In today's challenging times, Edward Jones financial advisers are thinking about the health of their clients, their families and their colleagues, what's happening in their communities and the effect of COVID-19 on the markets.

We live in an area rich in natural resources with our forests, sand dunes and ocean. Why 85% of Coos County is forest land. So it makes a lot of sense that your Chamber would have a Natural Resources Team.

Coos Elderly Services is temporarily reducing its hours in response to the unexpected increase of foot traffic at its Coos Bay office over the past couple of days.

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 networking. Here are just a few of the great networking opportunities your Chamber provides.

I recently watched a year-old clip from “CBS This Morning” where anchors interviewed LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. The interview was part of a series focusing on issues facing the American workforce. I played this particular clip several times because its message is powerful. 

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The Coos Bay Downtown Association recently received a grant from Travel Oregon to conduct an Economic Vitality Study to create a plan for future development, including business expansion, revitalization and tourism development.

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 networking. Here are just a few of the great networking opportunities your Chamber provides.

Isn’t it amazing how quickly time passes and what is important to community life changes? Do you remember Vollsted Volkswagen or the Emporium or the Hub in downtown Coos Bay? Change, that is directed with vision, can chart a course to a great future.

Admit it. Most of us are guilty of using the same username and password on multiple accounts – it’s just so much easier to remember. But here’s the thing, that one simple short cut puts you at a much higher risk of getting hacked than ever before through a new method called “credential stuffing”.

Mention the word accounting and many business owners flinch. A new year is an opportunity to showcase any shiny new products or time-saving services offered to customers. That’s the fun stuff. But it can’t be all play – the hard stuff, such as tax preparation and accounting – needs to come first. 

Wow, did we have a great evening this past Saturday with the Bay Area Chamber Awards Banquet — Our Time to Shine! Wonderful food, unique entertainment featuring the BACC Breakers Troupe, and a variety of awards and recognitions which truly make this a community celebration.

Superbowl LIV is set, which means if you are a Kansas City Chiefs or a San Francisco 49er’s fan you are pumped and gearing up for the big face-off. What better way to show your support than deck yourself out in your team’s gear? But as kickoff approaches, beware of online sites that offer “o…

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.

POWERS — Interested in catching a steelhead? Honey Badger Ranch Cabin in Powers will sponsor a steelhead fishing clinic starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. A limited number of guests will be joined by Powers' “fish whisper” James Clausen, who will be sharing his vast knowledge of the South F…

For the past several months we have talked about the various teams, activities and opportunities the Chamber is involved in. But why be a Chamber member? Periodically, I ask that question of our directors, who are your friends and neighbors. Here’s a little of what they had to say.

Welcome to the season of fresh starts. With the holidays in the rear view and a new year on the horizon, this is a popular time to make important decisions for improving our lives. As Oregon grows in popularity, relocating to a new home is one of the most common changes residents are expecte…

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The annual Chamber of Commerce Awards banquet is set for Saturday, Jan. 25. In addition to 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, The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has a variety of awards and recognitions that truly make it a community celebration.

FLORENCE — Make plans now to participate in the fifth annual Community Career Fair on Thursday, March 5, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., hosted by Three Rivers Casino Resort.  This Community Job Fair is free to participating businesses and job seekers. Last year’s event brought an estimated 200 partici…

Often you have heard me say that the Chamber’s strength comes from utilizing the vast collective experiences and energy of our diverse membership of over 530 businesses. So how do we do that? In many ways, it’s through their participation on one of our teams. Let me re-introduce you to those opportunities.

COOS BAY — Celebrate Downtown with a fun evening of mingling, refreshments and appetizers. The Coos Bay Downtown Association will be holding its annual membership and networking event, Celebrate Downtown, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Black Market Gourmet, 495 Central Ave. — wher…

A momentous movie, to some of my generation, was Smokey and the Bandit. It introduced us to the Pontiac Trans Am. For over 25 years following that movie, I collected articles, pictures and books on the TA. I watched its styles and horsepower change. Finally, I found a late model in perfect shape, low miles and a great price. To everyone’s surprise, I brought it. At long last, a dream realized.

YACHATS — Founded in 2011 by the Yachats Trails Committee, the annual Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike was intended to provide a way to enjoy a lively walk, share good company and empower the concept of peace on earth. Since then, the event has grown in size and meaning and has also become …

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 networking. Here are just a few of the great networking opportunities your Chamber provides.

On display at Banner Bank, Pony Village Mall, through December are illustrations from Shinan Barclay’s forthcoming Kindle book “Arctic Adventures: Six Stories About Finding Family Among The Inupiat Eskimos Of Northwest Alaska.”

Over the moon and filled with excitement, Paddy Glennon, the operations director at Clausen Oysters, couldn’t be happier.

Earlier this week, the local oyster farm received a call from acclaimed chef Jose “JoJo” Ruiz who ordered over 200 of their specialty, single-seed oysters, the Coos Bay Moon Rock, to feature at a dinner event held inside the renowned James Beard House in New York City.

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The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 31 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are still too low in meat yield in half of the areas along the coast.

This is a busy time of year, what with the holidays upon us and making preparations for the New Year that’s just around the corner. In fact, our Board of Directors held its annual planning session recently, and set our 2020 Strategic Objectives. Let me share them with you.

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