Dallas Downtown Association

Dallas Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome our new member, Dallas Downtown Association!

The Dallas Downtown Association, or DDA, exists to foster a vibrant downtown at the heart of our city. With beautiful buildings, safe and clean streets, and engaged business owners, Dallas has all the ingredients needed for thriving downtown district.

The Dallas Downtown Association works toward a revitalized downtown by sponsoring enhancements to the physical appearance of downtown such as murals reflecting Dallas history and the restored Blue Garden sign. Dallas Downtown Association also contributes with cleanup and landscape work on the downtown streetscape, and producing or contributing to special events designed to raise awareness and attract visitors to our historic downtown district.

The mission of the Dallas Downtown Association is to encourage and inspire the arts, restoration, economic vitality and community spirit in the historic downtown district.

The Dallas Downtown Association invites you to reflect on the importance of a vital, healthy downtown district. Our downtown was in the past and can be again the heart of our community. The benefits of revitalizing downtown Dallas are exciting to contemplate.

As the traditional symbol of our community, the downtown district not only expresses our history but also speaks to our potential. As the central core of Dallas, our downtown should welcome and nurture retail businesses and help reinvest revenue from those businesses back into our community.

Increasing the availability of goods and services downtown will in turn attract visitors and increase foot traffic, giving citizens and visitors a shared place to congregate. The creation and retention of new jobs in downtown Dallas will reflect positively on our community’s image and give a boost to property values as well.

The Dallas Downtown Association is a key player in promoting a vital, active downtown in Dallas. Being a DDA member offers numerous benefits. This includes a powerful voice in Dallas’ downtown revitalization, and downtown networking opportunities. Marketing opportunities through Dallas Downtown Association social medial exposure. You receive first access to DDA events, sponsorship opportunities, and participation in promotions. They encourage members to participate in planning specific to downtown projects, with opportunities to attend Oregon Main Street training events and workshops at a free or reduced rate.

They welcome anyone who shares their passion to renew and re-energize downtown Dallas!



Take A Hike Day

“It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains, deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” – Cheryl Strayed

National Take a Hike Day is observed annually on November 17th. With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.
Events around the country are scheduled tomorrow to celebrate Take A Hike Day. Hiking can burn between 400 and 550 calories per hour. What better way to get a head start on all those ‘other’ holiday temptations and observe Take a Hike Day? Be sure to wear good shoes, take a snack and bring a buddy, but get out there and enjoy the fresh air, scenery and get a little exercise to boot!

We in Dallas are lucky enough to live minutes away from the beautiful Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. With over four trails to choose from you can select the trail best fits you. The Highway 22 wildlife viewing kiosk is a great place to stop to view the hundreds of migrating waterfowl that use the wetlands of Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. Canada geese, cinnamon teal, mallards, bufflehead and hooded mergansers are just a few of the species that you will see during the winter months. Look for great blue herons and shorebirds along the water’s edge. Bald eagles and red-tailed hawks can be seen flying over the refuge.

Take a Hike Day was established by the American Hiking society to encourage groups of families and friends to get out into the wild and really get a taste of what it means to be away from it all again. Hiking is something that really helps to rebuild our connection with nature, and helps to maintain healthy hearts and bodies as well.

Hiking should not be an affair that one rushes through, nor should one idle their way through the journey, instead on should listen to their heart and body, and when restlessness strikes head out for the distant hills, and when weariness sets in let the body rest and take in the environment.

Take A Hike Day reminds us that we are creatures of the wild as well as creatures of civilization, and sometimes it does our wild heart good to be taken home again and get out into the wild.



The Inspiring Story of Independence Grill and Bar & Shop Small Saturday

Novembers Chamber Luncheon is a unique and exciting one. Gregg Peterson from Independence Grill and Bar will be discussing his journey to business man. Downtown Dallas Association as well as the  Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center will be launching this years Shop Small Saturday.

