Don’t Expect a Job

Getting a job might be more about who you know than what you know – but don’t be so obvious about it. People are not going to be inclined to help you if they feel like you are just talking to them because you expect them to help you find a job, Diane Kulseth writes in an article for The Daily Muse.

At one point you were told that fellow networkers are going to help you land your next job, which can be true. But if you expect them to have a pocketful of valuable connections with whom you can speak, or opportunities at the ready; you’re in for a disappointed time. Networking is a process that is invaluable, but it takes more time than one visit.

What works is communicating with people who have the same goal in mind, landing a job. Isn’t that what one does when they network, you wonder? Not necessarily. Some people don’t get the concept. Communicating should consist of an exchange of words from which both parties can benefit.

“If you’re looking for a job, don’t ask for it – work for it,” Diane writes. How? By finding out how you can use your expertise to help them first. You’ve heard, “Help others before asking for help.” I personally think this is a good one to adopt. Don’t go to a networking event only expecting help. Have conversations with people who can be of mutual assistance.

Innovate Dallas – Partnering Schools and Community for Growth

The best way to ensure our kids are the leaders of tomorrow is to allow them to be leaders today!

Innovate Dallas is about bringing our schools, community, and businesses together to instill the skills and mindsets of innovation that are needed to drive economic growth in our region.

Innovate Dallas has received a matching grant from Oregon Community Foundation to assist in connecting Dallas students to real community centered problems to both enhance deeper learning and to develop leadership capacity.

To prepare the next generation of leaders able to solve our most pressing problems, the Construct Foundation builds and facilitates design challenges known as Breaker Challenges that introduce young people to a prototype-driven method for innovation.  For an example of a Breaker Challenge see this link The Future of Food.

In every challenge, we teach the tools of design and entrepreneurship and task young people with building solutions to a real problem.

THE PROBLEM
Residents at the Dallas Retirement Village are divided into 3 groups based on the level of care that they require, Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Health Services. As residents move through the levels of care they become increasingly isolated from their preferred lifestyle, activities, and circle of friends.

In this Wellness and Aging design challenge we ask a team of students to identify, design, and test new and novel ways to increase joy and connectedness for the residents of the Dallas Retirement Village Community.

Our kids are assets in our community and this Breaker Challenge is our first of many examples to prove this. Our business community’s support in this activity points toward believing in the future of Dallas as a vibrant community that values innovation for growth in schools, business and sense of community as a whole.

Please help us reach our goal of $6,000 to develop this innovative model of learning.

If you have questions please reach out to Jamie Richardson at LaCreole Middle School

email – jamie.richardson@dsd2.org

phone – 503-623-6662

Spirit Mountain Casino

Up Coming Events:

May 18th two-time Grammy nominee Lee Brice will be performing at Spirit Mountain Casino!

He is not only one of country music’s most prominent vocal acts and guitarists, he’s also one of the best lyricists in the entire genre. Lee Brice has co-written a multitude of hits for other artists like Adam Gregory, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, and more. Not to mention Brice also has a slew of hits of his own that have reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs including “Hard to Love,” “I Don’t Dance,” “I Drive Your Truck,” and “A Woman Like You.”

Purchase your tickets at: https://www.spiritmountain.com/events/an-evening-with-lee-brice


Australia’s Thunder from Down Under, the internationally acclaimed male revue show that gets hearts pounding and the audience dancing on its feet, is coming to Spirit Mountain Casino on June 7th and 8th!

If you’re planning a night out, pre-wedding party, or birthday celebration, you need to see the hottest Australian export since Hugh Jackman. With their mesmerizing accents, rock-hard abs, and of course, their dancing, you’ll be transported to the land down under for one magical, thrilling night.

Watch each performer embody a different persona as they bring to life characters as diverse as Captain Jack Sparrow, a knight in shining armor, a fireman, and a cowboy. Let your imagination run wild and enjoy the show as these Australian gents charm their way into your heart.

Purchase your tickets at:  https://www.spiritmountain.com/events/thunder-from-down-under


Get your hot rod into gear and mark your calendar! On Saturday, June 15th, Veterans Roll the Dice Car Show is coming to Spirit Mountain Casino, and we want you to join us for an afternoon filled with rods, food, exhibitors and live entertainment.

