Dallas Grocery Outlet

Did you know our Wine Department is stocked with 100’s of bottles at everyday low prices? We receive multiple shipments throughout the month so the vintages are always changing. Our next Wine Tasting will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 1-4pm. We’ll be sampling some light and refreshing varieties just in time for summer!

At Grocery Outlet, they love their brands. Like, really love them. That is why they work so hard every day to bring their customers the brands they love at prices that are nothing short of pure bliss. In fact, Grocery Outlet has been helping customers save big since 1946. That is when their founder Jim Read opened his very first store, selling military surplus at deep discount prices.

Jason and Sandy Thornton, owners of our new Dallas Grocery Outlet, say that in is their privilege to offer fresh, healthy options to Dallas at low prices saving their customers each and every time they shop at Grocery Outlet.

Be sure to visit Dallas Grocery Outlet this Saturday, June 15th and see what they have to offer our community. While you are there be sure to stop by the Wine Department between 1 and 4 to try their light and refreshing wine varieties.

https://groceryoutlet.com/

Reason # 64,890,479,465 to Join the Chamber: Enjoy Low-Cost Continuing Education

Many small businesses, especially new startups, can’t afford the cost of attending a well-known conference, hiring training professionals, or even paying for online business courses. Luckily, your local Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce frequently hosts trainings on a wide variety of business topics, giving you a low-cost alternative.

One such event is our monthly education and networking luncheon. The monthly Speaker Series Luncheon is a great way to stay in the know and network with fellow local business professionals. Each month we have featured topic and speakers scheduled, with the goal of helping to keep you in the know and improve your business. Chamber Luncheons are on the 3rd Monday of every month, unless otherwise specified, from 12 pm to 1 pm.

Another such opportunity is the Polk County Young Pros. While designed as an after-hours social event with refreshments, prizes, and networking Young Pros does incorporate education. At least once a quarter Young Pros strives to incorporate topics that are of business importance such as online security, and the importance of public policy. Young Pros meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

Finally, Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit. This is a day event that is aimed at growing as business’ and as community leaders. Topics last year included learning how to implement proven methods for growing as a community of understanding, and opportunities for business’ in any field to work with the government. We look forward to announcing this year Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit soon!

Fowler Homes

Fowler Homes, LLC is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the 2019 Home Builders Association of Marion & Polk County’s Tour of Homes. The tour will begin on Saturday, June 15th, continuing daily through Sunday, June 23rd. Hours are daily 6 PM to 9 PM and weekends Noon to 6 PM. We invite you to visit our model home and see what’s happening in Dallas!

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.

Fowler Homes, LLC is part of the Fowler Companies, which includes residential construction, heavy civil construction, equipment rental, land development and investment, and other ventures in the mid-Willamette Valley. Started in 1972, the Fowler Companies have grown from a local small firm specializing in civil construction projects into one of the largest family-owned and -managed groups of companies in the area. The Fowler Companies all share a commitment to excellence, integrity, and service in all facets of the projects in the communities we serve.

http://fowlerhomesinc.com/

Washington Federal Financial Literacy Programs

Save at School-This program for students is our biggest outreach currently. We partner alongside Faith Christian School and have worked in the past with Dallas Community School for this program. We visit the schools on a monthly basis to see the kids and collect deposits for their accounts, which we take back to the bank for them. We also have conducted small sessions for groups of kids at these levels to talk about saving and do fun activities about banking. We haven’t currently worked with any of the larger public elementary schools in Dallas, but would love the opportunity to work alongside classrooms and schools.

Seniors Financial Class-Currently we also host a monthly class with the Dallas Senior Center offering financial advice and information about scams to the local seniors. This has been a great opportunity for some of our older clients and Dallas residents to get a more personal look at some of their finances, keep them in the loop with some of the most pressing and popular scams that could be presented to them, and ask lots of questions about trusts; powers of attorneys; setting up accounts; and making sure they are financially set.

Financial Beginnings– We partner with a company called Financial Beginnings that works with local schools across Oregon to bring financial literacy to students of all ages. The Dallas branch are all certified volunteers and hosts through this program. Teachers can reach out and ask for specific classes, times, and curriculums and we fill the need or we can offer the courses to schools. The program covers lots of topics and is very flexible for the classes and what they need for their setting.

MoneySmart- MoneySmart is a program that our bank developed for different age levels. (elementary-adult) We have all the curriculum available in the branches and can customize it to certain groups or settings. I’ve used bits for some of our Save at School learning sessions and we’ve utilized some topics for our seniors, but we have yet to find a group we can actively use this with. This would be a great free financial program for a community class, schools, or groups. We haven’t currently been presented with a need for it, but should we get an interested party in presenting a financial class or group we would definitely be able to conduct something for our community.

