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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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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Technical Genius Solutions

Technical Genius Solutions is your source for Computer repairs in Polk County and the surrounding areas. Technical Genius provides the latest in residential and commercial networking solutions, computer repair and maintenance. They have a team of certified technicians who will pin-point your problem, and get you up and running quickly and efficiently. Technical Genius Solutions can streamline your communications, boost your productivity, protect your system, and help you maintain your workflow all while saving you time and money!

Technical Genius does not limit themselves to just repairs however. They also host classes designed to educate seniors, business, and everyone in between on their products, as well as common issues. If you are looking to get your certification in A+, Technical Genius offers tutoring with an opportunity to earn an internship position!

So whether you have a desktop computer, a laptop or an office with a 100 users and multiple servers, you are in good hands with Technical Genius Solutions. No job is too big – or too small! They do it all backed by their 100% satisfaction guarantee, and will work to serve you and make you happy!

It is their promise to you that they will do whatever it takes to earn your respect and loyalty in this very competitive industry. Give them a call today, and let Technical Genius Solutions prove to you that they have what it takes to let your problems to be history!

https://tgsoregon.net/ 

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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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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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