Get Involved with your Local Chamber of Commerce

By Justin Aufdermauer
Executive Director

These are some of my favorite times at the Chamber – when the type and amount of projects we are working on is so extensive we have to step outside ourselves and bring in more professionals to get the job done.

Last week we posted two Request for Proposals to our website and Facebook page seeking individuals and businesses to respond.

The first was for our Downtown Planter Program. The Chamber owns 60 planters located throughout downtown Tillamook that are in place to help beautify our town center. However, in order for these planters to be, well, beautiful, they need someone skilled and experienced in the knowledge of plants and coastal environment to take care of them. We are looking for individuals, businesses and organizations to send in their proposals and budget for a two-year commitment to take care of these planters and ensure they are looking their best at all times for both visitors and residents to enjoy. For a full description of the project and requirements, you can find the RFP at

We also put out a second Request for Proposal last week looking for a professional/semi-professional photographer to help capture the faces, places and attractions of Tillamook. These photos will help us create a photo library to represent Tillamook well through local and visitor marketing. In order to move forward with authentic tourism marketing efforts, it is imperative we have the visual assets that will truly tell our stories and represent our businesses. If you are a photographer, or know one who might be interested, take a look at the RFP at

I also mentioned last week that the TIllamook Farmers Market is in the process of finding people to fill positions on the Market Advisory Committee. So if planting flowers or taking photos doesn’t speak your language, maybe being part of a collaborative round-table discussion that helps propel the Market forward in a positive and sustainable direction is a better fit.

And the work doesn’t stop there. We are still actively looking for volunteers to work on a number of projects, from helping us in the office to stay open on Saturdays for visitors to projects that can be done at home like laying vinyl on our new membership plaques. It’s a fun environment to be a part of, and if you have no experience doing a specific project don’t worry, we offer training and all the resources you need to be successful.

There are lots of ways to get involved right now and help the Chamber continue living its mission to build community and grow opportunities for businesses and individuals. If you’d like to keep up with what the Chamber is doing and be the first to see our announcements, sign up for our brand new e-newsletter at