Chamber Luncheon

For our December Chamber Luncheon our CEO, JD Shinn, will be presenting “The State of the Chamber.” This is a great opportunity to not only learn about what we have been doing for you in the year 2018 while you are at work, but also learn what Chamber resources are available to you.

New members to the Chamber, or if you are taking over for a former business representative, you are highly encourage you to attend this Luncheon. We will be reviewing your Chamber Login, and how best to encourage your SEO, and get more click to your website. If you are not a Chamber member, but are considering becoming one “The State of the Chamber” is an excellent one to attend. We will cover what is a Chamber, and how we help you and the Dallas community. We also encourage any former Chamber members to attend and see what changes we have made to our organizations, thanks to conversations with you!

The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is designed to be a Catalyst, Convener, and Champion. We spark growth in business through programming and services that keep your business engaged in activities that move the Dallas Area towards a successful future. We provide unique opportunities for business leaders to influence civic, social and business initiatives that support community growth. We help build a strong community by connecting our broad and diverse members to people, entities and issues that are important to business success.

Before coming to Dallas, JD spent time on staff with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, where he participated in a workforce development project called the Career Achievement Network. While serving at Salem Chamber he went back to school to finish his Bachelor’s degree. Shinn earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management & Organizational Leadership from George Fox University. He is tasked with leading the Chamber and Visitor Center into casting a new vision. JD is a Dallas High School Graduate. He brings a passion for people and an attitude of servant leadership to the community.

This year we are very excited to share with you what we have done in the year 2018, what we see happening in the future, and hearing from you what you want to see.

“Improving Our Community, One Business at a Time.”

 

https://dallasoregon.org/

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.

Thanks to the generosity of the Dallas community we have about 108 families adopted so far but need at least 115 more to meet our anticipated need. If you have a bowling group, office group, or other group that could work together to adopt a small, medium or large family to provide a food box and gifts for children, you can sign up still.

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).

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.

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley

Change does not happen alone. Hope is not a one-man band. Resilience does not happen without help. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United.

At United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley they focus on supporting our friends and neighbors in need, because we all benefit when we each have an opportunity to reach our full potential. They work together with businesses, government, schools, faith groups, individual community members, and nonprofits – because it takes the whole community to get the kind of results we need.

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley strives to go beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, they impact thousands of lives every year. The generosity of their donors and commitment of the community partners enables them to provide grants for outcome based programs and collaborative projects that address core needs and achieve lasting, measurable results.

United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley strives to make an impact in our community. Recently they donated money to every class room in Dallas to make sure teachers had the funds they need to teach our children instead of paying out of their own pockets for classroom supplies. Now United Way is holding a pajama drive for Dallas foster children. Aren’t new pajamas just wonderful? United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley thinks so, and they are working to provide over 1,000 local displaced children or children in crisis with a new pair of jammies. It seems like such a small thing, but sometime the comfort of a small gift can make a bid difference. New pajamas are needed for children of all ages, but teenagers in particular. You can drop off your donations at the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center office on Court Street where they will be distributed to local Polk County foster children in time for winter.

“Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it’s my responsibility to make it better.”

  • Tom McCall, former Governor of Oregon

 

https://www.unitedwaymwv.org/

Wake Up Wednesday News

Technical Genius Solutions

Is your computer running slow? Tempted to use your laptop as a Frisbee? This week only, Technical Genius Solutions is running a free computer diagnosis special. Bring your computer in and they will work hard to have it running like new!

https://tgsoregon.net/

 

West Valley Taphouse

Tap Takeover Thursday! Gigantic Brewing will be in the house from 6 pm to 9 pm showing off their beers and giving away free swag. While you are enjoying a good beer to order the Food Special; Roasted Squash Fondue. Roasted acorn squash filled with a Gruyere and Emmenthaler beer cheese fondue and breadcrumb topping!

Saturday is Timbers Championship Game at 5 pm. Wear your Timers colors for $1 off all drinks during the game!

West Valley Taphouse Christmas Tree is up! This year West Valley is holding a pajama drive. Help United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley give foster children a new set of pajamas this holiday season. You have until December 16th to get your pair under the tree.

