July 31, 2023
This Issues Topics:
2023 • Business Connections • Events • July • Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies that celebrate the opening, expansion, or change of ownership is a signature program of the Chamber. Shown here is the 2023 Ribbon Cutting for Saddle Bum in Centralia.

Chambers are champions of local businesses and often the welcoming face to the communities they serve. The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber is no exception as it provides an active Visitor Center promoting the rich and diverse activities of both its named cities and Lewis County. “Chambers have traditionally been the go-to organization for people planning vacations as well as for those who are looking at relocating or businesses seeking to establish or grow their company,” noted Cynthia Mudge, Executive Director for the Chamber.

With nearly 500 members, the Chamber also serves a rich and diverse business community offering marketing services, hiring fairs, consultation, ribbon cuttings, networking, and educational opportunities for its members. “We strive to actively support our local businesses as well as the community,” explained Mudge. The Chamber does this by working in tandem with others such as the ports, cities, and business organizations that have their own unique role in the process of creating an environment where businesses can thrive. Chamber funding primarily comes from its member dues and sponsorships. In addition,Lodging Tax funds from Lewis County, City of Chehalis, and City of Centralia help to support the Visitor Center and tourism activities of the Chamber.

The Chamber regularly coordinates several events including managing the midway point for Seattle-to- Portland (STP) riders at Penny Park to its newly established 3-on-3 basketball tournament scheduled for August 5-6. The Chamber incorporates holiday promotions for a two-month campaign that includes the Santa Parade, now in its 73rd year, organizes the annual Trick or Treat Transit event for families, and spring the Home & Garden Show. In addition, each year through the Rob Fuller Scholarship Fund, the Chamber gives out $6,000 to $10,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors selected through a grant process.

To learn more, plan a trip, or become a member visit www. Chamberway.com or call 360- 748-8885.