Advocating for Business Interests

We carry your voice where it needs to be heard.

As the state's chamber of commerce, OBI advocates on behalf of a strong and healthy business climate in Oregon. Our government affairs team represents nearly 1,600 member-businesses in the state capitol, state and federal regulatory agencies, Congress, and the courts. 

OBI Steering Committees and Councils

OBI members serve on issue-specific steering committees and councils to develop positions that guide our advocacy work during legislative sessions and through rulemaking. All members are encouraged to participate.

Steering Committees

Each steering committee is co-chaired by OBI members and staffed by the OBI director responsible for that subject matter.

Education and Workforce Development

Energy and Environment

Health Care

Labor and Employment Practice

Tax and Fiscal Policy


OBI is the state affiliate for the National Retail Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers. Members stay informed on national and local priorities in these industries through OBI councils and their respective steering committees. OBI currently facilitates a retail council and will launch a manufacturing council soon.

Retail Council