Independence Bar and Grill is the product of a boys dream from the early age of nine years old. With Gods blessing this dream came true in December of 1998. Independence Grill and Bar is not only a childhood dram, but also a lifelong passion. They are committed to serving their customers and community by providing excellent food at great prices.

“This place is amazing! You can tell the staff all work well together. Food is always perfect. I love how the owner takes time out of his busy schedule to walk out front and ask his customers how the service is and if they are enjoying themselves. This place has become one of our family’s favorite place to eat.” – Rhonda

Their mission is to provide great food, provide great service to their customers, and to be of service to their community.

Shop Small Saturday is a shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. It is a counterpart to Black Friday, and Cyber Monday which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores. By contrast, Shop Small Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Help attract customers on Shop Small Saturday and show off your Shop Small pride with posters, email templates, and social posts. They’re free, easy, and available now! Reach out to local small businesses in our community and encourage them to join us this chamber luncheon to pick up their Shop Small Saturday products!

So come down to Dallas Retirement Village to spend an hour with Gregg Peterson, learning how through struggles and obstacles Independence Grill and Bar came to be. We all face challenges in every stage of owning and operating a business. Learn some of the signs that one is approaching, and get suggestions on how to avoid them.   Then join us in the Chapel as we kick of Shop Small Saturday, pick up your goodie bags for shopping, or your merchandise for your business!

Polk Community Development Corp

Polk Community Development Corporation is dedicated to serving the needs of the low and moderate income residents of Polk County. They provide housing and programs for families, children, senior citizens, ad persons with disabilities and other special needs.

Many of their programs are restricted to households making less than 80% of the Area Median Income based on their household size. However, other programs – including their classes and counseling – are available to anyone who lives or works in Polk County. Explore their website or contact their office to find out if you might qualify for a particular program.


  • Housing development by Polk CDC has brought an estimated $20 million into Polk County to provide housing for hundreds of individuals, families, and children.
  • Manages a $3.2 million Revolving Loan Fund that has assisted over 800 families with $8.5 million in home repairs.
  • Developed 186 units of affordable rental and lease-to-own housing, 85 of which are currently self-managed by Polk CDC.
  • Created and supported over 10,000 jobs in Polk County resulting from new constructions and rehabilitation activities.
  • Designated as a Regional Housing Center in partnership with the Housing Authority of Yamhill County providing financial and homeownership education.
  • Hosting two to three sites for Summer Lunch Program starting in 2009 serving over 100 lunches daily to children for eight weeks during a year. These programs also host an After School Program with snacks and homework help.
  • Manages The Carol Hensley Memorial Children’s Fund which has helped 230 children in affordable and subsidized housing with small grants to cover dental and medical care, school clothes and supplies, participation fees for school sports, arts and music, and attendance at camps.
  • Designated as Community Housing Development Organization
  • Partner in collaborative to establish Valley IDA Program, now the largest IDA network in the country with 60 member organizations.
  • Graduated 26 participants through the IDA Asset Development Program
    • 1 youth, 2 business, 3 education and 20 homeownership)
    • 13 additional savers currently enrolled
  • Graduated 20 families from Lease-To-Own/Buyback into homeownership.
  • Graduated 35 families from affordable housing developments into homeownership
  • Partner in collaborative to establish the MERIT micro-enterprise training program now serving Polk, Yamhill and Marion Counties.



R & J Mobility Services

R & J Mobility Services carries a full line of mobility equipment designed to suit your needs. But how do you know what is right for you? Their mobility consultants will be happy to work with you to help you understand your options. They offer:

  • New and Pre-Owned Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Sales
  • Sales, installation, service and repair on:

R & J Mobility Service understands that the purchase of a vehicle adapted for use by an individual with a disability is a big deal. Without the individual first familiarizing themselves in-person with the vehicle and its equipment can introduce many potential issues and risks. Since these modified vehicles usual have a level of custom components for safe and optimum usability, it is vital that the individual familiarize and interact with these components and equipment prior to committing to purchasing them. They will never pressure you into buying something you are not comfortable with. At R & J Mobility Service you are always welcome to come back as many times as you like to familiarize yourself with the vehicle and/or products that you are thinking of purchasing.

