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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 550 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.

Ambassadors — are the Red-coated welcoming team that greets dignitaries, cuts ribbons and hosts Business after Hours each month.

Business Development & Support — works for a positive business climate which promotes retention and expansion activities throughout Oregon’s Bay Area.

Natural Resources — helps to educate the public on timber and fishing issues and other natural resource opportunities that affect our coastal community.

Legislative Action Team — serves as an advocate for Chamber members and the business community in local and state issues impacting quality of life, growth and business viability.

Wednesday Business Connection — hosts a weekly business or community related forum from September through May, which provides folks networking opportunities and current issue information.

Leadership Coos — is a program that gives an in-depth introduction to all aspects of our community over nine months each year, while encouraging personal investment of time and effort into making a difference.

Chamber members can be part of any of these teams. In fact that is the only way we are successful. So give us a call and we will set you up. Oh, there are even a few more hard working groups to introduce you to, but that will have to wait for another day.

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

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