On Your Mark, Get Ready, Get Set – Florence Awaits Announcement of Small Business Revolution Top 5 Towns

The Small Business Revolution (SBR) will be announcing the Top 5 Towns on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30am ET, 4:30am PT. You can watch the Top 5 announcement on Facebook Live by following SBR’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/smallbizrev. Florence, Oregon is currently in the Top 10 Towns and is anxiously awaiting the results to see if the community has made it to the next round. If Florence makes it into the Top 5, the next step will be an online vote that will run from Feb. 13th until Feb. 20th. Individuals will be able to vote once per day, per email address during the week-long voting period by visiting www.smallbusinessrevolution.org. Voting will begin promptly after the Top 5 announcement on February 13th and will conclude at 6:00pm PT on February 20th. Voting will be done on a 24-hour clock and individuals with multiple email addresses are welcome to use each […]

Florence Awaits Announcement of Small Business Revolution Top 5 Towns

The Small Business Revolution (SBR) will be announcing the Top 5 Towns on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00am EST, 4:00am PST. You can watch the Top 5 announcement on Facebook Live by following SBR’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/smallbizrev. Florence, Oregon is currently in the Top 10 Towns and is anxiously awaiting the results to see if the community has made it to the next round. If Florence makes it into the Top 5, the next step will be an online vote that will run from Feb. 13th until Feb. 20th. The voting will be open and individuals will be able to vote once per day during the week-long voting period by visiting www.deluxe.com/small-business-revolution. In 2017, there were about 1 million votes cast nation-wide, with the winning town receiving over 350,000 votes. Florence is currently one of only two towns in the current Top 10 on the entire west coast, with […]

CALL TO ARTISTS – FlorenceFest!

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) is very excited to invite all artists to participate in the 2nd annual “Florence Fest” to be held at the Florence Events Center on April 27 and 28, 2018. Last year’s event was a huge success as over 700 people attended and we sold almost 40% of the art selected.  This year’s event, which will feature two days of Jazz, Art and Wine, will be highlighted by talented jazz musicians and outstanding wine from some of the best wineries throughout the state. Selection for the exhibit will be made by Margaret Prentice, who is an accomplished painter and printmaker and has curated numerous exhibitions throughout the Northwest.   She is currently Professor Emeritus in the Art Department at the University of Oregon where she taught for 26 years.  Prentice taught drawing, intaglio, and relief printmaking, papermaking and artist’s books.  Her original prints are included in […]

Call to Artists for new Outdoor Gallery Program

The Public Art Committee of the city of Florence has created an exciting new program to enhance the beauty and livability of our community by regularly introducing original outdoor art into Florence to create a unique sense of place and enhance community identity.  This program, called “Art Exposed – Dynamic Public Art” provides a creative outlet for artists to display their work, and artists are encouraged to submit unique pieces that demonstrate extraordinary creativity and elicit a feeling of “Wow” from all who view them.  Many cities around the world are engaged in programs of this type and it creates excitement for both the community and visitors. Five (5) locations for this art have been selected by the Public Art Committee and are in the high visibility/high traffic area of Historic Old Town Florence along Bay Street.  This area is filled with restaurants, galleries and specialty shops and provides a […]

CLAIM YOUR SHARE OF 662 MILLION IN FLORENCE

January 30 is National Plan Your Vacation Day, and the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to help. The event, promoted by Project Time Off who encourages everyone, on January 30, to take 30 minutes to plan a vacation. Nationally, more than 660 million vacation days go unused. “It is proven that those that take vacation time are happier, healthier, and more productive,” says Bettina Hannigan, executive director of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. “Vacation is essential to strengthen personal relationships, inspire creative thinking, improve professional performance and promote better health—and Florence should be at the top of your list of vacation destinations for many reasons.” “Our visitors, and locals too, enjoy the dunes for ATVs, sand rails, sandboarding, and hiking. They love that we have more than a dozen lakes within a dozen miles of town, as well as the Siuslaw River and the ocean. There’s fishing, […]

Rhododendron Court Announced!