Our parking lot will be transformed into a hub of activity for car aficionados. Get a close up look at hot rods, rat rods, and custom vehicles. If you own a vehicle that deserves a share of the limelight, show off your car at the show for just $15 with your submitted pre-registration plus one can of food.

Purchase your tickets or register your car at: https://www.spiritmountain.com/events/car-show

Shop Local

  1. Learn About Local Businesses

To learn more about local businesses in your area, set aside a day to explore your town and see what it has to offer. Since part of the benefit of shopping local comes from being able to run errands on foot, leave your car at home and focus on the area within walking distance, if possible.

Start at one end of the main street or one corner of the central shopping district and work your way along, making note of all the businesses you see along the way. When you see one that looks useful or interesting, stop and make a note of its name, its location, and its hours. Then, the next time you’re looking for a jewelry shop, for example, you’ll know exactly where to find one.

 

  1. Shop Locally

Once you’ve identified local businesses in your area, the next step is to make shopping at them part of your usual routine. This can be a challenge if you’re on a tight budget, since local businesses often can’t match the low prices of big-box stores. However, there are several ways to get around this problem:

  • Budget for it. Set aside a small sum in your personal budget each month specifically for local shopping.
  • Go local for services. Goods are often cheaper at big-box stores that sell cheap, mass-produced wares. However, services are often just as cheap or even cheaper when you buy them locally.
  • Shop local for the holidays. Shopping local is a great choice for holiday gifts, because a present feels more special when it comes from your own hometown. Each year, American Express sponsors “Small Business Saturday” after Thanksgiving to encourage people to start their holiday shopping at local businesses, and many independent businesses offer special sales on this day.

 

  1. Eat Locally

Not all local businesses are useful to everyone. For instance, a children’s clothing store isn’t of much interest if you don’t have kids. However, everybody has to eat, so shopping locally for food is one of the best ways to support your local economy.

 

  1. Bank Locally

Another way to keep your money in your community is to literally keep your money at a local community bank or credit union, rather than at a large national bank. Banking locally offers several benefits: lower cost, better service, and supporting your local community.

Don’t Dismiss People Who Don’t Look Important

“Networking” isn’t just drinking a glass of chardonnay at a party while chitchatting about your career. It isn’t handing your business card to someone and walking away. It isn’t “connecting” with someone on LinkedIn without any sort of introduction or follow-up.

To be an effective networker, you have to put in the time and effort, do your homework, step out of your comfort zone, and avoid the common mistakes many people make. Last week we discussed not dressing down for networking events. This week let us discuss who you are networking with.

“You should behave here like everyone you interact with has the potential… to get you a cover story in The New York Times – because many of them do,” Tim Ferris, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek”, once told Business Insider in an interview. This came in handy at an event in 2007 when he was standing in line for a movie screening and asked a muscly man in front of him how he got such big forearms. They started chatting and Ferriss realized he was speaking with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s brother, who connected him with Morgan, who later used Ferriss as his subject for an episode of “A Day in the Life.”

Don’t dismiss people who do not look important enough to you. Sometimes it is the secretary that will get the job done, not the president.

West Valley Taphouse

Welcome to Dallas’ local hang out, West Valley Taphouse.  Offering 65 taps of the best craft beer, cider, local wine, kombucha, and craft sodas in the West Valley, the Taphouse offers happy hour every day from 2 pm to 5 pm where all appetizers are $5 and $1 off all pints.

West Valley Taphouse has been hard at work over the last year to ensure they are offering Dallas the best experience. The recent remodel, including 18 different changes, are designed to make the atmosphere more comfortable, modern, and welcoming. In addition, the Taphouse is featuring a new menu to offer delicious local food. The patio, still under construction, is the final phase of the renovation and the crew is excited to unveil it in May!

Tap Takeover will be returning in May! The May Takeover will be Ninkansi Brewing. They will bring samples and free swag and games. This is a great opportunity to talk to a company representative and learn what exactly makes each brewing company unique.  Junes Takeover is to be announced, but Wild Ride will be taking over on June 6th with Julys Takeover to be determined.

