SOUTH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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Now we're back on our feet, it's time for your Chamber to be taking steps to grow business
the honeymoon was nice...
Let's get to work
The South County Chamber of Commerce is located at 2194 Columbia Blvd, in St Helens. We cover Scappoose, St Helens, Deer Island, and Columbia City
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This is designed as a vehicle for our community to see what is going on with local businesses. We want to reach as many people as we can locally, and draw visitors, tourists, and home owners to the area to showcase our community.
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PUBLIC HEALTH FOUNDATION
Riding the 'honeymoon train' has been a lot of fun. I've met more people than I can count and everyone, without exception, has been excited to see the Chamber back in action. Excitement ranges from seeing the building open to hearing about the new initiatives we're planning for the summer months and beyond.
I've been lucky enough to be included in many meetings over the past 60 days. I've seen a lot of good things happening around the community. There are so many groups doing great work, it is inspiring to see the effort being put into improving the community.
The job of the Chamber is to help businesses here. It's what we do, and is even emphasized in our tag line: "Strength of business is our Priority". Our focus is on keeping places in business, and revitalizing the economic community. We can't do it alone though. We need you to help. Maybe you can volunteer to be a part of the Chamber or one of the many other groups. Maybe you can bring strengths that you have to the table. Sure, we can all use more grant writers, and finance majors, but what about poster designers? What about decorators? Flyer hangers? Clean up crews? They're all important roles in holding an event, or a showcase or something else. And maybe you ARE a grant writer, or another specialized position that can make an impact. It truly DOES take a village to move things forward.
The honeymoon period has been nice. I can't lie about that. Being told we're doing a great job is satisfying. No-one hates a pat on the back. What we should all be doing now though is holding ourselves to a higher standard than just having the doors open. We need to make progress. We need to make a difference as we start pushing forward, I am looking forward to the challenge.
Columbia County Mental Health group are a fantastic organization that deal with mend and women who have trouble entering the workforce based on disabilities, challenges, and other barriers.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: iT Takes a VILLAGE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SIMON DATE, DISCUSSES HIS first 60 days on the job, and where he see things going from here.
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If you have lived in the county for more than a few months, you'll know all about OTL. Kellie and Brandon will be taking on the tour this day and showing you this hidden gem in the community.
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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
Small businesses employ more than 1/2 of all Americans
A few weeks ago the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joins with all Americans to celebrate National Small Business Week. This is an opportunity to show our appreciation for the backbone of our nation’s economy: the small businesses that employ more than half of all Americans and create about two out of every three new jobs each year. The Chamber is proud to represent millions of these businesses all around the country.
We fight for their interests every day in Washington, D.C., on the big policy issues before our government. We do it because America succeeds when small businesses succeed — and our economy grows when they grow. We also know that the reverse is true — small businesses succeed when America succeeds.
Small businesses have a better shot at growth and success when America has an innovative, vibrant, and growing economy; a pro-growth tax code; a well-trained workforce; and a position of strength in the global marketplace. This is why the Chamber consistently makes the case that small businesses are significant stakeholders in the big policy battles happening in Washington.
Since we last marked Small Business Week, the Chamber has helped deliver a historic policy win through the pro-growth tax reform bill signed into law last December. Small businesses suffered tremendously under our old tax code. Unlike larger businesses, they often couldn’t afford to hire teams of accountants and lawyers to help them navigate the various rules. The Chamber worked throughout the tax reform process to ensure that the final package benefited all businesses, including the many small businesses that file as pass-through entities.
Ever since enactment of the legislation, small business owners have had more capital to pour into investments, employee raises, new jobs, and growth. For example, Rudaina Hamade, owner of the small real estate management firm RPMS Group, LLC, explained the benefits this way: “We started providing bonuses in the range of $1,000–$2,000 for our employees, increased the capital investment budget for 2018 to upgrade our computer system, and have more money to set the stage for growth and expansion.”
Tax reform is one of many policy victories delivered for the small business community under the current administration and Congress. The Chamber will continue speaking up on behalf of the small business community this week and every week. And we encourage all Americans to join us in celebrating — and patronizing — the restaurants, retail stores, manufacturers, service providers, and other small businesses that create jobs and drive economic growth.
