Is the Chamber a Government Entity?

A Chamber of Commerce, or a Board of Trade, is a form of business network. The Chamber of Commerce is a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community. Local businesses are members, and they elect a board of directors, or executive council to set policy for the chamber. The board or council then hires a President, CEO, or Executive Director, plus staffing of an appropriate size to run the organization.

A Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary association of business firms belonging to different trades and industries. They serve as spokesmen and representatives of the business community. They differ from city to city, and region to region.

In many areas Chambers of Commerce are a source of private sector information. The information is usually gathered by surveying Chamber members. This can be used by official governmental departments as a guide to the performance of the economy in the Chambers area.

As a non-governmental institution, a Chamber of Commerce has no direct role in the writing and passage of laws and regulations that affect businesses. It may however, lobby in an attempt to get laws passed that are favorable to businesses.

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Wall Insurance

Wall Insurance in Dallas is independently owned and locally operated to handle your insurance needs. They believe that local insurance agencies can best serve your insurance needs. As your local insurance agency, Wall Insurance will assist you in finding just the right combination of tailored, personalized insurance coverage at just the right price.

Wall Insurance invites you to complete an online quote or call to speak with a local agency to review coverage options for auto insurance, home Insurance, life insurance, health insurance, business insurance, commercial insurance, renters insurance, boat insurance, and more. Wall Insurance provides free, no hassle, and no obligation quotes to let you see what they have to offer.

Wall Insurance strives to offer you quality insurance coverage, a high level of professional service and long-term relationships.

Wall Insurance offers several of the top insurance companies to choose from when selecting your insurance plan. Their agents research the rates and coverage for you to find you the best options that fits your needs. You no longer need to call around town or search all over the Internet to find the best rates – Wall Insurance does the shopping and comparing for you to save you time and money!

http://wallinsurance.com/

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MAK Metals

MAK Metals, Inc was founded by Bob and Kerrie Tucker in 2004, with the vision of creating partnerships within the industry to establish superior customer service. They realize it is not about the volume of customers that makes you successful, but rather the quality of customers you partner with.

MAK Metals is a precision sheet metal manufacturer catering to the high tech and electronics industries. Their goal is to provide the highest quality products at the fairest price with outstanding customer service. Whether it’s extremely sophisticated pieces or high-precision assemblies MAK Metals partners with their clients from design to final completion.

They can work directly with your engineers and through their proven discovery process to a practical and effective manufacturing solution for your concept or design. MAK Metals has a team of uniquely talented and experienced individuals that are invested in quality and craftsmanship.

MAK Metals achieves the goal of superior customer service and quality depends from the capabilities of their staff. MAK Metals continuously hire and retain some of the best professionals in the industry. That is what gives them the edge to perform at a high level for their customers.

When quality and craftsmanship counts, you can count on MAK Metals!

http://www.makmetals.com/

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Grocery Outlet Bargain Market

We are excited to inform you that Grocery Outlet Bargain Market will open the doors to its much-anticipated location in Dallas at 258 W Ellendale Ave. tomorrow, February 14th! The nation’s fastest-growing, extreme-value grocery retailer, is creating 40 new jobs in the community. You are invited to the Grand Opening ceremonies, beginning at 8:55 am Thursday morning.

Grocery Outlet has a few special activities planned; including guest speakers from our community. Grocery Outlet will also be gifting the first 200 customers in line with a Grocery Outlet gift card that will range in value from $5 to $200. Additionally, Grocery Outlet has pledged to donate what is equal to the amount their customers save during the first hour they are open, 9:15 am to 10:15 am. The donation will go to benefit Dallas’ own Kindness Club and will be presented at 11 am. Shoppers will also receive a free reusable bag, while supplies last. Last but certainly not least, starting Thursday, February 14th through Thursday, March 14th, customers may enter for a chance to win a Grand Prize of Free Groceries for one year!

Sandy and Jason Thornton, the Dallas store’s independent owner-operators, invite the community to attend the grand opening celebration on Thursday, February 14th, beginning at 8:55 am.

https://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/grocery-outlet-grand-opening-4738

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Itemizer-Observer

If you live in Dallas you are familiar with our trusted news source, Itemizer-Observer. They have been serving Polk County since 1875 and the Dallas Chamber is proud to have them as an Influence Member. We work hard to bring our community great events and the sponsorship and advertisement from the Itemizer-Observer greatly support our efforts. Their support of our community during their time here in Dallas cannot be missed.

Polk Itemizer Observer actively covers sports, events, and works hard to highlight what’s going on in Dallas and give its citizens a voice. The Itemizer-Observer is published on Wednesdays and its circulation as around 4,988. It is the newspaper of record for Polk County.

