5 Quick Tips to Optimize Your Chamber Profile!

Every member receives a free profile on dallasoregon.org website as part of your membership. Organizations with enhanced profiles are more likely to get viewed by potential customers, a huge benefit considering 81% of shoppers do online research before buying. You could be missing out on potential customers by not optimizing your profile. Why not take advantage of this powerful FREE benefit with these 5 enhancements?

  1. Keywords:Help customers find you! This piece is critical for pointing customers to your profile because, unless your product or service is in your business name, Chamber Master will not make the connection. List keywords that describe your business by choosing words or phrases that match your marketing strategy. What is your area of expertise? What products or services sets you apart from your competitors? Your keywords should be specific and help direct potential customers to your services.
  2. Results Summary Description:Think of this as your pitch statement or elevator speech. It is the first glimpse a customer will see of your business with a query in the business directory. Your summary will be listed beneath your business name in the public directory with other companies in your category so make a statement and stand out! (Hint: don’t get too wild, you only have 200 characters. Be succinct)
  3. Description:Expand upon your results summary description by highlighting the benefits of YOUR company. You have 1600 characters to convey your organization’s values, mission and what the heck you do! Earlier in this blog I mentioned customers are big on doing research before buying goods or services so use this opportunity to enlighten them. The description should act as your silent sales person.
  4. Highlights:This bulleted section allows customers to click through to your webpage for more information and help boost traffic to your site. Highlights can include credentials, testimonials, awards or niche products and services.
  5. Media:Add visual interest to your page by uploading photos and videos of your products, services and staff to help tell your story. Colored visuals increase a reader’s willingness to read content by 80% and it lends credibility to the work you do.

Optimizing your Dallas Chamber profile with Chamber Master is fast, easy and offers so many benefits. The more robust your profile, the more the views you will get will equate to more business for you. If you need help logging into your Chamber Master profile contact Sarah Javins at sarah@dallasoregon.org.

Squirrels Taxi Service

With safe, friendly, and affordable rides twenty-four hours, seven days a week, Squirrels Taxi Service is the designated driver of Dallas.

It all started when the owner of Squirrels Taxi Service, Merlin Berkey, started offering rides to people at the local bars for a donation. Merlin’s reputation caught speed, and the city asked if he wanted to turn his driving service into a legitimate business. Now, Merlin enjoys being Dallas’ designated driver, so he can get to know the people of the community while ensuring that they arrive safely at their desired location.

Forget the big-name transportation apps, and ride with Squirrels Taxi Service, the preferred method of transportation for the locals of Dallas, and throughout Polk County. Safe, dedicated, friendly and hardworking, Squirrels Taxi Service holds the same characteristics as the beloved woodland creatures the company is named for.

Squirrels Taxi Service provides rides for any reason or occasion. Need a ride to an appointment? Squirrels Taxi Service can provide you with the medical transportation you need. Had too many drinks? They will be your designated drivers so the party never has to stop. Whatever reason you may need to get to and from, let Squirrels Taxi Service get you where need to be.

http://squirrelstaxi.com/

Innovate Dallas – Partnering Schools and Community for Growth

The best way to ensure our kids are the leaders of tomorrow is to allow them to be leaders today!

Innovate Dallas is about bringing our schools, community, and businesses together to instill the skills and mindsets of innovation that are needed to drive economic growth in our region.

Innovate Dallas has received a matching grant from Oregon Community Foundation to assist in connecting Dallas students to real community centered problems to both enhance deeper learning and to develop leadership capacity.

To prepare the next generation of leaders able to solve our most pressing problems, the Construct Foundation builds and facilitates design challenges known as Breaker Challenges that introduce young people to a prototype-driven method for innovation.  For an example of a Breaker Challenge see this link The Future of Food.

In every challenge, we teach the tools of design and entrepreneurship and task young people with building solutions to a real problem.

THE PROBLEM
Residents at the Dallas Retirement Village are divided into 3 groups based on the level of care that they require, Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Health Services. As residents move through the levels of care they become increasingly isolated from their preferred lifestyle, activities, and circle of friends.

In this Wellness and Aging design challenge we ask a team of students to identify, design, and test new and novel ways to increase joy and connectedness for the residents of the Dallas Retirement Village Community.

Our kids are assets in our community and this Breaker Challenge is our first of many examples to prove this. Our business community’s support in this activity points toward believing in the future of Dallas as a vibrant community that values innovation for growth in schools, business and sense of community as a whole.

Please help us reach our goal of $6,000 to develop this innovative model of learning.