At R & J Mobility Services, their service department’s experienced technicians specialize in the installation, maintenance and care of the mobility products they sell. Whether you wheelchair accessible vehicle or adaptive equipment needs routine maintenance, warranty work or sophisticated repairs, their technicians can handle the job. Each of their technicians is knowledgeable of and certified by the manufacturer on the particular equipment to be installed, serviced, or repaired. This ensures that the people who know the vehicles best will service them and their equipment according to factory specifications.

They are always here for you. R & J Services understand that problems often arise at the most inconvenient times, so they provide customers with twenty-four hour, seven days a week service response. They have a system in place which allows customers easy access to an after-hours service telephone number. Their experienced team of technicians will respond to your service call promptly, and provide emergency assistance as warranted.

R & J Mobility Services are experts in finding mobility solutions. Their commitment to you is that you are fitted with the perfect mobility product. They promise it will fit you, your budget and your lifestyle. Contact R & J Mobility Services today to get started living your life with no limits.



Wings Mural

The City of Dallas is excited to celebrate Oregon’s motto Alis Volat Propiis, She flies with her own wings, with a unique and creative opportunity for the entire community.

A collaboration between local businesses, local artists and the City of Dallas. The project is designed to feature fresh new art from our local community.

The City of Dallas is looking for art entries for their City Wings mural project. All entries will be in an art show in fall 2019. Winning entries will become murals around Dallas. By use of negative space City of Dallas hopes to create an interactive experience for the community and the people who visit our lovely town. The wings will be separated by a human-sized space so as to invite people to step in between them and share their picture on social media.

“With interactive art, you don’t just look at it; you step in front of it and become something else,” Moreland, artist of Corvallis “Buteo Jamaicensis”

This contest consists of four age categories. Each age will be voted on via Facebook on the Dallas Community Bulletin Board and the City of Dallas pages ultimately determining three winners from each group. Twelve entries in total will be selected and painted around the community in spring 2020. Groups include kindergarten, fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, ninth through twelfth grade, and adults.

While no official decision has been made there is also a discussion of the runner ups being placed inside local businesses. This would be in the hopes to create a treasure hunt for tourists, and attract business to our local shops.

Design entry period begins November 1st and runs until January 17th. Community voting will begin January 18th and runs until March 15th. Winners will be announced at the March 18th City Council meeting.

If you are interested pick up a submission sheet from City Hall, the City of Dallas website, or Facebook. For any questions you may have or if you have a wall that you would like to donate to the Wings Mural please contact AJ at aj.foscoli@dallasor.gov.

Happy art making!



Chaos Never Dies Day

It sounds made up, but it’s not. Chaos Never Dies Day is a holiday on November 9th, grounded in the idea that the peace and quiet moments that we are all looking for don’t exist. It is a day to make the most of right now.

National Chaos Never Dies Day is a day of realization and coming to terms with the reality that chaos never dies. There is always something in life that is chaotic and a thorn in our shoe. We cannot completely eradicate chaos in our own lives – at home, school, and work – and in the world around us, where news of death and destruction seems to crush our spirits each day. But, there is a glimmer of hope on this day. Although there is a realization that all chaos will not dissipate, the day is meant as a day to help us deal with the chaos. It is a day to let a sense of calm wash over us despite it. It is a day to live our lives as well as we can, even though we know there will still be things we can’t change all around us. Chaos never dies. So what, we won’t let it get us down.

Celebrate the day by living your life the best you can, but if you slip up and make a mistake, or if something else goes wrong in the world, keep moving forward. Don’t let the chaos get to you and drag you down. Chaos never dies, but that does not mean we can’t move past it.

