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The Weekly - Week of May 21st
Seeds to Grow
From Lynn, CEO
Let every nation know, whether it wishes well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.  
John F. Kennedy
In This Issue
This Week's AM Location
Surprise Party!
Early Bird Special!
Member Tips, Tools & Press Releases
Visitors Center
Friday AMs
Member Event Calendar
Member Job Openings
Bike Friendly Businesses
This Week's AM
May 25th - 7:22-9:00 am
829 NE 8th Street, Gresham
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Gresham-Barlow School District 

Join the Flash Mob
Wood Village Burrito Shop
23424 NE Halsey Street
Wednesday May 30th
11:30-1:00 pm

Join the fun, bring a friend!
Have some lunch and support a fellow member.  
Chamber in Pictures
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Books for Biscuits
Bring a book or 2 or 3, new or used to Biscuits Tuesday at 10 am.  Celebrate Gresham Reads with Gresham's First Lady, Alix Bemis  and enjoy a cinnamon roll courtesy of the city.  If you miss the event, drop off your book at the chamber office.
Greahm Area Chamber of Commerce AM Meeting
At Friday AM's (You at 7:22) networking and celebrating are always on the agenda.  Just ask Councilor David Widmark, Chael of Big Town Heros, Barbara with Mt. Hood Hospice, Carolyn the Bling Queen, or any of the other 120 people that attended Mt Hood Lanes that morning.
Sho owner of Maggie Maes Bookstore and new chamber member, got her husband involved, manning her table at the Spring Expo.  Great time connecting with 39 other new chamber businesses. 
Try Local First

May 22 - 4:30-6:00 pm
29215 SE Orient Drive, Gresham

Join us and get to know your local feed store.  
Sponsored By:
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The Bold Orange
Ribbon Cutting
May 25 - 9:15-9:30 am
The Bold Orange and Something Blue 
501 NE Hood Avenue, 
Suite 130, Gresham

Golf Tournament
August 23rd 
Glendoveer Golf Course 
Shotgun start at 9:00 am
Early Bird Special!
Now through June 30th
A golf team of 4 for only $450
(regular price of $500)  

Sponsorships are available
Contact Shelley Wright for more information

Golf Tournament Sponsored by
Additional Sponsors
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Member Tips, Tools & Press Releases
Doterra - Tabitha Wolz - Essential Oil Tips
It can be tricky to decide which essential oils one might use on a daily basis.  Check in with your doctor, nutritionist and essential oil coach to see how you can best support a healthy daily routine.  

The Wallace Medical Concern - Maximize Magnesium
Magnesium may be the most important mineral in our diets - yet up to 80% of Americans don't get enough for good health.  Boost your "m" levels while enjoying nuts (almonds, cashew, Brazil nuts are powerhouses), dark chocolate (yes!), leafy greens (good choices are spinach, Swiss chard), avocados, pumpkin seeds, bananas, and fish.

Portland General Electric - Our best tips for a cool workplace. Take action now to maximize comfort and savings this summer. Learn more at
Try Local First
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Baby Our Businesses!
As a rebirth and remodel of Historic Downtown Gresham takes place we hope you will take special care to visit the new businesses emerging from that transformation (and of course continue to support all local businesses).   New businesses are like babies. They need a little extra care in their infancy but as anyone with children knows, the sleepless nights are worth the trouble. Getting a business off the ground is not for the faint of heart and as they say "requires a village".
So whether it be in downtown or another location take time to seek out the chance to visit new local restaurants, pubs, or retail.   The diversity of these types of businesses helps us all have a community where locals want to spend their money. Folks from neighboring communities are enticed to spend here as well. However, the greatest positive impact that desirable dining, great accommodations and retail bring to a community is Tourism with a capital T!
Tourism creates jobs, both through direct employment within the tourism industry and indirectly in sectors such as retail and transportation.   When these people spend their wages on goods and services, it leads to what is known as the "multiplier effect," creating more jobs!   More jobs mean better communities and better communities are the goal of "Try Local First"! So spend local.

Visitors Center
Your Next Adventure In the Gorge
Wildflowers? Check. Dramatic waterfall? Check. Epic views of the Columbia River Gorge? Check again.

Bursting with wildflowers in the spring, the  Mosier Plateau Trail, just east of Hood River, may just become your go-to spot for an afternoon of nature therapy this season.   Or maybe it will be the  Deschutes River State Recreation Area  in Rufus, where you can spot early spring wildflowers and sit down to a waterfront picnic on a hot day - inner tubes and paddle-boards optional.   Both of these trails are top choices for Gorge visitors this year, after the Eagle Creek Fire near Cascade Locks left 135 miles of trails closed, from Wyeth to Troutdale. Crews have started restoring some of the 42 trails and hope to reopen at least a few - such as Multnomah Falls, Angel's Rest and the Pacific Crest Trail at Herman Creek - by the end of 2018.

Friday AM Meetings - "You at 7:22"
May 25 - 7:22-9:00 am
829 NE Eighth Street, Gresham

June 1 - 7:22-9:00 am
1042 NW Norman Avenue, Suite 210, Gresham

June 8 - 7:22-9:00 am
14127 SE Stark Street, Portland

June 15 - 7:22-9:00 am
1280 NE Kane Drive, Gresham

AVAILABLE ONLINE! Member Event Calendar
Need to promote your special day event, fundraiser, request for volunteers, meet and greets, classes, meetings and more? Get value by listing your events with the Chamber.
Click here for a complete list of Member Events.

To post an event, email the details to or call 503-665-1131.

Member Job Openings

List Your Job Openings With The Chamber

One of the free benefits of membership is the ability to post job openings on the Chamber's website. To post a job opening send the details in a Word document to Lynn Snodgrass.


Click here for a list of current job openings.


Bike Friendly Businesses
Bike Friendly Businesses Across the Region

As the weather improves more people will be opting for their bicycles instead of cars.  Did you know, a number of businesses throughout the region and within our Chamber are recognized as Bike Friendly?  Click here to check them out!

  • Always wear a properly fitted helmet
  • Adjust your bicycle to fit your body
  • Check your tire inflation and brakes
  • See and Be Seen

Click here to read more bike safety tips 

If you're a business interested in becoming or being recognized as Bike Friendly, contact the Chamber at or visit Travel Oregon's Bike Friendly Business webpage. We can't wait to see you join this growing list of businesses already recognized in the region.