As your business and community advocate, the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce brings businesses together. Part of the value of becoming a Chamber member is being part of an organization that has established successful programs that improve the economic climate and quality of life in Lebanon. Chamber programs are developed to produce a healthy, expanding economy which creates more demand for goods and services, with a united effort to improve the overall well-being of the community and make Lebanon a great place to live and work!
The Chamber and Visitors Center is staffed by the Executive Director, Shelly Garrett, Office Manager, Mary Carter and Customer Service Representative Kim Calsadillas. The office is open 6 days a week, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. The chamber website is www.lebanon-chamber.org email; [email protected] The online events calendar offers details on all chamber and community events and is located on the website along with information on all members and links to their website. Weekly Wednesday ‘E-Blasts’ go out to every Chamber member advising them of upcoming activates as well as fraud alerts and anything relevant. The Chamber E Blast reaches over 1500 people immediately. You can also find information on the Lebanon Oregon Chamber of Commerce Facebook page which is updated constantly.
The Lebanon Chamber offers a variety of programs and events that focus on improving the visibility of your business and allow you to become involved and network with people within the business community. To get the most of your Chamber membership, we encourage you to get involved! People like to do business with people they like and know!
Get Involved! Monthly Chamber Activities:
Business After Hours; The third Thursday of every month, Chamber members host Business After Hours at their work locations. A great networking opportunity, a chance to win prizes and enjoy delicious refreshments in a casual, fun atmosphere. 5pm to 7pm- ATTENDANCE IS FREE FOR MEMBERS!
Forum Lunch: The Chamber Membership Forum Lunch is held the last Friday each month. Chamber members are invited to enjoy great fellowship, a delicious lunch and compelling speakers presenting relevant and timely information. The Forum Lunch takes place at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Training Center from 11:15am to 1pm. Members enjoy the opportunity to meet and network with a large number of chamber members.
Business Matters Luncheon: These quarterly luncheons feature compelling speakers with important issues facing today’s business professional. The Speakers for Business Matters continue to inspire more and more people! Dates and speakers information will be found on the calendar page on the chamber website: www.lebanon-chamber.org .
Distinguished Service Awards: Once a year, in March, our community joins together to recognize and celebrate Lebanon’s volunteers. Service clubs, non-profit organizations, Veterans, Jaycee’s and the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce honor their outstanding members. The DSA takes place at the Samaritan Event Center 605 Mullins Dr. in Lebanon. It is on this occasion that Lebanon’s Man and Woman of the Year are announced each year. In addition to these special community awards a delicious dinner is also served.
Biz Expo- One of the most popular and well attended events in Lebanon, the Biz Expo is held in April at the River Center. The chamber hosts over 200 chamber member businesses, agencies and organizations. Vendors demonstrate their products and services, distribute free samples and give away thousands of dollars in prizes during this huge one-day event that is free to the public. In 2016 we welcomed over 1800 visitors! The Chamber arranges for music, entertainment and presentations inside and out! Held at the River Center from 10am to 7pm 3000 S. Santiam Hwy in Lebanon. Lebanon Chamber Members pay only $110 for a booth. Non-chamber members pay $450!
Educational Programs: The chamber connects members to quarterly training seminars offered at low ($5) cost to Chamber members. i.e.; ‘High Impact Nonprofit Board Training’, ‘Working with Difficult and Abusive Customers’, ‘Mentoring and Coaching for Success’, ‘The Productive Power of Personal Accountability’, ‘Marketing Your business in Turbulent Times, ‘Keep Your Customers Coming Back: Keys to Customer Service Greatness’ . Karin Magnison from Linn Benton Community College is our excellent instructor. These seminars serve heavy refreshments which are included with the $5 fee!
The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament: This fun tournament takes place annually at Mallard Creek Golf Course the second Friday in July. 35 teams enjoy a great day of golfing along with a cart, breakfast and lunch! You don’t have to be a pro to participate either! Known as the ‘fun tournament’ this Golf Tournament offers great hospitality with a different surprise at each Hole!
Cascade Gateway Leadership, this 9 month class provides a complete introduction to East Linn County and helps create successful, effective leaders within the community. A great resource for building lasting business relationships and mentoring strong leaders equipped to influence and shapes the positive growth of our community and businesses. The Leadership Class is the first Thursday of the month September through May.
To get the most of your Chamber membership, consider choosing a committee that is suited to your interests and abilities. Most committees meet as needed, so your commitment may be minimal but still rewarding.
Greeters: Every Friday morning at 8:30am Greeters visits a different Chamber Member Business. We enjoy great fellowship, good refreshments some cool prizes and the chance to learn more about services and products available. A must for great networking and it’s completely FREE! 8:30am to 9:15am and you’re on your way!
Ambassador s Promote business awareness in the community with visitations to new businesses and special ribbon cuttings and grand openings. Ambassadors pay $40 a year which includes their dinner at the DSA Banquet where they take an active part in hosting.
The Government Affairs Committee works to provide business advocacy on local, state and federal issues. Saving tax dollars and supporting pro-business values that strengthen the local economy.
The Economic Development Committee facilitates the development and support of efforts to promote economic health and vitality in Lebanon. This vital committee advocates for and supports city efforts to bring new businesses to Lebanon. Economic Development meets at the Linn County Veterans Home on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 10am.
The Chamber Education Committee plans, develops and implements educational programs that benefit Chamber Members and the business community as a whole via Chamber Forum Lunch, Seminars, Workshops and other venues that provide information to promote business health and vitality. Representatives of this committee also work closely with the schools on mentoring, job sharing and teacher in-service opportunities.
To support and promote Lebanon’s Tourism efforts, the Tourism Committee identifies and implements new events and avenues of tourism. This committee works to develop partnerships that increase tourism traffic in Lebanon and East Linn County.