What does the Chamber do for my business?

It doesn’t matter what your industry is or what business you are in, support is key. Support from like-minded people can help you to find success.  There are many resources that we all tap into, like online groups or social media, but a largely untapped resource is on the community level. The Chamber of Commerce in your local community can be a huge untapped resource.

Helping Keep Small Business Alive

Every community has a Chamber of Commerce, or at least they should. The goal of any Chamber is to help to further the interests of small businesses in a local area. The activities can range from hosting events, to lobbying local representatives to charitable works for the betterment of the community.

How Can it Help You?

  • As a small business owner it is imperative that you network. The Chamber of Commerce gives you the opportunity to meet with other local business owners and network. Of course they also present business owners in a positive light to the community.
  • The Chamber of Commerce is essential to the growth and in some cases the revitalization of a local area. Through lobbying activities and grant preparation activities the Chamber of Commerce can help to find some much needed funding to improve a local area.
  • Free marketing. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce you will get free promotion. Many people use their local Chamber as an authority to find products and services. Of course that free promotion spills over to your ability to market business to business because you will have access to the list of other business owner members.
  • Exclusive advertising perks are also a benefit of the Chamber of Commerce. In many local publications members of the Chamber of Commerce are listed. It also adds credibility to your business when you are a member.

The Chamber of Commerce should be viewed as your business partner. It is a valuable tool for any small business owner and it should be fully embraced.

Located in downtown Dallas Oregon, the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is home to a diverse community populated by unique businesses. We believe that a healthy business community results in a thriving community. It is our desire to be a catalyst for business growth and development. Learn more about becoming a member by emailing us at info@dallasoregon.org or calling 503-623-2564

What do Chamber Ambassadors do?

The Dallas Area Chamber Ambassadors are volunteers from the community that serve as the welcome committee for new members, help with membership campaigns and act as liaisons related to networking/social events sponsored by the Chamber.

As the Chamber’s member touch committee, the Ambassadors perform many important tasks for the Chamber. Most importantly, they help recruit and retain members, assisting the Chamber in meeting its membership goals for the year.

To become a Chamber Ambassador, an individual must be an employee of a Chamber member.

Chamber Ambassadors are active members of the Chamber who enjoy the benefits of the Chamber and have a desire to serve by sharing these benefits with others.

Chamber Ambassadors have the opportunity to participate in high-visibility networking throughout the year and are often recognized at Chamber events.

Chamber Ambassadors receive a Chamber Ambassador badge, which many consider an honor to wear.

Chamber Ambassadors are often the first Chamber members to learn of new programs and events being introduced to the community.

Chamber Ambassadors create business relationships with local businesses while serving the community.

Chamber Ambassadors are expected to attend Ribbon Cuttings, Grand Openings, Business After Hours Mixers and Wake Up Wednesday meetings.

If you have interest in being a part of this group of community catalysts email us at info@dallasoregon.org

West Valley Hospital Member Spotlight

Why wait?  With 24/7 service and lower than average wait times than Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital Emergency Room is a smart choice for Polk County.

Why choose West Valley Hospital for your imaging needs?

  • The Dallas hospital’s digital imaging capabilities are comparable with what is available in Salem and other larger metro areas, so you won’t need to sacrifice quality for convenience.
  • Other imaging centers in Polk County may not offer direct integration with MyChart, your digital medical record.
  • West Valley Hospital has 14 licensed technologists with more than 250 years of combined experience in medical imaging.
  • Physicians can view images digitally to get the most accurate measurements, assessments and diagnoses.

Salem Health Medical Clinics in Dallas, Monmouth and Independence

Salem Health offers neighborhood clinics where you and your family will find excellent health care and a warm atmosphere. Save time by finding a family-friendly clinic near you.

Services

West Valley Hospital and its affiliates offer services far beyond what you might expect from a small-town hospital. Explore many of our specialties and common services below. Keep in mind that many unlisted services may still be available from us or one of our partners around the Willamette Valley.  See site for details.

To learn more about all that this awesome healthcare resource has for you go to http://www.salemhealth.org/services/salem-health-west-valley

Debbie Butler Windermere Member Spotlight

As an Oregon native and a seasoned real estate professional, Debbie recognizes the value and trust her clients place in her and she strives everyday to exceed their expectations. Most important to her is providing excellent service to buyers and sellers in order to earn their trust, referrals and repeat business.

Debbie is a native Oregonian who enjoys the beautiful outdoors. She celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in 2019 and has three grown boys. Aside from her real estate experience she also has worked in accounting and construction management as well as being a small business owner of a construction company since 1999. Since purchasing her own home at age 20 she has had a strong passion for real estate. Debbie looks forward to assisting you in your home or property transaction.

Serving Dallas, Monmouth, Salem and the Willamette Valley. It would be her distinct pleasure to help you in your next home or property transaction.

