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The Weekly - Week of January 29th
Seeds to Grow
From Lynn, CEO
Let's get an extended weather forecast from a jittery, inconsistent, reddish brown rodent.

In This Issue
This Week's AM Location
Renewing Members
Member Tips, Tools & Press Releases
Member Event Calendar
Member Job Openings
Friday AMs
Visitors Center
Bike Friendly Businesses
This Week's AM
February 2 - 7:22-9:00 am
Old Billy Bob's building, 333 N Main Avenue, Gresham
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Gresham-Barlow School District 

Chamber in Pictures
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Excellence Award Winners!
Jan Weston, Weston Buick GMC Kia...and Michelle Kosta, Family of Friends Mentoring (pictured 8th and 10th from left) were surprise announcements day of the event. Honoree of the Year and Rising Star respectively. Inspiring event. Don't miss next year! (photo courtesy of Photo Images by Susan Gould) 
Gresham-Barlow School Board Chair Kris Howatt (left); Superintendent Dr. Katrise Perera (center) and Gresham-Barlow Education Association Bargaining Chair Cyrus Harshfield (right) sign the 2017-2020 collective bargaining agreement between the school district and teachers union.  
Sue Piazza, (Bucket List Travel Tours) retiring Chamber Board President accepts appreciation plaque from Stayce Blume (Sklyand Pub), 2018 Chamber Board President. Laughter from the audience when the award arrived via a bucket at the Business Excellence Awards luncheon. (photo courtesy of Photo Images by Susan Gould)

Renewing Members
The Chamber would like to thank and acknowledge the members below who reinvested in our organization by renewing their membership:

5-9 years

1-4 years

Member Tips, Tools & Press Releases
Columbia Collection Service - Listening Tip
We listen at a rate of 125-250 words per minute. We think at a rate of 1,000-3,000 words per minute. When you are thinking about what you are going to say next while someone else is speaking you are not listening. Active listening is the key to resolving conflict and creating positive outcomes.  

Portland General Electric - Winter-Ready?
Is your business winter-ready? Click here to find steps you can take to prepare in case we get hit again with wind or ice this winter.
Doterra - Tabitha Wolz - Essential Oil Tips
Not all essential oils are created equally. The FDA does not regulate essential oils. This means bottles of essential oils sold on the shelf may not go through thorough testing or be 100% pure as the bottle says. 
Norwex - Kathy Hill - Chemical Free Tips
Do you know that nearly 80% of all waste on our land and in our oceans now consists of plastic debris? This includes millions of plastic straws! We can make a huge difference by either not using straws or using reusable straws.
Fruit juice is commonly thought of as a health food. Unfortunately, there is just as much sugar in fruit juice as there is in sugary sodas like Pepsi, Coke or Sprite. Health tip: Add sparkling mineral water to dilute it, while making a fun fizzy drink.

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 Julie Hamatake.


Click here for a list of current job openings.


Friday AM Meetings - "You at 7:22"
February 2 - 7:22-9:00 am
Old Billy Bob's building, 333 N Main Avenue, Gresham

February 9 - 7:22-9:00 am
277 NE 223rd Avenue, Gresham

February 16 - 7:22-9:00 am
400 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham

February 23 - 7:22-9:00 am
21640 SE Stark Street, Gresham

Visitors Center
Cosmic Tubing 
Have you heard of cosmic tubing? Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00-11:00 pm and 5:00-10:00 pm on nights during holiday periods you can enjoy tubing, laser lights, black lights, music and more at Mt. Hood Skibowl. Great fun for the whole family.

Bike Friendly Business Program
Bike Friendly Business Program
The Chamber has been recognized as a Bike Friendly Business. Congratulations to these Chamber members who are also recognized as Bike Friendly Businesses:

- Best Western Sandy Inn - Boring Brewing Co/Boring Winery
- Buddha Kat Winery - Cafe Delirium
- Columbia Gorge Outlets - Frenzi Frozen Yogurt
- Gresham Bicycle Center
- Gresham Ford
- Gresham Grocery Outlet
- Gresham ReStore
- Hampton Inn
- Jazzy Bagel Co.
- McMenamins Edgefield
- Nicholas Restaurant
- Oregonians Credit Union
- Origin's Coffee House
- Riverview Community Bank
- Sunny Han's Wok & Grill
- The Hoppy Brewer

Click here to read more about our Bike Friendly Businesses. If you are interested in becoming a Bike Friendly Business, contact the office for more information at 503-665-1131.