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.

Dallas Retirement Village Career Fair

WE’RE HIRING SUPERHEROES JUST LIKE YOU!

What’s your super power? Kind hearted, patient, helpful, supportive, and dedicated?? Looking for people that are positively influential and want to make a difference in the community.

We are a Continuing Care Facility on 33 acres and growing! Come see our beautiful facility, nestled in the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley. Our community is active, creative, and wellness driven and founded on faith. We have been serving the community for over 70 years!

Why DRV? Dallas Retirement Village offers a family friendly open faith environment, supporting our ever deserving residents. Our facility listens to our employees and encompasses a SAFE work environment. We are proud to say we are a NO lift facility.

DRV offers a generous benefit package that includes Medical, Dental & Vision, Supplementary Insurances, Employer Paid Employee Life Insurance Policy, PTO, Sick Pay, 403b with Employer match. A fun filled work environment with activities provided by Celebrate Our Greatness Committee, including Employee of the Month, Trivia Nights, Softball, Employee Appreciation Week, Holiday Parties, & Employee Continuing Education Scholarship Program for Nursing.

COME SEE FOR YOURSELF AT OUR OPEN HOUSE: April 5th & 6th from 10 am-3 pm

Interviews given to the right folks with the right skills and attitude!!

Snacks, beverages, and a raffle with prizes! Dallas Retirement Village is an EEO/ADA Employer.

Offers given will be expected to participate in pre -employment screening.

Currently Hiring for these positions: CNA’s for day and swing

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.

Debbie Butler – Windermere Real Estate

I am a people person who really enjoys matching my clients with just that right home or property. Prior to being a real estate broker, I have experience in construction management and accounting. After purchasing my first home at age 20 a strong interest in real estate followed. I have been licensed since 2012 and was previously a realtor in the mid 90’s prior to raising my children. My passion is working with acreage properties and I have an eye for design and remodeling. Whether you are looking to sell a home, purchase your first home or dream home, I am here to help. I look forward to becoming your long-term real estate professional for you and your family.

 

“Debbie was great to work with. She is friendly, informative and responsive. Evening and weekend times were a requirement for us and she was happy to meet at our convenience. We appreciate her assistance with our home buying process.”

  • Jimandangs

 

“Debbie was the perfect agent for us. She was on top of everything from the beginning when we first met her. She kept us in the loop on every aspect of the transaction and because of her knowledge of the real estate business and exactly where to post our listing, we actually had our first contact within a couple of hours of our property being listed. Although we didn’t go with our first offer we did have 2 more offers the following week and with her help we accepted the 3rd offer. We would highly recommend Debbie to anyone that is looking for an agent.”

  • Kdrope2005

Mid Valley Ford

Mid Valley Ford offers superior sales and service for their valued customers. They are committed to serving their friends and customers, and look forward to hearing from you. Remember, it doesn’t have to be hard to buy a car. Mid Valley Ford, the easiest place to buy!

“Always Professional. Competitively priced. Give straight and honest answers. Mid Valley changed my views about having vehicles serviced at a Dealer.”

  • Anthony C.

 

“The Friendly and Professional staff at Mid Valley Ford made our long distance vehicle purchase easy and pleasant. After finding the PERFECT car online at Mid Valley Ford in Dallas, Oregon, Gage Burr promptly responded to my emailed inquiry and a deal was sealed to everyone’s satisfaction. Within a week I was driving the convertible down Coast Highway 101 back home to Tucson, AZ. Mike, Sherry, Gage, Dee and everyone at Mid Valley Ford have our heartfelt thanks for this GREAT buying experience!”

  • Lillian D.

 

“I dropped by to schedule an oil change and tire rotation on my 2013 f-150. The entire staff was very friendly. The work was done in a timely manner. I mentioned that a letter came in the mail about a recall on a brake item. Kelly immediately researched the recall, ordered the part, and scheduled the work.”

  • RICHARD S.

 

Identity Theft Prevention at the Office

Do not share your login credentials.

Not with the public, your coworkers, or even the Service Desk. What happens while you are logged in is your responsibility.

Change default passwords.

Always change standard or factory passwords immediately. This applies to company-issued cell phones, PCs, email services, voicemail, FTP servers, members-only websites, routers, etc. Check your password strength at www.howsecureismypassword.net. Never use the same password on multiple sites.

Do not use your person email for business.

Or it may be subject to management scrutiny and public records requests. Don’t forward business emails to your personal email. Likewise, do not use your business email for personal use.

Do not use your personal business email to correspond with clients.

Instead of first.lastname@oregon.gov, use a generic email, such as info.dcbs@oregon.gov, especially if a client is belligerent. In some cases, you may want to use your first name only. Check with you manager.

Avoid putting confidential information in email chains and group emails.

“As much as necessary, as little as possible.” Best practice: truncate Social Security Numbers and medical records in your communication. Even better: Use a generic ID, such as a policy account, or case number.

Track and report incidents

“Incident” definition: Confidential information is disclosed to a person not authorized to see it, or used for an unauthorized purpose. Internal and external reporting may be required, e.g., to the client, your manager, administrator, CIO, Attorney General’s office, or credit reporting agencies.

If you telecommute, don’t use personally-owned devices for business.

