BANDON — After 35 years, Bandon Mercantile Company's owners Ed and Beth Wood will close the doors of its popular store later this summer.

COOS BAY — Coos Bay City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night that will lower the fees on little-used local social gaming licenses.

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

COOS BAY – The COVID-19 health crisis has been hard on small businesses, and food service in particular, as people stay inside and the government calls for businesses to close. There is hope, however, demonstrated by Darrell’s Devils Food, a bakery that recently reopened after a temporary shutdown.

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As I listen to the news and walk around my neighborhood, I’m reminded of a line from “O Brother Where Art Thou?” spoken by George Clooney. “We’re in a tough spot!" Certainly we are, but with the united community response, the skills and talents of our people throughout this country, we will …

Volunteers fill garden boxes with soil Saturday in North Bend. The boxes, which were part of the "Growing Together" program, was donated to foster families in Coos County.

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At a workshop I was coordinating, to supplement the biographical information for each speaker, I asked them, “Who was your childhood hero?" The results were interesting and enlightening.

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.

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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.

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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.

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When I entered the work “initiative” into my computer, I got a definition. When I typed “finishative” into it, I’m told it isn’t a word. But it should be.

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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”.

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