As the lead economic development organization in Ashland, the Chamber has decades-long established relationships within the business sector and through community partnerships. The Chamber promotes businesses and the community by providing business resources, creating events, maintaining strong community partnerships, promoting tourism, conducting community issues discussions and collaborative problem solving while providing effective leadership.
Through the point-of-contact information and relocation services as a clearinghouse for the community, there are many avenues for awareness and to receive assistance including the Chamber websites (ashlandchamber.com and travelashland.org), the business resource portal (ashlandbusinessresource.com), at the Chamber office, summer Plaza Information Booth, and through phone calls and numerous materials and brochures. The Chamber provides a broad communication network and serves as a community connector for many thousands of individuals each year.
Front Row: Hiram Towle, Mt. Ashland, Katharine Cato, Staff/Director of VCB & Marketing, Brad Niva, Travel Southern Oregon/Wine Hopper Tours (Ex-Officio), Michael Stringer, Mt. Ashland. Back Row: Pete Wallstrom, Momentum River Expeditions, Vicki Capp, Ashland B&B Network/ The Iris Inn B&B, Don Anway, Neuman Hotel Group, Julie Gurwell, Hearsay Restaurant, Lounge, and Garden, Graham Sheldon (VCB Chair), Ashland B&B Network/Ashland Creek Inn, Ariel Sherman, Weisinger Family Winery, Tom Herrera, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Bob Hackett, Travel Southern Oregon (Ex-Officio). Not pictured: Eddie Wallace, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The Ashland Chamber has a dynamic, diverse group of over 700 business, non-profit and community members with a passion for enhancing the economy of Ashland. Whether creating new business contacts through one of the many networking events, such as the weekly Greeters meetings where they also showcase their products and services, or by contributing their time and resources, businesses expand their reach and realize greater impact from programs and projects. Local businesses and their employees are strengthened through a system of sharing and learning opportunities that help grow the economy through enhancement of workforce education. Needs and trends in business are identified through one-on-one meetings, surveys and analysis. The community and businesses are promoted and marketed through the identification and communication of Ashland values, strengths and assets. The Ashland Chamber offers many programs to serve its members, the business community, as well as the entire community of Ashland.
Legislative issues are addressed through Community Issues Forums on topics such as transportation and water supply. The Chamber does not support candidates for office at any level, but provides opportunity for informational forums and open dialogue with our elected leaders. Monthly, the Chamber coordinates the Ashland Coalition providing community leaders an opportunity to discuss and partner to solve problems, build community health, economic well-being, and economic sustainability.
The website ashlandchamber.com provides visitors, residents and businesses with information on all aspects of the community including tourism amenities and attractions, relocation, community events, education, demographics, health care, business resources and much more.
Programs range from improving the health and wellbeing of employees to developing events and seminars in the area of international business, education and culture expanding the Chamber’s reach and influence into tackling social issues. The Green/Best Practices Committee’s mission is to create standards for Chamber as well as City wide events in Ashland. Through educational outreach and programs, the Committee encourages creating less waste and less impact on our community.
Hundreds of Ashland residents volunteer their time for programs connected with the Ashland Chamber. This includes work on community events such as the 4th of July Celebration and Festival of Light but also in the daily greeting of visitors through our offices both at the Chamber and during the summer months on the Plaza at our Information Booth.