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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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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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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Community Awards Banquet

Save the date for Community Awards Banquet 2019! 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!

These are individuals that have earned their recognition through volunteerism and by dedicating their lives, and businesses to the betterment of Dallas and all of its citizens. We are honored to be able to join with other citizens in our community to recognize and thank these wonderful, and special individuals.

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

This Year’s Award Winners

  • Business of the Year – Grandma’s Attic
  • Young Professional of the Year – Britneigh Hammill
  • Junior First Citizen – Aubrey Miller
  • Outstanding Organization – Kindness Club
  • First Citizen – Pete McDowell
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Jim Fairchild

Purchase your tickets today, and we are look forward to seeing you there! https://www.dallasoregon.org/awards/

A special thank you to our sponsors:

Award Sponsors

Cocktail Hour Sponsor

Catering Sponsor

Decorating Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Sweepstakes Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor
Willamette Valley Fiber

Table Sponsor
Chemeketa Community College
The City of Dallas
Oregon State Credit Union

Music Sponsor
Grand Hotel

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New Members

Grocery Outlet

We are excited to inform you that Grocery Outlet Bargain Market will open their doors to its much-anticipated location in Dallas on February 14th! Be sure to welcome them to our community along with several distinguished guest during the Grand Opening ceremonies, beginning at 8:55 am.

Grocery Outlet also have a few special activities planned including: gifting the first 200 customers in line a Grocery Outlet gift card valued at $5 to $200. Additionally, they have pledged to donate to The Kindness Club what is equivalent to what customers save the first hour the store is open, from 9:15 am to 10:15 am!

This is a wonderful addition to our community and we hope to see you there!


Focal Point Photography

Focal Point is the Willamette Valleys premier camera shop. They buy, sell, and trade new and used camera gear as well as rent camera equipment.

Dealing in both camera bodies and lenses, Focal Point Photography carries the latest and greatest in off camera flashes, hot lights, studio strobes and lighting modifiers. Their service is not complete without: guidance on purchasing the correct photo equipment to fit your personal needs, assistance with purchase of any lighting equipment or studio set up requirements, personal camera bag fitting for all of your photo equipment, and camera equipment maintenance and repair.

Call or come by and see why they are the Willamette Valley’s premier destination for photography beginners, hobbyists, and professionals.

http://www.focalpointphoto.com/


Hayden Homes

A community isn’t just a collection of homes. It’s a collection of people. That is why Hayden Homes doesn’t just consider themselves new home builders. Instead, they are a collection of people committed to building the best possible new homes for our friends, parents, children and neighbors.

This people-first mentality is evident in everything they do. They provide the highest quality work while delivering the greatest value on each and every new home that they build. Hayden Homes build wealth for their homeowners. They hire and source materials locally. Hayden Homes invests in the community, and they help others in need.

With new home communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Hayden Homes offer affordable new homes that fit your needs at any stage in life, backed by their commitment to quality. Come learn what makes a Hayden Home the right new home for both you and the entire Pacific Northwest.

https://www.hayden-homes.com/state/new-homes-oregon/#region-willamettevalley


Welcome to our new members! We are excited to work for you while you are at work.

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How To Combat Burnout

Even if you love your job, it’s common to feel burnt out from time to time. Perhaps you just wrapped up a big project and are having trouble mustering motivation for the next one. It could be that your home life is taking up more of your energy than usual. Or maybe, you’re just bored.

Burnout – the mental and physical exhaustion you experience when the demands of your work consistently exceed the amount of energy you have available – has been called the epidemic of the modern workplace. So you need to find ways to “put gas back in your tank.” Here are some ideas for how to do that:

  1. Take breaks during the workday. Take a walk or go for a run. Have lunch away from your desk. But take your breaks at the right time. When our energy is highest – often in the morning – you should focus on work and maximize your productivity. Tackle your toughest challenges at those times, then step away for a rest.
  2. Put away your digital devices. Place your smartphone in a basket or drawer when you arrive home so you’re not tempted to pick it up and check your email; or you might devise a rule for yourself about turning it off past 8 pm.
  3. Do something interesting. Instead of concentrating on limiting or avoiding work in your off-hours, do an activity you find interesting. Even if that activity is taxing, like a sport, it is better for you than simply relaxing.
  4. Take long weekends. The break does not need to be a two-week vacation, it could be as simple as a three, or four day weekend. While you’re away, though, don’t call the office, or check your email.
  5. Focus on meaning. If your job responsibilities preclude immediate time off try focusing on why the work matters to you. Connecting your current assignment to a larger personal goal will help you fight the temptation to slack off. However, this may provide only temporary relief.

