#1 Most Social Media Friendly Chamber in Oregon!

May 28th, 2013

We are excited to share that we are in the top 100 Most Social Media Friendly Chambers in the nation at 69….Number 1 in Oregon. Congrats to our friends at the Salem Chamber who are also on
the list at 88th. Who knew?? We LOVE promoting our Members and here is the proof!

Click here for article: Top 100 Most Social Media Friendly Chambers of Commerce 2013

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YEA! Applicant tells Beaverton Valley Times why given the opportunity, he "Jumped on it"

May 16th, 2013

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ

 

The Beaverton Valley Times recently interviewed Kian Haddas, son of BACC member and owner of Ava Roasteria, Amy Saberiyan, about the chamber’s new YEA! program for young entrepreneurs. Find out why Haddas decided to “jump on” the opportunity, and learn more about the YEA! program.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chamber Goes on Record to Move City Services to the South Office Building

May 15th, 2013

Chamber testifies moving to The Round & South Office Building is a Prudent Financial Decision

 

Good evening Mayor Doyle and City Councilors.

For the record, my name is Lorraine Clarno, President and CEO of the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce. I am here tonight on behalf of the Chamber’s board of directors and 653 members.

Just over a year ago, I testified on behalf of the business community in support of the City’s purchase of the South Office Building. The key tenets of that testimony included:

1. The deteriorating Round had failed for more than a decade to meet expectations. That we were at an important crossroads to finally allow our Central District and downtown to have a defined and marketable location, around which new development and new investment can be made as articulated in the Beaverton Community Vision plan and process. 2. It was time to allow market forces to work and to capture the funds owed the City for outstanding obligations from SKB. 3. It was also time for the City to terminate spending more than $400,000 a year to lease 4,500-square-feet for the power plant.  With the purchase at $8.65 million – over the life of the lease – tax payers and citizens will save over $13 million! It was a sound fiscal decision saving the Beaverton taxpayers millions over the years. 4. The Chamber continues to be a strong supporter of redevelopment of downtown Beaverton.  We believed at the time, the City’s purchase would increase confidence in the commercial growth and viability of the marketplace in Beaverton. Commercial leases have increased and new tenants have been placed in the retail portion as well as the E-suites which now boasts a 70% occupancy rate.

Here we are this evening……….the Chamber supports the proposal brought to you this evening to move general government services to the South Office Building. Some here this evening may be questioning the increase in costs that were initially and publically estimated 8 months ago. At that time you, City Council, voted to ask the staff to move forward and begin the work to determine hard costs and exactly what fiscal obligations would be necessary to make this happen. You did not authorize a blank check. Tonight you are being presented with a researched and firm number – $5.7 million. Knowing the comprehensive cost estimate improves planning and helps avoid unexpected cost and project overruns we’ve heard about in other communities. I could site multiple examples but will refrain – we all read the papers. The Chamber board of directors still firmly believes this is ultimately a cost-saving venture, a sound business decision, and one that was appropriately studied and one that the tax payers of Beaverton can place confidence in knowing it is solid and accurate. We encourage your support of agenda bill 13109 providing for a revenue bond issue not to exceed $7 million dollars which includes a reimbursement to the general fund of $1.2 million used to make the initial purchase of the building.

Thank you for your time.

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2013 Service to Beaverton Awards

May 9th, 2013

Get Your Nominations in TODAY for the Service to Beaverton Awards!

Who do you know that makes a significant contributions to community?

Business

Outstanding Individual

Neighborhood Association Committee (NAC) Member

Service Organization

Emerging Leader (18 and under)

Educator/Teacher

For details and information here is the  flyer, the 2013 Nomination Form and a Postcard Mailer that will landing soon. DEADLINE is May 28th!

 

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2013 Service to Beaverton Awards

May 9th, 2013

Get Your Nominations in TODAY for the Service to Beaverton Awards!

Who do you know that makes a significant contributions to community?

Business

Outstanding Individual

Neighborhood Association Committee (NAC) Member

Service Organization

Emerging Leader (18 and under)

Educator/Teacher

For details and information here is the  flyer, the 2013 Nomination Form and a Postcard Mailer that will landing soon. DEADLINE is May 28th!

 

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Chamber Launches direct*CONNECT

May 1st, 2013

The Chamber has an internal Leads/Referral Group(s)!

Last week we hosted two informational meetings about direct*CONNECT – our internal referral/leads program launching this Thursday, May 2nd. We have both a 12 – 1 and a 5:30 – 6:30 group.

This exciting program is in response to member requests, saving hundreds of dollars per year and enhancing our exisiting business building programs.

direct*CONNECT Info Packet (includes our policies and procedures).  The application is available here.If you have questions, feel free to email Michelle.

 

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Chamber Launches direct*CONNECT

May 1st, 2013

The Chamber has an internal Leads/Referral Group(s)!

Last week we hosted two informational meetings about direct*CONNECT – our internal referral/leads program launching this Thursday, May 2nd. We have both a 12 – 1 and a 5:30 – 6:30 group.

This exciting program is in response to member requests, saving hundreds of dollars per year and enhancing our exisiting business building programs.

direct*CONNECT Info Packet (includes our policies and procedures).  The application is available here.If you have questions, feel free to email Michelle.

 

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