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Seeds to Grow

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
—Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Thank You
Renewing Members


Young Twedt McRostie LLP

Bedont Orthodontics

Ascent Financial Consultants LLC

Harry's Fresh Foods

PDG Construction Services, Inc.

Gresham Liquor Store

Worksystems, Inc.

Pinnacle Computer
Solutions, LLC

Portland General Electric

Adventist Health Portland

Chamber in Pictures
Local school. Local contractor. Local taxes.  Try Local event. 
SIGN UP now .  Want to see the new inside of the new ½ of Gresham High School?  Sign up (no charge) to participate in the Try Local event on March 26 th . We will get a private walk through of the building, then a private review of what is happening by Mike Scholfield, CFO Gresham Barlow School District.
Will Beattie of the Highland Games, reminds us to blow our own horn
(or bagpipes in this case). 
Be sure to use the Chamber Instagram, website, testimonials, newsletter tips… Well, you get the picture.  Toot your horn and use your business name.

Activity on Major Issues:
  • What is Cap & Trade? (HB 2020) - Transportation fuels are considered "covered emissions," meaning there will be fuel cost increases. Residential, commercial, and industrial natural gas rates will increase under the bill and ratepayer assistance options are limited. Look for new amendments, and perhaps a total re-write of the bill.
  • Independent contractors (HB2498) - HB 2498 would add a new test to Oregon's independent contractors: "Do you provide a service different from the business you are working for?" If the answer is "no," HB 2498 would reclassify you as an employee of the business. Implications are broad-doctors, hairstylists, insurance agents, realtors, and many others will be impacted if HB 2498 passes.
  • Corporate Tax Increases - Watch for a new Commercial Activities Tax (CAT) as the basis for adding new revenue to the state's K-12 system. There is an outside chance the committee may support a Business Activity Tax (which allows deductions for capital expenditures), but early indications are that leadership is favoring the CAT. It would be a straight 0.48% tax against a company's topline sales. This would be in addition to Oregon's corporate income tax.

Upcoming Key Issues:
  • Employment Contracts (HB 2489) - would substantially shift the relationship between employers and employees in Oregon. The bill eliminates an employer's ability to enforce agreements if they aren't written and disallows employment contracts of longer than two years. A preliminary hearing is scheduled this week in House Business and Labor.
  • SAIF - is being targeted for a raid of its workers' compensation claims reserves to buy down PERS rates for K-12.
  • PERS - No long term solutions are on the table. Short term ideas: either suspend the $748 million personal 'kicker' and divert it to paying down PERS rates for K-12 schools or face the prospect of taking a similar amount out of SAIF's reserves.
This Week's AM
Friday, March 15, 2019 | 7:22-9:00 AM

Host Change!
22514 SE Stark St, Gresham
A great networking opportunity to meet more than 100 Chamber members and prospective members.

New faces are always welcome!
Save the date!

Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce

2019 Golf Tournament
Friday, July 26, 2019
To reserve an available sponsorship,
call the office!
Member Tips, Tools & Press Releases
Combating the Financial
Mistakes of our 20's and 30's

Mistake #5: Having No Emergency Fund
Did you know?

All the plants in Disneyland’s Tomorrow Land are edible.
Join us for Earth Month. PGE employees volunteer throughout the year, and every April our focus turns to the environment during our Spring into Action month of service. We’ll pull invasive plants, pick up litter, plant trees and much more. Why? Because, like you, we’re proud to call this beautiful place home, and we want to help build a better, brighter tomorrow. Learn more at .

Business Startup Tips

If you choose to hire full-time employees, make sure you can afford the time and energy associated with the hiring process, as well as their wages, benefits, and taxes
Networking at Noon

Bring your lunch and network. It's that simple!
But Register soon because there are only
10 seats available!
Five of the remaining historic, scenic structures (and one new one) span the creeks and rivers surrounding town on these quiet country back roads southeast of Salem. Explore Scio’s railroad history at the Scio Historical Depot Museum, and herd your flock to watch the nation’s oldest sheepdog trials at the annual Lamb & Wool Fair.
To learn more, Click Here.
Friday AM Meetings

"You at 7:22"
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 the Chamber Office .

Click Here for a list of current job openings.
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