NW Natural Celebrates 160 Years of Serving Customers!

Natural gas utility NW Natural turned 160 years old, making it one of the oldest companies in Oregon. Officers from NW Natural and it’s parent company Northwest Natural Holding Company commemorated this milestone by ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on January 7th.
NW Natural was founded on January 7th, 1859, five weeks before Oregon became the union’s 33rd state, when the territorial government gave founders Herman C. Leonard and John Green a perpetual franchise to provide natural gas service.

Today, the company serves about two million people through more than 740,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington with 1,200 employees and one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation.

“We have a long history serving customers in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s why our tagline ‘We Grew Up Here’ has such meaning,” said David H. Anderson, president and CEO of NW Natural. “Every day our employees are committed to delivering an affordable, efficient product to our customers safely and with excellent customer service.”

Their utility is in more that 140 communities, and NW Natural Holdings’ shareholders give nearly $1 million from its Corporate Philanthropy Fund to help children and families in need each year.

“NW Natural is a longstanding local business that truly makes a difference in our community,” said Andrew Hoan, president and CEO of Portland Business Alliance. “From donating to important causes to providing high-quality jobs, the company makes the cities it serves stronger.”

Learn more about NW Natural by visiting their website at https://www.nwnatural.com/

Levens Street House

Polk Community Development Corporation is a non-profit affordable housing developer that has made the City of Dallas their home for nearly 30 years. They have built such housing developments in Dallas as Woodbridge Meadow Apartments, Rickreall Creek Townhomes, and the Jen’s Place Complex on Ellendale among other miscellaneous housing developments for Dallas residents with special needs many of whom have grown up in this wonderful community.

Currently they are preparing to open their newest house, the Levens Street House for Veterans. They have partnered with many local service providers and community members who have offered to help veterans currently experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives.

Each veteran will have their own bedroom and storage area, share a bathroom with another veteran, have use of the common areas with personal storage space in the kitchen for their cooking and eating ware, and dry food. They will share a refrigerator and freezer. Almost everything inside of Levens Street House was donated by the community of Dallas.

There are a total of five rooms to rent, one of them home to the overseer, that have been sponsored by local families. Each family has decorated, and provided basic essentials to help these veterans embark on this new stage of their lives. Most of the families that have sponsored a room have lost someone in battle and have a heart to give back to those that have served our country.

Veterans will be assessed by ARCHES in Salem before placed in Levens Street House. These are veterans that scale 1 to 5 on SPAT, have no mobility concerns (for the time being), and have been experiencing homelessness for a year or less. They may be suffering from possible addictions, but well on the way to recovery. Levens House is hoping to place their first occupant by the beginning of next week.

Polk Community Development Corporation is planning to expand on the property by designing and building a small apartment complex of similar design to house more veterans. They will be submitting their application to develop about 9 units in the spring. There is also a full basement that they plan to renovate, and convert into a rec room with more possible rooms for Veterans to rent.

If you would like to donate, or assist these veterans they reach out to Rita Grady at Polk Community Development Corporation. If you know a veteran in need of resources or assistance then contact either Veterans Services in Dallas or ARCHES.

Munchys Delivery

The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is pleased to welcome a new member to our business community; Munchy’s Delivery!

Munchy’s Delivery works with a team of professional “Delivery Partners” who are innovating the way people eat. Through the Munchy’s Delivery platform people can connect with delivery partners who pick up the food from local restaurants and have them delivered to you in less than an hour.

Munchy’s Delivery has currently partnered with thirteen local restaurants such as; El Pique, Skippers, Burger King, Burgerville, Dallas Dutch Bro’s Coffee, and KFC. Tiffany, the District Manager, is working hard to provide even more options to their customers.

Munchy’s also has its own “convenience store” where customers can buy everything from candy bars to cold medicine and diapers and have them delivered.

“We’ll hopefully get into groceries in the future,” Richard Duncan, owner said.