FinStrong-This is a program still in the works that our bank is developing. One of our banks goals is not just offering typical banking services to our clients, but also recognizing that budgeting and banking can be tough and wanting to equip our clients with the right tools and expertise to thrive financially. Right now all employees are going through the program for a trial run to get a feel for the program and also make sure that we are equipped to guide our clients with the right resources they need.

Heartland Merchant Services/Payroll/POS Systems- Washington Federal partners with a company called Heartland to offer amazing value and prices with merchant services, payroll, HR services, and POS terminals for all business types. This is something that we are really passionate about trying to spread to our business community as we have been able to save many businesses money, bring more value, and get people out of long locked in contracts with their current providers. We have two local reps that work to have conversations with businesses at no obligation just to see if they could bring any extra value to a business. This would even be a great comparison tool for current businesses or people looking to start in the area. It is something we offer to everyone, not just clients of Washington Federal. I cannot rave enough about these services and how they’ve helped local businesses in Dallas. Businesses could just come into the branch of give us a call to have us personally get them in touch just to talk with someone to help understand their current situation and how they could possibly find better solutions through Heartland.

Notary Services- We offer FREE notary services to clients and non-clients. Jana Peckham is our branch notary and is happy to assist anyone with notarizing and witnessing documents, no appointment necessary.

Mortgage and Business Loans-Washington Federal offers mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit, construction and remodeling loans, refinancing, and lot loans for people. We also offer business lines of credit, commercial real estate loans, and term loans for expansions and improvements. Debbie our branch manager has been working with the company for over thirty years and is well skilled in finding the best loan options for anybody who walks in through the door.

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

The Independence Hotel Opening Soon!

“Experience what brought pioneers to the valley over 200 years ago and the richness that has survived and thrived all that time.  The Independence Hotel will provide the place for you to start your exploration.  Whether you are in town for the wine, beer, cycling, river adventure, education, or events, the Independence provides the perfect place to relaxation and gathering.”

A boutique hotel is coming to Independence this year, the latest development in a broader effort to revitalize the city’s historic downtown.

The Hotel at Independence Landing broke ground at 15 C St. near the Willamette River and Riverview Park on Monday, March 12 and opens in July 2019.

Gresham-based Tokola Properties, which is building the hotel, also will construct more than 120 apartments in the years following the hotel opening as part of a three-phase development, said Dwight Unti, the company’s president. Plans also call for a series of townhouses.

Developers have geared the Independence Hotel toward wine tourism enthusiasts, business guests, visitors to Western Oregon University and cyclists riding the Willamette Valley.

Bicyclists will be able to take advantage of a 24-space bicycle repair room with tools. The hotel will include an outdoor bike-washing area, Unti said, and rooms will have spaces to park bicycles.

Boutique hotels tend to be smaller than other mainstream hotels. The Independence hotel, featuring “warm and contemporary” architecture that compliments the historic downtown area, will have 75 rooms, Unti said.

Polk County is excited to welcome this new economic addition to our community!

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West Valley Taphouse

Welcome to Dallas’ local hang out, West Valley Taphouse.  Offering 65 taps of the best craft beer, cider, local wine, kombucha, and craft sodas. in the West Valley, the Taphouse offers happy hour every day from 2 pm to 5 pm where all appetizers are $5 and $1 off all pints.

West Valley Taphouse has been hard at work over the last year to ensure they are offering Dallas the best experience. The recent remodel, including 18 different changes, are designed to make the atmosphere more comfortable, modern, and welcoming. In addition, the Taphouse is featuring a new menu to offer delicious local food. With Summer around the corner make sure you enjoy some time on their new outdoor patio.

Tap Takeover has returned! June 6th Tap Takeover will be with Wilde Ride Brewing. They will bring samples and free swag and games. This is a great opportunity to talk to a company representative and learn what exactly makes each brewing company unique.

Since joining the Dallas community, West Valley Taphouse has gained a reputation for giving back. Community involvement and giving back is definitely not lost on Sam Duffner, owner of West Valley Taphouse. Patrons enjoy getting together to enjoy new and unique craft beers, ciders and delicious food. Owners and staff have worked hard to create a family friendly environment with options of non-alcoholic drinks. Everyone is welcomed at West Valley Taphouse until 9pm.

http://westvalleytaphouse.com/

Parkside Self Defense

Parkside Self Defense is gearing up for our summer camps! Here are just a few of the many activities we have in mind for kids this summer.

