Professional Enrichment 2017

Enrich your mind, your network and your business.

Learn new skills and take part in lively discussion with your fellow professionals on the Southern Oregon Coast. The Bandon Chamber 2017 Professional Enrichment series features presenters and workshop instructors ready to share their know-how on business topics including marketing, finance, tourism development and civic engagement.

Chamber member prices are $35 for workshops and $25 for presentations, unless otherwise noted. Non-chamber members are welcome, $45 for workshops and $30 for presentations.

Pre-registration is required. Browse the menu of events below for session details and registration links.



Miles Phillips, OSU Extension

Presentation with Miles Phillips
1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 8
Registration $25 chamber members, $30 non chamber members
Bandon Professional Center
1010 First St. SE, Bandon
Conference rooms upstairs

Discover coastal tourism business opportunities. Miles Phillips will share examples of businesses with whom he has worked to develop successful rural tourism products and services.

Miles Phillips joined the Oregon State University Extension as Associate Professor of Tourism and Business Development in the fall of 2016. He has
more than 15 years of experience developing nature tourism programs that meet the needs of local people, businesses and agencies; and he initiated the Extension Nature Tourism Program at Texas A&M University. Miles is also an experienced private sector project manager and consultant. He is based in Bandon, Oregon and supports Oregon’s Coastal communities with their tourism and outdoor recreation needs.

Register: Coastal Tourism presentation



Geneva Miller, Content Marketing Consultant

Workshop with Geneva Miller
1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, February 14
Registration $35 chamber members, $45 non chamber members
Bandon Professional Center
1010 First St. SE, Bandon
Conference rooms upstairs

Take the first step toward improving or rebuilding your website. Start your website Request for Proposal, and prep for interviews with web developers. Explore digital apps and plug-ins to engage your website visitors. Laptops and tablets welcome.

Geneva Miller helps small businesses maximize their marketing and promotions with engaging, up-to-date digital content. Her clients have increased web and email marketing traffic, media exposure and event participation. She started her professional life as a public school teacher and now works as a freelance journalist and content marketing consultant. Geneva lives in Bandon– she loves fish and chips and cheese curds as much as any tourist!

Schedule Note: If you are interested in this workshop, but unavailable on February 14, please email Geneva Miller to add your name to the wait list for an alternate session date.

Register: Website RFP workshop



Panel Presentation
1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 8
Free presentation – Registration required
Bandon City Hall Council Chambers
555 Highway 101, Bandon

Share your voice in civic dialogue. Learn how proactive business owners and professionals help their communities through productive civic involvement. Hear from county and city experts: Coos County Commissioner Melissa Cribbins, City of Bandon Manager Robert Mawson and Bandon Planning Director John McLaughlin, and South Coast Development Council Executive Director Connie Stopher.

The panel will discuss the structure and staffing of city and county offices and answer frequently asked questions for those interested in public involvement or committee service. This presentation is free. Registration required.

Register: Civic Involvement presentation



Arlene Soto, SBDC Director

Workshop with Arlene Soto, CMA
1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 5
Registration $35 chamber members, $45 non chamber members
Best Western Inn at Face Rock
3225 Beach Loop Rd, Bandon
Conference room in reception building

Do you know where your money goes each month? Do you run out of funds before you run out of bills? Learn where cash is being used wisely, or wasted, in your business.

Arlene M. Soto has worked as the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center Director since 2007. She is responsible for outreach to Coos, Curry and Western Douglas Counties in Oregon to provide small business development services through free, confidential business advising and low cost training programs. She has worked with businesses in the accounting field since 1976 and in management since 1988. Arlene is a Certified Management Accountant with a Master’s degree in Management from Marylhurst University and Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Portland State University.

Register: Cash Flow workshop



Tim Scahill, Digital Marketing Specialist

Workshop with Tim Scahill
4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 3
Registration $35 chamber members, $45 non chamber members
Moore Mill & Lumber Company
440 1st Street SE, Bandon

Snap and share photos on the go. Learn to identify your light sources and compose great images. Then, practice digital editing and posting pics to your social media accounts. Bring your smart phone.

Tim Scahill is the Digital Marketing Specialist for Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. He relocated from Lincoln, Nebraska, to join the resort’s marketing team in 2013. Tim’s work on the Bandon Dunes website won the 2014 New Media award for Best in Industry, Sports. The site, and its content, also earned four 2014 Silver Davey Awards. He is an experienced instructor on topics including social media strategy and digital content production.

Register: Mobile Photography workshop



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Workshop Series with Travel Oregon
Multiple Coos County locations and dates
First session January 24, last session April 19

Travel Oregon, in partnership with a local steering committee, will host a series of workshops Jan. – April 2017 in the Southern Oregon Coast region– including Reedsport, Winchester Bay, North Bend, Coos Bay, Charleston, Bandon and the communities of the Coquille River Valley. This professional development program, designed to bolster your community’s tourism economy, offers hands-on planning and product development workshops rich in information and networking opportunities. The core of the program will guide participants in developing strategies for culinary and agritourism and world-class outdoor recreation experiences.

There is a $5 fee for each full-day workshop (five total) to help cover meal costs; all evening networking events are free of charge to attend. If you plan to attend all five workshops, you will have the option to purchase a full Studio registration and receive a $5 discount. Registration is required for all workshops and events and capacity is limited to 60 participants on a first come, first serve basis.

4 to 8 p.m., Jan. 24, Community Tourism Visioning, North Bend
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 25, Community Tourism Planning Workshop, North Bend
5 to 8 p.m., Feb. 21, Adventure Travel & Outdoor Recreation Networking, Charleston
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 22, Adventure Travel & Outdoor Recreation Workshop, Charleston
5 to 8 p.m., March 21, Culinary & Agritourism Networking, Bandon
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 22, Culinary & Agritourism Workshop, Bandon
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 18, Tourism Marketing & Communications Workshop, North Bend
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 19, Teaming for Impact & Action Planning Workshop, North Bend
5 to 8 p.m., April 19, Community Celebration, Coos Bay

This program is brought to you by Travel Oregon with support from a local steering committee including representatives from: 42 & Spruce Downtown, Bandon Chamber of Commerce, Benetti’s Restaurant, Charleston Marine Life Center, City of Coos Bay, Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Coos County, Coquille Indian Tribe, Coquille Chamber of Commerce, The Mill Casino, Oregon Coast Visitors Association, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State University – Division of Outreach and Engagement, Port of Coos Bay, Powers School District, Reedsport Mainstreet Association, South Coast Development Council, South Slough NERR., Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, U.S. Forest Service – Rogue River National Forest, and Wild Rivers Coast Alliance

Steering Committee Contact
Connie Stopher, South Coast Development Council

Register: Rural Tourism Studio sessions