Chamber Blog

Jul 24, 2018 — by: Heather Tramp

A few years ago, we reviewed our events and programming  and asked ourselves what was missing. We surveyed ourChamber-rbis-bgp-marketing-4548 membership, asked lots of questions, and finally, we decided we needed an event that:

  • Saved our members time and money
  • Brought opportunities for our businesses to grow
  • Highlighted (and showed off) our community
  • Convened rural business leaders from far and wide and strengthened our collective (rural) voices around the state
  • Became THE conference for rural business on the West Coast

To meet these goals, we started the Rural Business and Innovation Summit.

You wanted opportunities to grow and learn about things like social media marketing but as a business owner in a rural community, it can be hard to find the time to travel out of the area. You’re busy running your business and have little time to attend conferences. We created an event for you that requires no travel.

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Nov 9, 2017 — by: Chrystal Vaughan

97th Annual Gala Award Nominations





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Oct 12, 2017 — by: Chrystal Vaughan

Where has the time gone, Chamberverse? It's already October; leaves are falling and making a riot of colors outside my office window. It snowed up on the mountain passes already, meaning travel (and the pace of life/work) will slow a bit. The days are shorter, and the festivities of the holidays will be here before I can blink.


I often think of fall as a time for reflecting back on the busy-ness of the year, and since I joined the Chamberverse, it's also a time when I get ready to knock out our "At a Glance" infographic. I'll post that for you in the next message, since I just started thinking about it. But it has been quite a year!

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Aug 28, 2017 — by: Chrystal Vaughan

Like rapid gun fire, her fingers fly across the keys of her computer’s keyboard, a mad dash to create the perfect, to the gut, 140 character message. Never missing a beat, her fingers curl around her coffee cup and she takes a swig, a gleam in her eye as she turns her attention to Facebook.


Perhaps you’ve got an image of this madcap social media mafia boss in your head. Likely, you’ve envisioned a Millennial, one of those young, misunderstood youths of today who grew up on Twitter feeds and Facebook walls. Heck, in this day and age, this keyboard virtuoso could be your five year old cousin. But you’d be wrong.

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Aug 23, 2017 — by: Chrystal Vaughan

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Aug 11, 2017 — by: Chrystal Vaughan

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Part Five of Five (The Recap)

The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Okay not really. But how weird is this eclipse business going to be? I mean, let's think about it...

Moon: "Hey Sun, you're in the way."

Sun: "Um,'s my turn to play with the sky. You're supposed to be asleep."

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Aug 3, 2017 — by: Chrystal Vaughan

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Part Four of Five

We're almost at the finish line, Chamber-verse. The eclipse is only a couple short weeks away. Are you ready!? Let's are a couple of checklists to make sure you're on top of things.

Watching the Eclipse from home:

  • Complete all shopping the week before
  • Have drinking water (just in case)
  • Vehicles filled with gas the week before
  • Prescriptions picked up
  • Grocery shopping completed the week before
  • Pets/livestock have a safe place
  • Eclipse glasses on hand

Business Eclipse Checklist:

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Jul 18, 2017 — by: Chrystal Vaughan

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Part Three of Five

I know what you're thinking, Chamber-verse. This, again?!


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Jul 7, 2017 — by: Chrystal Vaughan

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Part Two of Five

To recap our last conversation (super one-sided, I might add!) the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN is happening on August 21st, 2017. I may have mentioned it in passing, I dunno. But I seem to recall thinking out loud, "What a terrific opportunity for local businesses to make some serious cashola, given that about a million people are coming through here to see this phenomenon." You know, because of the path of totality.


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Jun 21, 2017 — by: Chrystal Vaughan


Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Part One of Five

Maybe you’ve heard of the small event known as the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN happening on August 21st, 2017 but if you haven’t…well, there’s going to be an eclipse on August 21st this year. Why is that important? Here are a couple of statistics and factoids to help you grasp the bigger picture:

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