4 Benefits to Networking

Active networking is vital to career growth. Often confused with selling, networking is actually about building long-term relationships and a good reputation over time. It involves meeting and getting to know people who you can assist, and who can potentially help you in return.

Here are some key networking benefits:

  1. Strengthen business connections

Networking is about sharing, not taking. Regularly engaging with your contacts, and finding opportunities to assist them helps to strengthen the relationship. By doing this, you sow the seeds for reciprocal assistance when you need help to achieve your goals.

  1. Get fresh ideas, knowledge, and support

Your network can be an excellent source of new perspectives and ideas to help you in your role. Exchanging information on challenges, experiences, and goals from experienced peers is a key benefit of networking because it allows you to gain new insights that you may not have otherwise thought of. Similarly, offering helpful ideas to a contact is an excellent way to build your reputation as an innovative thinker.

Networking is also a great opportunity to exchange best practice knowledge, learn about the business techniques of your peers and stay abreast of the latest industry developments. A wide network of informed, interconnected contacts means broader access to new and valuable information.

  1. Advance you career

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: people do business with people they know, like, and trust. Networking expands your contact which can open doors to new opportunities. You can then help to build your reputation as being knowledgeable, reliable, and supportive by offering useful information or tips to people. Active networking helps to keep you top of mind when opportunities such as job openings arise and increases your likelihood of receiving introductions to potentially relevant people, or even a referral.

  1. Build confidence

By continually putting yourself out there and meeting new people, you’re effectively stepping outside your comfort zone, and building invaluable social skills and self-confidence that you can take with you anywhere. The more you network, the more you’ll grow and learn how to make lasting connections.

If you are interested in networking opportunities, and are a Chamber member we invite you to join us on the first and third Wednesday of every month for Wake Up Wednesday. You can contact Sarah Javins at [email protected]  or visit our website for more information.

Business Ethics

The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce recently received an email from an involved citizen. We felt it was important to share with our community.

Good morning Mr. Shinn!

I just wanted to send the Dallas Chamber some positive feedback- a student I tutor on the weekends was working on a business project at our session, and she ended up on the chamber website… She thought you would like to know that we explored it and found excellent info for her project, so she says thank you 🙂 And- Sophia and I thought we could return the favor by sharing another educational business resource we found, so she picked one out and I told her I’d send it today… “Guide to Business Ethics” — https://onlinebusiness.northeastern.edu/neu-msf/guide-to-business-ethics/

Sophia thought it would be a good addition to the DACC’s Business toolkit page (this one http://www.dallasoregon.org/business-toolkit/) because “it has really helpful information on business ethics and why it’s important.” I hope you can add it-Sophia would be so proud to see that her research & contribution were helpful… and I’d love to show her at her next tutoring session 🙂 Thanks so much JD and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sincerely,
Sophia & Miss DeCesare

The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce strives to help grow and educate our business community. It was great to hear how our site was helpful and even more encouraging that Sophia is looking into concepts for business.

The article that Sophia was so kind to recommend discusses the importance of having a code of ethics, and how it can negatively or positively affect a business’s reputation. People want to work with companies, and with people who uphold strong ethics concerning both their customers and their employees.

Businesses will, at times, find themselves needing to validate, and assess their code of conduct. “When there is public trust in an organization’s actions, the company can succeed. And when the employees who participate in creating and sustaining the company culture believe in what the business stands for, then the company can continue to thrive from the inside out…” The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce strongly recommends following the above link.

We are so grateful to receive feedback from young, involved citizens such as Sophia, and Edith. Thank you again Sophia for passing on this information, and to Edith for helping to educate our youth!

Wake Up Wednesday News

Technical Genius Solutions

Is your computer running slow? Tempted to use your laptop as a Frisbee? This week only, Technical Genius Solutions is running a free computer diagnosis special. Bring your computer in and they will work hard to have it running like new!

https://tgsoregon.net/

 

West Valley Taphouse

Tap Takeover Thursday! Gigantic Brewing will be in the house from 6 pm to 9 pm showing off their beers and giving away free swag. While you are enjoying a good beer to order the Food Special; Roasted Squash Fondue. Roasted acorn squash filled with a Gruyere and Emmenthaler beer cheese fondue and breadcrumb topping!

