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://midvalleyford.com

5 Ways to Empower Your Customers to Be Your Biggest Marketers

  1. Boost Offline Word-Of-Mouth

Customers are never passionate about you, they’re passionate about what your product offers them. That’s why companies need to reach out to people that do magnificent things with their product and help show them off. Don’t use influencers (or influencer marketing) alone to put the spotlight on your product, use existing customers who are already die-hard fans of your product and shine the spotlight on them.

  1. Build Die-Hard Brand Advocates

Social media has made it pretty easy to build brand advocates for any company. With people constantly sharing their experience on social media, it’s up to you to chime in with help and get them excited about your brand.

Companies that reach out to customers with helpful information score high social points and successfully nurture brand advocacy. Real-time help can turn a negative situation into a winning customer experience and help develop a strong connection with customers. It’s the next step in making your customers become active advocates.

  1. Encourage Customers to Give Testimonials

No one enjoys reading web pages that are boring and full of dry statistics. Try using testimonials to revive them! They are a great sales technique if you don’t push it too much. Inevitably, your website contains some sales material without going overboard.

The right testimonial gains trust of customers and creates credibility with prospects. Clearly show your website visitors that other people dealt with the same issues and were able to overcome them by using your product. This way you can show your visitors that your ultimate goal is to help them.

  1. Dedicate a Page on Your Websites to Use Cases

A dedicated use cases page puts your customer on the spot to tell a story from their own perspective from customer acquisition, to purchase, and on to engagement. Just like you do offline, you’ll want to represent your business online in the best possible light. Let your customers do that for you.

A dedicated use cases page is a way of extending the brand you’ve worked so hard to create. Your website use cases page is an extension of that branding project in order to make it a seamless whole and not just an add-on feature.

  1. Ask for a Much-Wanted Review

Focus not only on your own website but widen your scope and concentrate on external online resources. Reading a positive review from an existing customer can only bolster confidence for a right purchase.

There’s no amount of advertising, tweeting, or direct mailing that has quite the same impact on customers the way an objective peer review does. What you say about your brand doesn’t matter. It’s what others say that counts!

It’s important to remember that soliciting reviews from customers should be handled with delicacy. The biggest challenge is actually getting them, and not dealing with negative ones. It’s definitely not abnormal to think it will turn off customers. So, make sure you make the reviewing process as easy as possible, or offer a small yet appropriate incentive (like a 10% discount or similar offer).

In summary, think about how you further want to leverage your customer relationships. Nothing sells your business more than great marketing for your customers themselves. Any kind of review from a brand advocate influences approximately 90% of a prospect’s buying decision. So, make sure it’s a positive one!

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!

Dallas Retirement Village – Evy Nickel

Evy Nickel, a resident at Dallas Retirement Village Apartments, is a designer and innovator by training and osmosis. Some years ago a friend, who was ill, asked her to make something to keep him warm. Rather than the traditional blanket or scarf, Evy took it up a notch and made him a monkey! Stitched with love and filled with rice, these adorable companions can be heated in the microwave and provide gentle warm comfort.

Over the years, Evy made many monkeys that she gave to friends or contributed to non-profits for markets and bazaars. A group from her church would gather and make monkeys for hospice patients who gained comfort just having them to hold. Eventually, Evy obtained a patent for her design, started naming each monkey individually, and called her endeavor MONKEY BUSINESS ADOPTION AGENCY. The monkeys were made in two sizes – a larger one the “caregiver” and a smaller one the “buddy’.

With her move to DRV and the chore of clearing out a large house, she needed to decide what to do with her collection of materials to make many additional monkeys. Her decision was as innovative as only Evy can be… she gifted everything to the Dallas Retirement Village Foundation to use as a fundraiser. Residents were recruited to help sew, stuff and name monkeys, and the marketing began. Because all the materials and labor are donated, 100% of the sales go to Dallas Retirement Foundation’s Scholarship Fund. Ever since these adorable little companions showed up, they have been flying off the shelf!

If you would like to adopt one of these unique monkeys, they can be found in the gift shop of the Health Center at Dallas Retirement Village: 377 NW Jasper Street and also on campus in the main lobby of the Lodge Clubhouse and Village Apartments. If you take one of these lil cuties home, please know that you are not only getting a warm companion, but you are also helping the Dallas Retirement Village staff continue their education to become better caregivers and comforters.

https://www.dallasretirementvillage.com/

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/

Dallas School District #2

The primary purpose of Dallas School District is to provide opportunities for the full intellectual development of each child. The child has the responsibility to himself and society to purposely pursue the educational opportunities provided him. Dallas School District has a shared responsibility with parents and with other institutions and agencies for the social, physical, and emotional growth and development of the individual child.

The school must assume a major responsibility for developing in children: a spirit of patriotism based on a deep and abiding love of our country; an understanding of the basic principles of American democracy; a commitment to participate as citizens in the decision making processes; and, an understanding of the duties, responsibilities and rights of every citizen.

The school has a responsibility for developing in all children; an understanding of our economic system based on individual initiative, private property right and competition; a respect for the human dignity attained through productive work; a determination to become contributing persons within our economic system; and, an active concern for the conservation and wise use of our natural resources including the protection of our total environment.

The school has a responsibility for developing in all children an awareness of the societal responsibilities to themselves, to other individuals and the local community or to the larger community of state, nation, or world.

It is an obligation to our children, community and country to institute those programs necessary to fulfill the education needs of our children and to provide the facilities, materials, technology, and staff required to do so.

Dallas School District is working hard to shape the future.

 

https://www.dallas.k12.or.us/

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/