Freeland chamber adopts new look

The Freeland Chamber of Commerce has a new name and a new look.

Board members have changed the name to the Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce, to draw in interest from outlying areas such as Greenbank and Bayview, said Linda Bloom, chamber spokeswoman.

It also has a new mission statement, a new logo and soon, a new-look Web site, she said. The mission statement is “To develop a strong and growing business community.”

The Web site and logo are expected to be unveiled next month, and volunteers plan a facelift of chamber offices on Main Street, Bloom said.

Meanwhile, planning has begun for the annual fundraiser, the Open Classic golf tournament and Auction. It will take place on Aug. 30 at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, said Louis Muniz, chairman.

Also, monthly luncheons will be replaced by educational seminars giving businesses information on issues such as human resources, marketing, taxes, customer service and technology, Bloom said.

And the newsletter will continue to be produced with reduced ad rates to allow members a low-cost way to promote business, and it may change to a monthly release in the future, she said.

The chamber’s next quarterly dinner will be in March and will feature Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson.

For more information, visit the chamber office at 1640 Main St. in Freeland from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, or call 331-1980. The Web site remains, and e-mail can be sent to