The annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet is set for Saturday, Jan. 27. Besides acknowledging the officers, board members, and committee chairs for the past year, and introducing the members who will serve in those roles for the upcoming year, we have a variety of awards and recognitions which truly make this a community celebration.

We’ll talk more about the banquet as the time gets closer, but with one of the main events of the evening, we need your help right now. Citizen of the Year is an honor that is given to a member of our community, whom by consistently giving of their time, energy and resources has made Oregon’s Bay Area a better place to live. For 2016, that award went to Crystal Shoji, whom is best known for her work as Bay Area Chamber Director, Coos Bay Mayor and a strong supporter of local theater and the arts in the Coos Bay area.

Additionally the Business of the Year award is given to a business that has exhibited excellence in products and customer service; contributed time, manpower and resources to community improvement projects; and made significant contributions toward a healthy economy through excellence in employee relationships and training. Last year the award went to KDCQ (KDock) Radio, who actively promote a culture of community caring, while being successful and respected in their field.

So how can you help affect these two awards? By making a nomination for someone or business which you think meets those standards. Nominations are now open through Jan. 12 for both of these honors. Give us a call, look on the website or stop by the Chamber office on Central Avenue in Coos Bay and we can get the nomination forms to you.

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