The cost for delivery from Munchy’s varies. There is a base $2.99 delivery fee, and there is also a charge starting at 1 percent based on the restaurant. Delivery orders have a minimum of $7 to $10 purchase, depending on the restaurant.

Munchy’s won’t deliver more than five miles away from the restaurant, Richard Duncan said. Munchy’s delivery times are 10 am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10 am to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Cash, credit cards, and debit cards are accepted.

https://www.munchysdelivery.com/

Wake Up Wednesday News

MV Advancements

MV Advancements will be presenting to local wineries that want to feature MV Advancements Adult Employment possibilities. If you think that your business would be a good match to partner with MV Advancements we encourage you to reach out to an MV Advancement employee. They will arrange a Tour the Hear with your business, and assist in placing and training the right person for the job. Stay tuned to hear some of their success stories!

https://mvadvancements.org/

 

Harvest CrossFit

A new Foundations Class will be starting soon! Learn the foundations of CrossFit in a class setting with other beginners! This is a six week program, two hour-long sessions per a week. Don’t miss this great opportunity to fulfill that New Year resolution!

http://www.harvestcrossfit.com/

 

Advocare

Slim & Trim Competition is going on today! Take charge and become your favorite success story. Commit to 56 days of Slim & Trim and you could win BIG! The Grand Prize is on year supply of Spark, $25,000, and a chance to be featured in Impact Magazine! Ten finalists will win $2,000 and 3 month supply of Spark. You must register before January 15th to participate. Order one 28-day Slim & Trim, or one 14-day Slim & Trim. Before midnight Central Time on February 19th you must order remaining Slim & Trim packs to complete a total of two 28-Day packs, or four 14-day  packs, or any combination thereof that totals in 56 days of product. Between March 4th and 18th upload your “After” photos and transformation essay to complete your entry and win a chance at the Grand Prize!

To help you be your best success story don’t miss Lisa Prestons Nutritional class, to be held at Iron Jungle. Class starts tonight, Tuesday the 8th, at 7 pm!

http://youbegreater.com/

 

Brixius Jewelers

We would like to give a special thanks to Brixius Jewelers for being our Sweepstake sponsor at our 62nd Annual Community Awards Banquet. Brixius will be donating a piece of jewelry that one lucky guest will be going home with!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brixius-Jewelers/157186850982271

 

YoungPros

January is Leadership and Development month! YoungPros will be focusing on goal setting, and business planning at their next meeting. This is a lesson that goes beyond the work place, and can help in your personal life. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from guest educational speakers!

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/young-pros-networking-01-09-2019-4623

 

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce 62nd Annual Community Awards

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for our 62nd Annual Community Awards Banquet, but we need to hear from you! Know someone who deserves thanks and recognition for all they do in our community? Get your nominations in before this Friday, January 11th!

Interested in showing your community support? We are still accepting Sponsorships until January 18th. Get your application in today!

http://www.dallasoregon.org/awards/

Community Awards Banquet

This year marks the 62nd Anniversary of the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce hosting the Annual Community Awards Banquet. This event is a time for us to come together as a community to recognize, honor, and thank those individuals and businesses that have made an impact on our community! Nominations are due by this Friday, January 11th.

The categories and requirements are as following;

First Citizen:

This award is given to an individual with wide-ranging, exceptional community service through volunteerism, a family legacy or long-standing dedication to the betterment of the community

Young Professional:

This award is given to an individual under the age of 35 displaying leadership and organization while highlighting our business community.

Outstanding Organization:

This award is given to a social service, civic, or community group located in or serving the Dallas Area that has rendered exceptional service to the community.

Business of the Year:

This award is given to a Dallas Area Business or organization of any size that is involved in the community and whose service has enhanced the quality of life or economic vitality of our area. This business may have demonstrated their qualification via community involvement, business location improvement or restructure in such a way that helps fill a business void in our community.

Junior First Citizen:

This award is given to an outstanding individual under the age 18. This person has made a commitment to helping Dallas and sets a good example for the youth in our community by demonstrating the ability to make good choices and inspire positive change.

