perfect for a satellite office, travelling business person, campaign headquarters, etc
  • Approximately 75 beautifully renovated rentable square feet
  • Convenient downtown Coos Bay location
    • full access to 826 square feet of common spaces
    • shower and bathroom facilities
    • use of high-tech Think Tank video conference room (separate list of amenities, please ask!)
    • includes electricity, gas, water, sanitary, 100Mbps Wifi access.
    • printer/copier available, pay per print
    • use of on site server with owner-supplied hard drive. The server is great for lots of secure file storage, user unlimited, and remote access for uploading and receiving (like a Dropbox).
  • If you are interested, come check us out! Please contact Ciera Milkewicz at 541-266-0877 or

Friends of Sol Suites and the Think Tank (current and previous tenants, Think Tank renters) – Sol Coast Consulting & Design, LLC, Visual Graphics and Design, Oregon Health and Science University’s Campus for Rural Health, 7 Devils Brewing Co., Ocean View Enterprises, Renew Oregon,  Oregon Coast Music Association, Surfrider Foundation, Celebration of Oregon Science (COOS), Octoberfish Committee, Coquille Economic Development Corporation, and many more!

Private office space for rent at Sol Suites – $375/month

  • Full private office space at Sol Suites!
  • Approximately 100 beautifully renovated rentable square feet
  • Convenient downtown Coos Bay location
    • full access to 826 square feet of common spaces
    • shower and bathroom facilities
    • use of high-tech Think Tank video conference room (separate list of amenities, please ask!)
    • includes electricity, gas, water, sanitary, 100Mbps Wifi access.
    • printer/copier available, pay per print
    • use of on site server with owner-supplied hard drive. The server is great for lots of secure file storage, user unlimited, and remote access for uploading and receiving (like a Dropbox).
  • If you are interested, come check us out! Please contact Ciera Milkewicz at 541-266-0877 or

Friends of Sol Suites and the Think Tank (current and previous tenants, Think Tank renters) – Sol Coast Consulting & Design, LLC, Visual Graphics and Design, Oregon Health and Science University’s Campus for Rural Health, 7 Devils Brewing Co., Ocean View Enterprises, Renew Oregon, Coos Watershed Association, Oregon Coast Music Association, Surfrider Foundation, Celebration of Oregon Science (COOS), Octoberfish Committee, Coquille Economic Development Corporation, and many more!