If you have questions please reach out to Jamie Richardson at LaCreole Middle School

email – jamie.richardson@dsd2.org

phone – 503-623-6662

Yolanda Zuger – Keller Williams Cornerstone Team

We are excited to announce that our team continues to celebrate and grow at the Yolanda Zuger office of Keller Williams, Capital City, Cornerstone Team.

  • Amy Bertolini is celebrating 10 years with Yolanda! She is our Transaction Manager, focusing on the paperwork and details of each transaction in our office.

 

  • Chelsea Metcalfe-Teal celebrates her first year with Yolanda as our Marketing Manager. She focuses on the marketing of every listing as well as our office, our mailings and our fun “Go with Yo” Events.

 

  • Claire Blosser is brand new to our office, specializing as our Buyers Agent. She is excited to make new connections with businesses in our area to offer new residents that special touch.

Does your business provide a service or product that homeowners and/or future homeowners need to know about? Please connect with us! We want to know and support other local businesses as the citizens of our community change.

www.yolandazuger.com

Spirit Mountain Casino

Up Coming Events:

May 18th two-time Grammy nominee Lee Brice will be performing at Spirit Mountain Casino!

He is not only one of country music’s most prominent vocal acts and guitarists, he’s also one of the best lyricists in the entire genre. Lee Brice has co-written a multitude of hits for other artists like Adam Gregory, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, and more. Not to mention Brice also has a slew of hits of his own that have reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs including “Hard to Love,” “I Don’t Dance,” “I Drive Your Truck,” and “A Woman Like You.”

Purchase your tickets at: https://www.spiritmountain.com/events/an-evening-with-lee-brice


Australia’s Thunder from Down Under, the internationally acclaimed male revue show that gets hearts pounding and the audience dancing on its feet, is coming to Spirit Mountain Casino on June 7th and 8th!

If you’re planning a night out, pre-wedding party, or birthday celebration, you need to see the hottest Australian export since Hugh Jackman. With their mesmerizing accents, rock-hard abs, and of course, their dancing, you’ll be transported to the land down under for one magical, thrilling night.

Watch each performer embody a different persona as they bring to life characters as diverse as Captain Jack Sparrow, a knight in shining armor, a fireman, and a cowboy. Let your imagination run wild and enjoy the show as these Australian gents charm their way into your heart.

Purchase your tickets at:  https://www.spiritmountain.com/events/thunder-from-down-under


Get your hot rod into gear and mark your calendar! On Saturday, June 15th, Veterans Roll the Dice Car Show is coming to Spirit Mountain Casino, and we want you to join us for an afternoon filled with rods, food, exhibitors and live entertainment.

Our parking lot will be transformed into a hub of activity for car aficionados. Get a close up look at hot rods, rat rods, and custom vehicles. If you own a vehicle that deserves a share of the limelight, show off your car at the show for just $15 with your submitted pre-registration plus one can of food.

Purchase your tickets or register your car at: https://www.spiritmountain.com/events/car-show

Shop Local

  1. Learn About Local Businesses

To learn more about local businesses in your area, set aside a day to explore your town and see what it has to offer. Since part of the benefit of shopping local comes from being able to run errands on foot, leave your car at home and focus on the area within walking distance, if possible.

Start at one end of the main street or one corner of the central shopping district and work your way along, making note of all the businesses you see along the way. When you see one that looks useful or interesting, stop and make a note of its name, its location, and its hours. Then, the next time you’re looking for a jewelry shop, for example, you’ll know exactly where to find one.

 

  1. Shop Locally

Once you’ve identified local businesses in your area, the next step is to make shopping at them part of your usual routine. This can be a challenge if you’re on a tight budget, since local businesses often can’t match the low prices of big-box stores. However, there are several ways to get around this problem:

  • Budget for it. Set aside a small sum in your personal budget each month specifically for local shopping.
  • Go local for services. Goods are often cheaper at big-box stores that sell cheap, mass-produced wares. However, services are often just as cheap or even cheaper when you buy them locally.
  • Shop local for the holidays. Shopping local is a great choice for holiday gifts, because a present feels more special when it comes from your own hometown. Each year, American Express sponsors “Small Business Saturday” after Thanksgiving to encourage people to start their holiday shopping at local businesses, and many independent businesses offer special sales on this day.

 

  1. Eat Locally

Not all local businesses are useful to everyone. For instance, a children’s clothing store isn’t of much interest if you don’t have kids. However, everybody has to eat, so shopping locally for food is one of the best ways to support your local economy.

 

  1. Bank Locally

Another way to keep your money in your community is to literally keep your money at a local community bank or credit union, rather than at a large national bank. Banking locally offers several benefits: lower cost, better service, and supporting your local community.

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.