Saturday is Timbers Championship Game at 5 pm. Wear your Timers colors for $1 off all drinks during the game!

West Valley Taphouse Christmas Tree is up! This year West Valley is holding a pajama drive. Help United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley give foster children a new set of pajamas this holiday season. You have until December 16th to get your pair under the tree.

Guys Shopping Night is coming up! West Valley Taphouse has partnered with Main St. Emporium to provide a way to have your beer, and get your holiday shopping done without spilling a drop. Main St. Emporium vendors will be visiting West Valley Taphouse to help pick out, pay, and gift wrap your gift to the special people in your life. Come on down!

http://westvalleytaphouse.com/

 

YoungPros

The last YoungPros of the 2018 series will be held this December 12th, at Focal Point Photography. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Gene Henshaw with Public Policy about how important it is that business members be involved in Public Policy.

YoungPros was able to assist with a scholarship that helps local Dallas High School students attend college. If you would like to help sponsor this scholarship then reach out to them. This is a great opportunity to support our community.

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/young-pros-networking-2323

 

Washington Federal

The Giving Tree is up! This year Washington Federal will be helping CASA children. If you would like to help a family this holiday season, then stop on by and pick up a tag. Washington Federal Giving Tree will be running until December 21st.

https://www.washingtonfederal.com/locations/oregon/dallas

 

City of Dallas

Adopt of Family is still looking for sponsors. They have about 108 families adopted so far but need at least 115 more to meet their anticipated need. If you have a bowling group, office group, or other group that could work together to adopt a small, medium or large family to provide a food box and gifts for children, you can sign up by going to www.surveymonkey.com/r/DAAFHelp. Thank you for your Generous support!

 

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce

State of the Chamber is the theme of our next Luncheon. Hear from JD, CEO, about what we have been busy working on this year while you are at work. This is also a great opportunity for our new members to learn what resources are available to them via Chamber Login, and Chamber staff. Don’t miss this chance to put “one more bullet in your Chamber.”

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/chamber-luncheon-2332

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley Pajama drive is still going. Our box is about half way full, but knowing our Dallas community we expect to see it over flowing. Bring in your new pajamas for infants, toddlers, kids, or teenagers before December 17th!

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is providing Christmas Cheer with peanut butter. They help those in need enjoy holiday food shopping Christmas Eve, and is a wonderful program. Drop off your jar of peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, before December 23rd.

 

Dallas Area Visitors Center

Santa Clause is coming to town!

Join us as we kick off the holiday season on the beautiful Polk County Courthouse lawn with Santa, tree lighting with our Mayor and First Citizen, food trucks, Christmas vendors, live music, hot cocoa, cookies, and more! This year we will be celebrating a good ol’ fashioned holiday season, complete with a Christmas Carol “sing-along.

Shop some great vendors such as Beal’s Christmas Tree Farm, Oregon Snowballs, Paparazzi, Banners by Jules, Scentsy, Color Me Shabby, Color Street, The Hat Place, and so many more!

Come on down for a jolly fun time and don’t miss your chance to visit the Big Man in Red!

For more information contact Shelly jones at (503) 623-2564 or at [email protected].

A Note from the CEO

First of all I would like to thank our Chamber of Commerce members for their investment in the Chamber. Doing what we do for the community is important. It is their time, talents, and treasure investments that make it possible for us to accomplish what we do for you while you are at work.

2018 has been quite a year with many changes and upgrades. Below are a few highlights:

  • Scholarships for students who are wishing to study business were awarded through Young Pros
  • We began Wake Up Wednesday to meet members’ desire for increased connectivity
  • Hosted our 61st Annual Community Awards Banquet
  • 15 new members to date
  • Continued improvements to the Chamber of Commerce website and its value to you
  • New Online Journal began – a blog designed to keep you informed and amplify our search engines
  • Worked within the region to improve Tourism with Polk County Tourism Alliance
  • Created new video marketing for Dallas with Workforce Development Internship with Dallas High School
  • Hosted the first annual Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit
  • Created new value – added and repackaged membership structure

By restructuring your membership investment we have packaged things for your convenience based upon what your normal participation and interests are. You will notice, therefore, that the investment rates have changed accordingly. For a clearer look at what your membership now includes, take a look at our website and scroll to the bottom to thumb through the new Investment Menu. You will notice that it has got a few things to finalize, including the addition of a marketing campaign called ‘Dallas Live!’ but we wanted to share it with you, and our Chamber members.