To learn more about Debbie’s real estate business and how she can serve you, visit her blog on her website at https://www.debbiebutlerbroker.com/my-blog

Fowler Homes Member Spotlight

Fowler Homes has been building homes for over a decade, specializing in luxury custom homes, homes for active adult living and affordable-style housing.  As an off shoot of the James W. Fowler Company, Heavy Civil Contractors and Tunneling Contractors, you can be certain that your home is backed by a reputable company.   Not only is Fowler Homes dedicated to building quality homes, but they are also involved in land development and other ventures creating viable neighborhoods to better communities.

We are committed to providing high value and customer satisfaction, building homes that fit a variety of budgets Their homes are built of quality materials have intuitive, innovative designs, utilize modern building technology and uphold energy efficiency as high priority.

Their greatest desire is that your Fowler built home will exceed your expectations and be… “Your Home for Living!”

Beginning with a single bulldozer, owner Jim Fowler began building logging and farming roads in the Coast Range of western Oregon. With additional growth came the opportunity for larger projects located throughout the states of Oregon, Washington and California.

Today, James W. Fowler Co. is a diversified general contractor providing heavy civil and tunneling construction solutions for municipalities, agencies, and private owners across North America. Since our inception, we have based our business on ExcellenceIntegrity and Service with regard to our clients, subcontractors and employees.

With the ability to construct projects across the United States and Canada, we have completed projects that include:

  • Water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Fish hatcheries, fish passage facilities, marine projects
  • Bridge and highway interchange construction and rehabilitation
  • Sewer, water and utility pipelines, subdivision infrastructure, pipeline relining
  • Tunneling, auger boring, pipe ramming, pipe bursting

For more information on Fowler homes go to https://fowlerhomesinc.com/

5 Common Questions Answered About Chamber of Commerce

What is a Chamber of Commerce?
A Chamber of Commerce is a panel of businesses and commercial organizations that typically exist on a variety of levels, ranging from state, county, city, and town. Despite common misconceptions, a Chamber of Commerce is more akin to a fraternal organization; in most cases, a Chamber of Commerce does not receive public or governmental funding – a large majority of Chambers of Commerce is existing today survive as a result of donations and membership dues.
 
What Does a Chamber of Commerce Do?
The role of a local or statewide Chamber of Commerce varies on a case-by-case basis. In certain cases, a Chamber of Commerce will hold meetings in order to discuss current events taking place within the commercial or business community existing within a particular jurisdiction; in other cases, the Chamber of Commerce will create structuring and developmental plans with regard to the establishment of a local commercial and business community.
Although the bulk of Chambers of Commerce of do not retain any legal or civic jurisdiction over the events taking place within their respective locality, a Chamber of Commerce may exist as a ‘grassroots’ organization interested in the upkeep and oversight of locally-owned businesses.
 
 
Where Does a Chamber of Commerce Get its Funding?
Although there exists no uniform standard for a procedure with regard to the funding of a Chamber of Commerce, a bulk of Chambers of Commerce in existence maintain their respective operations as a result of private donations, membership dues, and fundraising; it is not uncommon for a local Chamber of Commerce to sponsor an event within their respective area of residence in order to not only raise funding, but also to raise awareness with regard to the presence of that particular Chamber of Commerce.
Types of Chambers of Commerce
Due to the fact that a Chamber of Commerce will typically operate as a private organization, membership may be limited as per applicable regulations. However, this also allows businesses and commercial operations to convene and organize their own respective Chamber of Commerce. In many cases, members of a particular Chamber of Commerce will share commercial similarities; some examples of various types of Chambers of Commerce are as follows:
A Chamber of Commerce consisting of locally-owned and operated business and commercial operations
A Chamber of Commerce consisting of many service providers existing in a specific location
A Chamber of Commerce interested in raising awareness of local businesses, which may result in petitions to disallow national chains or retail stores from entering a specific location
A Chamber of Commerce may allow for a systematic network of products and service within its individual location; this can include local manufacturers connecting with local retailers in order to localize business and commerce
 
 
What are Some Issues Discussed by a Chamber of Commerce?
Although there exists no set standard for meeting itineraries undertaken by the varying natures of Chambers of Commerce, a specific Chamber of Commerce may address the following concerns:
Reports of commercial profits rendered by local businesses
The formation of subcommittees in order to protect local businesses and commercial markets
The proposal of reforms to local and state governments
The application for grants and funding

7 Ways to Get involved in Dallas

I’m a firm believer that getting involved in your community is beneficial for both your mind and your body. There’s a sense of connection, solidarity, and strength that comes from organizing or participating in an event within your own neck of the woods.

With that being said, below are seven ways you can get involved in your own community.