Make sure it’s really burnout. If none of these strategies work, you could be dealing with something more serious. If you’re listless and fatigued but still feel effective on the whole, then it’s probably just burnout. However, if you feel as though you’re not making progress and that the work you do doesn’t seem to matter, it’s a different problem

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Squirrels Taxi Service

With safe, friendly, and affordable rides twenty-four hours, seven days a week, Squirrels Taxi Service is the designated driver of Dallas.

It all started when the owner of Squirrels Taxi Service, Merlin Berkey, started offering rides to people at the local bars for a donation. Merlin’s reputation caught speed, and the city asked if he wanted to turn his driving service into a legitimate business. Now, Merlin enjoys being Dallas’ designated driver, so he can get to know the people of the community while ensuring that they arrive safely at their desired location.

Forget the big-name transportation apps, and ride with Squirrels Taxi Service, the preferred method of transportation for the locals of Dallas, and throughout Polk County. Safe, dedicated, friendly and hardworking, Squirrels Taxi Service holds the same characteristics as the beloved woodland creatures the company is named for.

Squirrels Taxi Service provides rides for any reason or occasion. Need a ride to an appointment? Squirrels Taxi Service can provide you with the medical transportation you need. Had too many drinks? They will be your designated drivers so the party never has to stop. Whatever reason you may need to get to and from, let Squirrels Taxi Service get you where need to be.

http://squirrelstaxi.com/

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Columbia Bank

Wherever you are headed, Columbia Bank has the people and resources to help get you there. It starts with “hello.” We never forget a name or a face. Real human beings answer our phones. Our commitment to providing all the services require to help build strong Northwest communities is firmly rooted in our DNA.

Columbia Bank’s people are the center of our community engagement programs. Our people understand the needs of their communities and are passionate about improving them. By supporting their efforts, we amplify what they can accomplish on their own and extend our impact exponentially. We draw attention to the issues that matter to our people and act as an accelerator for the positive change they wish to create.

At Columbia Bank, we demonstrate this commitment through our comprehensive approach to community engagement, empowering employees to address the unique needs of our community through four distinct pillars; fundraising, employee giving, volunteerism and company giving. The local Dallas Branch has helped with James II Kitchen dinners, Lydia’s Love, West Valley Hospital Foundation, American Cancer Society, and Union Gospel Mission. We have also run our own fundraiser called Warm Hearts that we run for the last 6 weeks of the year to benefit the homeless in our area. So far in 2019 the Dallas Columbia Bank Branch has loaned just over $2.1 million dollars in the Dallas Community.

We are committed to the communities we serve and are here to help people achieve their financial goals and dreams.

https://www.columbiabank.com/locations/dallas

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Spirit Mountain Casino

Up Coming Events:

February 9th Egelbert Humbperdinck will be performing at Spirit Mountain Casino as part of his The Angel on My Shoulder Tour! Engelbert’s music has transcended time and his voice still continues to reach out to people now – serving to transport and inspire, to embrace and to provoke feelings and emotions… ingredients that are no doubt the essence of his long-lasting success.

Purchase your tickets at: https://www.spiritmountain.com/events/engelbert-humperdinck


Kevin and Caruso’s Magique brings illusion to life March 9th! On the heels of touring some of the world’s biggest stages, the talented illusionists will astonish audiences with their signature illusions, glamourous handmade costumes, glorious gimmicks, and fantastic surprises.

Purchase your tickets at:  https://www.spiritmountain.com/events/kevin-carusos-magique


Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” is a classic storyteller; relaying tales from his real life ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to sharing stories of his daily life, to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America. Ron rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but since 2004 has established himself as a star in his own right. Over the past nine years he has been one of the top three grossing stand-up comedians on tour in America. During this time, all four of his comedy albums have charted #1 on the BillboardTM Comedy Charts. He is a three time Grammy-nominated comedian, and has sold over 10 million albums.

Purchase your tickets at: https://www.spiritmountain.com/events/ron-white

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