Lifetime Achievement:

This award is given to an individual who has spent a minimum of 20 years making consistent and regular contributions to the Community of Dallas.

Know someone who embodies one of these categories? Get your nomination in today so we can have the opportunity to thank them for what they do to make Dallas the wonderful community we love. You can submit your nomination, and purchase your tickets by visiting our website or by clicking here.

The Ceremony will be held Friday, February 22nd beginning at 6 pm for cocktail hour, sponsored by MAK Metals. WE look forward to celebrating Dallas’ generosity and collaboration with you.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Award Sponsors

Cocktail Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Brixius Sweepstakes

Table Sponsor

  • Chemeketa Community College

Music Sponsor

  • The Grand Hotel

Start Today (Yesterday you said tomorrow)

The New Year is typically a notable milestone in time. It causes us to stop… and take inventory. We inventory our personal growth. We inventory our goals and aspirations, in contrast to what we have actually achieved.

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin

This quote is all about the present. Too many people, myself included, focus on the past or on the future. We can lament the past, and plan for the future, but we can only get things done in the present, today. This quote urges us to actually do something today, instead of waiting until tomorrow to get started.

Why is it important to not put things off? Besides the obvious answer of it won’t get done, it also creates a kind of momentum. Newton’s First Law says that “An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.” So there is momentum in sloth, delaying, procrastinating and all the other euphemisms for the act of not doing.

The opposite is just as important. Avalanches start when just the tiniest of pebbles or snowflakes bumps into just the right spot. All that pent up potential energy is released, and gathers speed, strength, and momentum. By putting off until tomorrow, you are robbing yourself of the “mighty momentum”.

Tony Robbins has a saying, “never leave the site of a decision without taking action.” Does that sound kind of like Benjamin Franklins’ quote? What Tony is trying to do is to get you to help yourself by taking a step, no matter how small, to start that momentum, to start your own avalanche.

What have you been putting off in your life? A project to do, something to start doing, something to stop doing, some habits that need to be modified?

Can you find a way to break it into a couple different steps? Can you break one of the easier steps into a few chunks? Find the tiniest chunk, and do it! Put that object in motion, and feel the thrill, the expectation and, at times, the terror of having started something. Then follow it up.

What I mean to say when I say follow it up is that one push alone won’t get it done. As an avalanche needs gravity to constantly pull on it, so your task will require your attention. Perhaps not as consistently as gravity, but you will need to continue to take steps toward finishing the task.

Friction exists in the real world, and it tries to slow the avalanche. Your task will face a similar counter-force. It may be apathy, being too busy with other “high priority” tasks, and distractions. By keeping after it, even in the smallest steps, you will eventually get there.

The New Year is here. You made your resolutions, now go.  Build that momentum, and see just what you are capable of.

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a major social holiday for many people in the United States. Many people hold parties at home or attend special celebrations to celebrate the upcoming New Year. In many cities, large scale public events are held. These often attract thousands of people.

A particularly striking aspect of the New Year’s Eve festivities is the ball drop in Time Square in Manhattan, New York City. The ball is made of crystal and electric lights and is placed on top of a pole, which is 77 feet high. At one minute before midnight the ball is lowered slowly down the pole. It comes to rest at the bottom of the pole at exactly midnight. The event is shown on television across the United States and around the world. The event has been held every year since 1907, except during World War II.

Across the United States a range of cities and towns hold their own version of the ball drop. A variety of objects are lowered or raised during the last minute of the year. The objects are usually linked to an aspect of local history or industry. Examples include a variety of live and modeled domestic and wild animals, fruit, vegetables, automobiles, industrial machinery, a giant replica of a peach (Atlanta, Georgia), an acorn made of brass and weighing 900 pounds (Raleigh, North Carolina) and ping pong balls (Strasburg, Pennsylvania).