S & T Support would love to help tame the chaos that happens in our office. Tammy and Scott Noon work hard to help you develop a successful business plan for your company. Whether you are a startup, struggling, or established company, your business depends on realistic strategy. To make your business soar S & T Support will help you run your strategic plan with efficiency, and when it’s time to bring on extra hands, assist with choosing and leading a dynamic team. These processes are essential to your businesses success. S & T support also provides readily available, professional paralegal services, on an as-needed basis, means cost-effective assistance.

Running a business is hard enough, don’t go at it alone. Give S & T Support a call today.

By the way, you think your life is chaotic today, just wait until the holiday season arrives.



Wake Up Wednesday News

Beal Christmas Tree Farm

Beal Christmas Tree Farm is preparing for the holiday season! They will be opening this season the day after Thanksgiving. Beal will be open every Friday through Monday from 9 am to 4 pm. Beal is a choose and cut, simply point at the tree your family wants and they will send out a team to cut, carry, shake, and tie your tree. If it is a family tradition to cut down your tree, it is an available option. For businesses you can have your tree delivered to your office.

The shop is open and ready to help you prepare for the season. Wreaths can be custom made and waiting for you to take them home.



MV Advancements

Job assessment sites needed! What is it? A local business can become a job assessment site by providing the venue for short-term, trial work experiences to individuals in need of career exploration. These job tryouts can vary in time frame from one brief visit up to 120 hours of work that is completed at no cost to the employer. Skill assessments and direct supervision are provided by MV Advancements staff. Individuals participating in trial work experiences are covered under Oregon’s Workers Compensation Insurance, leaving business liability free.

What are the steps?

  1. Say, “Yes!”
  2. A job coach will schedule a time to come in and learn the particulars of the job needing done.
  3. The individual seeking assessment learns and performs the tasks under the direct supervision of the job coach.
  4. Pay nothing



Harvest Crossfit

After lasts months YoungPros nonprofit fair they have partnered with Sable house to help provide simple necessities that everyone needs. If you are interested in donating toilet paper, toothpaste, and any other household necessities then grab some on your next trip to the store and drop them off with Harvest CrossFit!




Lisa Preston with Advocare is getting ready to hold another Nutrition Class. If you are interest in learning what to eat, what to avoid, and proper portion sizes then come learn from one of the best! It will be held this Sunday, November 11th, at the Iron Jungle starting at 4 pm.



Visitors Center

Thank you to everyone who helped Trick N Treat come together. It was a wonderful family and community event with around 1,400 people in attendance. Thank you to our community for the candy donations, and to the hardworking Morrison Campus students! Jason Saunders was our lucky winner of the Chocolate for Charities drawing!

Winterfest is a month away! On November 15th the Visitors Center is looking for volunteers to help with our Winterfest lighting. We will be starting at 5:30 pm at Dallas Fire Department. Pizza will be provided for our helpful citizens!



Chamber of Commerce

Novembers Chamber Luncheon is approaching fast, and we will be continuing this year’s theme “Great things can come from small towns.” Gregg Peterson from Independence Grill will be discussing his journey through homelessness to business owner.

Many children in our community are in need of pajamas to wear at night. For children in the foster care system, that can also mean they are away from home, and away from family. United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is coordinating their 6th Annual Pajama Drive. Working with organizations in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties to provide pajamas for foster children and others needing pajamas. Bring your new pajamas for infants, toddlers, school-aged, and lots of teens to the Chamber of Commerce to donate!

Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is partnering with Christmas Cheer to supply families in need this holiday season with goodies. Bring your jar of peanut butter to our office and help those in need.


Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit

On November 6th, from 9 am to 2 pm we will gather at Dallas Retirement Village to grow as business and community leaders. Please join us for the first Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit.

What will the Summit entail?

We invite all leaders and their teams from the Mid-Willamette Valley to come learn how to implement proven methods for growing as a community of understanding.

Tickets are $77 per person.

What community doesn’t need better communication and more revenue?

We sense an urgency for increasing our region’s capacity to build relationships and increase the collective efficacy of the regional community. With that in mind, we are fulfilling our role as a community catalyst by launching the very first Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit.

