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Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
- Adlai Stevenson II



Welcome New Member

CrossFit PDX


Thank You
Renewing Members

United Cerebral Palsy Employment Solutions & Development

Core Coffee

Nancy's Floral Inc.

Eagle's Nest Remodeling LLC

Glendoveer Golf & Tennis

Drake's 7 Dee's Nursery & Landscaping

H2Oregon Premium Water Company

Yoshida's Inc.

C.P. Trips, Inc.

Classique Floors + Tile

Tax Minimizers of Oregon Inc.

Gresham Family Dentistry

Gresham-Barlow Youth Baseball/Softball

Columbia Gorge Outlets

Pacifica Senior Living Portland

First American Title

Black Rock Coffee Bar
Chamber in Pictures
World Travelers? Nope. The Maharaja Cuisine of India on Hogan. Thanks Dipak Chand for the great AM! Anne Whitlock (Courtyard Fountains), Claudia Stewart, and Greg Bittke (Cherry Park Plaza) joined 87 others for Indian food at 7:22 AM.
Our Try Local event was not about catching frogs on the streets of Gresham. Ed Chin, All About Adventures Excursions, is teaching Roger Lillard, Edward Jones, how to cast. Frenzi Frozen Yogurt, Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop, U.S. World Class Taekwondo, Feather Your Nest Quilt Shop, and All About Adventures Excursions joined in the Try Local Summer Fun and You theme.
Ducks and Dancin’ July 19th & 20th
The Gresham Chamber is sponsoring an unveiling on the 19th and incredible dancing on the 20th. More info to come.
Capitol Communication Corner
Whew !

At the 11 th hour of the 2019 session, priority bills (both good and bad) received their final judgement. Here are some of the closely watched bills that made their way through the session in the final 24 hours:

  • HB 2005 Family Paid Leave is now law (avoiding ballot measure threat)
  • HB 2007 Diesel Fuel passed (different rules for tri county area compared to the rest of the state. A negotiated bill)
  • HB 2001 Single Family permits is now law. Changing the landscape of Gresham and all of the surrounding communities of over 10,000 people, the bill requires cities to allow duplexes in single family zones.
  • HB 5024 Budget bill that includes Community College funding increases above Governor's budget
  • SB 123 Equal Pay technical fix bill passes. Bill is full of technical fixes to previously passed Equal Pay legislation

  • HB 2020 Cap and Trade died in committee

Whew ! The session is over and now the hard work begins . Our Chamber members have to figure out a way to navigate through all of the new laws, regulations and financial challenges in order to maintain a prosperous, competitive business model.

Your individual industry lobby and associations will have more specifics relating to you, most specifically regarding the gross receipts tax passed earlier in the session. Let me know if I can help answers any lingering questions you might have about the session. I will try to help.

-Lynn Snodgrass

PS: Don’t forget, minimum wage increases start July 1. 
This Week's AM
Friday, July 5, 2019 | 7:22-9:00 AM

2205 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR
A great networking opportunity to meet more than 100 Chamber members and prospective members.
New faces are always welcome!
July 26, 2019 is the Golf Tournament!
Also sponsored by:
Edward Jones/Christina J. Price
Cricket Wireless Authorized Retailer
Visiting Angels
Member Tips, Tools & Press Releases
Natural Health Tips

Worried about your blood pressure? Studies show that going for morning walks outside, eating at least 2 stalks of celery daily, and drinking hibiscus tea can significantly reduce blood pressure without medication.
Ready - Set - Grill (safely)

Seven out of every 10 adults in the U.S. have a grill or a smoker. It’s important to take some basic safety steps to help ensure you’ll spend your summer enjoying friends and family and not dealing with the aftermath of a grill-related house fire.
Business & Safety Tips

When the temperatures are above 90 F, workers should drink 3-4 cups of water every hour to prevent heat related risks.
Can new lighting really pay off for a small business? Just ask Kyle Anderson, manager and co-owner of iParts & Phone Repair in Gresham. He won an energy-efficiency consultation with PGE in 2017. “It’s definitely a good move,” said Anderson, who significantly reduced his lighting costs.
Credit Tips for Business Owners

Apply for credit before you absolutely need it. Once you secure credit, make a point of using it when needed and repaying it promptly.
Press Release: Storytime with Mayor Bemis

Gresham, OR - Books Around the Corner presents a special storytime with Mayor Bemis at Books Around the Corner. Mayor Bemis will read a few stories to the children. After he'll do a Q&A about government, being mayor and Gresham Reads.

Press Release: Visiting Angels Receives 2019 Best of Home Care® – Leader in Excellence Award
Visiting Angels of Gresham announced today that it received the distinguished Best of Home Care –Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for home care.

Health & Wellness

Five surprising facts about skin cancer:

First, the bad news: according to the  Skin Cancer Foundation , 5 million cases of skin cancer are reported annually. This makes skin cancer the most common type of cancer that Americans suffer.

Now the good news: skin cancer is preventable.


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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 gacc@greshamchamber.org 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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