S & T Support

Whether you are a startup, struggling, or established company, your business depends on realistic strategy. Success starts with S & T Support.

In 1984, Tammy Noon had the privilege of working with an attorney who was running for a local political position. While politics did not become her lifelong career, she did find and develop a 25 plus-years love of the law and a career working with lawyers. While working in small business law, Tammy came to realize how many business owners have never written out a formal business plan. So she set out on her own and began assisting some fantastic law firms by preparing a tailored, written plan for their firm. Subsequently, she was invited to expand to all businesses and now promotes the success of small businesses along with a great partner, Scott Noon.

Scott has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of Human Resources for different Oregon State agencies. The majority of his state service was spent providing case management consultation and supervision of casework professionals in various program areas. Scott’s business experience is drawn from exposure to grandparent business ventures in farming and retail to manufacturing of ceramic products by his mother. He currently is a business planner and provides human resource consultation for clients.

Together, Scott and Tammy have developed S & T Support LLC, which offers business planning and consulting services. And for the law firms, they still offer paralegal support in various practice areas.

S & T Support knows that the most important member of the team is you! Every business is unique, and it is important to organize your business strategy in the unique format that works for your business. You bring your field expertise, they bring their professional experience, and together you can formulate business success!

 

https://www.stsupportllc.com/

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National Plan For Vacation Day

Did you know that over half of Americans report having unused vacation time at the end of the year? Don’t let that be you!

National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their time off. You don’t have to go to exotic places, or half way across the country to relax. Take a staycation and learn about the area you live in.

Steps for planning your vacation time:

  1. Confirm your time off benefits with your employer. Determine how much time off you earn. Don’t forget to make note of any office closures, weekends, and major holidays. Americans who plan out their vacation days are more likely to use all their time off, and the best planners know the key to success is blocking the calendar early.
  2. Create your own itinerary for your visit to the Mid-Willamette Valley! Check out some sample itineraries based on travel styles to get some ideas!
  3. Share your dates with your manager, and share your trip with your family and friends! Americans who plan out their vacation days are more likely to use all their time off, and the best planners know the key to success is blocking the calendar early.
  4. Don’t forget to share your photos on social media, tagging the places and businesses you visited.

Have fun!

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Tax Talks

Tax season is here! Mike Aebi will be discussing at our next Chamber Luncheon important tax information that you need to know.

Mike graduated from Western Oregon State College and Portland State University with a degree in accounting. He has been working in public accounting since 2005 and received his CPA license in 2008. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mike and his business partner Chantel Williamson, co-own Williamson & Aebi, LLP. Their firm, which is located in Dallas, was established in 1971 and has served the public continuously for forty-six years. Both Chantel and Mike are readily available to answer your questions and are committed to providing you with a product that meets their high standards.  Click on their website below to look further into their services.

Join us at the Dallas Retirement Village, in the Cascade Conference Room with your tax questions. Mike will help you navigate through the tax changes for both your personal, and professional needs. Doors open at 11:30 with lunch line opening at 11:45. We are now accepting pre-registration to expedite the check-in process. If you have your login information you can preregister and pay by following our link.

Contact the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce with any questions or concerns you may have at (503) 623-2564.

We hope to see you there!

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/chamber-luncheon-tax-talks-4640

https://www.williamsonaebi.com/

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Oregon State Credit Union 2018 Philanthropy

Oregon State Credit Union’s 2018 philanthropic effort will exceed $217,000 in donations and sponsorships as well as more than 7,900 hours of volunteerism conducted by the current staff of 248.

The team performed 87 percent of the hours on their own time including 27 employees who dedicated a late October Saturday to assist in the set-up of the traditional Pastega Lights display enjoyed by tens of thousands during the Holidays at the Benton County Fairgrounds. The credit union also conducted its three annual community shred days in Albany, Corvallis and Keizer taking in 25 tons of sensitive documents from 1,727 motorists who also donated dollars and food to the local area food shares.

The credit union has dedicated dollars to the local Children’s Miracle Network facilities at Doernbecher in Portland and Peace Health in Eugene for seven straight years. With the 2018 check of $32,000, that total now stands at $163,000.

Approximately 180 schools and nonprofits located within the credit union’s 24-county field of membership in Oregon benefited from the credit union’s 2018 philanthropic effort. The total also included capital project gifts to the Corvallis Boys and Girls Club, ABC House, Linn Benton Community College and multi-year annual commitments to the Oregon State University College of Business.

