2021 RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL “SUSPENDED”

The board of directors of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has changed course on its plans for the 114th Rhododendron Festival and has suspended the event for the second year in a row. The event was scheduled for its traditional date, the third weekend of May, May 12 to 16, 2021. “People missed the point that we were moving forward with cautious optimism when we announced that our first step was the cancelation of Rhody Court since that’s the earliest aspect of the festival and demanded an early decision,” said Chamber president/CEO Bettina Hannigan. “As quickly and unpredictively as the State issues its edicts for where and what is safe for people to do, and then just as quickly rescinds them, it leaves us trying to hit a moving target while making plans for a huge event in as little time as possible.” “Vaccines, we’re now told, will roll […]

Vaccine Registration is Now Open for Lane County

From Lane County – Our countywide vaccine registration is now live, https://lanecounty.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3585881&pageId=17261881, with registration available in Spanish as well. For those with limited internet access, you can provide a phone number for follow-up. All individuals interested in being vaccinated should register. Before you preregister, please note: Vaccine availability remains limited even among those that are currently eligible. This is a preregistration form that will help us reach out and schedule you to receive the vaccine when you are eligible and when supply becomes available. Once you have completed the preregistration and received confirmation that it has been received, your job is done and you do not need to call to verify your preregistration.   How will this work?  Fill out the preregistration form to the best of your ability. You will receive a confirmation email verifying that we have received your information. If you receive this confirmation, you do not need […]

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 […]

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.  

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 […]