Learn the ways of the ninja! This is a unique and informative two day martial arts training camp where kids will learn the history, culture, and techniques used by the ninja in Feudal Japan. Great for kids ages 10 and above. Ninja Camp will take place June 28th from 12 pm to 4 pm, and June 29th from 12 pm to 5 pm. The cost is $100 for the camp, and will include a ninja sword, three ninja stars. If you preregister before June 15th you will also receive a Parkside T-shirt while supplies last, and a month of free lessons!

Jedi Camp July 20th from 12 pm to 3 pm, and July 21st 12 pm to 4 pm. Camp cost will include a Lightsaber, a Parkside T-shirt for $150. Preregister before July 6th, and receive a free month of lessons. Students will participate in agility course, learning the basics for a saber, learning the laws of the Jedi, and reenact their favorite scenes from the movies.

Don’t miss out on any of these fun camps, and follow us on Facebook for more activities!

https://www.facebook.com/ParksideSelfDefense/

Don’t Only Think About Yourself

Everyone at a networking event needs something. Networking can be described as the process of interacting or engaging in communication with others for mutual assistance or support. Networking is a “give and take” thing and going the extra mile to help others will help inspire other people to go the extra mile for you.

You’re talented! Eager! Ambitious! You have lots of ideas to share! And you want to make sure that every person you meet at the event knows who you are and what you do!

We get it. And yes, sharing your story with new contacts is important. But sharing your life story is overkill. Nothing can set a person off more than an aspiring professional who takes no interest in anything beside her own ambitions.

Stop highlighting your latest accomplishment and start listening instead. Find people with industries or careers of interest to you, and ask them questions: How did they get their start? What do they love about their jobs, and what do they wish they could change? By taking an interest in your contact, you will make her feel valued—and hopefully interested in continuing the relationship. And you’ll likely gain some new insights, too.

If you’re looking for a job, don’t ask for it—work for it. Do some research into what your contact does both in and out of work and find ways that you can contribute your time or support. Perhaps you could volunteer your expertise in social media for the big convention she’s heading up, or offer your accounting knowledge for her non-profit. Maybe you are not the solution, but you know someone who is. Provide some opportunity for contacts to see you in a working light, and you’ll be that much closer to a good referral.

Mastering Body Language

Body language can speak volumes about a person. Learning to master your body language and effectively reading another’s body language is the key to all social interactions. Last time, we mentioned mirroring body language and avoiding negative body language. Here we will discuss in detail what that means.

When talking with someone, look for actions of engagement, such as head nods, forward leans, and eye contact. These are the actions that you want to casually mirror. This will create a more relaxed atmosphere. Smile, but do so genuinely. Fake smiles can be spotted a mile away.

Be conscientious of cues you are being given from the other person and be less focused on the next thing you have to say! Look for disagreement cues such as leaning back, frowning, or looking away. This is a sign that it might be time to spin the wheel of topics. Try redirecting the conversation. If these cues are still present, it might be time to move on.

When engaged in social interactions, distance is key. Standing too close to someone can be an immediate turn-off, resulting in that person stepping back. You may also see tension cues such as face touching or leaning away. Touching someone is never advised during first interactions. Touch, like distance, is very intimate and shows a level of trust that is rarely achieved during a first conversation.

Many people do not know what to do with their hands. The hands can give off unintentional negative cues. To avoid this, keep your hands unclasped and relaxed. Never place them on your hips or cross your arms. These are defensive cues that are not effective in networking.

Body language makes up 55 percent of what we communicate to others. It is essential to business and networking that we are aware of what we are telling others at any given moment.

Harvest CrossFit

Harvest CrossFit has classes that fit everyone wherever they are in their fitness journey. Classes range from beginners to advanced. Harvest Foundations Class is a great way to learn the foundations of CrossFit in an environment where everyone is a beginner! This is a 4 week course, Mondays and Wednesdays, designed to help new members to build their foundation.

At Harvest CrossFit you can expect a general warm up and stretching, ample instruction, the scored portion of your workout, and a brief cool down. The workouts are programmed for you. The coaches make sure everyone understands how to scale and load the movements. Their athletes just show up, follow instructions, and work hard. Harvest CrossFit does all the thinking!

The Harvest CrossFit environment goes beyond the workout. The connections made typically carry out into the rest of your life. If you are a business owner, or responsible for a business, the people you meet here can translate into business deals and partnerships. The demographics at Harvest CrossFit is almost entirely young professionals in our community who choose to use the business of people that they know.

To join the Harvest CrossFit community, it is as easy as giving us a call or sending an email from their website. Devin or MacLarin Jones will discuss with you your next steps!

http://www.harvestcrossfit.com/