The 10 Don’ts of Networking

Don’t dress down. Looks matter, whether you like it or not. Before you can “wow” people with your impressive set of skills, you’ll need to awe them with your appearance and body language.

Don’t dismiss people who don’t look important. “You should behave here like everyone you interact with has the potential… to get you a cover story in The New York Times.” Sometimes it’s the secretary that will get the job done, not the president.

Don’t expect a job. Getting a job might be more about who you know than what you know – but don’t be so obvious about it.

Don’t be uninformed. No card, no contact. Be up to date with what is going on in your field and in the field whose business you are trying to get. It’s okay to learn something new, but if you don’t know something crucial then you have just lost their faith in your abilities.

Don’t collect business cards like candy. “Don’t trick-or-treat for business cards.” Make an honest connection with someone before you start soliciting for business. They are more likely to give it after a positive interaction verses a cold call.

Don’t only think about yourself. “Networking can be described as the process of interacting or engaging in communication with other for mutual assistance or support.”

Don’t be vague. “I want to go back to school… maybe do something in the business world.” Almost everything has something to do with business. Have clear goals in mind.

Don’t reach too high. Having Mark Cuban, Warren Buffet, or John Maxwell on speed dial would be great – for you. But would you really be able to offer them much help? Maybe… but probably not.

Don’t monopolize anyone’s time. This isn’t a phone call or an email exchange, so give people space to mingle. If they are giving hand signals to a partner across the room to help them escape, you’ve lost the opportunity.

Don’t follow up with a sales pitch. Before you ask for a favor, you need to develop the relationship further, Sue Clement writes on Businessknowhow.com. She recommends referencing something you spoke about at the networking event and then offering the person something they can use – whether that is an introduction or a helpful article.

Citizens Bank

Welcome to locally owned Citizens Bank. They proudly provide comprehensive banking services to businesses and individuals in 13 Willamette Valley communities in the state of Oregon.

More than 60 years have now passed since a small group of community and business leaders met in April 1957 and voted to establish a home-owned bank in Corvallis. The organizers said they intended to “fill a need for a friendly banking service dedicated to all of the community and to the building of a thriving local economy,” according to an early newspaper report.

Less than six months later, on October 5, 1957 Citizens Bank of Corvallis opened for business in a leased building on the northeast corner of Second and Madison streets. The Bank began operations with seven employees.

From those humble beginnings, Citizens Bank has blossomed to become one of the most successful and stable community banks in the country. Today, Citizens Bank is home to more than 160 customer-focused employees, and their 15 branches provide comprehensive banking services to individuals and businesses in 13 Willamette Valley communities spanning seven Oregon counties.

At Citizens Bank, they believe that their success is directly linked to the overall health of the region they serve. Since 1957, they have committed themselves to improving the communities in which we live, work, and play. They honor that commitment daily by providing a full range of banking services with a personal, hometown touch; by supporting the continued prosperity of local businesses; and by emphasizing honesty, integrity and fairness in their relationships with customers, co-workers, and neighbors. If they cannot offer you the best rates, or loans for you then they will refer you to who can. They believe that their customers come before numbers.

As a local community bank, their focus is serving small to medium size businesses, agriculture and professionals such as doctors, lawyers, CPAs etc. Their in-house Commercial Loan Officers understand the local economy and are here to help you with all your business banking needs, from Commercial Real Estate loans to Remote Deposit Capture to Merchant Services they have the products and services to help you and your business be successful.

Citizens Banks motto: Good Business. Good Friends.

Dallas Glass

Dallas Glass has been partnering with home owners and contractors in the greater Willamette Valley since 1957. They specialize in residential and commercial construction with attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction. Dallas Glass is unique in that they can perform a wide array of work from cutting picture frame glass on their cutting table, to replacing all of your windows in your home, to installing storefronts and curtain walls in multi-million dollar commercial buildings. They have a design team that can get you the right product; that fits your budget and time constraints for whatever glass needs you have. As the saying goes, there is no project that is too large, too difficult, or too simple for Dallas Glass.

