FLORENCE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES WINNER OF 2020 PHOTO CONTEST

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has selected the winner of a $250 cash prize in its 2020 photo contest. The contest was conducted from mid-October through the end of November. A panel of Chamber members reviewed the entries during December. The Chamber was looking for the best photos of the fun, frolic, iconic buildings, and distinctive scenery from Oregon’s Coastal Playground—an area up to 20 miles in any direction of Florence. More than 100 photos were entered. Joyce Korbein-Rennie of Florence entered the winning photo, titled “Fun at Sunset,” taken on September 2, 2020, on the beach below Heceta Head Lighthouse. “I was out doing some sunset photography and saw these people at a distance playing, running around the beach and in the waves. It was a beautiful night. The beach at Heceta Head is one of my favorite places to shoot,” she said. Korbein-Rennie used her Canon 80-D […]

OSHA Temporary COVID 19 Rules in Effect Now – Make sure your organization is compliant.

The recently adopted Oregon OSHA Temporary COVID-19 rule includes a series of deadlines, including three inter-related requirements. Under the rule, employers must complete both the required Risk Assessment and the Infection Control Plan based on that Risk Assessment by December 7, 2020 and must complete the required Infection Control Training (based in part on the Infection Control Plan) by December 21, 2020. A 3-week implementation delay has been granted for certain employers – including restaurants, gyms and other businesses impacted the recent “freeze” and by the newly adopted risk levels. All other employers who have been working to comply but have not yet completed that work are granted a 1-week grace period. You can read more about this in OR-OSHA’s memo. Important timelines to remember: Base Rule: Effective November 16, 2020 Physical Distancing Masks Cleaning & Sanitation Poster posted Building Operator Rules: November 23, 2020 Exposure Risk Assessment: December 7, 2020* Infection Control Plan: December 7, 2020* Employee Training: December 21, 2020 Ventilation Requirements […]

Apex Helicopter Provides $100 Membership Match to First Time Chamber Members!

Florence Area Chamber of Commerce member Apex Helicopter wants to elevate the Chamber by bringing up to 25 new members onboard. The pilot program is available exclusively for the first 25 new members on a first-come-first-served basis. To leverage this sponsorship, contact Bettina Hannigan at bettina@florencechamber.com. “This very generous contribution lowers the barrier for up to 100 new Business Partner level members to obtain a very valuable membership,” said Chamber president/CEO Bettina Hannigan. “It is a tremendous testimony to the value of membership if one member wants to essentially pay half the membership free for 100 new members so they can join and start benefitting and growing their businesses.” A Business Partner pays $225 per year and receives an estimated $800-plus per year in direct benefits. As membership levels increase, so does the value of the membership up to an estimated $18,000 in benefits. “This is a huge act of […]

FLORENCE INVITES YOU TO “SHOP WHERE YOU PLAY”

Florence, Oregon’s Coastal Playground, has made a number of adjustments to its annual holiday festivities to comply with COVID-19-related regulations while still offering some festivities to preserve commerce in the small town. Postponed to next year are Santa’s celebrated arrival, hayrides on Bay St., the mayor’s tree lighting, the cocoa and cookie trails, and live music. This year, in their place the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting those who shop to vote for the best decorated of the XX participating shops and galleries, then drop off their ballot to enter to win a “swag bag” full of goodies and certificates from Florence-area merchants. The free ballot is available beginning November 27 at FlorenceChamber.com under the events tab. Completed ballots are due December 26 at the Chamber’s Visitor Center, 290 Highway 101 in Florence, to be entered for the drawing. “Everyone needs to just stop shopping online for generic […]

We’ll be home for the Holidays Decor Contest – Sign up today to join the fun and do some business!

The chamber will be marketing “Shop Where You Play” to our regional market and “Shop Where You Live” to our local market to drive customers to both retail and businesses looking to expand their sales and connections this holiday season. This is FREE and will be a safe and warm traditional holiday activity. Shoppers and potential customers will be able to download or pick up a FREE passport to check out each DECOR location and vote on their favorite. The winner will receive a trophy and then we’ll draw from the ballots and pick a shopper winner to receive the “Swag Bag”. If your organization would like to participate please fill out this form and return it to Mitzi at events@florencechamber.com, or to the Visitors Center at 290 Hwy. 101.  

Halloween Alternatives to Trick or Treating by Mitzi Hathaway

Halloween is a time for creativity and thinking out of the box! That is why it has always been my favorite holiday. The same reason why I love my job at the Chamber. For being innovative means we are all able to experience new things! While Covid-19 mandates and safety measures have required the cancellation of trick or treating across the country including our own Old Town tradition on Bay St. here in Florence, there is still fun to be had. As a NW native, planning outdoor activities have always been a challenge. No more than Halloween night. One year it could be 70 degrees and clear, the next year bitter winds and freezing tempatures required heavy coats over my child’s carefully chosen costume. Leading to tears because my son’s Buzz Lightyear wings won’t fit and my daughter’s Princess butterfly wings would now have to be left behind. More years […]

ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY OF RODGER BENNETT AT CHAMBER’S VISITORS CENTER THROUGH JANUARY

The eye-popping work of local photographer Rodger Bennett is the newly installed art exhibit at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Center. The Chamber features a different local artist’s work on a rotating basis. “There are some smaller pieces up right now, with an eye toward adding decorator images,” said Bennett. “There’s a Zebra suite that I really like and a few foliage shots that are really pleasant to look at. We’ll rotate some images in and out over the next several months to keep the display fresh and interesting.” “We are delighted to have Rodger’s stunning work for our seasonal display at the Chamber’s Visitors Center,” says Chamber president and CEO Bettina Hannigan. “Traditionally he has been our winter exhibitor and his work has brought so much joy to many of our visitors.” All pieces will be for sale and customized sizes and media are available to order. Rodger […]

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE 2020 FLORENCE CHOWDER AND GLASS FLOAT TRAIL

From the empty sample cups of Florence’s cancelled Wine & Chowder Trail and Great Glass Float Giveaway Weekend bubbled-up a tasty, revised Florence Chowder and Glass Float Trail that spans the entire month of October. Florence is home to the most amazing chowders—clam, crab, other seafoods—we can’t not celebrate them. So, in place of the annual Florence Wine & Chowder Trail Weekend, we’re inviting locals and visitors to sample chowders and find glass floats all month long in October! Participants can get their free chowder ballot and glass float maps starting September 30th at the Chamber, 290 Highway 101 in Florence, at participating merchants, or click here. Nearly 10 participating chowder-makers will offer a cup of their finest for only $3. For the glass float trail, shoppers can visit nearly 30 merchants in Historic Old Town Florence, and many other places around town, to spot the opulent objects d’art placed […]