Guys Shopping Night is coming up! West Valley Taphouse has partnered with Main St. Emporium to provide a way to have your beer, and get your holiday shopping done without spilling a drop. Main St. Emporium vendors will be visiting West Valley Taphouse to help pick out, pay, and gift wrap your gift to the special people in your life. Come on down!

http://westvalleytaphouse.com/

 

YoungPros

The last YoungPros of the 2018 series will be held this December 12th, at Focal Point Photography. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Gene Henshaw with Public Policy about how important it is that business members be involved in Public Policy.

YoungPros was able to assist with a scholarship that helps local Dallas High School students attend college. If you would like to help sponsor this scholarship then reach out to them. This is a great opportunity to support our community.

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/young-pros-networking-2323

 

Washington Federal

The Giving Tree is up! This year Washington Federal will be helping CASA children. If you would like to help a family this holiday season, then stop on by and pick up a tag. Washington Federal Giving Tree will be running until December 21st.

https://www.washingtonfederal.com/locations/oregon/dallas

 

City of Dallas

Adopt of Family is still looking for sponsors. They have about 108 families adopted so far but need at least 115 more to meet their anticipated need. If you have a bowling group, office group, or other group that could work together to adopt a small, medium or large family to provide a food box and gifts for children, you can sign up by going to www.surveymonkey.com/r/DAAFHelp. Thank you for your Generous support!

 

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce

State of the Chamber is the theme of our next Luncheon. Hear from JD, CEO, about what we have been busy working on this year while you are at work. This is also a great opportunity for our new members to learn what resources are available to them via Chamber Login, and Chamber staff. Don’t miss this chance to put “one more bullet in your Chamber.”

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/chamber-luncheon-2332

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley Pajama drive is still going. Our box is about half way full, but knowing our Dallas community we expect to see it over flowing. Bring in your new pajamas for infants, toddlers, kids, or teenagers before December 17th!

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is providing Christmas Cheer with peanut butter. They help those in need enjoy holiday food shopping Christmas Eve, and is a wonderful program. Drop off your jar of peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, before December 23rd.

 

Dallas Area Visitors Center

Santa Clause is coming to town!

Join us as we kick off the holiday season on the beautiful Polk County Courthouse lawn with Santa, tree lighting with our Mayor and First Citizen, food trucks, Christmas vendors, live music, hot cocoa, cookies, and more! This year we will be celebrating a good ol’ fashioned holiday season, complete with a Christmas Carol “sing-along.

Shop some great vendors such as Beal’s Christmas Tree Farm, Oregon Snowballs, Paparazzi, Banners by Jules, Scentsy, Color Me Shabby, Color Street, The Hat Place, and so many more!

Come on down for a jolly fun time and don’t miss your chance to visit the Big Man in Red!

For more information contact Shelly jones at (503) 623-2564 or at events@dallasoregon.org.

Polk County Warming Centers

Warming centers are not a new idea; we’ve even had them in Polk County in the past. The reason for our current model is to provide a sustainable way of offering safe and warm places year after year without overburdening any one faith community or resource partner. This conversation started between a couple of pastors in Monmouth in October 2017. Although they were not able to open that season, the ball started rolling. The county stepped in and applied for a grant, which we were generously awarded from the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency – more than double the amount asked for! You can read more about the new model and goals for this Winter season in the Statesman Journal article attached below.

 

FAQs

When are you open?

When the low temperature is forecasted to drop to 32F or below for a period of three nights, the Warming Center activates on that first night. Intake is from 7-9 pm. The center is open until 7 am.

Where is the Warming Center located?

They are scheduling host sites throughout Monmouth, Independence, Dallas, and Falls City. These are churches and other facilities open to the public. Each location will be on call for a two-week period.

I’m in another town and don’t have transportation. How can I get there?

They can help! Transportation is available with an hour’s notice on the days they are active. They want you to be able to get to the warming center and back to your community the next morning.

What about all my stuff?

