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. The patio, still under construction, is the final phase of the renovation and the crew is excited to unveil it in May!

Tap Takeover will be returning in May! The May Takeover will be Ninkansi 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.  Junes Takeover is to be announced, but Wild Ride will be taking over on June 6th with Julys Takeover to be determined.

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/

Dallas Retirement Village

Dallas Retirement Village first started in 1947 when a small church bought a small yellow house to serve as a care center for aging adults. Originally it was called Dallas Home for the Aged, but when they opened an independent living apartment in 1995 it came to be called the name we know, Dallas Retirement Village. They have continued to grow around the needs of the community and recently opened The Lodge Residences, and Clubhouse in 2017. Just in time to celebrate their 70th anniversary.

Staying true to their roots as a charitable mission designed to serve the needs of the seniors, they have remained a not-for-profit community. Their mission remains; to provide a continuum of quality services and care to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of their residents with dignity and respect.

Dallas Retirement Village does not restrict this mission statement to just our senior citizens though. Currently they are offering regular courses such as the ongoing CNA course designed to meet the current demands. Annually they award a scholarship designed to encourage employees and students to continue working to improve in their professional field.

They also are strong supporters of their local community. Dallas Retirement Village opens up both their Chapel, and Cascade Commons rooms regularly for the community to rent for events such as Chamber Luncheons, or Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit. By doing this they are another resource to utilize when needing a space big enough to hold a crowd.

On behalf of our community, thank you Dallas Retirement Village for the amazing work you do.

https://www.dallasretirementvillage.com/

S&T Support

S & T Support, LLC (“S & T”) is a regional contract paralegal support and program management company offering a variety of unique services to law firms of all sizes. S & T further provides program management services to small businesses and non-profit organizations.

S & T’s mission is to promote and support law businesses with paralegal services; and, to provide development assistance to small businesses in all stages of planning, organization and growth.

While S & T’s focus has traditionally been working with law practitioners expanding their firms, the basic business planning and organization principles and systems can be translated to any small business also trying to grow and expand. This includes for-profit or non-profit businesses and organizations. Once a dynamic written plan is in place, systems can be set up to ensure day-today business administration doesn’t take up valuable time from business owners who need to concentrate on what it is they do best!

What sets S & T apart from other consultants is the hands-on features of the services offered. Once a business plan is written, it is important that it is used as a tool, and not just another book on the shelf. S & T will “pull up their sleeves” and work side-by-side to ensure goals are consistently met and updated.

It is our great joy to serve as the behind-the-scenes support for small businesses!

https://www.stsupportllc.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAK Grills

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

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

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

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

https://makgrills.com/

Parkside Self Defense

Parkside Self Defense is dedicated to the Dallas Community and their students. Our facility is specifically designed to help promote quick and efficient learning, fun classes, and all around wonderful experience. We provide expert instruction to men, women, and children of all ages and experience levels.

What is Self Defense? Self Defense is a combination of awareness, assertiveness, verbal skills safety strategies, and physical techniques that will enable a person to prevent, escape, resist, and survive violent assaults. When your life is in danger you must do whatever is necessary to survive the confrontation and then get away from the threat.

5 Rules of Self Defense

  • Always keep space between you and any potential attacker
  • If approached, make space and maintain it.
  • If you are grabbed or restrained in any way, defeat the restraint, then make space
  • Do not allow an attacker to take you anywhere
  • Exit the situation and get to safety.

Because of Parkside Self Defense passion for Dallas, we offer a FREE community Self Defense class. Self Defense is available Monday and Friday from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm.

For more information about our school, programs, and instructors give us a call at (503) 751-1444, connect with us on Facebook, or come on by!

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

NW Natural: Corporate Philanthropy

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

Community investment: why we give

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

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

From our community partners

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

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

What we support

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

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

https://www.nwnatural.com/

New Members Our Town Publishers

An Our Town Publication is the perfect place to tell the story of your business community.

Our Town print publications and websites are designed to let you talk directly to your current and future customers with not only a beautiful, full color ad, but also tell the “story of your business” as well.

Print publications and websites feature a story about the town, almanac-style information, calendar of events and a business directory with additional content available specific to your town.

Printed copies are available for participating businesses to distribute throughout the year. Additional copies can be provided to chambers of commerce and local business associations as needed.