The South County Chamber is proud to represent and speak up for all small businesses all around the community of St Helens, Scappoose and Columbia City.
by Simon Date, Executive Director of the chamber of commerce
your chamber should represent who YOU are. it should stand for your values and for the betterment of the entire community. in order to make that happen, everyone needs a seat at the table.beginning this summer, will will be introducing new groups within the south county chamber that focuses on civic-minded, engaged and motivated groups who want to see everyone move forward.
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I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting (literally) hundreds of people over my first 6 weeks on the job. The vast majority have been fantastic, and the few that have been a little awkward, often stemmed from a lack of action over the years on our part. People have been more than happy to share their thoughts of the chamber over the past few years and I've done a lot of listening. One of the over-arching themes in the discussions was how the chamber didn't always feel representative of the newer,younger, demographic of business owner that is moving into Columbia County. While certainly not a slight on the history of the community, there was no sense that the chamber understood 'me'.
So, starting this summer you will see the Chamber introduce groups and opportunities for everyone to become involved in business decisions, influence, and other activities that can shape the business community for the better.
We will have a Women's Group that encourages and traverses through the intricacies of starting a business as a woman in Columbia County. These monthly networking groups will feature a speaker and will discuss current topics within the city they reside that enhance or prohibit female-owned businesses to thrive in Columbia County. This group, when deemed necessary to it's mission, will be present in the conversation about encouraging growth in female-business ownership within each city, and endeavor to grow the reputation of the area as such.
Similarly, we will reach out to our Hispanic/Latino community members to discuss the topic of business ownership within the county, and how we can ensure that their needs and their access to business services are being met by the cities and the Chamber of Commerce. In the modern political climate this group, perhaps more than any other, needs to be understood, welcomed, and fully integrated into the business community.
I realize that these two groups are a start. We will be looking at all aspects of our business community and over the next six months we will be listening and learning from everyone. In much the same way that the community has changed over the last 20 years, so must the Chamber and the way we do business. Our membership is only strong when we are supporting each other. This is a position I feel very strongly about. I feel we can evolve and should in order to become a vibrant business community.
Separating children must end now
A message from Thomas J. Donohue.
President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Thousands of children are being forcibly removed from their parents by our government. There is no other way to say it, this is not who we are and it must end now.
Policymakers in Washington are accustomed to hearing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce opine about the economics of particular policies. But public policy is often also a reflection of a nation’s values. That is certainly the case when it comes to immigration policy and in particular with respect to three immigration matters that require the urgent attention of our elected officials: ending the separation of minor children from their parents, permanent protection for Dreamers, and permanent relief for long-term beneficiaries of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.
It is not just that America is a nation of immigrants – it is that since our founding we have embraced certain core values. One of those values is that children should not be punished for the crimes of their parents. Yet, today, government policy is running in direct contradiction to that value.
The recent policy change requiring the immediate detention and misdemeanor prosecution of anyone crossing the border illegally – so-called zero tolerance – has already resulted in the forcible separation of nearly 2,000 children from their parents. Facilities to house these children are so overcrowded that the administration has built a “tent city” to house additional minors.
Parents are being told if they plead guilty and drop any claim of asylum they can be reunited more quickly with their children. The administration adopted this policy as a way of deterring illegal entry into the U.S. Some administration officials reportedly view the policy of separating children from their parents as leverage to gain other immigration policy changes from Congress.
Let that sink in for a second: our government is forcibly separating children – including toddlers – from their parents and sending them to detention facilities as a means of sending a message and influencing Congress.
Surely a nation as big, generous, and compassionate as the United States can find a way to prevent separating children from their parents at the border. If we can’t agree on that, then we can’t agree on anything.
Now let me be clear, this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t secure our border and enforce our immigration laws. Individuals entering the United States illegally should be returned to their home country, but that does not require separating children from parents.
Sadly, current government policy isn’t much better when it comes to Dreamers.
Our government is threatening to deport from the only nation that many of them know, over one million young people brought here through no fault of their own as young children. These Dreamers have grown up here. They went to school with our children, they played on the same sports teams, and they graduated and found jobs. Many have served in our military. Some have started their own businesses, creating jobs for others. They are living the American dream. They have done nothing wrong. Yet, without Congressional action, they will be deported, punished for the actions of those who brought them here. To allow such a thing to happen would be a true injustice.