As always, we are here to help and discover how we can best serve you and our community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Some of you have asked for them already, and yes 2019 membership investment invoices and a stats sheet are on their way out for those of you with a January billing date.

Thank you for supplying us with the opportunity to serve Dallas by being a Catalyst, Convener and Champion for Dallas to be known as a great place to live, work and play.

 

http://www.dallasoregon.org/

The Inspiring Story of Independence Grill and Bar & Shop Small Saturday

Novembers Chamber Luncheon is a unique and exciting one. Gregg Peterson from Independence Grill and Bar will be discussing his journey to business man. Downtown Dallas Association as well as the  Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center will be launching this years Shop Small Saturday.

Independence Bar and Grill is the product of a boys dream from the early age of nine years old. With Gods blessing this dream came true in December of 1998. Independence Grill and Bar is not only a childhood dram, but also a lifelong passion. They are committed to serving their customers and community by providing excellent food at great prices.

“This place is amazing! You can tell the staff all work well together. Food is always perfect. I love how the owner takes time out of his busy schedule to walk out front and ask his customers how the service is and if they are enjoying themselves. This place has become one of our family’s favorite place to eat.” – Rhonda

Their mission is to provide great food, provide great service to their customers, and to be of service to their community.

Shop Small Saturday is a shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. It is a counterpart to Black Friday, and Cyber Monday which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores. By contrast, Shop Small Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Help attract customers on Shop Small Saturday and show off your Shop Small pride with posters, email templates, and social posts. They’re free, easy, and available now! Reach out to local small businesses in our community and encourage them to join us this chamber luncheon to pick up their Shop Small Saturday products!

So come down to Dallas Retirement Village to spend an hour with Gregg Peterson, learning how through struggles and obstacles Independence Grill and Bar came to be. We all face challenges in every stage of owning and operating a business. Learn some of the signs that one is approaching, and get suggestions on how to avoid them.   Then join us in the Chapel as we kick of Shop Small Saturday, pick up your goodie bags for shopping, or your merchandise for your business!

Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit

On November 6th, from 9 am to 2 pm we will gather at Dallas Retirement Village to grow as business and community leaders. Please join us for the first Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit.

What will the Summit entail?

We invite all leaders and their teams from the Mid-Willamette Valley to come learn how to implement proven methods for growing as a community of understanding.

Tickets are $77 per person.

What community doesn’t need better communication and more revenue?

We sense an urgency for increasing our region’s capacity to build relationships and increase the collective efficacy of the regional community. With that in mind, we are fulfilling our role as a community catalyst by launching the very first Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit.

We will gather on November 6th, 2018, at Dallas Retirement Village, for discussion of how we as business and community leaders, can lead from the front to become a community of outward thinkers and community of understanding. Along with our capacity to work together. We will share some out of the box ways to increase revenue.

We’ll learn about having an outward mindset by an organization that has a proven method to change lives and transform organizations.

In the afternoon session, we’ll hear from a procurement specialist who will share secrets to attaining contracts to increase your business revenue.

 

Agenda:

November 6, 2018

8:30-9 Check in

9-11:45 Arbinger Institute “The Outward Mindset” –  Arbinger makes the connection between behavior, mindset, and results. They will share proven work that equips people to understand and effect change at the level of mindset to change an organization’s culture, resolve conflict, and facilitate dramatically better organizational results.

11:45-12:30 Lunch (Included in your ticket)

12:30-2 Procurement – How can your business gain resources and contracts for growth?

  • Secretary of State Small Business Advocacy Team – structuring your business, business information and assistance cutting through red tape
  • Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity – the beneftis to becoming certified with the State of Oregon as a women-owned, minority-owned, service-disabled Veteran owned, or emerging small business.
  • Department of Administrative Services – the statewide procurement system where businesses can find contracting opportunities.  Get your product or service further than retail and walk in consumers. 
  • Government Contract Assistance Program – provides FREE help bidding and proposing on those government contracting opportunities
  • Department of Human Services-Oregon Health Authority – we buy goods and services, provide businesses with supports and incentives such as employment solutions, and work alongside community partners for sustainable solutions.  It’s not a question of whether you fit in, but where does your business fit in?
  • ODOT – they are much more than roadways… they are industry champions that spend millions with small businesses, how can your business be one of the next ones that ODOT buys from?

