What is Public Policy & How Does the Chamber Fit In?

Public policy is best described as the broad area of government laws, regulations, court decisions, and local ordinances.

Today, government affects all aspects of our lives. Everyone has a stake in the public policies enacted by federal, state, and local governments. The fundamental activity of the Chamber of Commerce is to develop and implement policy on major issues affecting business.

Ensuring that laws and legislation remain conducive to the communities’ healthy and vibrant business climate is a top priority for the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber provides a structure for business leaders to communicate effectively with government. That is why the Chamber is your direct connection to local, state, and federal governmental officials and policy-makers. Through Public Policy programs, events, and committees, Chamber members have an opportunity to stay up to date on top business, civic, and social priorities.

The Public Policy Committee is charged by the Chamber Board of Directors to develop, articulate and reinforce the Chamber’s position as the voice of business in the Dallas area with local, state, and federal political and policy leaders. Through an integrated approach of developing public policy positions then proactively advocating for those positions with all levels of elected leadership, the Chamber is able to leverage the influence of its large and diverse membership to ensure that the voice of business is heard.

If you have any questions or concerns about public policy or legislatives that affect business’ you are encouraged to stop by your local Chamber.

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.

MAK Grills

MAK Grills is headquartered in Dallas and since 2009 has been manufacturing an award-winning line up of high quality pellet grills. One look at a MAK grill and you will instantly see they are miles ahead of the competition on quality and innovative features. MAK Grills is owned by a veteran husband and wife team who firmly believe in buying and selling American-made products and providing earning wage jobs for employees. They are the most award winning grill manufacturer in the country. There are MAK Grill owners in EVERY state of the Union.

In last April, MAK Grills 1 Star General model was awarded Best Backyard Smoker by AmazingRibs.com. Grills are selected based on quality, features, performance and value. This is the 6th year in a row that the 1 Star has been included in this who’s who of barbecue listing. AmazingRibs.com is the most visited barbecue website in the world getting more than 1 million page views each month. For cooking suggestions or to see a MAK Grill in action you can log onto their website, makgrills.com, or Facebook page, and watch their cooking videos.

“As an owner, I love the results and use the MAK nearly every weekend outside even during the winter months to smoke pork butts, brisket, and ribs, or to grill fish, burgers, chicken, tenderloins, etc. Thank you for making such a high quality product.”

“I am very impressed with the packaging of the MAK and the shipping company you used. Both are top notch. My other grill is a Primo. I purchased the MAK to do long cooks so that I can have more free time. I really enjoy the ease of cooking on this pellet grill.”

https://makgrills.com/

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/

NW Natural: Corporate Philanthropy

NW Natural and its employees have a long history of helping local communities become better places to live, work and learn. Our company is not just a place where people work, but also a place where people come to care.

Community investment: why we give

We grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and we feel a responsibility to give back to the communities we serve. Through our philanthropy program, NW Natural seeks to empower organizations that address critical needs in our service area.

Every year, many families and individuals are healthier, happier and stronger because of support from NW Natural and its employees.

From our community partners

  • The American Red Cross Cascades Region named NW Natural “Corporate Philanthropist of the Year” for 2014 for our sponsorship of the Get Ready events, plus a new program called Get Ready Nonprofits, which will help community organizations prepare for a natural disaster.
  • INCIGHT named NW Natural its “Partner of the Year.” INCIGHT’s mission is to unlock the potential of people with disabilities.
  • The Rotary Club of Portland named NW Natural one of its four finalists for the Oregon Ethics in Business Award.

For the seventh time in 10 years, NW Natural customers have given the company the highest overall score in the West for customer satisfaction among the nation’s largest utilities. A large portion of this ranking is due to corporate citizenship.

What we support

While NW Natural continues to support core institutions throughout Western Oregon and Southwest Washington, a significant amount of our philanthropic giving is focused on helping kids and families at risk.

These are some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. An investment in their well-being helps all of us.

https://www.nwnatural.com/

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!

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.

https://mvadvancements.org/about/updates/

Itemizer-Observer

The Polk County Itemizer-Observer is your local news source. We print Wednesdays to a circulation of roughly 4,000, and daily online, reaching more than 10,000 unique readers each week on our website. Our Classifieds are mailed out across the county to nearly 9,000 additional homes.

Back by popular demand, we will publish the Eagle Directories, updated with current listings for both business and residential. Call us to find out how to spotlight your business in this annual publication mailed to about 19,000 Polk County customers. Want to include your cellphone in the phone book? Let us know by emailing iosales@polkio.com.

Also coming up is our annual, award-winning Explore Polk County, with about 10,000 distribution in print. The publication also is linked on Travel Salem’s website, as well as found on our website. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your message out!

Got a story tip or want to submit a photo to Explore Polk County? Send it to ionews@polkio.com. We’re still searching for our cover shot – do you have a Polk County photo that could make the cut?

Deadlines on both of these publications is early May, but that will be here before you know it. Don’t delay, call today! 503-623-2373.

http://www.polkio.com

Seeking Volunteers To Work With Seniors

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is an independent state agency that serves long-term care facility residents through complaint investigation, resolution and advocacy for improvements in resident care.

An Ombudsman is an advocate, someone who will speak up for you and ask questions on our behalf. They can assist you in understanding your rights and getting the best possible care. Their service is free, confidential and they are happy to help. Don’t worry, facilities like working with them too – they solve small problems before they become large ones.

Certified Ombudsman Volunteers are independent citizen advocates who listen to and address the concerns of residents living in long-term care facilities. They investigate concerns and complaints, work with those involved to resolve problems, and help to ensure resident rights and dignity. Matters can range from the food service to issues with daily care. Respect for the residents, their privacy, and confidentiality in paramount.

Qualifications:

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, have available transportation, and be able to pass a criminal records check and the conflict of interest screening.

Commitment:

Four hours a week for one year.

Training:

An initial five-day certification training is provided in your community. Training includes classroom, self-study, and an in-facility visit. Ongoing training and support from staff is provided.

To learn more about volunteering, or to report a concern at a long-term care facility, call 1-800-22-2602 or visit www.oltco.org.