Dallas Glass and Window offers a wide variety of products for home owners and residential contractors. Their 2,200 square foot showroom features only the newest and most energy efficient windows and doors available. In addition they have numerous shower enclosures, skylights, mirrors, and specialty glass samples on display. Their state of the art showroom is open weekdays where you will find their friendly team of experts ready and available to help with your next home project.

Their team of professional glazers are AMAA certified and professionally trained to handle all of your glass and glazing needs. They specialize in the following: new construction windows & doors, retrofit windows & doors, skylights & solar tubes, shower enclosures, mirrors, screens, railing systems, and bath accessories. Dallas Glass understands that accidents happen and that is why they have staff on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you find yourself dealing with a glass emergency due to an accident, vandalism, weather, or other situation please give them a call at any hour and follow the prompts to reach their afterhours personnel.

Dallas Glass offers a one year warranty on all labor and product warranties as specified by their vendors. You will find a list of warranties from their most popular vendors on their website. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact them for additional details and information regarding their warranties.

Dallas Glass strives to meet your needs, and take care of their customers. Just another example of a small town business making a big town impact in their community.

Dallas Family Medicine

Dallas Family Medicine is committed to serving our community as providers of healthcare and medical education.

Dallas Family Medicine was founded in 1951 by Dr. William Charles and Dr. Leroy Casey. These two men of “greatest generation” returned from World War II as decorated serviceman and completed their medical training at Oregon Health and Science University. They opened their clinic on Main Street, above John Brown’s Pharmacy, across from the court house. After 32 years of practice, they sought out a new doctor to join them; Dr. Chris Edwardson came in 1983, and they formed a new partnership which has become Dallas Family Medicine, LLC as you see it today.

Born and raised in Canada, Dr. Chris Edwardson pursued a career in medicine since announcing his intentions at five years of age. After completing his medical education at University of Saskatoon he joined the founding partner of Dallas Family Medicine and has worked to continue their legacy. Through several building additions and remodels, staff changes, economic fluctuations, and cultural shifts in medicine, Dr. Edwarson leads the staff in keeping the primary focus on their patients. He and his wife Jeanne appreciate the opportunity to live and work in such a picturesque and warm community. They enjoy travel, entertaining, and spending time with their grandchildren.

In 1989, the founding partners died, a few months apart, but their legacy of caring and service continues. Dallas Family Medicine proudly cares for its community daily, and regularly serves around the world with medical missions that have taken them from Mississippi to Malawi and many points between; including Jamaica, Kenya, and Costa Rica.

Each physician and staff member of Dallas Family Medicine offers their unique experience and training, uniting together to put patient needs first. Their patients are the reason they work. They believe their patients are the most important people in the clinic. Patients bring them their pain and suffering, and they are committed to car for them compassionately – with sensitivity and confidentiality. They are honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve them.

Currently the have five doctors on staff: Chris Edwardson, Stephen Chaffee, Julia Pulliam, Julia Balcom, and Faith Shinn. Each doctor strives to bring their unique backgrounds, and expertise to the availability of all of Dallas Family Medicine patients. Their unique backgrounds allowing for a broader ability to collaborate, and providing their patients with the best medical care possible.

Dallas Community Foundation

Local dollars helping local people. The Dallas Community Foundation was established in 1995 by a group of individuals who shared a common vision of a local fund that could give back to the Dallas community. Since then, the Foundation has helped people put their charitable dollars into their own community, giving a hand up to those in need.

Why make a gift to the Dallas Community Foundation? From the beginning their aim has been to give back to the Dallas community, and they have been established to do so for perpetuity. Foundation funds are professionally invested by Becker Capital Management, headquartered in Portland. This ensures to the best of their ability that the money you invest is properly cared for and applied, making a difference many times over. You can support a wide range of charitable causes with a single gift, or you can direct your gift to a specific cause through a designated fund. This allows Dallas Community Foundation to help you create a legacy as they are equipped to manage funds according to your intent. They are focused specifically on the Dallas community, keeping your dollars local, supporting the causes you care about. Dallas Community Foundation has the flexibility to meet community needs as they emerge and evolve, and the permanence to support future needs. They are here for Dallas, for good, for now, forever.