December 31st is not a federal holiday, but it does fall in the holiday season at the end of the year. It is a holiday in some states like Kentucky, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Most schools and other educational institutions throughout the United States are closed. Some organizations are closed, and others are open but offer limited services. Many stores are open on New Year’s Ever, but may close early. Many theaters, clubs and other entertainment venues have special programs. It may be necessary to reserve tickets many weeks in advance.

Public transit systems may operate normal or reduced services. Some companies extend their schedules into the early hours of January 1st to enable people who have attended New Year’s Eve parties to return home safely. If you need to use public transit on December 31st, it is wise to check the appropriate timetables carefully before you travel. Below we have included a link to our local bus system. You can also contact Squirrels Taxi Service at (917) 240-1208.

There may be some traffic or diversions around large scale events. Diversions may be in effect in the days before New Year’s Eve so that stands can be built. It is wise to check the local media if you wish to drive to or near large scale events.

Curious as to what events are going on in our local area? Click on the Chamber link to see what people are doing this New Year’s Eve.

Have fun, and be safe!

 

https://www.cherriots.org/services/

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/

White Oak Construction

Founded in 1997, White Oak Construction has constructed hundreds of projects in the Willamette Valley. Fostering a true team atmosphere, White Oak Construction has established long-term relationships with clients, architects, engineers and subcontractors to provide general contractor services, construction management, design build, budgeting, feasibility studies and consultant services for all types of commercial projects.

The white oak tree is beautiful, nourishing, and strong. In the wild it can grow up to 100 feet tall with a trunk four feet across and a massive, broad-topped canopy. Its acorns and leaves provide food for all kinds of woodland animals. It gives back to its environment. The wood of the oak resists water and rot and is often used in shipbuilding or to make barrels for wine and whiskey. Japanese martial artists build their weapons out of white oak because it is strong and resilient. White oak doesn’t break easily. It lasts. The oldest ship in the US navy, the USS Constitution, is made from white oak. In nature, white oaks can live to be 200 to 300 years old. White Oak Construction wants to meet that standard by making your project just as beautiful, durable, and eco-friendly as their namesake.

Whether their role is construction manager, general contractor, or consultant, White Oak will work hard to represent the client’s best interests and advocate on their behalf in all phases of construction.

Initially, their goal is to ensure all project participants develop a shared vision and common set of expectations. Ultimately their goal is to ensure that the entire construction team is working towards the same goals to ensure a successful project.

They want every one of their clients to receive a high-quality product and they take this responsibility seriously. To make this happen White Oak Construction does things like always planning in quality instead of inspecting in quality. White Oak budgets, schedules, and plans their work thoroughly in advance. White Oak builds good relationships with their clients, architects, and subcontractors so that they always do work that makes them proud.

White Oak Construction understands the impact their work can have on future generations and the environment. They make sure that their projects are sustainable in the long term. This means building in ways to use energy efficiently and conserve heat, light, and water. Using locally produced and recycled materials whenever possible, including working with local contractors. White Oak also incorporates an active waste management system into their work.

Good planning makes great projects happen. White Oak Construction builds a detailed project schedule that includes design development, budgeting, construction design, permitting, construction and close out. They build their critical path schedule backwards from the move-in date so that they can address specific areas in the pre-construction phase that often are overlooked for their importance in meeting the final deadline. Special attention is given to the occupants needs (furniture, IT, move coordination etc.) to create a clear picture of expectations.

White Oak Construction is a full service general contractor based in Salem. Specializing in commercial and industrial construction, they are committed to providing high quality and cost effective construction services to achieve customer satisfaction. Whether it is new construction, adaptive reuse and remodeling, or tenant improvements, White Oak is proud of their ability to meet completion dates without compromising safety, cost, or quality of construction.

 

https://whiteoakconstruction.net/

West Valley Housing Authority

West Valley Housing Authority proudly serves the citizens of Polk County by providing safe, decent, and affordable housing for those in need; while encouraging their progress toward self-sufficiency.