Emily Mentzer, editor at the Itemizer-Observer had this to say, “We have a renewed focus on serving our readers and our local businesses. We have a lot to offer both in print and online, and we’re taking full advantage of it to keep readers informed and help businesses get their message out.”

Don’t just take our word for it, Dallas Residents have this to say about Polk Itemizer Observer:

“A great way to stay informed on the happenings in and around Polk County!”

“This is a great small town newspaper. They do a really good job of staying local and reporting on the important things in the community. My kids have been featured many times with sports and different school activities. I’m very glad to have this paper in our small town. Thank you!”

“My favorite way to find out what’s going on in Dallas.”

“The local sports section is my favorite.”

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Public Policy: Fire Department Consolidation

The City of Dallas, Sheridan Fire District, SW Polk Rural Fire Protection District, and West Valley Fire District are proposing a pilot consolidation of their fire and ems services. Once approved, a joint management services agreement between the four agencies could go into effect as early as July 1st, 2019. The following questions and answers provide details about the proposed consolidation.

What is changing?

The four agencies are considering a pilot consolidation of their fire and ems service delivery systems. Phase I of the consolidation would involve only management functions. All firefighters employed by each department would remain employees of their current departments, and all current bargaining agreements would remain in place. Phase I of the consolidation would include sharing the cost of a single fire chief, restructuring administrative support functions, and exploring opportunities to leverage resources through joint purchasing power. The four fire agencies also would establish a single operational structure and implement standardized training, policies, and procedures.

This effort will take the place of the several current individual intergovernmental agreements these agencies have between each other currently.

Phase II bring the benefits from consolidation that occurred in phase I to allow for increased response personnel and thus provide quicker, faster, safer services to our citizens.

Why are the four fire agencies considering consolidation?

All four agencies have operated their own fire and ems service system since their inception. Each agency has their own history of previous consolidation efforts to enhance their service delivery system. There is high level of cooperation between the four agencies, yet they maintain separate organizational infrastructures. As is the case in many areas, budgetary pressures are creating difficulties in maintaining appropriate levels of service. The goal of the proposed consolidation is to provide the best fire and ems services possible to the areas and communities given available resources. The plan would eliminate redundancy and duplication of effort, provide opportunities for cost savings, and enhance the level of service for all four agencies. At the same time, the proposed consolidation would generate significant savings over individually meeting the same service levels.

Are these the first fire and ems services to consider consolidation?

No. consolidating fire and ems services is a nationwide trend to maintain fire and emergency medical response in the face of budget challenges. There are several nearby completed examples: Lane Fire Authority, Redmond Fire District, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. Several other nearby areas are considering similar process: McMinnville, Forest Grove, Cornelius, and Albany.

Will this consolidation of fire and emergency medical services affect my annual tax payment?

Yes, there will be an increase in the annual property tax, however, the increase will be less than if the fire and ems systems were enhanced as individual agency systems. The amount of any increase will vary upon which service area you are located within.

The chart below describes each agency annual tax changes.

Agency Name Dallas Fire & EMS Sheridan District Fire SW Polk Fire West Valley Fire
Current tax rate per $1000 $1.21 $1.47 $1.54 $1.46
Individual tax rate per $1000 $2.65 $2.45 $2.57 $3.23
Consolidated tax rate per $1000 $1.94 $1.94 $1.94 $1.94

 

Would there be other benefits associated with consolidation?

Infrastructure improvements associated with the consolidation will improve service to the community. For example, all agencies could begin using a common information technology service including the need for meeting Oregon Records Retention laws. Emergency planning could also be improved through common practices and stronger communication.

Who would oversee the consolidated department?

Beginning in Phase I, the fire chief would be shared by all agencies. In addition to the fire chief, all agencies would share several senior command staff personnel. The fire chief would report to the Fire & EMS Planning Coalition.

What impact would the consolidation have on fire and emergency medical services to the area involved?

The consolidation effort is designed to increase fire & ems services within all agency areas involved. Eliminating the current vacant administrative positions within each agency thus allowing for those dollars to increase the number of fire and ems service providers.

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Socks and Underwear Drive

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is partnering with United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley to help provide new underwear and socks. These items will be donated to United Ways two programs: Mobile Shower Unit, and United for Classrooms Initiative.

United for Classrooms purpose is to support our educators by removing the barriers to learning for our elementary students affected by poverty. 92,395 children are enrolled in schools in our tri-county area, more than ¼ of them live below the poverty line. Teachers currently support the basic needs of their students out of their own pockets or through a small amount of community advocates. United Ways goal is to work with current programs to enhance the availability of basic supplies. Ultimately, they are working to provide every K-5 classroom in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties, with Resources Rooms, Backpack Programs or other supports that will allow them to empower those students whose families are struggling to meet basic needs.

