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Seeds to Grow

What are they planting to grow seedless watermelon?

Welcome New Members

JJSS Property, LLC

Northwest Gymnastics Training Center

Thank You
Renewing Members

SnowCap Community Charities

Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation

Clackamas County Bank - Gresham

Lori Stegmann Insurance Agency, Inc - Farmers Insurance Group

Insurance Solutions NW, Inc.

Ascent Financial Consultants LLC

YMCA Camp Collins

CCB Insurance Services LLC

ALSO - Advocates for Life Skills and Opportunity

Mt. Hood Adult Day Center

Ambleside Meals On Wheels People

Betty Chisum


Bonaventure of Gresham

Adventist Health Portland

KeyBank - SE Gresham

Dogwood Pet Hospital

Weston Buick GMC Kia

Chamber in Pictures
It’s your chance to inform, advertise, and brag about your business. This Friday is Speed Networking. Come prepared to talk about yourself for 2 uninterrupted minutes per round to fellow Chamber Members. You at 7:22 this Friday. First round starts promptly at 7:35 at The Gresham Elks Lodge #1805.
Thank you to ALL our non-profits and service organizations for the great work you do. The Rotary Club of Gresham is led by Larry Schwartz of Riverview Community Bank and Diane Noriega, former MHCC Board member.
Things are looking up in the Gresham Chamber. Well in this case, AM attendees are looking up, too! Thank you, Bonaventure, for hosting.

Upcoming Key Issues:
  • Family Leave Hearing - On Monday, March 25 at 6pm, the House Business & Labor Committee and Senate Workforce Committee plan to host a joint public hearing on paid family & medical leave bills that would SIGNIFICANTLY alter Oregon's business climate.

What do the bills do?
HB 3031 (requires 3/5 vote)
  • Applies to employers with 1+ employees
  • Mandates 32 weeks of paid and protected family and medical leave each year
  • Establishes new payroll tax of up to 1%:
  • 0.5% paid by employers
  • 0.5% paid by employees
  • Creates state run family insurance program
  • Doesn't allow employers to provide substantially similar plans/ currently existing plans
HB 3140  / SB 947 (doesn't require 3/5 vote)
  • Expands OFLA eligibility to 1+ employees
  • Expands family member definition
  • Mandates 24 weeks of paid and protected leave AND an additional 24 weeks of unpaid family and medical leave each year
  • Requires 100% of employee wages to be paid 100% by employers while employee is on leave

  • Cap & Trade - We are reaching out to Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson. for a sit down with her about Cap & Trade. If you would like to be included in this discussion, please email No time or date has been set yet.

Activity on Major Issues:
  • Corporate Tax Increases. It appears the committee is leaning toward selecting a Commercial Activity Tax, which is a pure gross receipts tax, as the basis for implementing a new business tax. The Commercial Activity Tax is being discussed 'in addition to' current business income taxes, not 'in lieu of.'

  • Kicker. (HB 2975) - HB 2975 includes an accounting change that reduced the upcoming kicker by over $100 million by transferring this money into the next biennium. HB 2975 adds an additional $100 million of revenue into the 2019-21 budget by taking it out of the $748 million personal income kicker due to taxpayers next year.
Networking at Noon

Bring your lunch and network.
It's that simple!
But Register soon because space is limited!
This Week's AM
Friday, March 22, 2019 | 7:22-9:00 AM

First Round Starts at 7:35 am!
Gresham Elks Lodge - 3330 NE Division St, Gresham
A great networking opportunity to meet more than 100 Chamber members and prospective members.

New faces are always welcome!
Chamber Catalyst:

All Chamber Members can take advantage of discounts at Party Surprise! , Rodda Paint Company , Office Depot , and more!
Member Tips, Tools & Press Releases
Combating the Financial
Mistakes of our 20's and 30's

Mistake #6: Not Having Adequate Health Insurance
Did you know?

Eleven-year-old George Lucas was at Disneyland opening day!
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

Choose the right opportunity. Success will depend on your expertise and your passion, but the market opportunity and the timing have to be there, too. Do your research and pick your moment.
No matter the season, there is something fun happening in Canby — from grape stomping and pumpkin weigh-offs to ferry rides and year-round trout fishing. Delve deeper into the farm landscape and discover a variety of shops and restaurants downtown, including wine bars and artisan chocolateries that go so well together.
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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