Future of Corvallis Businesses Discussed

1426299504ecfv6Owning and running a small business is not an easy feat in a small town like Corvallis. Between paying the rent and being able to offer incredible merchandise, mom and pop shops can have a hard time staying afloat. Now add anticipated minimum wage increases and a slew of other laws set for change.

Corvallis has already seen a number of local businesses replaced with regional and national players, so what is the future going to look like for its locally owned businesses?

All these topics and many others will be examined at the upcoming Corvallis City Club forum titled “How’s Business: A Lunch with Local Insiders.” And no, you do not have to buy lunch for this free event.

Main speakers at this meeting will be Cooper Whitman, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and Cindee Lolik, president of the Community Independent Business Alliance.

Whitman joined the Chamber this last August, and holds a bachelor’s of arts in communications studies and an MPA from Portland State. He brings three years of previous Chamber experience from his time in North Dakota to the table.

Along with her role at the Community Independent Business Alliance, Lolik is also general manager at First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op.

Topics will also include the challenges and opportunities of public-private and inter-organizational partnerships, the future of commercial properties and businesses in the downtown core, and there will also be time for audience questions.

Corvallis City Club meets on the second Monday of each month at the Boys & Girl’s Club in Corvallis. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch and the meeting begin at 12 p.m. and the meeting concludes at 1:15 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public, but a catered lunch is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. To reserve lunch, send an email to info@cityclubofcorvallis.org by noon on Feb. 5. You can also pay for lunch online with your credit card. Visit www.cityclubofcorvallis.org for more information. You can also bring your own lunch if you prefer.

By Kyra Blank