National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

March 29th is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day which celebrates small business owners. These individuals spend countless hours nurturing and growing their young enterprises. The workload demands, and lack of a hired staff, often translates into long and late hours, and many missed family and personal events. But, all in all, they love what they do. After all, they are their own boss.

New businesses have always been a vital, yet not fully appreciated, part of the US economy. On the retail side, they bring different and unique products to the marketplace. They provide stellar and personal service support. When you call, you are most likely getting a real, live person. And unlike big national chains, they know their products. They are outstanding performers in the niche markets. In manufacturing, they create many new concepts and ideas, making them creators of new products.

Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day by showing your support and shopping their stores today and every day. Dallas is blessed to have many Mom and Pop Businesses, people that you know and who know your name in return. Businesses such as Grandma’s Attic, Dallas Antique Mall, and Main St. Emporium for shopping. For food be sure to visit West Valley Taphouse, El Pique, or Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub. Stop in today as they are always happy to see you!

Communicate to Impress

Effective communication can impress anyone, at any time, in any place, and through any medium. Some of the best communication opportunities happen in the most unlikely places. A great example when you see someone use an “elevator pitch”. This term was first coined to define the scenario of a chance meeting with someone important in an elevator. The goal is to have a clear, concise message that can be delivered within the time it takes to ride an elevator, which would then lead to an exchange of business cards or an interest to continue that conversation outside the elevator.

The concept of creating an impression in two minutes or less is even more powerful in a world full of urgency and instant gratification, such as ours. Chance meetings can happen anywhere, not just elevators or city sidewalks. They can happen online through social media, online forums, or even within the comment sections of blogs you frequent. Many of the elements of an effective elevator pitch can be translated to social media interactions. Some of the best talent can be discovered through these chance meetings.

Remember, KISS – Keep It Super Simple! Your message should be professional, but able to be understood by anyone regardless of their level of education or literacy. This means replacing complex concepts and jargon with common terminology in such a way that anyone in your audience can appreciate not just the message, but the direction and the impacts that your message communicates.

Know your stuff. Know the subject matter of what you are talking about. Always be prepared for follow-up questions and how they need to be answered. This means doing your research and tailoring your message to the audience. Tailoring your message can be a challenge when chance encounters happen in person. However, when communicating to impress on LinkedIn or other social media sites, it is easier to understand your intended audience.

Secretly sell yourself. Highlight your unique abilities and accomplishments as well as the value you add to the potential relationship. Showing off your assets without overtly selling yourself leaves a lasting impression. Top talent is drawn to leaders that know how to subtly sell the organization, especially when done in a way that they can see themselves blending nicely into the goals and culture of that organization.

Follow up. Timely follow-up via phone, text, or social media keeps the conversation at the forefront of the mind. Regardless of the situation, following up a day or two after the initial meeting shows your interest and professionalism. This could be the difference between becoming memorable or quickly forgotten.

Perfecting your elevator pitch can make a huge difference in how effectively you communicate in a variety of social situations and how you are viewed by those who can be the next great asset to your team or partner to your goals.

West Valley Hospital

West Valley Hospital has been serving the community form more than a 100 years. It is the home of Polk County’s only 24 hour emergency department and it offers a wide range of services including imaging, surgery, and rehabilitation.

They have offered tremendous services in health fields we have needed in our community for more than a century when it was first founded in 1907. West Valley Hospital works with Polk County Public Health, Capitol Dental, and Polk County Behavioral Health to provide care and access to students in the Central School District. They further that community spirit by providing a Service Integration program to match families in need with local resources.

“To improve the health and well-being of the people and community we serve.” Their mission expressed their purpose for existing as a tax-exempt health care organization. “Exceptional Experience Every Time.” Their vision describes where they want to be – it’s aspirational. They strive to achieve their vision every day, with everything they do and say.

One patient said “They have gone out of their way to see to my comfort and care. The nurses, the x-ray techs, the phlebotomy staff, all helpful, gentle and kind.”

Next time you need them, take comfort in knowing you’re in good hands at West Valley Hospital.

Ashley McDonough named Community Education Director

Oregon State Credit Union has named Ashley McDonough, a career teacher at the high school and university levels, as Community Education Director. It was announced on January 29th, by Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Rhonda Heile-Brown.

McDonough comes to Oregon State Credit Union with her most recent experience at both Oregon State University and Linn Benton Community College as a lead instructor for English Language Acquisition classes. She has also served as a teacher of English Language. Learner curriculum at Central High School in Independence and as a substitute with Corvallis and Albany school systems.

Her education background includes an undergraduate degree in International Studies and Modern Languages from Pacific University, her Masters and Teachers Certifications from the University of Oregon, and studies abroad in Chad, France and Argentina. She is multi-lingual and conducted English as a Second Language coursework in Spanish and French.

Of the community education opportunity, McDonough said, “Oregon State Credit Union’s reputation and their high-profile community role aligns with my passion to help people take control of the financial futures. I look forward to applying my diverse background in education at all levels toward meaningful financial literacy to serve our communities.”

Oregon State Credit Union has won several national awards for its Financial Education efforts over the last 15 years reaching an average of 8-10,000 youth and adults with more than 550 presentations annually.

Oregon State Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, open to anyone who lives or works in 24 western and central Oregon counties. Additional information about Oregon State Credit Union is available at: www.oregonstatecu.com.

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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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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://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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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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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 (AGorski@cityofsalem.net) or AJ Foscoli (aj.foscoli@dallasor.gov), our Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs.

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4 Benefits to Networking

Active networking is vital to career growth. Often confused with selling, networking is actually about building long-term relationships and a good reputation over time. It involves meeting and getting to know people who you can assist, and who can potentially help you in return.

Here are some key networking benefits:

  1. Strengthen business connections

Networking is about sharing, not taking. Regularly engaging with your contacts, and finding opportunities to assist them helps to strengthen the relationship. By doing this, you sow the seeds for reciprocal assistance when you need help to achieve your goals.

  1. Get fresh ideas, knowledge, and support

Your network can be an excellent source of new perspectives and ideas to help you in your role. Exchanging information on challenges, experiences, and goals from experienced peers is a key benefit of networking because it allows you to gain new insights that you may not have otherwise thought of. Similarly, offering helpful ideas to a contact is an excellent way to build your reputation as an innovative thinker.

Networking is also a great opportunity to exchange best practice knowledge, learn about the business techniques of your peers and stay abreast of the latest industry developments. A wide network of informed, interconnected contacts means broader access to new and valuable information.

  1. Advance you career

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: people do business with people they know, like, and trust. Networking expands your contact which can open doors to new opportunities. You can then help to build your reputation as being knowledgeable, reliable, and supportive by offering useful information or tips to people. Active networking helps to keep you top of mind when opportunities such as job openings arise and increases your likelihood of receiving introductions to potentially relevant people, or even a referral.

  1. Build confidence

By continually putting yourself out there and meeting new people, you’re effectively stepping outside your comfort zone, and building invaluable social skills and self-confidence that you can take with you anywhere. The more you network, the more you’ll grow and learn how to make lasting connections.

If you are interested in networking opportunities, and are a Chamber member we invite you to join us on the first and third Wednesday of every month for Wake Up Wednesday. You can contact Sarah Javins at sarah@dallasoregon.org  or visit our website for more information.