The credit union supports scholarships established at the universities and community colleges in our counties with branch presence including OSU, Western Oregon University, Linn-Benton, Oregon Coast and Chemeketa community colleges. In addition, the credit union has a long established Tomorrow’s Leaders Today scholarship program that is now in its 20th year and has awarded 191 scholarships to high school seniors on their way to a college or university in the state of Oregon. That program currently selects ten recipients for scholarships of $2,000 each. Education grants awarded to schools through teacher online requests totaled $15,000 benefitting 6,906 students in our field of membership.

Oregon State Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative serving 24 western and central Oregon counties. Additional credit union information including detail of this philanthropy and volunteerism is available at oregonstatecu.com.

 

https://www.oregonstatecu.com/dallas-oregon-branch

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Pfaff-Karren Insurance

Pfaff-Karren Insurance is a leading insurance agency in the greater Polk County area. Since 1947, they have been serving their clients and meeting their individual needs. They pride themselves on having many 3rd, and 4th generation clients, which speaks volumes to their continued commitment and personal. They look forward to working with you!

Originally opened by John Pfaff, and later partnered with Thomas Karren, Pfaff-Karren Insurance was sold to Kristin Thomas and Karen Frascone in 2017.

Kristin was raised in Polk County, graduating from Dallas High School. Before entering the insurance industry, Kristin worked for the State of Oregon. She became licensed in Life & Health and Property & Casualty in 2009. She moved to Pfaff-Karren Insurance in June of 2016 with her assistant, Alondra Hernandez.

Karen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Both she and her husband Joe graduated from the University of Wisconsin. They came to Oregon in 1979, and settled in Dallas. She worked for the law firm of Shetterly, Irick, and Shetterly until 1998, and became a licensed life and health insurance agent in 2000. She joined Pfaff-Karren Insurance in the fall of 2010.

We encourage you to stop in and say hello. As always, their coffee is on and their door is open.

 

https://pkindependence.com/

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Furlough Government Employees Resources

Washington Federal

While we are hopeful that an agreement will be reached soon, Washington Federal is here to help hard-working Americans bridge the gap. Washington Federal is offering a Government Employee Quick Relief Loan for any eligible Federal Government employee who is furloughed, or working without pay.

  • Borrow up to a total of 12 weeks net (take home) pay.
  • Pay no loan fees or application fees.
  • No payments and 0% interest for the first 90 days.
  • Make interest-only payments at a rate of just 5% through 12/31/2019. Rate increases to 10% starting 1/1/2020.
  • Access funds as paydays are missed by requesting additional draws.
  • Borrowed funds are deposited into a Washington Federal checking account for easy access.
  • Bring your last funded Federal paycheck along with either a Furlough Notice or zero-balanced paystub to apply.
  • Make payments over three years, with final payment due by 12/31/2022.
  • Available by visiting your local branch in Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

https://get.washingtonfederal.com/relief/?fbclid=IwAR3KsO-4iDe3mfloEedAUoVsO09SmKmjMw03cEolLqWg8wgwJ0UKm8rIxd0

 

Dallas Food Banks

As always, our Dallas Food Banks are always ready to help those in need. They are located at 322 Main St. # 180, Monday through Friday from 8:45 am to 11:20 am.

 

Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program

Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program is a co-op membership program that assists low income families with food and household goods on a weekly basis. The membership fees are $42 a month for 4 weeks of distributions. You choose the items your family will use. Located at 888 Monmouth Cutoff Rd., Building E. Distribution hours are Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm. They are closed on the fifth Wednesday of every month.

 

As the shutdown continues more resources will become available. Be sure to contact your local nonprofits to see what other resources may be available to you.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an important civil rights activist. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation. His most famous address was the “I Have a Dream” speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.

In 1968, shortly after Martin Luther King Jr. died, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. After the first bill was introduced, trade unions lead the campaign for the federal holiday. It was endorsed in 1976. Following support from the musician Stevie Wonder with his single “Happy Birthday” and a petition with six million signatures, the bill became law in 1983. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a relatively new federal holiday and there are few long-standing traditions. It is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. Some educational establishments mark the day by teaching their pupils or students about the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle against racial segregation and racism. In recent years, federal legislation has encouraged Americans to give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups.