We will gather on November 6th, 2018, at Dallas Retirement Village, for discussion of how we as business and community leaders, can lead from the front to become a community of outward thinkers and community of understanding. Along with our capacity to work together. We will share some out of the box ways to increase revenue.

We’ll learn about having an outward mindset by an organization that has a proven method to change lives and transform organizations.

In the afternoon session, we’ll hear from a procurement specialist who will share secrets to attaining contracts to increase your business revenue.



November 6, 2018

8:30-9 Check in

9-11:45 Arbinger Institute “The Outward Mindset” –  Arbinger makes the connection between behavior, mindset, and results. They will share proven work that equips people to understand and effect change at the level of mindset to change an organization’s culture, resolve conflict, and facilitate dramatically better organizational results.

11:45-12:30 Lunch (Included in your ticket)

12:30-2 Procurement – How can your business gain resources and contracts for growth?

  • Secretary of State Small Business Advocacy Team – structuring your business, business information and assistance cutting through red tape
  • Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity – the beneftis to becoming certified with the State of Oregon as a women-owned, minority-owned, service-disabled Veteran owned, or emerging small business.
  • Department of Administrative Services – the statewide procurement system where businesses can find contracting opportunities.  Get your product or service further than retail and walk in consumers. 
  • Government Contract Assistance Program – provides FREE help bidding and proposing on those government contracting opportunities
  • Department of Human Services-Oregon Health Authority – we buy goods and services, provide businesses with supports and incentives such as employment solutions, and work alongside community partners for sustainable solutions.  It’s not a question of whether you fit in, but where does your business fit in?
  • ODOT – they are much more than roadways… they are industry champions that spend millions with small businesses, how can your business be one of the next ones that ODOT buys from?

2-3 Sponsors, Chamber Executive Team, Arbinger Speakers, Procurement Team EXCLUSIVE Mixer


You’ll receive:

  • Valuable insight from trained individuals
  • Outward Mindset Curriculum and practical implementable tools
  • Direct links to attaining contracts for increasing your revenue and how to stay on the radar for more
  • Catered Lunch on site


Register now at https://midwillametteleadershipsummit.eventbrite.com/

Dallas Adopt A Family

The Dallas Adopt a Family Committee would like to thank you for supporting us and taking the time to give back to our Dallas community. In 2017 over 200 families and 12 youth were adopted totaling more than 1,000 individuals, including 622 children.  

The holidays are just around the corner and we know our community needs will be high this year. If you are able, we are asking for your help to adopt a local family by providing food for a Christmas meal and gifts for each child in the home. If you are unable to shop, but would still like to adopt a family, monetary donations are welcome. We have volunteers that will take care of the shopping and wrapping for you.

In November, we will be registering families in need of assistance. As families register they will be matched with our generous donors. Donors can expect to receive their adoption packet no later than the first week of December.

If you are interested in adopting a family, please complete the online donor registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DAAFHelp  and return it to the Dallas Resource Center (182 SW Academy St. Suite 220). Donor registration must be completed and received no later than Thursday, November 29th at 5pm.

With your help, we can make this a wonderful Christmas for the families in our community.

Thank you,

 Dallas Adopt a Family Committee


Interested in volunteering? Simply complete the online form at the attached link above. Shopping Day will be held on Monday, December 17th, and Wrapping Day is Tuesday, December 17th.On December 19th Donors may drop off their wrapped gifts and foods. Thursday, December 20th volunteers will be assisting families as they pick up what the community has provided.

Donations are needed for wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, gift tags, laundry baskets, laundry detergent, toilet paper, and $25 Safeway and Walmart gift card. All donations can be dropped off at the Dallas Community Resource Center before December 18th.

Dallas Adopt a Family matches local families with community member, agencies, businesses, clubs, and churches who would like to “adopt” them for Christmas. Each adopted family receives food to prepare a Christmas meal and a gift for each child from ages zero to eighteen.