2-3 Sponsors, Chamber Executive Team, Arbinger Speakers, Procurement Team EXCLUSIVE Mixer

 

You’ll receive:

  • Valuable insight from trained individuals
  • Outward Mindset Curriculum and practical implementable tools
  • Direct links to attaining contracts for increasing your revenue and how to stay on the radar for more
  • Catered Lunch on site

 

Register now at https://midwillametteleadershipsummit.eventbrite.com/

Isabel Sanchez – The Churro Loco Lady

The Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their monthly Chamber Luncheon. We are excited to have Isabel Sanchez to speak to our business community. Sanchez will be able to offer her perspective as a business owner making the journey from idea, to success. Why should you listen to what she has to say? Just listen to her story, and the success that has come from it.

A vacation that turned out to be more work than play sparked a crazy idea for Isabel Sanchez and her husband, Daniel Huerta, that led to Portland’s red-hot truck, Churros Locos

During a trip along the Oregon coast, Sanchez and her husband met a gelato business owner who was lamenting about the lack of smell exuding from his shop to attract customers. In a flash, inspiration struck.

“My husband and I automatically thought of our childhood memories and our favorite dessert: churros,” Sanchez recalled, realizing that the powerful and nostalgic aroma of churros from her past could prove to be a bountiful business venture.

Both Sanchez and Huerta had full-time regular jobs, but the allure of the churro was something they knew they wanted to capitalize on. Instead of venturing out to open a traditional, brick-and-mortar churro shop, their wheel turned to a different track.

“We needed something that would provide flexibility, as well as minimal risk and investment at the beginning,” she said, highlighting the reasons why a food truck made the most sense for their churro business.

“We started small, slow, sweet and steady,” she said, noting that customers, friends and family slowly but surely began finding out and spreading the word about Churros Loco through social media, and their following and catering requests took off from there.

And while a food truck can provide some uniquely tricky obstacles like mechanical issues, especially for the dainty vintage truck that carts around Churros Locos, it’s been anything but a bumpy ride since Sanchez hit the road in 2013.

Should mechanical malfunctions arise, Sanchez breathes a sigh of relief that her husband is quite the handyman, lest Portlanders be deprived of their churros for too long.

The churro sundae in particular, a combination of piping-hot churros and cold ice cream, is what the people go truly loco for. Fans of the Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer teams have been indulging in these sundaes the most, as Churros Locos’ prime spot is the Providence Park Max Station just outside their playing field.

“Looking at the demographics, we knew there was a market and demand for a familiar and cultural dessert in Portland. Our hope is to develop a strong demand [for churros] across generations.”

Ask Sanchez her favorite part of owning a food truck, and her answer is deliciously simple: getting to share the churro love.

“We love how a delicious dessert can reach so many and help everyone come together in various scenarios: weddings, birthday parties, and street fairs.”

That churro love has spread, too. Churros Locos was selected to participate at the World Street Food Congress in Singapore, bringing their churros to an international audience of hungry foodies. But Sanchez isn’t letting this honor make her forget about Portland.

“Locally, we want to continue sharing our churros with Portlanders via our Churro Mobile, and eventually open a permanent location.”

Come hear Sanchez share her advice and wisdom to our local business community during the Chamber Luncheon. Chamber Luncheon will be held at Dallas Retirement Village on October 15th.

Dallas School District #2

The Dallas High School Sports Marketing class, Leadership class, and Cheer Team have teamed up with the Susan G Komen Foundation to help spread awareness and support for breast cancer. Dallas High School has been selected among Willamette Valley schools to represent the Breast Cancer foundation this year.

As October is Breast Cancer awareness month, they are selling “Fight Like a Girl” shirts for students, staff and anyone else who would be willing to support this cause. It is also a great opportunity to come represent at our “Pink Out” games next month.

All proceeds will go to the Susan Komen foundation to help local breast cancer survivors and their battle.

In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, they have invested more than $2.9 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Their efforts helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 38 percent between 1989 to 2014 and they won’t stop until their promise is fulfilled.

Susan G. Komen has transformed how the world treats and talks about this disease and have mobilized the largest and most passionate community. Since 1982, they have funded more than $988 million in research, more than $2.2 billion in education, screening, and treatment, serving millions worldwide.

