MV Advancements

It is our mission to help adults with disabilities through our innovative approaches and caring responsive staff which allows us to serve hundreds of clients through an ever-evolving set of services. Our Employment Services match business needs with individuals’ strengths and capacities, resulting in a long-term win-win for both the employer and the employee. Our retention rate last year was 86%. That means that 86% of the individuals we found jobs for last year, are still working there today!

MV Advancements is proud to report that in the last two months we have helped over 15 pre-screened job seekers find perfectly matched jobs in Polk, Marion, and Yamhill Counties. MV Advancements in the last 3 months has restructured their employment division, expanded the Dallas division and have hired over 5 full time employees in since September of 2018. We are presently partnering with local businesses and cultivating new relationships in our communities so that we can a valuable resource to the staffing needs of all local businesses in the area. We change lives every day.

If you would like more information on how we can help you, please contact Steven Scherer at 503-751-3040 or at SScherer@mvadvancements.org. We encourage you to take a moment and go to our webpage to learn more.

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Funding Available for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Through Pacific Power Grant Program

Up to $300,000 available to applicant projects that show innovation and creativity around promoting sustainable transportation

Pacific Power is helping to make its business customers’ electric transportation goals a reality through an electric vehicle charging station grant program. The program will help fund up to 100 percent of the eligible costs of installing electric vehicle charging stations for selected non-residential applicants.

The application cycle opens on April 15, 2019. Up to $300,000 in grants will be available during this cycle with a total of $1.45 million in Oregon awarded in quarterly cycles through the end of 2019.

“As an active member in the communities we serve, Pacific Power wants to help our customers achieve their sustainable energy goals,” said Cory Scott, director of customer solutions. “The electric vehicle charging station grant program is one of the ways we’re empowering local businesses, non-profits and governments to pick up speed toward more charging options for electric vehicle owners.”

Oregon businesses of all sizes installing chargers as an amenity for customers and employees are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted up to May 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Recipients will be announced June 2019.

For detailed eligibility requirements, project qualifications and application forms, please visit pacificpower.net/ev-grants.

Materials may be submitted to plugin@pacificpower.net.

To learn more about the benefits of electric vehicles, visit pacificpower.net/ev.

Office Etiquette 101

Emily Post said it best when she stated that “Manners are the sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” Proper office etiquette is an essential business tool. It impacts your reputation with your team, colleagues, and customers. Unfortunately there are no universal rules that govern all workplaces. However, the basics of good etiquette translate to all settings and industries.

What are the basics?

“When in Rome…” What you ear to work can affect the impression you leave upon others and your overall productivity. While comfort is important, wearing workout attire to an office where your team members and colleagues are wearing khakis and button-down shirts is not advised. The rule of thumb is to dress as you expect your team to dress.

Keep personal grooming, personal. There is a big difference between applying some lip balm or hand cream at your desk and giving yourself a complete manicure. Desks and offices are for performing work. All grooming, including makeup application and hair brushing, should be done in the restroom. Manicures should be limited to your home or the salon. If you remember that is completely inappropriate for your company pay you to do your hair and nails at work, or to do anything that is necessarily something to be done on your own time, then your subordinates will remember that too. It would be extremely difficult for you to reprimand this bad be3havior with your subordinates if they know you do the same thing. You should strive to always lead by example. Doing so will always make your life easier at work, both in correcting behavior and in maintaining productivity.

Table manners. Offices are not dining areas. Eating at your desk not only decreases productivity, but is annoying to those around you. No one wants to hear you chewing on your salad. They especially do not want to smell your leftover fish or last night’s spicy delight. Be mindful of what you bring for lunch. If there is a break room or a kitchen, then use it. This will keep your office space neat and work-focused., as well as allow you to casually catch up with your staff. When you are done eating, clean up after yourself.

Voices carry. As more offices remove their cubicle walls for an open concept workspace, voice control is imperative. Mind your volume when talking to the team or colleagues in open areas.

Sick time is available for a reason, use it! The absolute worst violation of proper business etiquette is going to work when ill. Staying home and resting will help the recovery process and prevent the spread of germs throughout the office. Honestly, it is worse to infect everyone, thereby risking temporary lulls in productivity, than it is to leave the team in order to recover and to rely on another manager for a few days. This is where leading by example is key.

These basics of proper office etiquette are universal. Adhering to them shows a level of leadership that will encourage your colleagues and teams to maintain an environment conducive to optimal productivity by adopting the same office habits.

Dallas Area Visitors Center

How would you like to be in a minimum of 5,000 copies of the new Dallas Directory? We are pleased to announce Our Town Publishers, located in McMinnville Oregon, has committed to producing an online and print directory for our community.

The Dallas Directory is the perfect place to tell the story of your business and community to visitors, residents and potential new business owners. 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 an option to tell the “story of your business” with a personalized article showcasing you and your business. Print publications and our website will feature a story about our town, almanac-style information, calendar of events and a business directory with additional content available specific to Dallas. Take a look at www.ourtowntwinfalls.com for a preview of what they have worked on with other communities.

As a Chamber Member, you’ll receive a complimentary business directory listing, a 15% discount on all full color advertising options and first selection at ad placement. These directories will be distributed to a minimum of 5,000 Residents, Chambers of Commerce, Visitor Centers, Hotels, Relocation Packets and other places nationwide!

Robert Sudeith, Director of Sales and Marketing along with Christie Nielsen, Senior Partner and Creative Director, both with Our Town Publishers, will be in contact with you soon to discuss your promotion in the new Dallas Directory!

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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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