The West Valley Housing Authority provides assistance to nearly 1,100 households through their administration of:

  • The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, also known as Section 8, which allows them to help up to 703 households by providing housings assistance payments, to private landlords, on behalf of the household in order to make the rent more affordable. This is made possible with funds distributed to them by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • The Public Housing Program which allows them to offer their 373 rental units to low income families and/or individuals who may be elderly or disabled at rents that are affordable. This is made possible with operating subsidies provided to them by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • West Valleys Affordable Housing Program consists of 8 rental units that they own and operate so that they can provide affordable housing for households here in Polk County. This is made possible with their responsibility, commitment, and ability to maintain the rents well below those of similar, privately-owned units on the market.

Their programs infuses over $7 million dollars into the local economy – directly through West Valley Housing Authorities payments to local landlords, vendors, contractors, and wages paid to employees; and, indirectly, by their services allowing their clients to retain more discretionary income which they are likely to spend at local stores or service businesses.

West Valley Housing Authority firmly believes in the concept of safe, decent, and affordable housing being the stable foundation from which individuals and families can build from. Once their clients’ housing needs are met, they can focus more on their health and well-being, pursue more education or job training, and further their goal of achieving economic independence. They are inspired in their work by seeing, first hand, how the housing opportunities and services West Valley provides have helped people set out on their own path towards self-sufficiency.

Thank you West Valley Housing Authority for all that you have invested into our community, and for the help that you have provided to those in need.

 

https://www.wvpha.org/

Wells Fargo Bank

The name Wells Fargo is forever linked with the image of a six-horse stagecoach thundering across the American West, loaded with gold. The full story, over more than 160 years ago, is rich in detail with great events in America’s history. From the Gold Rush to the early 20th Century, through prosperity, depression and war, Wells Fargo earned the reputation of trust due to its attention and loyalty to customers.

The Vision, Values and Goals of Wells Fargo details the enduring principles that guide all Wells Fargo team members in the work they do every day – in serving customers and helping each other.

Wells Fargo wants to satisfy their customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. This unites them around a simple premise: Customers can be better served when they have a relationship with a trusted provider that knows them well, provides reliable guidance, and can serve their full range of financial needs.

Five Primary values guide every action that Wells Fargo takes:

  1. Do what is right for the customers. They place customers at the center of everything they do. They want to exceed customer expectations and build relationships that last a lifetime.
  2. People as a competitive advantage. Wells Fargo strives to attract, develop, motivate, and retain the best team members – and collaborate across businesses and functions to serve customers
  3. They are committed to the highest standard of integrity, transparency, and principled performance. They do the right thing, in the right way, and hold themselves accountable.
  4. Diversity and inclusion. They value and promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of business and at all levels. Success comes from inviting and incorporating diverse perspectives.
  5. Wells Fargo is called to be a leader. They want their staff to lead themselves, lead the team, and lead the business – in service to customers, communities, team members, and shareholders.

Wells Fargo wants to become the financial services leader in these areas:

  • Customer service and advice. After listening to and understanding their customers and their financial goals, they want to provide exceptional service and guidance to help them succeed financially.
  • Team member engagement. Their team members are their most valuable resources. They want to be the employer of choice – a place where people feel included, valued, and supported; everyone is respected; and they work as a team.
  • Through innovative thinking, industry-leading technology, and a willingness to test and learn, Wells Fargo creates lasting value for customers – and increased efficiency for their operations.
  • Risk management. While working to set the global standard in managing all forms of risk, Wells Fargo wants to serve customers’ needs and protect their assets, information, and privacy.
  • Corporate citizenship. They make a positive contribution to communities through philanthropy, advancing diversity and inclusion, creating economic opportunity, and promoting environmental sustainability.
  • Shareholder value. They want to deliver long-term value for shareholders through a balanced business model, strong risk discipline, efficient execution, and a world-class team.

Wells Fargo is committed to being the best they can be – for each other, their customers, their communities, and for their shareholders. They have the will and the drive to build a better Wells Fargo, every day.

 

https://www.wellsfargo.com/