What do they do with your gift? Your gift to the Dallas Community Foundation is pooled with other funds for long term investment and maximum return. Annual earnings are given back to the community through scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations. Currently they have over $2 million dollars under asset management, and have awarded over 582 grants and scholarships totaling in $950,050 back into the community. They carefully monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of the grant fund they disburse. As the community gives, the community grows- stronger, together.

This spring, Dallas Community Foundation board chair Bob Brannigan presented grants to 18 non-profit organizations serving the Dallas community. These grants will address a broad spectrum of issues and will directly serve seniors, youth and families in need. Congratulations grant recipients!

Corn on the Cob Day

“A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.”

~ Anne Bronte

In the height of summer, under a cornflower blue sky filled with cotton-ball clouds, and the smell of grilled meat fills the air. Children are laughing and playing in the creek, and the adults are setting up the picnic tables with red solo cups and paper plates. In the middle of the table sits a large Tubberware bowl covered with a layer of aluminum foil, steam gently escaping from around the edges, rich with the smell of corn on the cob. Corn on the Cob Day celebrates events like these, and the gathering of family around the sweetest healthy treat you’ll ever have!

Corn on the cob is also known in different regions as pole corn, cornstick, sweet pole, butter-pop or long maize. A corn cob is the central woody part of maize or corn on which the corn grains are attached. The corn cob is also part of the corn plant’s flower, and the individual kernels are seeds of the plant.

The history of Corn on the Cob Day goes back to a time before European Settlers actually came to America. Corn is a new world plant that has become more important staple in dishes all over the world, and the by-products of it have been used in quite literally millions of different products. In the America’s High Fructose Corn Syrup is found in almost every candy, and certainly, in every carbonated beverage you can imagine.

Celebrating Corn on the Cob Day is simple, cook up some corn on the cob and enjoy it with a delicious heap of butter and salt! But that opens the doorway to a whole variety of options all by itself. Wrap your corn on the cob in aluminum foil and let it roast in the coals of your campfire, or boil it on your stove until it’s positively bursting with deliciousness. Add butter for a base, and then dust it with seasonings of your choice. Simple salt can work, or you can use seasoning salt, pepper, or any of a variety of spices that suit your palette.

Dallas Church

Dallas Church is a non-denominational, independent, New Testament-based Christian church started October 21, 2007, in partnership with the CEA in Washington, East 91st Street Christian Church in Indiana, Common Ground Church in the Seattle area, and locally with Monmouth Christian Church.

The vision of a new church in Dallas, Oregon was originally birthed through years of dreaming by Monmouth Christian Church and brought to life by two families in July 2007, the Baumans and the Milllers. After relocating from Maple Valley, Washington, both families began to hone the vision and mission of this new startup church. Soon, many other families began to jump in, including several from our ‘mother church’ Monmouth Christian.

Ben Bauman grew up in Dallas and learned to read at Lyle Elementary School. After 4th grade his family moved to a farm outside of Sheridan, Oregon where he went to high school at McMinnville. After graduating from MHS in 1991, he received his undergraduate degree in Christian Ministry in 1995. Ben is currently pursuing an M.A. in Ministry Leadership through Hope International University. He’s been married to his high school sweetheart Jackie since 1993 and has 2 kids. After 8 years in Tennessee, Ben and the family returned to the west coast and, in 2004, they helped start Common Ground Church in Maple Valley, Washington. Three years later, in 2007, God called them to start a new church in Dallas.

Since the time of their going public that day in October, Dallas Church has been doing amazing things in our community including scores of baptisms, marriages invited, children born & dedicated, and lives changed. Recently they held a several weeks long guitars classes for children that wished to learn, and last night a Showcase of Learning that included our local martial arts school, drama students, Yoga demonstration, singing, instrumental performances, and an award ceremony for students attending Dallas Community School.

