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    COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL DECEMBER 6, 2017
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CHAMBER NEWSLETTER
Our Mission: Th e Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce promotes economic vitality through
advocacy and collaboration with its members and the larger community.
Director’s Note
December is another big month for the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce. On Saturday we kicked
off another season of “Christmas in Cottage Grove,” which included a Breakfast with Santa at the South Lane
County Fire Station, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, the South Valley Holiday Farmer’s Market in the Armory, the
tree lighting ceremony, a scavenger hunt in the Historic District, lots of shopping and store specials at local
businesses, a Christmas block party with hayrides & caroling by the Faith Center, Dr. Snapp’s Holiday House
Bazaar, a stained glass display at the Cottage Grove Museum and of course… Pictures with Santa at City Hall.
Th is special day of events signifi es the start of a wonderful time of year in Cottage Grove.
Also this month, there are several businesses downtown that are going to stay open late and have specials
leading up to Christmas so there’s no reason not to shop local and support the many great businesses right
here in Cottage Grove. “Seussical” is playing at the Cottage Th eater, Saginaw Vineyards continues their
Friday Night Live concerts, the Village Green has a huge holiday light display and Th e Cottage Grove Sentinel
will host the last Business Aft er Hours of the year with a fun Christmas theme. If you know of any other
events happening in the area, be sure to submit them to the Chamber’s Community Events Calendar on our
website so we can help promote them.
Over the next few weeks, we at the Chamber hope that all of our local businesses will continue to be
creative and come up with fun and innovative ways to put themselves in front of their target audience. We
encourage businesses decorate their stores inside and out, with seasonal displays. Use both traditional and
social media to attract new and returning customers. Hand out coupons and fl yers that encourage customers
to come back in the near future. Make up silly games and contests that are fun but don’t cost a lot of money.
Th ink about the experience you want your customers to take with them aft er they have visited your business
and the story that you want them to tell their friends and family about the great time they had in Cottage
Grove during the holidays.
Christmas in Cottage Grove continues to be one of our town’s best signature events. Unlike Black Friday
though, it doesn’t end aft er just one day. Th ere are as many opportunities for a businesses to prosper as
your imagination can come up with. Most importantly though, it’s an opportunity to bring our community
together to share, laugh, visit, give thanks, reminisce and celebrate whatever is important to each of us at this
time of year. One behalf of the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, we sincerely hope you have a
safe and happy holiday season and we wish you the best in 2018!
***Christmas in Cottage Grove kickoff events are organized each year through collaboration among the
Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, the Main Street Program, the Cottage Grove Faith Center, the City of
Cottage Grove and many others. Supporting sponsors of this year’s event are: Pacifi c Power, Th e Cottage Grove
Sentinel, EPUD, Lane Electric, South Lane Fire & Rescue, Walmart and EBID.
CHAMBER NEWS
It’s Not Too Late
We continue to receive inquiries about the China trip planned for April of 2018 and are excited to have
travelers still joining the tour! If you or anyone you know is interested, give us a call (541) 942-2411. Th e
deadline is December 15, 2017 . Th ere is still plenty of room.
Call for Nominations
We are preparing for our Annual Awards Banquet and seeking nominations for Business of the Year,
First Citizen, and Non Profi t of the Year awards. Please take a moment to share your nominations with
us. Forms are available at the Chamber offi ce or can be downloaded from the “Chamber Programs” page
on under the Chamber tab our website: www.cgchamber.com. Please return nominations to the chamber
offi ce on or before 5:00pm Friday, December 15, 2017. Once nominations are received a ballot will be sent
via email to our members asking you to cast your vote. Th e qualifi cations to be eligible for these awards are
below:
First Citizen
Th e recipient of this award will have participated actively in a variety of service projects and programs
leading to civic improvement, human welfare, and/or environmental enhancement. Th e nominee also must
have a positive impact on the social or economic climate of the community, and infl uence the community
through his or her leadership.
Business of the Year
Businesses nominated will have made a substantial contribution to the community for the last fi ve years
or longer, have employees who individually and collectively participate in the community, demonstrates
outstanding business practices, and the physical presence of the business adds to the economic vitality and
livability of our community. Businesses can nominate themselves or another Business they feel should be
recognized.
Non-Profi t of the Year
Th e recipient of this award is considered an outstanding model of mission achievement and community
impact through innovation, leadership and community empowerment, impact, transferability, and
partnerships.