United Ways Mobile Shower Unit is designed to deliver access to basic hygiene for unsheltered community members. We believe collective impact is the only way to ensure meaningful, permanent change. United way means to respond to the community crisis of unsheltered men, women, and children by fostering tangible solutions that address the unmet needs gap. They utilize a 14-foot trailer that has been retrofitted into a mobile hygiene unit. Current drafts for the trailer include 3 individual bathroom and shower stalls. The trailer is equipped with a water heater and gray and black water tanks.

Help us support those in need. Bring your newly purchased socks and underwear to the Chamber Office Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 3 pm. Thank you for supporting our community.

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Great Employees Come From a Great Hiring Process

Candidates and employees are an organization’s best asset. They are also the primary consumers of your product with very specific expectations on the company’s brand. These expectations and their experience with the hiring process will ultimately shape their engagement and performance if hired. It is important to treat candidates with respect during the hiring process.

Talent assessments can be very beneficial when used as part of a well-defined hiring process. They can create a performance profile that includes behavioral characteristics, skills, and personal inventories. This information can then be maintained to be used not only in the hiring process, but in evaluating your current employees for opportunities that arise through the use of performance reviews and promotion assessments.

Choosing the right assessment tool can be challenging as more sophisticated tools are developed and released. It is important that the chosen tool do the following:

  • Be easy to take and be mobile optimized.
  • Ask questions that are directly related to the position.
  • Instill the organization’s values.
  • Provide the opportunity to show proof of ability to perform the job tasks.
  • Not be so long that it results in a high candidate abandon rate.

Regardless of the assessment tool employed, make sure to follow up with all candidates. Providing feedback and letting them know where they stand in the hiring process will help maintain a positive impression on the organization and its brand, whether the candidate has a future with the company, or not.

Future employees’ performance can be determined, in part, by an effective hiring process. The use of talent assessments as one part of the hiring process will help hiring managers understand more about the candidate and how well they may fit into the organization’s culture and production expectations.

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Tomas Patton Allstate

Tomas Patton with Allstate Insurance is a family business representing a very well-known and well established insurance company. Tomas and his wife have lived in Polk County since 1989 and in the Dallas area since 2000. They treat both their prospective customers, current customers, event those from other Allstate agencies, like neighbors. Founded in 1931, Allstate has been dedicated to protecting their customers from life’s uncertainties and preparing them for the future for more than 85 years. It was the perfect team for Tomas and his wife to join.

Customer service is a priority at the Tomas Patton agency and they understand the need to help insure what matters most to customers. Tomas is passionate about helping others because that is who they are and that is why you are in Good Hands

Tomas has been involved with the Dallas community in a variety of ways, such as: sponsoring and coaching soccer teams with Dallas United, and by volunteering at a homeless resource fair in Albany. Both Tomas and his wife are dedicated to seeing Dallas thrive.

Tomas Patton LLC covers multiple insurance needs through Allstate. Tomas can help you to pick a customized insurance coverage that fits your needs. Coverage ranges from automotive, condo, motorcycle, ATVs, boat, house, renters, business, and life. There is a plan for everyone. Contact Tomas Patton today to set up an appointment.

https://agents.allstate.com/tomas-patton-dallas-or.html?utm_source=GMB&utm_medium=Website

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Harvest CrossFit

What is CrossFit? CrossFit is high intensity, constantly varied, functional movements. The foundation is nutrition and we believe it to be an elegant solution to the world’s most vexing problem – chronic disease. Devin and MacLarin Jones, and their team of coaches work hard to create a welcoming environment in which to reach your fitness goals!

At Harvest CrossFit you can expect a general warm up and stretching, ample instruction, the scored portion of your workout, and a brief cool down. The workouts are programmed for you. They make sure everyone understands how to scale and load the movements. Their athletes just show up, follow instructions, and work hard. Harvest CrossFit does all the thinking!

Harvest CrossFit has classes that fit everyone wherever they are in their fitness journey. Classes range from beginners to advance. Harvest Basics is required for all new athletes and consists of four one-on-one, or small group, sessions that introduce athletes to the foundational movements. Harvest CrossFits open gym programming allows you to refine your goals or learn a skill that doesn’t show up in the class program as much as you like.

To join the Harvest CrossFit community, it is as easy as giving us a call or sending an email from their website. Devin or MacLarin Jones will discuss with you your next steps!

http://www.harvestcrossfit.com/

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