After sending the Miller family to Corvallis in the summer of 2010, they celebrated the birth of a new daughter church they are leading in that city. Corvallis Church held their first public worship gathering October 2nd, 2011. God has blessed that new church with lives being changed weekly! They now meet at the Majestic Theater in Corvallis and are reaching people for Christ.

They believe God is leading them to more ministry in the city of Dallas, more global ministry beyond the Northwest and are seeking the Lord’s leading.

American Legion, Post 20

They have been here, in Dallas, for more than 93 years, and are looking forward to serving many, many more years with our help and participation!

The American legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization with a membership of 2.4 million men and women.

All veterans of honorable service during a wartime period, and those currently serving on active duty, are eligible to belong to The American Legion. Congress chartered The American Legion in 1919 as a veterans service organization. Since its founding, The American Legion has remained focused on activities that honor God and country.

The American Legion is also the most active veterans organization in striving to protect benefits earned by all veterans through honorable military service. The American Legion continues to fight for the full repeal of the Disabled Veterans Tax (sometimes called “Concurrent Receipt”), a strong veterans health care system and strong quality of life for U.S. military members and their families.

As the war on terrorism continues U.S. forces remain deployed in countries around the world. Today’s service members are some of the finest men and women ever to put on uniforms, yet they are over-deployed and under-paid. Working with the Commander-in-chief, Congress, and the Department of Defense, The American Legion seeks to ensure that the military’s pay, benefits and force readiness needs are met.

Although The American Legion has international presence, it is more that simply a veteran organization – it is very much a community-based service organization. Among the programs conducted regularly are community Veterans Day and Memorial Day observations, Blue Star Salutes honoring local military families and supportive businesses, American Legion Baseball, Junior Shooting Sports, a High School Oratorical contest and American Legion Boys State and Nation. The American Legion is one of the nation’s largest supporters of Scouting and the largest single donor organization of blood to the American Red Cross. Members of local American Legion posts provide volunteer funeral details to render military honors for fallen comrades. The American Legion’s child Welfare Foundation donates over a quarter of a million dollars each year to worthy children and youth programs. The American Legion’s National Emergency Fund provides immediate financial assistance to fellow Legionnaires and their families displaced by natural disasters. Legionnaires record over a million volunteer hours annually in VA medical facilities throughout the nation and they reinvest millions of dollars back into local communities through cash donations.

Thank you American Legion for serving those that served our country.

Kurt Van Meter

“Straight up, I should be dead,” Kurt Van Meter once cheerfully told a reporter. At 1:30 pm Friday, November 21, 2009, then police officer Van Meter responded to a call from his sergeant saying that shots had been fired in downtown Hillsboro. When the high-speed car chase through the busiest stretch of Portland’s sprawling suburb ended, Van Meter stood only a few paces from the deranged gunman.

“He jumped out of the Honda with the silver .50 caliber Desert Eagle in one hand and a black .45 caliber Desert Eagle in the other,” Van Meter told a reporter from Police One shortly after the incident. Van Meter remembers the man leveling one of the pistols directly at him before two officers from neighboring Cornelius opened fire and killed the gunman.

Van Meter’s brush with death gave way to a moment of clarity in which he decided to pursue his life-long dream and follow in the footsteps of his country music hero, Garth Brooks.

Van Meter can remember the moment he knew he wanted to be a singer.

“My brother was giving me a ride to school – I think I was a freshman or sophomore – and he put in this CD and told me that I had to hear this song,” Van Meter said. “It was ‘Friends in Low Places’ by Garth Brooks. I was instantly hooked. I was like, I don’t know what this is, but whatever it is, I want to be a part of it.”

But life seemed to take him in every direction but the music. Van Meter played football and became a bull rider at Oregon State University before entering the police force. There, he would sing in the office – but his coworkers didn’t seem to share in the joy.

“My first gig was marine patrol and they give you a partner. He told me one day, ‘Kurt have I ever told you how much I love your singing?’ I said no and he goes, ‘then shut up.’” Van Meter figured maybe he wasn’t that good of a singer, after all. The first person who told him he had a good voice was an ex-girlfriend. But music seemed to be an out-of-reach dream.