Another core American value is that government should not reach back decades to punish someone for relatively minor violations of the law. That is why when the very first Congress passed our nation’s first criminal laws they also included a statute of limitations.
Approximately 300,000 individuals from countries previously impacted by natural disasters were repeatedly granted by administrations of both parties temporary protected status (TPS). TPS allows these individuals to legally live and work within the United States. Some TPS beneficiaries have legally lived and worked here for nearly two decades. One can argue that perhaps prior administrations should have been stricter in granting and renewing TPS status, but after nearly two decades, it is simply wrong to tell these individuals that they must leave the country where they have legally built their lives. Congress should act now to provide permanent legal status to long-term TPS beneficiaries.
The Chamber could provide you with plenty of statistics and detailed analysis as to why we need to keep Dreamers and TPS beneficiaries living and working here to help our economy grow. There is, however, something more fundamental at stake: whether our nation’s policies will reflect our values or run in direct contradiction to them.
At the U.S. Chamber, we wake up every day with a goal of defending and promoting the free enterprise system. Today, we ask our elected officials to defend the core values that make the free enterprise system and the whole American experiment possible. The time for action is now.
The South County Chamber of
Commerce would like to thank and
recognize it's annual sponsors!
Downtown St Helens, on Columbia Blvd
Aside from our coffee & commerce meetings every two weeks, the chamber sponsors/assists/manages/organizes multiple events around the community over the course of a year.
One of the great things about living and owning a business in a smaller community is that the opportunity to really personalize and take advantage of a great event grows exponentially with the event itself. The more effort and time we put into it, the more the community sees and the more everyone gets out of it.
The Chamber has it's flagship event each summer; Wings and Wheels. This year we're excited to partner with Northwest Antique Airplane Club and the Highway 30 Cruisers to bring everyone together on August 18th for a fantastic day of entertainment, food, good music and some of the coolest cars and planes you'll see! We've even got a marathon early in the morning for you runners!
Check out the events section of our website for more events in the community, and just email us to have your added!
The more the merrier!
AUGUST 18th, 2018
7:30am - 6pm
This years Wings and Wheels Festival is poised to be our best yet!
As we enter our EIGHTH YEAR of bringing the community together we are reminded how much we value our partners in the vent.
The Northwest Antique Airplane Club will be showcasing some of the rarest and well-maintained historical aircraft in the northwest. Watch kids and adults alike marvel at the way these winged beauties take off and land throughout the day and get up close with some of the coolest planes around!
Speaking of cool, the Highway 30 Cruisers will be bringing the most unbelievable cars, trucks and other vehicles to the airport for their annual car show! Cars from every decade will be showcased at the event and you'll get to see incredible paint jobs up close!
Location, location, location. That's the only thing that matters when it comes to running a bricks and mortar business in the current climate. Where you are located can often be the key to whether you celebrate your fifth anniversary as a booming local business, or whether you are that store that people remember, and wish they still could go to.
Starting a business here in Columbia County is getting easier and easier, but as we take a look at different initiatives and tax reforms we all know there is a lot that goes into making sure your business STAYS in business.
One of the primary duties of the Chamber of Commerce (here, or anywhere) is to ensure that local businesses are heard in the legislative arena. You need to concentrate on serving customers, and so it is imperative that the Chamber advocate for local business on their behalf.
Whether it be weighing in on a tax levy, or making it easier for a new business to actually open for business locally is important. As a business owner you don't have time to read every Minutes of every board meeting. You don't have time to attend council meetings. We do.
Will will, through this magazine, through newsletters, and through other online vehicles make sure that you are aware of what is going on in the political landscape as it pertains to your business.
Perhaps there is a new ballot measure that would significantly hamper the development of the downtown area in St Helens. Maybe a different bill might have far reaching ramifications on transportation routes in Scappoose, limiting access to your businesses? There may be other actions that you haven't heard of that originated in Salem, that could directly affect you!
We will also commit to staying apolitical. We will take stands on issues where needed, but above all WILL PUT OUR MEMBERS FIRST. You are what matters to us, and the success of our community businesses essentially determine the success of our WHOLE community.
looking out for you: advocating for local progress
The chamber is more than a resource for local businesses in terms of networking, marketing and making connections. we keep our finger on the pulse of changes that can affect the way you do business in south columbia county.