Our Town Publishers is headquartered in the heart of the Yamhill Valley in McMinnville, Oregon. Robert Sudeith, Senior Partner and Sales Director, has a wealth of experience in the sales and marketing filed. He comes to Our Town Publishers most recently from a community newspaper where he was the corporate general manager who oversaw all aspects of the business as well as a sales team of 8 – 10 reps. Christy Nielsen, Senior Partner and Creative Director, also comes from a sales and marketing background. She was the advertising director for a community newspaper before making the switch to graphic design, website creation and social media management.

Give them a call today to see what Our Town Publishers can do for your town.

https://www.ourtownpublishers.com/

Can We Talk?

In today’s society, instant gratifications has infiltrated the workplace in all areas of communication. This has changed how colleagues and management interact. However, this change is not necessarily for the better. We have moved from submitting meeting requests on paper or via the phone, to emails, and now on to instant messages or texts. The expected response time has decreased dramatically from a business day to several hours, and in some cases down to just several minutes or even seconds.

There are some people who do not even employ these types of communication. They simply walk right into their colleague’s office and begin discussing whatever topic is on their mind. This is very disrupting to the other person’s productivity. They have not only been interrupted from their train of thought and have to find it again, but are now expected to remember a meeting, for example, that they have only heard about verbally, versus through at least an email for reference.

Communication etiquette does not need to remain a lost art. Here are a few examples of places where the most common etiquette pitfalls occur and how to resolve these issues.

Email – An email is essentially a business letter that is delivered to the recipient in minutes versus days. Email is considered a standard for of communication in the workplace. However, many treat it too causally. All emails should be kept formal. The use of emoticons and excessive punctuation would never happen in a formal business letter. Therefore, they should not appear in emails sent from your work email address. An easy way to make sure that you are on track with proper email etiquette is to ask yourself, “If there was ever an issue that my boss needed to get involved with, and this email had to be pulled out as part of the resolution, is it something that I want my boss to see?”

Meetings – It is very tempting to walk up to a team member’s desk for a quick meeting, especially in open office settings. This is not only distracting, but considered rude by the staff member and others working near them. You can set an example of how to properly set up a meeting by showing your subordinates what to do. Next time you want to meet with someone in your office, even if it is urgent, do not say, “Come to my office right now.” Instead, show that person proper etiquette by sending a message stating, “I need to meet with you in my office immediately. Please finish what you are going and come see me.” This tells the person that even though you have something urgent to discuss, you respect the fact that he is in the middle of something and are willing for him to complete his thought or his task before meeting with you. When you do meet, do so in your office or an empty conference room (i.e. behind closed doors) so others are not disturbed. When you extend this sort of respect, your subordinates will begin to extend this behavior as well.

Cell phones, tablets, etc. in meetings – it is a myth that multitasking makes us more productive and efficient. If you look in on most meetings, you will see a few people with their heads down checking their email or social media accounts. This is disrespectful to the person speaking or presenting. Set the standard by employing a universal rule that cell phones, tablets, computers, etc. are not allowed in meetings of any sort, unless otherwise stated. Ensure that you follow this rule too, so that even if you are not conducting the meeting, you are showing your subordinates that you respect the presenter and what he has to say.

Conversations with colleagues – Humans are social creatures by nature. Having a conversation about your weekend with colleagues at lunch is perfectly acceptable. Walking from office to office, or cubicle to cubicle, and striking up conversations while others are working is not acceptable. It is also important to remember the necessary separation between work life and personal life. Sharing too much personal information can negatively impact your image. The rule of thumb is to stick to neutral topics, maintain a more neutral position, and always keep the conversation light and positive.

It is important to practice proper etiquette when utilizing all forms of communication. Doing so shows respect to your clients, customers, and coworkers.

MV Advancements

It is our mission to help adults with disabilities through our innovative approaches and caring responsive staff which allows us to serve hundreds of clients through an ever-evolving set of services. Our Employment Services match business needs with individuals’ strengths and capacities, resulting in a long-term win-win for both the employer and the employee. Our retention rate last year was 86%. That means that 86% of the individuals we found jobs for last year, are still working there today!

MV Advancements is proud to report that in the last two months we have helped over 15 pre-screened job seekers find perfectly matched jobs in Polk, Marion, and Yamhill Counties. MV Advancements in the last 3 months has restructured their employment division, expanded the Dallas division and have hired over 5 full time employees in since September of 2018. We are presently partnering with local businesses and cultivating new relationships in our communities so that we can a valuable resource to the staffing needs of all local businesses in the area. We change lives every day.

If you would like more information on how we can help you, please contact Steven Scherer at 503-751-3040 or at SScherer@mvadvancements.org. We encourage you to take a moment and go to our webpage to learn more.

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