Don’t Be Uninformed

“What?! Donald Trump is President?”

That is not something you should say at a networking event. Before the event, catch up on what is happening in the world, nationally, locally, and in your industry. You should read up on global events and understand how they may affect your industry.

“Consider it your homework for building a more engaging personality and as a critical element in establishing your relevancy,” writes Heather Dugan on Salary.com.

Preparing for events, conferences, and meetings doesn’t just mean coming with a stack of freshly printed business cards. If you know certain people who are attending or speaking at an event who you know you’ll be interested in meeting, then you should do research on them ahead of time. When you do your homework, you can skip the small talk and get right into the meaningful conversation you are looking for in the first place.

“Time is the most valuable resource people can offer you, so respect it,” says Burke. “Do your homework on the person’s title, their background, their email address, their preferred mode of contact, and their career history. That way, your conversation via email, phone, or in-person can focus on the advice you need to help with, the subject matter you’d like to learn more about, or the organization you want to learn more about.”

In addition to coming prepared with questions for other people, prepare to answer the questions they’ll ask you. Practice your own pitch, as well as answering questions about your career goals.

Tomas Patton – Your Local Allstate Agent

Claim service so good, it’s guaranteed. No other insurance company makes the same promise. If you’re not happy with your auto claim, the Allstate Claim Satisfaction Guarantee means you’ll get your money back—no questions asked. And, it’s included for free with standard Allstate policies.

How does it work? If you’re thinking about taking advantage of the guarantee, there are a few things you should know. You must be an Allstate customer who has had a car accident after the date Claim Satisfaction Guarantee became available. Allstate must have made a payment on your claim, but you are not happy with the experience. At that point send a letter within 180 days of the accident detailing your complaint. Allstate will then give you a six-month credit on your car insurance premium for the car involved in the claim.

Allstate offers this guarantee because customer service and satisfaction is key to them. Tomas Patton embodies this company value right here in Dallas.

Tomas has gotten to know many local families as an Allstate agent in Dallas. He enjoys being a part of the community, and building local relationships is one of the best parts of his job. Tomas looks forward to getting to know you and helping you to find the solutions that meet your needs.

“I’m committed to helping Dallas residents assess their immediate and long-term needs and choose options that will help them achieve their goals. When you want to explore options for protecting your home, personal property, or financial future, I’m available to answer your questions. If you’re already a customer, I’m ready to review your coverage so that you can make any necessary adjustments to fit your changing needs. Call, email, or visit my agency in Dallas today.”

https://agents.allstate.com/tomas-patton-dallas-or.html?utm_source=GMB&utm_medium=Website

Mid Valley Ford

Mid Valley Ford now has all of their prices clearly posted on all of their new Ford inventory. No need to guess what it costs. All their customers have to do is ask for the latest rebates and incentives. Transparent pricing! Jeff Davenport, owner, likes to call it the “No Bicker Sticker!” Mid Valley Ford wants to make it so easy to get a new Ford.

Mid Valley Ford, is a the Ford dealer in Dallas offering new Ford Cars, Crossovers SUVs, Trucks, and Commercial Trucks, and quality pre-owned used vehicles. They strive to be the “Lowest Cost Value Leader New Ford Dealer” in Oregon. Mid Valley Ford provides a “No Charge” 2-year or 24,000-mile maintenance program with your purchase or lease of any new Fords from their dealership.

Search for all new 2017 and 2018 Fords, including C-MAX, Chassis Cab, E-Series Cargo Van, E-Series, Cutaway, Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, F-650-750, Fiesta, Flex, Focus, Fusion, Mustang, Stripped Chassis, SuperDuty, Taurus, Transit Connect, and Transit Van Wagon.

Find your dream car from their Ford Showroom of Cars, Crossovers, SUVs, Trucks, and Commercial Trucks; or search their new Ford Inventory to see what is on Mid Valley Fords lot, get new car pricing, and free Ford price quotes. View their used car inventory, including their pre-owned Ford vehicles. At Mid Valley Ford you are going to find “Real People, Real Value, Real Simple.”

https://www.midvalleyford.net/

Technical Genius Solutions

Technical Genius Solutions is your source for Computer repairs in Polk County and the surrounding areas. Technical Genius provides the latest in residential and commercial networking solutions, computer repair and maintenance. They have a team of certified technicians who will pin-point your problem, and get you up and running quickly and efficiently. Technical Genius Solutions can streamline your communications, boost your productivity, protect your system, and help you maintain your workflow all while saving you time and money!

Technical Genius does not limit themselves to just repairs however. They also host classes designed to educate seniors, business, and everyone in between on their products, as well as common issues. If you are looking to get your certification in A+, Technical Genius offers tutoring with an opportunity to earn an internship position!

So whether you have a desktop computer, a laptop or an office with a 100 users and multiple servers, you are in good hands with Technical Genius Solutions. No job is too big – or too small! They do it all backed by their 100% satisfaction guarantee, and will work to serve you and make you happy!