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when you're a member of the south county chamber of commerce you will have the opportunity to lean on us for advertising and marketing. this magazine is just one of the option you have to get your name out.
i want to put an ad in the next issue!
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CHAMBER TALK will come out in the middle of each month. Each issue will have a section, as shown in the following pages, where member organizations can get the word out about their events, their business, their promotions, or anything else they want to discuss with the community.
We ask that all ads are submitted no later than the 10th of the month for consideration. You decide what you want to talk about and we'll place it in the magazine. In rare circumstances we may ask for the ad to be tweaked in order to maintain levels of standard appropriate for our readership. Similarly, this is not a venue for business critique/rating. Only the business owner, or authorized representative will be allowed to place an ad.
This will REMAIN FREE every month at a certain tier of our new membership system. Additional ad space can be purchased each month.
SOUTH COUNTY member ADVERTISING
There are a few simple steps you need to follow to get your ad listed in CHAMBERTALK.
STEP ONE: Be A Member
After June's issue only members of the Chamber will have access to placing an ad in the magazine without additional cost. Anyone can place an ad after that, but members get to do it for free!
STEP TWO: Format It Correctly
We need it sent to us in PDF format, in 'portrait mode' (8.5 x 11) just like it appears here.
STEP THREE: Get Permission!
Make sure you own what you're using! YOU are responsible for what is in your ad.
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south county jobs
being a member of the Chamber of Commerce gives you lots of benefits, and makes the business community better as a whole.
One of the benefits, aside from advertising in this magazine about your business specifically, is that you can use it as a job-posting resource also.
Simply send us your ad, and we'll get the word out to over 9,000 people locally, through various social media and marketing portals and let you attract the right person, LOCALLY which means a family will be working again, gaining traction, securing dignity, and becoming a better citizen which is when everyone benefits.
Put someone local back to work, or help them gain a better position/career for their family.
are you hiring? let us help you get the word out locally, for free, to the right people who are looking for jobs!
You're hiring. they're looking. let's connect you.
hiring differently: have you truly considered all of your future employee potentials?
Established in 1989, Community Access Services (CAS) began supporting Oregonians with Developmental Disabilities in Residential, Employment, and Day support activity services with a mission to 'respect and support all individuals...to live a healthy and fulfilled life in their home and community."
The organization was created in response to the need of numerous individuals who were leaving the state's institution, Fairview Training Center. From 1989, to 1999, CAS built capacity to support 40 individuals, establishing and sustaining eight Group Homes in Columbia, Washington, and Clackamas counties. Each program was individualized to meet the needs of those in the home with several being medically specialized, staffed with licensed nurses, three with nurse managers.
Look at CAS as a resource to get your workforce needs met, while helping out those in the most need in our community.
Photo Credit: Kristi Lee
What would the average person think of when they hear the the words, 'City Council Meeting'?
My guess is a lot of formality, speeches, and decorum that would put anyone to sleep! No-one has ever likely been to a pre-Council Meeting tailgater! They're just not that exciting...EXCEPT WHEN THEY ARE!
I've had the pleasure of attending several meetings recently and am surprised at how inviting and welcoming they are. More importantly, I have been pleasantly surprised at how accessible the council members are. I encourage all of you as community members, and especially those who own and operate businesses in the area to attend these meetings and become involved in the decisions that will affect your ability to grow in the county.
Don't sit on the sidelines and let other people tell you how to run your business.
We want the community to stay informed about what is going on around the south county. a great way to be an informed citizen is to become active with the three main councils.
A third generation St. Helens resident, Mayor Rick Scholl graduated from St Helens High School before taking classes in landscaping and irrigation at Portland Community College. He started his own yard maintenance business based in St Helens in 2005. Scholl sits on the board of the St Helens Alano club.
During his time on the St Helens City Council, Scholl hopes to invest in community youth and encourage the creation of more activities for young residents to enjoy. Scholl also plans to address the affordable housing issues. "Everyone should have a chance to own a piece of property," says Scholl. "It's a part of the American Dream." Scholl believes that one way to adderss housing issues is by building better relationships between St Helens elected officials, City Staff, and Community Partners.
KNOW YOUR CITY BETTER:
ST HELENS mayor, RICK SCHOLL