RACC Activities & Accomplishments

Every year in March at its annual celebration of business, meeting of the membership and awards events, chamber leadership shares with its members, the business community and our Douglas County community as a whole, a recap of the chamber’s activities, undertakings and accomplishments for the past year. Following are some of the highlights from last year (2020):

  • Became the “go to” business resource for COVID-19 pandemic information and resources through its online “Covid-19 Business Resource & Recovery Center Library,” expedient membership email blasts with essential information related to the pandemic and responding to phone and email inquiries from both member and non-member businesses
  • Partnered with the city of Roseburg to provided needed PPE to Roseburg-area businesses
  • While often required to have its offices/building closed to the public, chamber staff worked on-site on behalf of Douglas County businesses daily throughout the pandemic
  • Due to long-term, conscientious management of chamber funds, including ensuring adequate emergency operating reserves, the chamber remained operational and worked to protect the interests of business and fulfill its obligations to its members, despite the inability—due to the pandemic—to generate non-dues revenue
  • The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce remains financially stable and secure
  • Continued progressing the 2019-20 Public Affairs & Legislative Agenda, specifically during 2020 Oregon Legislative Session to oppose anti-business legislation and support pro-business legislation
  • Hosted State of the County, Legislative Preview, State of the Timber/Wood Products Industry and other programs in-person and virtually
  • Represented the interests of business with government monitoring federal, state and local political activity, taking positions when appropriate
  • Provided membership political awareness, especially during the Oregon legislative session, via newsletter articles, “Call to Action” emails, and in-person and virtual membership meetings
  • Social media posts, member email blasts and website updates
  • Continued to upgrade and expand chamber communications, specifically its electronic newsletter, “Chamber News” emails and “Calls to Action”; produced six editions of Business Perspectives in addition to expanding current news on website
  • Hosted the 70th meeting of the membership and awards dinner
  • Presented RACC’s awards for business recognition program at its annual membership meeting and awards dinner
  • Publish an updated, online 2020-21 edition of the InUmpqua (a business directory, community profile & visitor magazine); continued to provided previous printed edition to chambers and visitor centers around the state
  • Countywide “shop local” messaging; advocated “shop local” for Black Friday and “shop small” on Small Business Saturday and throughout
  • Completed 31st year of Project Leadership Roseburg, with “The Exploration Garden” class project for the Family Development Center
  • Hosted virtual Economic Forecast 2021 program
  • Provided visitor information on-site at the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, when able to be open to the public
  • Provided relocation information and visitor information in response to mailing requests and via phone and email inquiries
  • Produced Roseburg/Douglas County map for local, regional and statewide distribution
  • Continued membership benefits programs: discount card with e-coupons program, member referrals
  • We survived . . . and have readied the organization to thrive post-pandemic 

Donna Arnold

“Chamber membership is the front-line of support for any business community and a vital lifeline for the economic health of Douglas County. We consider it a privilege and a duty to support the Roseburg Area Chamber and its activities.”

Donna Arnold
Cardinal Services, Inc.

Paula Mackinnon

“We are glad to be members of the chamber. I always look to the membership first when I need anything. You do great promotions!”

Paula Mackinnon
Mac’s Tracks Model Railroading

Alex Palm

“The chamber plays a huge role in the overall health and welfare of the community.”

Alex Palm
i.e. Engineering