The Chamber for the Cities and Communities of the West Columbia Gorge
Cascade Locks, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale,
and surrounding Communities
We are now a Mobile and Virtual Chamber of the Future. We are excited to bring the Chamber to you, our business partners. We will be able to be more nimble and virtual as our new business world evolves. Our Membership Services Representative, Edward Chin, and /or Board President, Geoffrey Kenway, will be happy to meet with members at their businesses to discuss the many and exciting benefits that Chamber Membership provides.
With enhanced business listings on our website, in the Membership Directory, and Networking Opportunities our chamber partners will be able to grow and expand their business. The Chamber offers the opportunity to be visible within our communities, special discounted advertising opportunities, marketing and training opportunities with the Mt. Hood Small Business Development Center with Mt. Hood Community College, and a featured table at the semi-annual Marketplace Trade Show sponsored by the Chamber.
Volunteer and service opportunities within our community are available that will enhance your presence within the community. The best way to benefit from your Chamber is to be involved. We look forward to getting to know you and your company as our partnership grows.
West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce
The chamber plays a role in fostering economic growth, supporting local businesses, and promoting tourism in the West Columbia Gorge region. The West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to building a thriving business community and creating a favorable environment for commerce and entrepreneurship.
The Importance of Local Chambers of Commerce
Local chambers of commerce are instrumental in driving economic development and fostering business growth in their respective regions. They serve as advocates for businesses, providing a platform for networking, collaboration, and resource sharing. Chambers of commerce also play a crucial role in promoting the unique attributes and attractions of their communities, attracting visitors and encouraging tourism.
History of the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce
The West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce was established in 2011 with the aim of bringing together businesses, organizations, and individuals interested in the prosperity of the region. Over the years, the chamber has grown into a vibrant and influential organization, supporting and representing the diverse business community in the West Columbia Gorge area.
Services Offered by the Chamber
The West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce offers a wide range of services to its members. These services are designed to empower businesses, stimulate growth, and create opportunities for success. Some of the key services provided by the chamber include:
Networking and Community Events
The chamber organizes regular networking events, business mixers, and community gatherings to facilitate meaningful connections among its members. These events provide a platform for business owners, professionals, and community leaders to collaborate, exchange ideas, and forge partnerships.
Supporting Local Businesses
The chamber actively supports local businesses through various initiatives. It promotes member businesses through its online directory, social media channels, and marketing campaigns. The chamber also encourages residents and visitors to shop locally, reinforcing the importance of supporting the community’s economy.
Advocacy and Economic Development
The West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce serves as a strong advocate for the interests of its members and the local business community. It actively engages with government entities, advocating for favorable policies, regulations, and infrastructure development that contribute to a thriving business environment.
Collaboration with Government Entities
The chamber collaborates with local, state, and federal government entities to address issues and opportunities relevant to the business community. By fostering relationships with government officials, the chamber ensures that the voice of businesses is heard, and their needs are considered in decision-making processes.
Tourism Promotion and Visitor Information
Promoting tourism is a key focus for the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce. The chamber actively markets the region’s attractions, natural beauty, recreational activities, and cultural events to attract tourists and visitors. It provides comprehensive visitor information through its website, visitor centers, and promotional materials.
Educational Resources and Workshops
To support the growth and development of businesses, the chamber offers educational resources, workshops, and training