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 2020 and 2021:

  • 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 provide needed PPE to Roseburg-area businesses
  • While at time necessary/required to have the building closed to the public, chamber staff worked on-site on behalf of Douglas County businesses daily throughout the pandemic. The chamber did not close during 2020 or 2021
  • 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 the 2020 Oregon Legislative Session and 21-22 Agenda during the 2021 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 in 2020, a virtual State of the County in early 2021, with in-person membership meeting programs returning in November 2021
  • Represented the interests of business with government monitoring federal, state and local political activity, taking positions when appropriate, with an emphasis on lessening and eliminating mandates to get our businesses fully open and advocating for short-term and long-term financial support and restoration
  • Provided membership political awareness, especially during both the 2020 and 2021 Oregon legislative sessions, via newsletter articles, “Call to Action” emails, and in-person and virtual membership meetings
  • Increased 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 66th meeting of the membership and awards dinner in January 2020, presenting RACC’s awards for business recognition program at the event
  • Publish updated, online editions of the InUmpqua (business directory, community profile & visitor magazine); continued to provided 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 the holiday season
  • Completed 31st year of Project Leadership Roseburg, with “The Exploration Garden” class project for the Family Development Center in late Spring 2020 and brought the 2021-22 leadership program back in September 2021
  • Hosted virtual Economic Forecast 2021 program in 2020 and Economic Forecast 2020 was back in person in the Fall of 2021
  • Provided visitor information on-site at the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center during “high” season in 2020 and from June 2021 forward
  • Provided relocation information and visitor information in response to mail, phone and email requests
  • Produced Roseburg/Douglas County map for local, regional and statewide distribution
  • Provided additional member-benefit programs: Shop Chamber & Save discount program, member referrals

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