2017 Visitor Center Stats
Phone calls:
Walk-In Visitors:
Relocate Requests:
Visitor Requests:
Referrals to Chamber Members:
2017 Website Stats
Business Directory Searches Total Listed:
Member Page Views:
Event Searches:
Events Viewed:
Hot Deal Searches:
Job Searches:
10/27
thru 11/30
163
140
1
1
38
YTD
2,104
2,336
45
43
598
December Business After Hours
Cottage Grove Sentinel will host Business After Hours on Thursday, December 21, 2017 116 N. 6 th Street
from 5:30 – 7:00pm. Please join us for a time to network with other businesses, learn something new,
try your hand at cookie decorating, and have some fun! And don’t forget your business cards to share
with others and enter the door prize drawing. Your attendance reinforces the spirit in which the Chamber
provides these monthly activities. Cottage Grove and Creswell Chamber members are encouraged to
attend this classic, fun networking event!
Th e Gift Certifi cate Program is a Member Benefi t Highlight. As a chamber we strive to educate the
community of the value of supporting our local merchants the Gift Certifi cate Program is one way we
encourage shopping local. Purpose: 1. Promote shopping at CG Chamber Member businesses. 2. Support
chamber members with dollars spent in Cottage Grove. Th is program makes gift giving easy while
supporting local merchants and it promotes “Shop Chamber Members First.” To become a participating
business, contact the Chamber at 541-942-2411.
Participating businesses to date are:
Emerald Fitness Club (CG & Creswell)
Lavender Field Embroidery
Pinocchio’s Pizza
South Lane Wheels
Sweet Springs Family Farm
Territorial Seed Company
Th e Bookmine
Th e Espresso Bar’n
Th e Flower Basket
Th e UPS Store
Vanessa Peterson, LMT
Wal-Mart
Ambrose Collectibles
Apothecaria
Books on Main
Boyce & Sons, Inc.
Buster’s Main Street Café
Cascade Home Center
CG Habitat for Humanity
D & D Automotive
Dirtcheapcopies.com
Earthclick.net
El Tapatio
Elu Fusion
Community Calendar
For more details on the events listed below, visit the Event Calendar on our website at www.cgchamber.
com.
Monthly: Th ird Tuesday Poetry Night
Nov 24- Dec 31: Christmas at the Village Green
Weekends in December: Th e Camera Counter
December
8 Genealogy Lobby Christmas Sale
8 Winter Watershed Soiree
9-16Auditions: Th e King Who Wanted A Whale
11 Regular City Council Meeting
18 Promotions Committee
20 Chamber Board Lunch
21 Greeters Committee Meeting
21 Business Aft er Hours @ Cottage Grove Sentinel
25 Christmas Day
25 Regular City Council Meeting
31 New Year’s Eve
31 Gamesquall!
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2017 Chamber Board of Directors, Advisors and Staff
Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
700 E. Gibbs • Cottage Grove, OR • P. (541) 942-2411
info@cgchamber.com • www.cgchamber.com
2017 Chamber Board of Directors:
Thank you for your hours upon hours of volunteer time, commitment, and service!
Offi cers
Candace Solesbee, President
Chloe Beckes, Vice President
Ruth Linoz, Secretary
Gary Manly, Treasurer
Joe Raade, Past President
Shampoo Dolls Salon
Jack Sprats
South Lane Wheels
Cottage Grove Sentinel
South Lane County Fire & Rescue
Directors
Cassie Barrong
Ryan Gifford
Dean Kruschke
Bret Munk
Layla Beth Munk
Shuana Neigh
Danny Solesbee
Don Williams
Lloyd Williams
Judd Van Gorder
Oregon Aviation Historical Society
Gifford & Gifford Attorneys at Law
Cascade Home Center
Canna Closet
CG Body Studio
Busterʼs Main Street Café
Five Flying Monkeys
Retired, Past Board President
South Lane Television
Carousel House B&B and Catering
Advisors
Tim Herrmann
Celeste Krueger
Richard Meyers/Mike Fleck
Garrett Bridgens
PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center
Pacifi c Power
City of Cottage Grove
South Lane School District
Visitor Center Volunteers:
Heidi Abbott, Dotti Bittner, Tara Sue Hughart, Susan Jeppesen, Suzy Kanich,
Marie Longfellow, Judd Van Gorder, Sharon Van Gorder, Penny Westling, Nolene
Wheeler.
Staff:
Travis Palmer, Executive Director
Beth Martin, Offi ce Manager
Mavis Bradsby, Bookkeeper
Jessica Baker, Membership
Developement Coordinator
Five Year Vision Statement:
Th e Cottage Grove Area Chamber of
Commerce promotes Cottage Grove as
a prosperous destination community.
Economic vitality is at the heart of
everything we do. As a resource for
businesses, we are the conduit that provides
advocacy, marketing, education, and
networking opportunities to over 300
members.