It is their promise to you that they will do whatever it takes to earn your respect and loyalty in this very competitive industry. Give them a call today, and let Technical Genius Solutions prove to you that they have what it takes to let your problems to be history!

https://tgsoregon.net/ 

Fowler Homes

Fowler Homes has been building homes for over a decade. Specializing in luxury custom homes, Fowler Homes creates homes for active adult living and affordable-style housing.  As an offshoot 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 in our community 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 all across North America. Since their inception, Fowler Homes has 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 for their clients, but they are also involved in land development and other ventures to help create 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/

Member Marketing

You might have seen information about chambers of commerce and wondered if it was worth it for your business to become a member. You don’t want to spend money on a membership that won’t help your business. One benefit that chambers of commerce provide their members is with free marketing opportunities.

Chambers are always looking for member-related news to share with the community through their own advertising networks and social media. Chambers rarely spend money advertising the chamber as an organization; they spend on advertising opportunities that members can utilize.

Many chambers of commerce run programs that welcome new businesses into the community. Plus, members receive an online listing with a link to help people find your business through Google searches. If you want to take full advantage of these perks, consider offering coupons or some kind of other promotional giveaway like water bottles featuring your logo. This could be helpful for people who are moving into the area or other people trying to find something cool to check out in the community. That sweet coupon or promotional gift gives you an edge over the competition!

Chambers of commerce have access to mailing lists that you wouldn’t be able to access otherwise. These are especially helpful if your business is primarily Business to Business, because you’ll be able to directly contact or visit the person in charge instead of throwing darts in the dark hoping to reach someone with buying power. Also keep in mind that chambers are more likely to refer members’ products and services over non-members’, which means you’ll also gain referral opportunities. It always helps to know someone, and the local chamber of commerce will help you build a network of people who have your back.

Beyond the paid advertising options, chambers also have ways to provide additional business promotion for free through monthly and annual awards, social media, regular enewsletters, and even printed materials. Amazingly, even some member businesses do not take advantage of the free marketing opportunities provided through chambers of commerce. Make sure you get the most out of your Chamber of Commerce membership.

5 Quick Tips to Optimize Your Chamber Profile!

Every member receives a free profile on dallasoregon.org website as part of your membership. Organizations with enhanced profiles are more likely to get viewed by potential customers, a huge benefit considering 81% of shoppers do online research before buying. You could be missing out on potential customers by not optimizing your profile. Why not take advantage of this powerful FREE benefit with these 5 enhancements?

  1. Keywords:Help customers find you! This piece is critical for pointing customers to your profile because, unless your product or service is in your business name, Chamber Master will not make the connection. List keywords that describe your business by choosing words or phrases that match your marketing strategy. What is your area of expertise? What products or services sets you apart from your competitors? Your keywords should be specific and help direct potential customers to your services.
  2. Results Summary Description:Think of this as your pitch statement or elevator speech. It is the first glimpse a customer will see of your business with a query in the business directory. Your summary will be listed beneath your business name in the public directory with other companies in your category so make a statement and stand out! (Hint: don’t get too wild, you only have 200 characters. Be succinct)
  3. Description:Expand upon your results summary description by highlighting the benefits of YOUR company. You have 1600 characters to convey your organization’s values, mission and what the heck you do! Earlier in this blog I mentioned customers are big on doing research before buying goods or services so use this opportunity to enlighten them. The description should act as your silent sales person.
  4. Highlights:This bulleted section allows customers to click through to your webpage for more information and help boost traffic to your site. Highlights can include credentials, testimonials, awards or niche products and services.
  5. Media:Add visual interest to your page by uploading photos and videos of your products, services and staff to help tell your story. Colored visuals increase a reader’s willingness to read content by 80% and it lends credibility to the work you do.

Optimizing your Dallas Chamber profile with Chamber Master is fast, easy and offers so many benefits. The more robust your profile, the more the views you will get will equate to more business for you. If you need help logging into your Chamber Master profile contact Sarah Javins at sarah@dallasoregon.org.

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.

Squirrels Taxi Service

With safe, friendly, and affordable rides twenty-four hours, seven days a week, Squirrels Taxi Service is the designated driver of Dallas.

It all started when the owner of Squirrels Taxi Service, Merlin Berkey, started offering rides to people at the local bars for a donation. Merlin’s reputation caught speed, and the city asked if he wanted to turn his driving service into a legitimate business. Now, Merlin enjoys being Dallas’ designated driver, so he can get to know the people of the community while ensuring that they arrive safely at their desired location.

Forget the big-name transportation apps, and ride with Squirrels Taxi Service, the preferred method of transportation for the locals of Dallas, and throughout Polk County. Safe, dedicated, friendly and hardworking, Squirrels Taxi Service holds the same characteristics as the beloved woodland creatures the company is named for.

Squirrels Taxi Service provides rides for any reason or occasion. Need a ride to an appointment? Squirrels Taxi Service can provide you with the medical transportation you need. Had too many drinks? They will be your designated drivers so the party never has to stop. Whatever reason you may need to get to and from, let Squirrels Taxi Service get you where need to be.

http://squirrelstaxi.com/

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