November 1, 2023
This Issues Topics:
2023 • Business Connections • chamber forums • chamber sponsor • five reasons to join the chamber • Monthly Legislative update • New text alerts • November

Chamber Forums – New Time, New Location!

Starting in November the Chamber Monthly Forums are moving from a Noon lunch format to a morning event at a new venue: The Station Powered by LC Coffee located at 120 South Tower in downtown Centralia. The doors open at 7:30 for those wishing to load up on coffee or enjoy one of their morning treats. The Forum itself runs from 8:00 to 9:00 am. “We hope this new format allows broader attendance and becomes an inspiring gathering,” said Chamber Director Cynthia Mudge. “We also want to thank O’Blarney’s at the Gibson House for the many years they have served as our lunchtime Forum space,” added Mudge. “We anticipate being back at O’Blarney’s in the future for special programs, such as the Debates.”

The November Forum is dedicated to member and community updates. The Chamber will provide an overview of its upcoming holiday events and encourage members to come prepared to share their own activities and other announcements.

Interested in speaking at a Forum for 2024? Call Cynthia Mudge at 360-748-8885 or email [email protected] as the office is booking dates now.

Monthly Legislative – Updates Returns!

Thanks to our District 20 State Representatives the Chamber is once again hosting monthly Legislative Updates from December through March. This is a great opportunity to hear firsthand about the issues, concerns, and progress of the Legislative session. These are Zoom meetings that start at 7:30 am, so they are easy to attend in the comfort of your home with a cup of coffee or at the office. Participants are encouraged to ask questions.

Dates are the 4th Thursday of each month:

December 28
January 25
February 22
March 28

This is a Chamber Member benefit so watch for instructions on obtaining the Zoom link! Calendar links will be sent to Chamber Members via email. Contact [email protected] to ensure an invite or watch the Chamber Facebook page for details: ChamberWay

The Chamber thanks its District 20 Legislatures Senator John Braun, Representative Ed Orcutt and Representative Peter Abbarno.

NEW! Text Alerts!

“Darn it, I meant to attend that!”

If you find yourself hearing about an event you meant to attend but it slipped your mind, The Chamber now offers event alerts on your cell phone! It’s easy to subscribe. To join simply send a text to 218-229-8880 and in the body of the text type notify chamberway Events

Now is a GREAT Time to Join the Chamber or Become a Sponsor!

The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber is preparing its 2024 annual Directory, which also serves as a relocation and visitors guide. This is a great time to become a Chamber member or expand your commitment by becoming a sponsor. While all members are featured in the online directory at the time they join, only those committed by December 27 will be included for the 2024 printed version. The Directory is inserted annually into The Chronicle, mailed directly to Chamber Members, and distributed at the Chamber Visitor Center, libraries, and a variety of public places throughout the year.

Top Five Reasons to Join the Chamber!

Credibility: National studies have shown that 63% of consumers are more likely to purchase from businesses that belong to their local chambers. Being a Chamber member signals to consumers trust and professionalism.

Education & Training:

Chambers offer opportunities for expanded training and learning experiences for business owners and staff through its monthly forums, legislative updates, hiring events, and locally we’re bringing back the Micro Learning Center. This is also a great opportunity for you to share your expertise!


The more involved you are with the Chamber the deeper the connection you or your employees will make with other businesses and community members. Networking is also one of the best ways to stay informed, learn from each other, and support other businesses.

Community Involvement:

This gets back to credibility! When customers see businesses actively involved in community programs it builds trust and loyalty, especially in small towns. As a Chamber member you’ll receive updates about activities taking place and opportunities available to pursue.

Promotional Opportunities:

Chamber members receive free and discounted prices on Chamber-generated promotions including the Electronic Billboard, Website, Digital Newsletters, and of course our monthly Business Connections inserted into The Chronicle. The free monthly listing inside Business Connections pays for itself! The Chamber also has a number of Sponsor opportunities that provide even greater exposure.

Joining is easy and we strive to keep it affordable. We offer monthly and quarterly payment options.

Call us today to learn more!

360-748-8885 or email Cynthia Mudge, Chamber Director, at director@

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