For 22 years, OP Chamber looking to promote business

<I>AMANDA FRINK photo</I><BR>Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce President Karen Stephens wants to know what people would like to see out of the chamber.

OCEAN PARK - Since 1984, the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce has been promoting community businesses on the north end Peninsula and throughout the rest of Pacific County.

Currently with 75 members and seven on their executive board, the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce promotes our area by planning parades and festivals, such as the Garlic Festival, the Old Fashioned Fourth of July events and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Ocean Park. They also have local business owners speak at their meetings, distribute visitor attraction brochures and support the Willapa Bay Seafood Festival, the Rod Run and the Peninsula Arts Show by answering visitors' questions and guiding them to food and lodging choices.

Just recently, they sent out surveys to Peninsula businesses to find out what changes could be made to make the Chamber of Commerce even more successful.

"We want to know what people would like to see from us," said President Karen Stephens. "Are people still enjoying the festivals or are they tired of them? Are there any suggestions for new speakers to present at our meetings? Do we need to change the time of our meetings? All of these things can help us set goals and hopefully make a five-year plan."

Their next meeting will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 14 in the community room at the Ocean Park Fire Hall, 26110 Ridge Avenue.

To find out more about the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce or to find out how you can help at their events, drop by their office at 1715 Bay Avenue in Ocean Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, call office manager Mary Atherton at 665-4448, or visit their Web site at (

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