About the Chamber

Pendleton Chamber of Commerce helps you succeed! Whether you’re creating a plan to make the most of your visit, starting or growing a business in town or looking for the best place to relocate your entire organization, we have resources to help! The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce serves its members by promoting and enhancing commerce and tourism for the prosperity of the region and its citizens.

The Chamber is dedicated to:

  • Building a Strong Local Economy
  • Promoting our Vibrant Community
  • Providing Networking and Business Education Opportunities
  • Representing the Interests of Business with Government
  • Advancing our Members’ Success

You are invited to join over 450 other businesses and individuals that make up the Pendleton Chamber and enjoy all the benefits of membership while knowing that in addition to growing your business, you are making a difference for your community! Call the Chamber at (541) 276-7411 for more details, or email us!

Tourism Marketing

The Tourism Marketing Committee works on several projects that focus on boosting tourism and promoting Pendleton to strengthen local business and our vibrant community.  The Chamber acts as the marketing arm of and for the city and promotes Pendleton as an exciting visitor destination. The overarching goal of the committee is to increase tourism in Pendleton, which brings more tourism dollars to the local economy and expands Pendleton’s legendary reputation. Tourism growth assists with existing business retention and growth as well as encouraging new businesses to be created. Members and the community see direct benefits from marketing and advertising efforts by the Chamber.

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and NOW OPEN on Saturday & Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.!

Observed Holidays/Closures:

New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Friday, Christmas Day

Ambassadors

The Ambassadors are the social arm of the Chamber. Watch for them in their red shirts, dusters, and cowboy hats at Ribbon-Cuttings, Kick It Up After 5 Business After Hours Events, and other Chamber events. There are a limited number of members on this committee of 30 men and women. Please contact the Chamber office for more information about becoming an Ambassador.

  • 2019 Chair: Bob McMillan
  • 2019 Chair-Elect: Shawna Nulf
  • 2019 Secretary: Dan Locke

Sub-committees:

Kick-It Up After 5 & 50/50: Mike Hagan, Ron Martin, Steve Mohrland, Jeannette Gile, Carolyn Pearson, Karen Martin

Ambassador Membership:  Vicki Bahr, Rolinda Burd, Pat Hagan, Eli Stephens

Special Events: Carolyn Pearson, Brad Stevens, Rolinda Burd, Doug Olsen, Bob McMillan, MaryAlice Ridgway, Joyce Follis, Steve Mohrland, Loren Finifrock, Fred Bradbury, Phil Kline, Mike Short, Sherri Brown, LaVonne Stephens, Greg Greb, Perk Perkins

Wardrobe:  Phil Kline, Pat Hagan

Public Relations: MaryAlice Ridgway, Perk Perkins

AA Basketball Tourney: Donna Bradbury, Dan Locke, Carolyn Pearson, LaVonne Stephens, Eli Stephens, Vicki Bahr, Perk Perkins, Bob McMillan, Shawna Nulf, MaryAlice Ridgway, Loren Finifrock, Brad Stevens”

Special Projects

The Special Projects Committees stand ready to tackle special projects for the Chamber and members. This includes planning and organizing the annual First Citizens and Business Excellence Awards Banquet and making sure The OSAA 2A State Basketball Tournament runs smoothly each year. Special Project committees base their meeting times and frequency on what is required, usually just a few meetings before events or just long enough to accomplish the project.

Membership

The Membership Committee meets once a month for lunch. During that meeting they plan the Monthly Membership Luncheons and Business Workshops. They work hard to ensure that benefits received by members return more than the investments made, give direction to staff regarding improvements to member services and communications, and help with special projects regarding membership.

The Membership Committee works closely with the Membership Coordinator. If you are interested in learning more about this committee, contact the Membership Coordinator at membership@pendletonchamber.com or by calling 541-276-7411.

Legislative Advocacy

Governmental Affairs Action Team

In order to best represent the interests of business with government, the Governmental Affairs Action Team looks at issues of import to local business, whether local, county or statewide issues and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for action when deemed necessary for the health of our local economy.

The Chamber educates and informs members about pending legislation that has an impact on business. The Chamber is a member of the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce and participates with their efforts to communicate with legislators and present the point of view of business and influence them to support business issues.

Economic Development

To continue building a strong local economy for our members and community, the Economic Development Committee will:

  • Produce the annual Economic Outlook Lunch ~ This event focuses on the forecast for the near future for the nation, the state and the region, as well as bringing speakers to address opportunities that the community should consider.
  • Continue to encourage shopping local in various ways, marketing efforts, and programs.
  • Work with partners to clarify and hopefully streamline the process for starting a business in Pendleton