So tomorrow, reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. That all man be treated equally.

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Wake Up Wednesday News

MV Advancements

MV Advancements has recently expanded into Marion County and is working hard to match employers with employees. If you think that you may have a job that needs doing contact MV Advancements for a cost-free assessment. They will investigate, match, and train at no expense to you!

MV Advancements Business Relations Manager, Consuelo (Connie) Christianson is pleased to announce that thanks to networking opportunities such as Wake Up Wednesday she has met with 48 businesses concerning job assessments, despite setting her initial goal at 20.

https://mvadvancements.org/about/updates/

 

Washington Federal

Washington Federal has started a FURLOUGH program for government workers out of employment due to the government shutdown. Just bring proof of being a FURLOUGH participant.

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

 

West Valley Taphouse

It’s Dark Week at West Valley Taphouse. They have the best dark beer selection in Oregon on tap, come check it out!

Next week West Valley Taphouse will be closed from Sunday to Thursday to give the place a major freshening. They apologize for the inconvenience, but think you’re really going to like the results.

http://westvalleytaphouse.com/

 

AdvoCare

Don’t forget to see Lisa about keeping those New Years resolutions! Lisa has the products to beat the mid-day slump, and nutrition classes to teach you what and what not to eat.

http://youbegreater.com/

 

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce

62nd Annual Community Awards Celebration is coming up! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page to see who won! Then visit our website to reserve your ticket!

Want to show your town pride? Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is now selling bumper-stickers for $5. That’s half the price of what many others are selling for. Stop by, and pick yours up today!

https://www.dallasoregon.org/awards

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Dallas School District #2

Dear Dallas Community,

The Oregon School Boards Association has set aside the month of January to honor the unpaid elected volunteers who serve on Oregon’s 197 local school boards, our 19 education service district boards, and our 17 community college boards. These dedicated local leaders give their personal time and energy to handling the critical tasks of budgeting and overseeing the management of Oregon’s public education structure.

For Dallas School District we have five directors who lead our district and bring collectively 44 years of experience! Please join us in recognizing and celebrating the Dallas Board of Directors; Michael Blanchard, Michael Bollman, Dave Hunt, Matt Posey, and Jon Woods. We greatly appreciate their leadership, time, expertise, and always asking the question; “Is it good for kids?” Thank you Dallas community for selecting great leaders!

Michelle Johnstone

Superintendent

To all those that serve on the school boards, thank you from the Dallas community and parents. It is thanks to your hard work, and generosity that Dallas schools are committed to high levels of learning for all students. You work hard to partner with our community to provide social, academic, and health and safety need of our students. We are proud to support education and our youth.

https://www.dallas.k12.or.us/

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With Winter Comes Increased Energy Use. Pacific Power Is Here To Help!

Whether you run your business out of your home, operate a storefront where customers come and go throughout the day, or run a small production business, higher bills during the winter months can happen because of extra energy use. Pacific Power has a few ways to help.

If you need more time to pay your bill, you can quickly and easily request a payment extension on our website. For more predictable billing, we offer equal pay to most non-residential customers. As long as you have one metered electric service associated with your account, you are probably eligible for enrollment in equal pay. With an equal pay plan, we divide your total account balance into 12 installments, so your payments remain the same amount for the duration of the plan.

Pacific Power also offers ways for our non-residential customers to be proactive, conscientious energy consumers. Through our Energy Profiler Online, you can track energy usage versus your budget, find energy issues that may be wasting money, manage monthly demand charges, and measure the effectiveness of your energy efficiency projects.

Businesses can also opt-in to energy benchmarking programs such as Pacific Power’s Resource Advisor. This energy efficiency tracking program is designed to empower participants through the power of data. We provide you with historical aggregated energy use data to help you setup and monitor energy benchmarking for your commercial building. Your power usage is then automatically transferred to ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® each month. Resource Advisor gives building managers and property owners insight into energy use patterns so they can make informed energy efficiency decisions on the performance of their buildings.

If you’re looking to create certainty around your energy bill, utilize energy usage tools built specifically for non-residential customers, or want to make long-term energy efficiency upgrades, Pacific Power is here to partner with you to achieve your energy goals.

Follow these handy links to learn more about these programs:

Equal Pay

Energy Profiler Online

Resource Advisor