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This past summer the 6th Annual Oregon Coast Economic Summit was held in Portland. It was packed with informative panel discussions on a wide range of topics, recognizing the unique economic diversity of our coast.

For the last thirty years, as an area, we have worked diligently to become an “overnight” success. During that time, while the focus was on big opportunities which many worked to see succeed, there have been a wealth of small and medium sized successes.

I’m a baseball fan and last season my Giants beat the Brewers 10 to 1, with 16 hits and no home runs. So let’s look at our hits. Leading the parade are the many young entrepreneurs with new businesses like 7 Devils Brewery, Painted Zebra Boutique, Stillwagon Distillery, The Pottery Company and Amanda Jane’s Sweet Shop, to mention a few. Also we have next generation business folk taking over established firms like Art Signs, Tri-County Plumbing, North Bend Lanes and K-Dock radio, and growing them to new levels. Add to this the vibrant 100 year old firms like Tower Motor Company and Farr’s True Value Hardware, world class health care, Native American enterprises and a college in tune with the times.

Here on the Oregon coast, our greatest resource is our people. Your spirit is continuing to rebound from being a helpless victim to the confidence that we can chart our own future again.

With our coastal location, natural assets and entrepreneurial spirit, we can and should see sustained growth. Join our Chamber team and help make that happen.

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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 timmslater@oregonsbayarea.org.

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