Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber Corner

Written by Estero Bay News

July 30, 2022

A Digital Adaptation

As many in our community have heard, the Los Osos Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce moved out of our location on June 30th. This move came after our long-time landlord and generous supporter, Alex Cosentino, passed away. Like many businesses during this time, we find ourselves in the position of needing to make a strategic change. As a membership organization, and one specifically meant to support people doing business, our Board of Directors decided to pursue a leaner business model. 

Rather than searching for a new location, we’re going to shift our focus 100 percent on our member benefits, community communication and growing our organization to better serve those that have supported us for the past 67 years. 

On July 2, the board held a mid-year retreat. We took on some significant changes to our structure to better coincide with other chambers of commerce as well as adjusting how the business operates from day-to-day. You’ll now see a chairperson of the board and a president/CEO running the LOBP Chamber of Commerce. 

Bas van Eijk, owner of Cal Coast Orchids is transitioning from president to chairman of the board for the remainder of his elected year. Marshall Ochylski (director, Los Osos CSD) is stepping into the chairman-elect position. Christina Grimm, owner of CG Bookkeeping will step down from the board and into the role of president/CEO.  

Many may be asking; what’s going to happen next? 

That is a good question. 

It was difficult to lose our building. Our Board feels strongly that we can take this situation and transform it into something we’re going to do with intention. Nothing is outside of our control and what happens next is within our reach to accomplish with a quality and attention to detail that our members and community deserve. 

Questions are encouraged and welcome. Please direct those to: info@lobpchamber.org 

We’re still working on the final details of getting out of the building and are looking forward to evolving with our community.  

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