Check out the pictures of our festive, photogenic members! The photo booth provided by Greg Helton Photography was a hit at our December 20th Business After Hours held at the Beaverton Round Executive Suites. Our members are almost as good looking as their sweaters…
Where: Umpqua Bank, Tanasbourne, 2870 NW Town Center Dr., Beaverton, OR 97006
Be our guest for this empowering luncheon. Hosted by: The Beaverton Chamber and Umpqua Bank are serving up another delicious opportunity to help you grow your business. Please join us for this important business luncheon session:
Most business owner’s are focused on growing their business through new customer acquisition, often equating more revenue with more profits. While this is an important strategy, it is not the best for adding profits to your bottom line. And isn’t your business about making a profit?
Attendance is free with your Registration:Lunch is served courtesy of HR Annie Consulting and Monkey Subs.
Dave Chin, owner of ActionCOACH of Portland, is a long-time Beaverton Chamber member. Dave helps business owners like you, reignite their passion for business. His clients are re-energized, refocused, and growing their businesses more than they ever thought possible. They work fewer hours, earn more money and experience less stress.
Your chamber board of directors met this morning and reinforced their earlier support for the move of general city service to the South Office Building at The Round and support for a police safety center.
Here is an editorial from the Oregonian serves as a good referenece.
Oregonian editorial – Problem solving in Beaverton – 11 29 2012
We will be prepared for public testimony in early January. We will tie our postion to both the City’s Visioning plan as well as the Civic Plan.
The Chamber’s Holiday Auction and Annual Meeting was spectacular! Thank you Evelyn Orr for an outstanding job coordinating this event, Greg Helton for the fabulous photos, Embassy Suites Hotel, and all of our volunteers! We received a variety of amazing donations from our generous members. Fun was had by all, and we are thankful to have been able to support HomePlate Youth Services and children in need this holiday season.
Thank you Nike and Oregon Legislative leaders that passed law today giving authority to the Governor to create some tax stability for those companies that do sales outside of Oregon and want to invest and grow jobs here in Oregon.
Monday’s announcement from Governor Kitzhaber regarding Nike’s desire to invest and expand in Oregon was welcomed news! As our president/CEO, Lorraine Clarno, shared yesterday this is a positive step forward for businesses large and small in Oregon – not just for Nike or Washington County. The Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors has been advocating for corporate tax stability and predictability for over a decade. Businesses plan and grow based on their ability to analyze and predict their future.
Giving the Governor authority to provide binding assurance that the single sales factor tax policy for companies investing at least $150 million and creating at least 500 jobs for a fixed period of time will not change is a win for all – a first step and a door opening to begin discussions about corporate taxes for ALL businesses in Oregon. It is also important to note that Nike is not asking for a tax break of any form – just tax stability. While the scale and numbers differ, small and medium sized businesses grow based on their ability to plan and predict as well and we know they are the largest pool of job creators.
Oregon cannot pass up this opportunity. Nike’s investment and potential creation of 12,000 direct and indirect jobs should be viewed as a catalyst for getting Oregon back on the road to economic recovery.
As small and medium sized businesses in Beaverton, we strongly support a positive vote at Friday’s Special Session and urge our members & citizens to let their legislators know how important this is for all Oregon businesses.
Wendi Eiland, American Family Insurance – Wendi Eiland Agency, Inc.
Ron Reichen, President, Precision Body & Paint
Amy Saberiyan, Owner, Ava Roasteria
Ken Madden, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Madden Industrial Craftsmen, Inc.
Jerry Jones Jr., Lanphere Construction & Development
Nike wants to grow. Nike wants to grow in Oregon! Over 12,000 jobs could be the result in a planned investment if the Oregon legislature will do one relatively simple thing – provide Nike with a predictable and stable corporate tax structure. Unlike some companies, Nike is not asking for a tax break of any kind. Just stability so they can plan for their future. It is important to note that Nike looked not only all over the US, but considered global locations as well. The Chamber believes that if the Legislature does the right thing and provides this confidence and stability, not only will this investment go forward, but has the potential to keep and attract other companies to expand here in Oregon in the future.
We communicated with our local delegation and have strongly encouraged them to give the Governor authority to stabilize the state’s corporate tax methodology to allow companies to make substantial investments in Oregon for jobs and growth. When I talk with CEOs and ask them what keeps them from expanding, growing and hiring more employees, almost universally I hear “the fear of the unknown” when it comes to taxes. If we want to get a grip on the road to economic recovery and job growth, this is the way our government and legislature (state and federal) can begin to do it. Corporations need predictability to plan for their future. Let’s just do this!
Lorraine Clarno, President/CEO
TriMet – Old ticket exchange deadline event – Dec. 7th and 8th only.
We had a delicious time at the Coffee Connection, generously hosted by the Beaverton Round Executive Suites! Networkers were treated to an amazing spread, including a chocolate fountain! Chocolate and conversation flowed, connections were made, and we hope you can join us at our next Coffee Connection Friday, December 7th at the Beaverton Resource Center. Visit our events calendar for directions and more information.