Your Weekly Chamber News
Week of 3/17/2020

Seeds to Grow

I turned my phone on airplane mode and threw it in the air. Worst transformer ever.

Welcome New Member

Medical Vocational Planning, LLC

Thank You
Renewing Members

Bethany House, Inc.

Kohler Meyers O'Halloran Inc

BBSI - Portland

Wallace - Gresham

Dogwood Pet Hospital

Up to the minute changes:
I would like to share with you the most recent steps we are taking to respond to COVID-19. As the situation around the coronavirus is unprecedented and continues to evolve, we are actively working to ensure the health and safety of our members, volunteers, and staff.

Effective immediately   the Gresham Area Chamber will be participating in the Social Distancing requests.  We are canceling, postponing and rescheduling ALL chamber meetings and events until Monday April 6th .   Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation and make the appropriate adjustments.

Your Chamber Staff is actively planning for the “Go To Gresham” recovery plan.   We will be in communication with all members to formulate a fun and aggressive plan to help all of our businesses and non-profits recover from lack of revenue. We will be formulating a multi-week marketing campaign that will reach out to the community at large.  A Task Force is being formed with recovery measures and implementation as the goal.   The implementation of the multi-week recovery plan will occur at a later date, when our lives feel more like normal. More information will be forthcoming.

In the meantime, we will continue to encourage everyone that can to utilize our businesses. You can still support your fellow members and local businesses. Order take-out from your favorite restaurants, buy gift certificates or gift cards for future use, donate time or funds to one of the many non-profits that also will be impacted.

Included in this newsletter, we are posting resource information. The information will be helpful and useful to many of our members. Keep checking our website and social media platforms for rapid responses and additional information.

Our ability to remain calm and our focus on supporting each other will help us rebound even faster. This community has always risen to the occasion!

My Best,
Lynn Snodgrass
Chamber in Pictures
Even though you weren’t in the room, you were WELL represented. Mayor Bemis updated Chamber member representatives mapping out what actions the city is taking and encouraging all of us to support each other. Attending the briefing were large, medium, small businesses, profit and non-profit, as well as education. 18 Different industry sectors were at the table with questions and suggestions. Thank you, Mayor, for your steadfast leadership.
Yes, due to the Coronavirus, some behaviors changed at the Business Excellence Awards luncheon. Editor and Publisher at The Gresham Outlook, Steve Brown, elbow tapped the BEA presenting sponsor, Christina Price of Edward Jones.  Attendance was not affected by the virus, however the attendees were affected by the moving stories told when the award winners were introduced.
Business Excellence Awards Honoree of the year, Mayor Shane Bemis, is joined by fellow honorees, Warner Allen (2016) and Greg Matthews (2018). As with all the Honorees, Mayor Bemis was humble in his acceptance speech as well as touched and emotionally moved by the award.
This Week's AM is cancelled and will be rescheduled.
Mayor Bemis to Address the Governor's Newest COVID-19 Directive

Join Mayor Bemis Today , May 17, at 10:30 AM
Location: Zoom (Virtual)

Businesses are invited to a briefing from Mayor Bemis regarding the restaurant limitations newly imposed by Governor Brown. Informational opportunity.

Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking the link below.

Meeting ID: 973 520 061
Member Tips, Tools, & Press Releases
Immune Support Tip

The Shanghai government officially recommends IV Vitamin C for treatment of COVID-19 after seeing how effective it is in studies. Vitamin C and minerals like zinc and selenium given intravenously provide a powerful boost for the immune system to fight off viruses and keep you healthy.
Energy Tips
Look up. Look down. Look all around. Whether you’re digging, building or performing maintenance outdoors, visit to learn how to avoid close encounters of the dangerous kind. 
Kids Normalize Unhealthy Behaviors

They don't talk to adults.
Their ways of coping include alcohol, sexual activity, drugs, eating or not eating, and cutting.
They don't know why. They hide and lie.
They don't know what they don't know.
Good Business Practices:

How often do you think about what you are saying before you say it? Sometimes we want our words to be first… but are they words we regret? 
Did You Know?

Did you know that alcohol usage can be detected in urine instantly for the previous 80 hours?
Press Release:

For the next two weeks, Nicholas Restaurant is offering a special pick-up and delivery menu for the next two weeks, featuring their "Flatten The Curve Healthy Menu," which features the same generous portions- with extreme sanitation procedures.

Tourism- 7 Wonders Road Trip
Bend to John Day (92 miles/4 hours)
Get ready for two more Wonders! You won’t be driving far today, but it will take you some time to get where you’re going, which includes Smith Rock and the Painted Hills. 
Friday AM Meetings

"You at 7:22"
Member Event Calendar
Need to promote your special day, event, fundraiser, classes, meetings, and more? Get value by listing your events with the Chamber by logging into your member portal at the top of Once logged in, navigate to events. Having trouble? Just email

Click here for a complete list of Member Events.

To post a tip, email the details to . Please remember to keep it to 40 words or less.
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, just log into your member portal (at the top of and navigate to jobs. Need help? Just email

Click Here for a list of current job openings.
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