For everyone’s safety, they ask that you leave all bags, luggage, and back packs with them when you check in. They will label them with your name and secure them in a safe space until you check out. Please do not bring any weapons, drugs, or alcohol to the warming center.

What area(s) do you serve?

Rural Polk County, Oregon (basically everything outside of West Salem)

I have kids. Are families welcome?

Yes! Kids are welcome with a parent or guardian. For unaccompanied youth under the age of 18, they will work with law enforcement or DHS to contact relatives or find alternative shelter as needed.

What about pets?

Well-behaved animals are welcome, but must be kenneled while inside the building. Crates and food/water provided.

Can you use donations?

Yes! Instant decaf coffee/tea, bullion, gloves, beanies, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags, and other wintery-warm items are especially appreciated. They receive donations at the Dallas Resource Center and distribute from there as needed.

Thanks for your support!

 

https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2018/07/13/homeless-crisis-warming-shelters-salem-community/772209002/\

A Note from the CEO

First of all I would like to thank our Chamber of Commerce members for their investment in the Chamber. Doing what we do for the community is important. It is their time, talents, and treasure investments that make it possible for us to accomplish what we do for you while you are at work.

2018 has been quite a year with many changes and upgrades. Below are a few highlights:

  • Scholarships for students who are wishing to study business were awarded through Young Pros
  • We began Wake Up Wednesday to meet members’ desire for increased connectivity
  • Hosted our 61st Annual Community Awards Banquet
  • 15 new members to date
  • Continued improvements to the Chamber of Commerce website and its value to you
  • New Online Journal began – a blog designed to keep you informed and amplify our search engines
  • Worked within the region to improve Tourism with Polk County Tourism Alliance
  • Created new video marketing for Dallas with Workforce Development Internship with Dallas High School
  • Hosted the first annual Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit
  • Created new value – added and repackaged membership structure

By restructuring your membership investment we have packaged things for your convenience based upon what your normal participation and interests are. You will notice, therefore, that the investment rates have changed accordingly. For a clearer look at what your membership now includes, take a look at our website and scroll to the bottom to thumb through the new Investment Menu. You will notice that it has got a few things to finalize, including the addition of a marketing campaign called ‘Dallas Live!’ but we wanted to share it with you, and our Chamber members.

As always, we are here to help and discover how we can best serve you and our community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Some of you have asked for them already, and yes 2019 membership investment invoices and a stats sheet are on their way out for those of you with a January billing date.

Thank you for supplying us with the opportunity to serve Dallas by being a Catalyst, Convener and Champion for Dallas to be known as a great place to live, work and play.

 

https://dallasoregon.org/

2018 Dallas Winterfest

Have you made your Christmas list? If not, get it ready to give to Santa at the 2018 Dallas Winterfest!

The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all of his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century. The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation.

The Dallas Area Visitors Center is proud to host Dallas’s annual Winterfest celebration, scheduled for Friday, December 7th from 5 pm to 8 pm. This annual event draws around 2,000 community members.

Join us as we kick off the holiday season on the beautiful Polk County Courthouse lawn with Santa, tree lighting with our Mayor and First Citizen, food trucks, Christmas vendors, live music, hot cocoa, cookies, and more! This year we will be celebrating a good ol’ fashioned holiday season, complete with a Christmas Carol “sing-along”. Don’t miss your photo opportunities for every child with Marion-Polk County Princesses and Santa Claus!

Shop some great vendors such as Beal’s Christmas Tree Farm, Oregon Snowballs, Paparazzi, Banners by Jules, Scentsy, Color Me Shabby, Color Street, The Hat Place, and so many more!

Come on down for a jolly fun time and don’t miss your chance to visit the Big Man in Red!

For more information contact Shelly jones at (503) 623-2564 or at events@dallasoregon.org.

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.

http://bealchristmastreefarm.com/Beal_Christmas_Tree_Farm_2_.html

 

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

https://mvadvancements.org/

 

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!

http://www.harvestcrossfit.com/

 

Advocare

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.

www.YouBeGreater.com

 

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!

www.exploredallasoregon.org

 

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.

www.dallasoregon.org

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.

 

Agenda:

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.