1. Look for Local Events

Keep an eye on local Facebook groups, websites and newspapers. Whether it’s the Dallas Concert Series, Art in the Park, Krazy Dayz, Community Awards or a special one off event, there’s always room for help! www.exploredallasoregon.org

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2. Volunteer Your Time

There are TONS of ways you can volunteer your time in Dallas. For example, you might volunteer to read to the elderly at retirement homes or volunteer in any non profit organization. Just think about what’s important to you, reach out to that organization, and ask! Visit the link below for some of the amazing organizations that could use your help! https://business.dallasoregon.org/list/ql/family-community-civic-organizations-9

3. Donate Your Resources

If you don’t have time to volunteer, then donate. Actually, donate anyway! Some donation ideas include donating:

– Clothes and household goods to your H2O, Jinett’s Free Clothing Closet or Goodwill.

– Food to Dallas Food Bank or the Kindness Club.

– Books to Dallas Public Library

There’s DEFINITELY nothing wrong with donating money, too, but I feel like actual products get you more involved in the community.

5. Join a Class or Group

Two summers ago I joined a class hosted in my town from one of our local community colleges, which – surprise! – is located in my town. I met like-minded people, learned more about an activity I enjoy, and spent registration money – you guessed it – locally.

Check out resources for local classes at www.chemeketa.edu

6. Support Your Local Sports Teams

You might not even be aware of how many sports teams are in Dallas! Think about it. Does Dallas have a Little League? Think about high school and – can you go support them? Remember: Players play because they love the game, but seeing fans in the stands can make a world of difference.

7. Organize Your Own Event

OK, so maybe you don’t feel qualified (or have enough time) to organize something as involved as a music and arts festival or marathon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t team up with a few friends and organize a fun event! Think about special kids’ events at the library, car washes to raise money for your church, or putting together goodie baskets for hospitals and retirement homes.

Dallas Community Foundation

The Dallas Community Foundation was established in 1995 by a group of individuals who shared a common vision of a local fund that could give back to the Dallas community. Since then, the Foundation has helped people put their charitable dollars into their own community, giving a hand up to those in need.

We are established to give back to the Dallas community in perpetuity.

Foundation funds are professionally invested by Becker Capital Management, headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

Your gift will grow, making a difference many times over.

You can support a wide range of charitable causes with a single gift, or you can direct your gift to a specific cause through a designated fund.

We can help you create a legacy. We’re equipped to manage funds according to your intent.

We are focused specifically on the Dallas community, keeping your dollars local, supporting the causes you care about.

We have the flexibility to meet community needs as they emerge and evolve, and the permanence to support future needs.

We are here for Dallas, for good, for now, forever.

Your gift to the Foundation is pooled with other funds for long term investment and maximum return. Annual earnings are given back to the community through scholarships and grants to non-profit organizations. We carefully monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of the grant funds we disburse.

As the community gives, the community grows stronger, together.

20 CHARITABLE FUNDS

Over $2 Million ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

635 GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

AWARDED IN GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

OVER $1 MILLION GRANTS AWARDED 2006-2018

Thanks for all you continue to do for our area Dallas Community Foundation you are awesome.

Crosscreek Golf Course

Located just 14 miles west of Salem, Cross Creek Golf Course is one of the most innovative in the region. Its unique layout combines traditional and links-style golf, creating a challenging course in the midst of the verdant mid-Willamette Valley.  Cross Creek made top 10 beautiful courses to play in Oregon as listed on theculturetrip.com

Cross Creek is becoming one of the most popular courses in the valley. At 6900 yards the course features a relaxing and pleasurable experience for any caliber of player. Cross Creek has always been known as a friendly family-oriented golf course and is a perfect setting for special events and golf tournaments.

Cross Creek Golf Course is quickly building a reputation as one of the premier, daily fee golf experiences in the Willamette Valley. This is truly a must-play golf course.

You can also go in for lessons.  Featuring Ken Dankenbring United States Golf Teachers Federation “Leaders in the Field of Golf Instruction” Certified Golf Teaching Professional.  Give them a call today. Start by visiting their website.  http://www.crosscreekgc.com/

Craven-Woods Insurance

Craven-Woods Insurance has been serving the Dallas, OR area with four-generations worth of insurance expertise for over 100 years. In addition to a comprehensive range of insurance policies, we provide our clients the freedom of choice so they can see the value in each decision they make.

Unlike large insurance corporations, Craven-Woods Insurance is owned and operated by a family team of agents who cater toward individuals, families, business, and non-profits. We also represent a carefully selected group of financially reliable and reputable companies and place your policy that offers the best optimal coverage at an affordable price.  Craven-Woods Insurance offers a variety of insurance policies that protects all of the critical aspects of your life. Our team of agents wants to get to know you and find an insurance plan that fits around you and your needs, versus the big-named insurance corporations that force you to fit their molds. We believe insurance protection should be about choices and the valued peace of mind that comes with your decision.

Agents at Craven- Woods are committed to helping our community thrive as evidenced by their involvement in youth sports, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Visitors Center Board, City Council and may other facets.  Stop by and see them today.