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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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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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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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystems In Oregon

Monday, February 25, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Northwest Community Credit Union
Community Room
545 E. 8th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401

REGISTER HERE (https://oeda.biz/event/entrepreneurship-innovation-ecosystems-in-oregon/)
*REGISTRATION INCLUDES CLASS MATERIALS, BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND COFFEE/BEVERAGE SERVICE.  STUDENTS WILL HAVE ONLINE ACCESS TO ALL CLASS MATERIALS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME FOLLOWING THE CLASS.

Join us for the next course in the Oregon Economic Development Certification Program to learn about essential features and tools for economic development in Oregon.

Participation in this training session also counts towards the Oregon Certified Economic Developer Program.

Course Information
Entrepreneurship and innovation are growing components of successful economies. As an Oregon Economic Development Professional, it’s important to understand the role entrepreneurs play in your community and how to build supportive ecosystems.

This interactive 8-credit training covers in depth information on the importance of entrepreneurial ecosystems, tools and resources to implement and measure ecosystems in your community, and state-wide collaboration tools.

You’ll leave this interactive training with an understanding of:

  • Overview of Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Oregon (Startups, Oregon’s entrepreneurial landscape, Oregon’s advantages)
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Basics (Startup Life Cycle, Accelerators & Incubators, Investing, Other Funding Mechanisms, Mentoring, Tech Transfer)
  • Supporting Entrepreneurs in Your Community (Creating Community Specific Programs, Ingredients for Success, Do’s and Dont’s with Entrepreneurs)
  • Putting Learning and Resources into Practices (Actionable ways to use the information provided)

Rural Scholarships Available

OEDA is pleased to offer professional development scholarships to rural communities, in partnership with Business Oregon and the Ford Family Foundation. Scholarships are approved on a rolling basis and according to availability of funds.  Individuals that meet the criteria will be notified with an approval email and coupon code. Please await code before registering. Priority is given to applicants that best meet the criteria and that will benefit most from professional development opportunities. View Rural Scholarship Application: 2018 OEDA Professional Development Rural Scholarships

 

Questions? Email Annie Gorski ([email protected]) or AJ Foscoli ([email protected]), our Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs.

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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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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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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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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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