Seven Reasons Every Business and Non-profit Organization Should Be A Member of Their Local Chamber of Commerce In A Challenging Economy: No. 6

February 29th, 2012

Toni Rubleski, #1 Bestselling author on Amazon.com and President of the Mind Capture Group, wrote this on why every business should be a member of their local chamber. Here is No. 6!

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"It's Not Luck"... OMEP Workshop

February 29th, 2012

 

 

 

 

This morning we had the opportunity to hear from  OMEP (Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership)  with Chris and Larry. It was a terrific overview of 6 growth strategies that have come out of a 2009-2011 Next Generation of Manufacturing Study. Fascinating data: Scary or Opportunities??? (more…)

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Seven Reasons Every Business and Non-profit Organization Should Be A Member of Their Local Chamber of Commerce In A Challenging Economy- No. 5

February 28th, 2012

Toni Rubleski, #1 Bestselling author on Amazon.com and President of the Mind Capture Group, wrote this on why every business should be a member of their local chamber. Here is No. 5!

Low Cost Advertising Opportunities – (more…)

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Do You Have an Actionable Disaster Recovery Plan?

February 27th, 2012

By Larry Gray

One of the great things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the lack of catastrophic natural disasters; they really don’t happen all that often.  The down side is complacency that dulls our awareness of the need to properly plan for potential disasters.  The reality is that a wide variety of unforeseen disasters that could occur and wreak havoc on your business, such as a power outage, a backhoe tearing out cables in a construction site, pipes bursting and causing flooding and water damage, fires, computer viruses, or servers failing.  Every business needs a complete disaster recovery plan in place that has been tested and can be implemented quickly.

The first step is to determine how long your network can be down before it critically affects operations.  Some businesses may not be able to handle any down time while others could continue to function with little interruption for a day or two without their network. (more…)

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Do You Have an Actionable Disaster Recovery Plan?

February 27th, 2012

By Larry Gray

One of the great things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the lack of catastrophic natural disasters; they really don’t happen all that often.  The down side is complacency that dulls our awareness of the need to properly plan for potential disasters.  The reality is that a wide variety of unforeseen disasters that could occur and wreak havoc on your business, such as a power outage, a backhoe tearing out cables in a construction site, pipes bursting and causing flooding and water damage, fires, computer viruses, or servers failing.  Every business needs a complete disaster recovery plan in place that has been tested and can be implemented quickly.

The first step is to determine how long your network can be down before it critically affects operations.  Some businesses may not be able to handle any down time while others could continue to function with little interruption for a day or two without their network. (more…)

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Seven Reasons Every Business and Non-profit Organization Should Be A Member of Their Local Chamber of Commerce In A Challenging Economy No. 4 - Networking

February 27th, 2012

Toni Rubleski, #1 Bestselling author on Amazon.com and President of the Mind Capture Group, wrote this on why every business should be a member of their local chamber. Here is No. 4!

Networking

From seminars, leads groups, luncheons to business expos and various business and community committees, there’s absolutely no excuse for not being able to meet new contacts, referrals and people who can help you with ideas and additional ways to grow your business.

The old adage, out of sight, out of mind, is so true when it relates to networking. The chamber gives your several different venues to meet new people. My entire career I’ve utilized the power of networking in my home chamber’s ranging from serving as co-chair of the ambassador league to sponsoring and speaking at different events. The positive outcomes on the bottom line and great people I’ve met have been great. In addition, doing business with fellow member who offer wonderful products, services, and ideas has also been a big plus.

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Seven Reasons Every Business and Non-profit Organization Should Be A Member of Their Local Chamber of Commerce In A Challenging Economy: No 3 - Ongoing Training & Education

February 24th, 2012

Toni Rubleski, #1 Bestselling author on Amazon.com and President of the Mind Capture Group identified 7 reasons all businesses should join their local chamber. Here is no. 3

Ongoing Training & Education:

Unless you have the luxury of a training budget or can afford to bring in local, regional or nationally known experts on different topics, I firmly believe that there’s no other organization in America that delivers timely programs at such an affordable price as the local or regional chamber of commerce. By spreading costs among fellow members through registration fees and sponsorships, members can stay updated, informed and educated at a bargain price.

 

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Candidate Endorsement Council Gets Underway

February 24th, 2012

Your eight member CEC is fired up!

 

 

The following candidates for office have been invited to participate in our endorsement process for the spring primary – May 2012.

City of Beaverton – City Council positions 3 & 4
Mayor of Beaverton – Denny Doyle (endorsed in August 2011 for re-election)
Washington County Commissioner – District 1
Washington County Sheriff
State Representative – Districts 27, 28, 33, 34
Commissioner of Labor & Industries

Due to Voter Pamphlet filing deadlines, candidates that file after February 23rd will not be considered. Written questionnaires were distributed up to 2/23/12 and are due back Monday, February 27th. Personal interviews will be conducted March 1st and 2nd.
Our announcement will be out no later than March 5th.

If you have questions, feel free to email lorraine@beaverton.org

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Seven Reasons Every Business and Non-profit Organization Should Be A Member of Their Local Chamber of Commerce In A Challenging Economy - #2: Access

February 23rd, 2012

Toni Rubleski, #1 Bestselling author on Amazon.com and President of the Mind Capture Group identified 7 reasons all businesses should join their local chamber. Here is no. 2

Access!

Unless you’re crazy or like consistent rejection, no one enjoys making cold calls all day long. It’s a painful, tedious process that often wastes far too much time and mentally drains even the most upbeat and friendly person after a while. When you join a chamber and actively get involved you’ll discover that meeting prospects who may have an interest or who can refer you to key contacts you’re trying to reach, is a huge benefit of membership. From being on committees, serving as an ambassador, or attending specific events where prospects are likely to be, you’ll find yourself in situations where you can identify and meet decision makers face-to-face versus making cold calls.

 

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Seven Reasons Every Business and Non-profit Organization Should Be A Member of Their Local Chamber of Commerce In A Challenging Economy

February 22nd, 2012

Toni Rubleski, #1 Bestselling author on Amazon.com, wrote this piece. He is the CEO of The Mind Capture Group. His top 7:

  1. Visibility
  2. Access
  3. Ongoing training & learning
  4. Networking
  5. Low cost advertising opportunities
  6. Advocacy
  7. Dollar saving discounts

We’ll highlight Visibility here (more…)

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