The combination of science, education and direct help to people facing breast cancer has led to a 39 percent decline in mortality since 1989. Komen has funded more breast cancer research over their history than any other nonprofit to date. Komen focuses on supporting those with the fewest resources; uninsured, under-insured and low-income women and men unable to access care. Komen and grantees educate people about breast cancer where they live, work, play, and pray to empower them with information they need to make informed breast care decisions for themselves and as they advocate for others.

To order a shirt, please use the following link: https://dallaspinkpromo.itemorder.com

Chamber Luncheon: Dino Venti

Good, clean food is Venti Restaurants commitment to finding the best ingredients – locally and regionally sourced and raised with respect for the environment, animals and farmers – to serve to you. “Their community.” As a family-owned restaurant, they understand the importance of quality ingredients. For two decades they have striven to fill your plates with all-natural products.

The utilization of a farm-to-table concept with their produce allows Venti to offer products rich in nutrients and all the natural benefits of fresh products from hard working people here in our community. Their proteins are carefully selected with diligence and understanding of the necessity of freshness and cleanliness. The seafood found at Ventis is the highest of quality and all wild caught from the Pacific Northwest. They make an effort to accommodate dietary needs and the pursuit of healthy products by offering many gluten free friendly, vegetarian, and vegan options. They accomplish this by creating and producing many of their products with fresh ingredients in their facilities. This process allows them to eliminate chemicals, additives, preservatives, hormones, GMOs, MSG and potentially harmful products from our food.

Venti moved from their original location in the Reed Opera House in the summer of 2008. Their downtown Salem location is bigger and allows for a full kitchen and a full basement bar. They like to say they “crossed the road.”

While they serve lots of meatless and gluten free options, chicken teriyaki is the core of their offerings – the original rice bowl at the Reed Opera House was served with skewered chicken. By Dino Venit’s account, he has prepped 50 tons of chicken. In honor of the feat they redesigned their logo to pay homage to the chicken. The rooster logo is a nod to the animal loved for its power, boldness and beauty.

Venti’s strives to carry unique micro-brews and ciders. The local beer-drinking crowd is enthusiastic and often gets to help select the next keg. Venti’s opt for Oregon and North West brews but occasionally throw something different out there.

Dino Venti, owner of Venti Restaurants, will be speaking at this month’s Chamber Luncheon on September 17th. Don’t miss as he discusses the secret to his restaurants success in our local area. Chamber Luncheon is held at Dallas Retirement Village, and doors will open at 11:45 am. We hope to see you there.

Wake Up Wednesday News: Part 1

Karma Coffee Bakery

Karma Coffee Bakery announced that renovations should be completed soon, with the goal to open October 1st! This mother-daughter team are opening a coffee shop and bakery with the goal of inspiring kindness in our community and serving the tastiest treats around. We look forward to welcoming Karma Coffee Bakery to the Dallas community, not to mention their tasty treats.

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub has a new kitchen with a salamander! They look forward to now being able to add seafood and pastas to their menu. Keep any eye on their daily specials to see what new delicious dishes they come out with.

Vagabond Brewin will be taking over the taps on September 20th. This is in conjecture with “Fresh Hop Fest” that Dallas will be holding during Tap into Polk County. Come down and enjoy good company along with their signature beers.

Harvest CrossFit

The idea of jumping into a CrossFit class with other experienced practitioners can be intimidating. Harvest CrossFit hears you, and understands. Another Beginner Class will be kicking off this fall. This 6 week program will allow you to learn about CrossFit with other beginners! Classes will be on Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 pm. If you are interested in joining please fill out a simple survey on www.harvestcrossfit.com.

CASA

CASA has another big event coming our way, Casino Night: CASA Blanca. Come enjoy a fun evening of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and gaming in support of Polk County’s Children. Team Casino will be running the tables with catering by Wild Pear. CASAs guest speaker is Marilyn Jones director of the State of Oregon Child Welfare Programs. This is an excellent chance for a fun date night with the money going to a terrific cause.

Family Building Blocks

Join Family Building Blocks on September 19th for their first Polk County Luncheon in Dallas! Bring your friends to enjoy a free lunch and learn more about opportunities available to families in Polk County and how you can help. To learn more, become a table captain, or sponsor the event, contact Julie Hilty.