E.g., PCs, fax, printer, cell phone, text messaging. This opens up your devices to public records requests and searches by management, even if you have a BYOD agreement. If prosecution ensues, your device could be seized as evidence. Talk to your manager if you don’t have the tools you need. Is your family home? Remember, they’re not authorized to see or overhear confidential information.

Keep confidential information safe during transport

Confidential information transported in vehicles by employees should be logged, inventoried, kept locked and out of-sight when the employee is not in the vehicle. Use point-to-point receipt for mailing if necessary (UPS, FedEx). Use tamper-proof packaging. Always ship password separately from encrypted media.

Let clients know what the agency will and won’t do with their data.

“Privacy involves each individual’s right to decide when and whether to share personal information, how much information to share, and the particular circumstances under which that information can be shared. Privacy is more than security, however, and includes the principles of transparency, notice, and choice.”

Meet with clients in transparent settings.

Don’t let conversations be overheard by fellow clients, coworkers, etc. Stay within view of others. Be aware of appearances. Be safe.

Become a Great Communicator

Every living being communicates. Dogs bark, birds sing, and primates use hand gestures and noises akin to speech. Effective communication is needed in all areas of life. Paul Meyer describes communication best when he says, “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal career success.” While basic communication skills are inherent, advanced skills that lead one to becoming a great communicator takes practice.

Effective communication begins with listening. Too many times, people are either thinking about their responses or about something else entirely, and they fail to completely listen to the other person. By doing this, you lose focus on the conversation and may find out, in embarrassment, that your response is completely off base. When you are not listening, you are creating a one-sided conversation that shows others that you really do not care about what they have to say. Showing a genuine interest in learning what others think and feel about any matter they find worth discussing will place you in a position to be the one they go to for encouragement and to brainstorm solutions to difficult problems – because what you say in response will all of a sudden matter, too.

Focusing on your interactions shows respect. Checking emails, texting, or engaging in social media while in a conversation is rude. Great communicators respect those they are with by putting away or turning off their electronic devices when engaged in conversation. One-on-one conversations are becoming a lost art because of the ease of technology. Eliminate the distractions and hone in your listening skills.

When communicating to anyone be specific. Make your message clear. Doing so ensures that you are heard and understood in the way you intended. If giving instructions, provide details in order to avoid confusion and ensure better outcomes. When setting up appointments, be specific about your availability and give details about the time, location, who else will be in attendance. Frustration occurs when specific details are not shared and people have to go back and do something that could have easily been done correctly the first time.

While being specific is very important, it is also important to simplify your message. Make certain that what you are communicating is understandable. If the thought is confused in your mind, it will most certainly be confusing to the person you are communicating with. Take the time to think through what you need to convey. Pauses should not be feared, especially if that pause helps you communicate your point clearly and more effectively.

Finally, ask questions. Great communicators ask questions and they are not afraid to get specific. Taking a genuine interest in learning more about people and what they think, feel, and experience helps keep the conversation going and shows that you are engaged. People appreciate it when someone wants to get to know them better and the knowledge gained through great interactions can help you further yourself both personally and professionally.

Effective communication is a great skill for everyone to have. It is also a necessary skill in order to get along successfully in the world around you. It is a lost art by many that can be easily revived by practicing your listening skills, being specific, and asking questions.

Fowler Homes

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.

James W. Fowler co. was founded in 1972 by James and Candace Fowler. Beginning with a single bulldozer, Jim began building logging and farming roads in the Coast Range. With additional growth came the opportunity for larger projects located throughout Oregon, Washington, and California.

Today, James W. Fowler Co. is a diversified general contractor providing heavy civil and tunneling construction solutions for clients across North America. Since their inception, they have based their business on three core values; Excellence, Integrity, and Service with regard to their clients, subcontractors, and employees.

Not only is Fowler Homes dedicated to building quality homes, but we are also involved in land development and other ventures creating viable neighborhoods to better communities.

Their greatest desire is that your Fowler built home will exceed your expectations and be…

“Your Home for Living!”

http://fowlerhomesinc.com/

Cross Creek Golf Course

An exquisite and challenging eighteen hole layout, Cross Creek combines traditional as well as links style golf.

This eighteen hole track is located in the Mid-Willamette Valley just thirteen miles west of Salem on Highway 22. Cross Creek is becoming one of the most popular courses in the Mid-Willamette Valley. At 6,900 yards, the course features a relaxing and pleasurable experience for any caliber of player. Cross Creek Golf Course has always been known as a family-friendly oriented golf course, and is the 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.

Ken’s Tip of the Month:

Controlling the speed of your putts.

Putting looks so simple, but once you are on a real-life golf course the putting greens take on a whole new dimension. The cup looks smaller and the target a lot farther away. There is no magic tip that will get you stroking every putt just right, but practicing and playing regularly will help you develop feel in relatively short order. Every time you practice, set aside at least tent to fifteen minutes for putting. Start from close range to long range, getting each putt within 2 or 3 feet should be your primary goal. Don’t worry about making putts from this distance. Practice putting uphill, downhill, and side hill. You will quickly learn to trust your mind to gauge the effect of slopes on the speed of your putts.

Good Luck and remember, the purpose of this game is to have fun!

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