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Chamber in Pictures
Thank you, Secretary Richardson, for having a huge positive
impact on the lives of all Oregonians, including the
Leadership Academy class '17-'18. 
Dennis Richardson 1949-2019
The AM for Ooma Business, Inc. brought smiles to many including John Wilson. Left to right: Jared Tjaden (Edward Jones), John Wilson (The Gresham Outlook), and Paula Johnson (CertaPro Painters).
Join fellow friends today from 5pm - 6:30pm at Gresham Schmizza Public House to toast John.
Sandra of Bfit Gyms (thanks for hosting the AM) asked “Do you have a health plan for 2019?” The Chamber has lots of members that can help with diet, weight control, exercise, massage, yoga, spiritual health, travel…well the sky’s the limit for a healthy 2019.

Activity on Major Issues:
  • Cap & Trade hearings provide a dose of reality. Hearings in the past weeks in Newport, Baker City, The Dalles, and Bend provided lawmakers with the stark reality that not all Oregonians are clamoring to pay more for their gasoline, natural gas or electricity.
  • Medicaid taxes passed that HB 2010 will raise over $291 million per biennium from local businesses. It was the first major business cost increase from the 2019 season.
  • Rent control passed. The statewide rent control bill, SB 608 is the first statewide rent control bill in the nation and limits annual rent increases to 7% plus CPI on buildings over 15 years old.

Upcoming Key Issues:
  • Independent contractors - 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.
  • SB 379 (Workplace Marijuana Accommodation) - Senate Bill 379 would make it an unlawful employment action to condition employment based on refraining from the off-duty use of cannabis or any legal substance. Exception for jobs where the work cannot be preformed while impaired, there is currently no easy test to determine if someone is impaired while at the workplace.
This Week's AM
Friday, March 8, 2019 | 7:22-9:00 AM

Host Change!
600 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham
A great networking opportunity to meet more than 100 Chamber members and prospective members.

New faces are always welcome!
Member Tips, Tools & Press Releases
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’ll need help, employing contractors can be a good strategy for newly established businesses. The IRS has strict guidelines on who can be considered a contractor, so make sure you meet the criteria to avoid being penalized.
Don't let your business become a statistic.

The lower back is the leading cause of lost time injuries and cuts/lacerations is 2nd.
Did you know?

Disneyland and Disney World have an elite private club called Club 33. It is rumored to have a ten year wait list and cost $33k to join and an additional $15k per year. Former Trail Blazer Robin Lopez aka Rolo is a huge Disney fan and Club 33 member!
Combating the Financial
Mistakes of our 20's and 30's

Mistake #4: Overusing Credit
Networking at Noon

Bring your lunch and network. It's that simple!
But Register soon because there are only
10 seats available!
Today, the Historic Balch Hotel keeps agricultural traditions alive with the annual Vintage Dufur Days harvest festival. While tractors plow the local fields, these quiet back roads lure road bikers, too. Visit the Dufur Historical Society Museum to learn about the town’s first residents, and grab a beer at the Pastime Saloon and Restaurant to meet some current ones.
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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