Since joining the Dallas community, West Valley Taphouse has gained a reputation for giving back. Community involvement and giving back is definitely not lost on Sam Duffner, owner of West Valley Taphouse. Patrons enjoy getting together to enjoy new and unique craft beers, ciders and delicious food. Owners and staff have worked hard to create a family friendly environment with options of non-alcoholic drinks. Everyone is welcomed at West Valley Taphouse until 9pm.

http://westvalleytaphouse.com/

Patriot’s Day

Patriot’s Day is a day celebrated in some parts of the U.S and commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord. It is a day that is observed on the third Monday in April. It’s most often recognized in Massachusetts, Maine, Wisconsin and parts of Florida. It should not be confused with Patriot Day – a day that is observed on September 11th to mark the date of the terrorist attacks.

This holiday was first proclaimed by Governor Frederic T. Greenhalge in 1894 in Massachusetts. He commemorated the day on April 19th to Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775. By doing so, he replaced the day that was originally celebrated on that day – Fast Day, a now obsolete U.S holiday. Several years later, Maine followed Massachusetts lead and replaced their Fast Day with Patriot’s Day.

This holiday is observed in a number of different ways. In Massachusetts and Maine, people can be found reenacting the battles of Lexington and Concord on this day. Other people use this time off of work or school to plan days at the park with their friends and families. And in Boston, people from all over the world flock to the city to watch the Boston Marathon on this day.

Parkside Self Defense

Parkside Self Defense is dedicated to the Dallas Community and their students. Our facility is specifically designed to help promote quick and efficient learning, fun classes, and all around wonderful experience. We provide expert instruction to men, women, and children of all ages and experience levels.

What is Self Defense? Self Defense is a combination of awareness, assertiveness, verbal skills safety strategies, and physical techniques that will enable a person to prevent, escape, resist, and survive violent assaults. When your life is in danger you must do whatever is necessary to survive the confrontation and then get away from the threat.

5 Rules of Self Defense

  • Always keep space between you and any potential attacker
  • If approached, make space and maintain it.
  • If you are grabbed or restrained in any way, defeat the restraint, then make space
  • Do not allow an attacker to take you anywhere
  • Exit the situation and get to safety.

Because of Parkside Self Defense passion for Dallas, we offer a FREE community Self Defense class. Self Defense is available Monday and Friday from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm.

For more information about our school, programs, and instructors give us a call at (503) 751-1444, connect with us on Facebook, or come on by!

https://www.facebook.com/ParksideSelfDefense/

New Members Our Town Publishers

An Our Town Publication is the perfect place to tell the story of your business community.

Our Town print publications and websites are designed to let you talk directly to your current and future customers with not only a beautiful, full color ad, but also tell the “story of your business” as well.

Print publications and websites feature a story about the town, almanac-style information, calendar of events and a business directory with additional content available specific to your town.

Printed copies are available for participating businesses to distribute throughout the year. Additional copies can be provided to chambers of commerce and local business associations as needed.

Our Town Publishers is headquartered in the heart of the Yamhill Valley in McMinnville, Oregon. Robert Sudeith, Senior Partner and Sales Director, has a wealth of experience in the sales and marketing filed. He comes to Our Town Publishers most recently from a community newspaper where he was the corporate general manager who oversaw all aspects of the business as well as a sales team of 8 – 10 reps. Christy Nielsen, Senior Partner and Creative Director, also comes from a sales and marketing background. She was the advertising director for a community newspaper before making the switch to graphic design, website creation and social media management.

Give them a call today to see what Our Town Publishers can do for your town.

https://www.ourtownpublishers.com/

No Housework Day

No Housework Day is your chance to do anything, except housework. Better still, have someone else do the chores for a day. Housework is a daily, seemingly endless and repetitive group of tasks that just seem to become undone as soon as you turn away. It often goes unrecognized, and worst of all… taken for granted. But, watch out! If the dishes aren’t done, or there are no clean towels, somebody notices.

There are two ways to celebrate this day.

If you normally do the housework around the house, cease and desist for this day. Instead, kick back and enjoy the day. Relax and do anything, except housework. The chores will still be there tomorrow, instead take this time to read that book you have been meaning to get to. Take the family to the park, enjoy the weather. Do anything except housework.

Our research did not uncover a particular person who started this day, or when it was first celebrated.

We’re pretty sure it originated by someone who was a wee bit tired of doing the daily chores, and jjust needed a day off. Most likely, they threw up their hands and said something like, “That’s it! I’m taking a day off from all of this work.”

Whoever the genius was who first created this day, we salute you!