OSCC Releases Pay Equity Guide for Employers

Last month, the Bureau of Oregon Labor & Industries released their final rules for employers and employees on Oregon’s groundbreaking Equal Pay Act, passed by the 2017 Oregon legislature. The new law that goes into effect on January 1, 2019 requires that employees be paid equally for comparable work regardless of gender or any of Oregon’s ten other protected classes. We believe this will be the most challenging human resources issue for most of our Chamber members over the next year. Further complicating matters – and increasing the level of urgency – is that lawsuits are allowed based on violations of the law starting on January 1st. The guide, which you can view here, provides helpful information for your members as they prepare to comply with the new law. The guidance includes an overview of the law, frequently asked questions, a guide for employers on self-evaluations, a sample checklist of policies […]

Plan Now For An Epic, Memory-making Spring Break!

What memories to you treasure of Spring Break here in Oregon’s Coastal Playground during your younger years? If you’re like a lot of folks in Oregon, you have warm recollections of time at the beach collecting agates and shells, jumping waves, climbing on driftwood, exploring tide pools, and building grandiose sandcastles. You might also remember hiking up those dunes that seemingly reached to the sky, rolling back down and filling every crevice of clothing with sand. Maybe it was riding a dune buggy or ATV, the trip to Sea Lion Caves and Cape Perpetua, fishing on a lake, or crabbing in the Siuslaw River. And every evening sitting around a campfire or beach fire telling stories and making s’mores! Time to relive it—or even recreate it—with family and friends here in Florence. Imagine it with an adult twist—a romantic getaway to one of our top-rated hotels or inns, a late […]


Florence has risen to the top 10 out of more than 7,000 applicant towns to participate in Hulu’s “Small Business Revolution—Main Street.” The show is preparing for its third season in which local businesses share up to $500,000 in funds for redevelopment and sprucing up commercial districts. Host Amanda Brinkman and her team work with small businesses to help revitalize a town. Deluxe, the company behind the show, focuses on supporting small town businesses and their primary business districts. Producers visited Florence January 3 and 4 and met with community representatives from the City of Florence, the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Redevelopment Team (DRT), and area businesses. More than 500 community members attended a rousing reception to meet Brinkman and her crew January 3 at the Florence Events Center. Florence was first of the 10 towns to be visited. The hashtag #myflorence has been established to help […]

Siuslaw Awards Nominations OPEN!

The 10th annual Siuslaw Awards event is fast approaching. The awards banquet, sponsored by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, will happen on February 7 at the Florence Events Center. This prestigious event recognizes excellence in the local business community by naming recipients for awards in Excellence in Customer Service, Curb Appeal, Non-Profit Achievement, Community Caring, Innovation in Business, and the Stu Johnston Business of the Year Award. Two outstanding individuals in the community will be honored with the First Citizen Award and the Future First Citizen Award. The First Citizen Award recognizes that individual who has given selflessly to the community based on community involvement, leadership, and overall community impact. The Future First Citizen Award recognizes a student based on his or her academic success as well as civic involvement and contributions to the community. The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce will also recognize an individual or business that […]

Job Opening – Assistant Executive Director/Event Coordinator

JOB DESCRIPTION POSITION: Assistant Executive Director & Event Coordinator STATUS: Full time, Salary $35,000/year PROBATION: 90 Days REPORTS TO: Executive Director START DATE: ASAP JOB POSTING: The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce seeks a high energy individual with exceptional leadership and organizational skills to provide creative communications and marketing expertise while also coordinating a wide range of programs, activities and events. If multi-tasking, demanding schedules, and challenging situations fit your personality and talents, then we’ve got an environment you’ll love. Applicant must be a self-starter and proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel). Ideally would also know Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite software (InDesign, Illustrator). QUALIFICATIONS: • Experience with PC operations including email, e-newsletters, spreadsheets, database, word processing and publishing (Microsoft Word, Outlook, & Excel Spreadsheets preferable). • Preferable – knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software (InDesign, Illustrator, etc.). • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience in marketing, sales, […]

Chamber Memberships for $20 a Month!

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce announces that annual membership can be purchased on a monthly program for $20 a month! Yes, it’s true, Florence area businesses can now reap the benefits, rewards, leverage, connections, and resources of being a Chamber member for $20 a month!  DOWNLOAD THE CHAMBER APPLICATION HERE AND THE MONTHLY AGREEMENT HERE! How can the Chamber help you? The question is what does your business need? The Chamber brings resources beyond wildest expectations. By leveraging resources and relationships the Chamber has established it is prepared to partner with Florence Area businesses to strengthen, expand, streamline, update, and develop small to large businesses. The Chamber spends over $200,000 a year marketing Florence regionally and globally. Florence is on the map, is your business? Referral is a key benefit of membership, website, phone, walk-in, 99% of these contacts are looking for a referral. Visitors, relocations, new businesses – […]

Siuslaw Awards a Huge Success!

2016 Siuslaw Awards A Royal Affair 9th annual Florence Area Chamber of Commerce event honors Florence-area citizens, businesses By Jack Davis/Siuslaw News A full house of 245 people gathered at the Florence Events Center Wednesday evening to celebrate the best of Florence during the ninth annual Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Siuslaw Awards banquet celebration. More than 30 businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals were nominated for nine categories. A panel of seven unidentified judges from in and outside the Florence area selected the winning applicant in each category. All winners were kept secret until the awards presentation. Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bettina Hannigan said, “I really wanted this event to reflect the level of integrity, honor and service that these people have dedicated to our community.” Ron Caputo was selected as the 2016 Florence First Citizen. During his acceptance comments, Caputo jokingly drew a lighthearted analogy to […]

Florence Area Chamber Seeking Board Nominations

The Florence Area Chamber Board of Directors is currently taking applications to fill two 3-year vacancies on its Board of Directors. Applicants must be in good standing as Florence Area Chamber members, having paid their dues and actively participated in Chamber activities or committees. All board members are expected to support the Chamber’s mission “…to champion the future of the greater Florence community as an innovative leader in economic vitality and active lifestyle” and goals by helping to recruit new members, supporting special events and actively engaging in committees and programs. The board meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:30am at the Driftwood Shores Resort & Convention Center. If you are interested in being considered for a board seat, the application is available for download HERE or you can email bettina@flornecechamber.com to request the form be emailed to you. Deadline for applications is March 31st 2017. Nominees will be announced April 28th 2017. Chamber members will be allowed to […]

Independence Day Celebration Opportunity Knocks!

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce produces the yearly Independence Day celebration and fireworks. This is one of the many ways the Chamber develops economic activity for our local merchants, restaurants, RV Parks, and lodging locations, in and around the Florence area. The Chamber annually invests over $13,000 to produce this event. Over the last five years event costs have risen significantly, but the Chamber budget has not. We are now looking at barge expenses, increased production costs including sanitation and basic inflation for the actual fireworks. In our effort to improve producing this quality family event and economic driver for our community, we are offering “Independence Day Event Sponsorships”. Who May Contribute? Businesses, Individuals, Service Organizations 4th of July “Special Event” Fundraiser Package Includes What do you receive for your $500 investment? 1) 10 radio spots (grouped with other contributors) 2) 1/4-page ad in The Siuslaw News (grouped with other […]