The shooting changed all of that and about a year later Van Meter decided to chase his dream. He hoped on Youtube and started to learn how to play the guitar. He also began attending local jam sessions in Hillsboro. The next challenge was finding a way to get his music heard. Van Meter was put in contact with Scott Mahalick and told him, “If you believe in me, I can be the next Garth Brooks.” Van Meter had no songs, no band, and nothing to offer but his voice. Despite that, Garth Brooks and Scott attempted to contact Van Meter. A missed phone call that he still cringes about.

Van Meter’s career took off relatively quickly and he opened for country stars like Montgomery Gentry. In 2013, he committed to music full-time and played the Bi-Mart Country Music Festival in 2014, alongside artists Eric Church and Blake Shelton. When he started, Van Meter said his songs had a couple hundred streams and downloads per month. By 2015, those numbers were up to more than 100,000.

As Van Meter has seen his popularity rise, he’s quick to point to his bandmates as reasons for his success. “When you have a team as strong as this one, it’s in your best interest to get the hell out of the way,” he said. “My role is to not forget the lyrics and not suck.”

Van Meter hopes his kids and others can see his journey and decide to follow their passion and to not be afraid of failure. “Two things are important, one is don’t wait until you’re ready to do something. If you want to do it, just go for it. I didn’t know what I was doing. Sometimes, you just gotta go for it. The second thing is you’re never too old. I was 33 when I learned how to play the guitar.”

Van Meter will be performing tomorrow night at Sounds of Summer kicking off the summer series. Come join us, and enjoy good music, food, and drinks. Vendors will start serving at 6 pm and the fun will begin at 6:30 pm. His CDs will be on sale both at the info booth, as well as after the concert at the Chamber of Commerce.

“Kurt, you are obviously doing something right. Stay with what works.” – Garth Brooks

Wake Up Wednesday

For the last month now Dallas Chamber of Commerce has been participating in Wake Up Wednesday alongside your business neighbors. During this time we are able to connect with local business, share both struggles, and solutions, and grow as a community.

The Wake Up Wednesday today was hosted by Citizens Bank, and Jake shared with us what is new with Citizens Bank. Recently they celebrated their 60th anniversary of the first Citizens Bank opening in Corvallis. There was even a photo available for their grand opening! Jake discussed how Citizens Bank focuses on their customers and not with meeting a sales quota like bigger banks do. If they do not have the best option for you they will send you to someone who does. In this day and age, such banking transparency is appreciated!

West Valley Taphouse kicked off their Discover Dallas Wine Walkabout Series this last Sunday with over 50 participants. The goal is to partner with local business in order to drive tourism in the area. If you attended Sam would love to hear any feedback you might have. If you are interested in participating in the next Wine Walkabout on June 24th you can find out more information or purchase a ticket on their website discoverdallas.wine.

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub is preparing for Fathers Day! For breakfast dad can look forward to big daddy chicken fried steak and eggs, porterhouse peppered pork chops and eggs, or slow smoked prime rib and eggs. If dad is a late riser then bring him in to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner of big daddy chick fried steak with mashed potatoes, porterhouse peppered pork chops with baked potato, or a slow smoked prime rib with baked potato.

Tuesday on the Square is getting ready to kick off on June 12th. The City of Dallas departments and community partners such as Pacific Power, West Valley Hospital, and many more will be on the courthouse lawn from 4 pm to 7 pm. They will be highlighting their services with plenty of fun for the whole family; good food, bouncy houses, and lots of giveaways.

MV Advancements is growing! While we love to see Dallas businesses grow it’s left them in a tight spot. They are in need of volunteers for two positions. They are looking for business that are in need of help to place their clients, as well as Assessment setters. If you would like to help with either of these positions please contact them for more information.

Last but certainly not least, Turf ground breaking. We pulled together as a community to make it happen and it all kicks off Monday at 4 pm. Ground breaking will take place at Ron August Field and everyone is invited!

If you would like to meet with your fellow business members, and hear firsthand what is going on in our community then contact the Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to seeing you there, and to our community growing!