This week, the Rhododendron Festival Committee announced the selections for the 2018 Rhododendron Court, comprised of a Senior Court of five princesses and two princes, and a Junior Court with five princesses. The Senior Court Princesses are Andrea Hernandez, Lainey Goss, Thelma Gentry, Alex Saindon and Denielle VanWinkle. The Senior Court Princes are Colby Waters Trent Reavis both from Siuslaw High School. Junior Court Princesses from Siuslaw Elementary are first-grader Alleya Thomas, second-grader Jasmine Krause, fourth-grader Kylee Stinger and fifth-grader Brittney Adams. Abigail Mendez, the third-grade princess is from Mapleton. “The students are all wonderful representatives of Florence and Mapleton,” said committee chairperson Jenna Bartlett. “These courts will be introduced at various functions during the next few months and represent Florence and the Rhododendron Festival throughout the year.” Members of the Junior and Senior Court were presented with roses by Florence Mayor Joe Henry and committee members Nancy Bosket, Jenna […]

TENTH ANNUAL SIUSLAW BUSINESS AWARDS BANQUET TO RECOGNIZE ACHIEVEMENT

“Our town buzzing with the spirit of revolutionizing, re-visioning and revitalizing,” says Bettina Hannigan, executive director for the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. “The 10th annual Siuslaw Awards are a great way to celebrate that.” The event, open to the public, takes place Wednesday, February 7, at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person or $320 for reserved tables for eight people, and are available online at FlorenceChamber.com/event/siuslaw-awards or at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce office 290 Highway 101 in Florence. “We invite Chamber members and the community at large to join us ‘Rhody Rendezvous-style’ as we celebrate at the Florence Event Center with live entertainment, a State of the Chamber address, a delicious dinner, and presentations by our community business leaders for a fabulous evening together,” says Terry Abeyta, event coordinator and […]

TWO FLORENCE LANDMARKS MAKE TOP-20 LIST

In a state that measures nearly 100,000 square miles, two of the top-20 landmarks to visit are within about 10 miles of each other in Florence. The Oregonian/OregonLive.com recently published their list of the 20 most iconic landmarks in Oregon. Author Jamie Hale defined “landmark” as any natural or manmade feature that helps define a place in Oregon, explaining that “If it’s worthy of a postcard, it’s a landmark.” Hale ranked Sea Lion Caves at number 16 writing, “It’s been built up and turned into a tourist attraction for the last 75 years, but there’s no denying the grandeur of the Sea Lion Caves. The towering sea cave just north of Florence is home to a Steller sea lion rookery, which generally stays inside the cave in the fall and winter, heading out to the rocky shores come spring and summer. “ At number nine on his list are the […]

FLORENCE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL BRINGS SANTA, SALES, MUSIC

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its annual Holiday Festival on Saturday, November 25. Santa’s arrival, hayrides, lighted boats at the marina, and the official lighting of its Christmas tree will take place in Historic Old Town; and shops and galleries will be open for holiday shopping all around town. Many events will take place in Historic Old Town between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m. “Rain or shine, it’s time to celebrate together!” says Bettina Hannigan, the Chamber’s executive director. “Our Old Town area is getting decked-out for the holidays and we are excited to announce that The City of Florence has planted a gorgeous live tree at the Siuslaw Interpretive Park for our town to enjoy year after year. Come on out to be a part of the festivities!” At 3:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive via firetruck down Bay Street, courtesy of Siuslaw Valley Fire […]

ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY OF RODGER BENNETT ON DISPLAY AT CHAMBER’S VISITOR CENTER IN NOVEMBER

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center, 290 Highway 101, features a different local art exhibit each month. Their November display of local artistry features the photography of Rodger Bennett. “It’s an honor to have been chosen by the Chamber to hang my work in their lobby,” says Bennett. “I think that the Chamber’s monthly exhibits are a good offering of the Florence area’s arts community, and that gives credit to the Chamber, local artists, and the kinds of things that are unique to Florence. It also provides another attraction for locals and visitors alike to sample all the different kinds of arts and the artists behind them.” “I believe that quality art makes people feel better and that certainly is a growing attraction to Florence in itself,” he adds. Bennett’s exhibit includes nine self-framed prints. Several are printed on metal, a few are printed on foam board, and […]