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[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] 8 Ways to Get Noticed on Social Media Today There’s a lot of noise on the social media channels and getting noticed can seem a task akin to pushing a large bolder up an icy slope in gale-force winds blowing down off of the mountain. But it’s not as hard as you think. Here are several tips to help you get your business noticed today. Post the Easy Shares There are certain types of posts that a large number of people respond to. These include: Funny posts Statistic or data posts (if it’s from your business, even better) Inspirational quotes Dramatic images These sorts of … Continue reading

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In November and December 2014 the City of Stayton notified 67 businesses and building owners that they were in violation of the sign code. Previous to this, without an ordinance officer, the sign code violations had not been addressed for several years. Many businesses had no idea that they were in violation of the sign code and sought a way to make changes to the code. The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce (SSCOC), at the urging of the business community, organized a meeting, on Feb. 5th in which 25 business owners and managers attended to discuss the code with the Stayton City Planner and steps needed to amend it.   … Continue reading

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August 25, 2015   The Honorable Earl Blumenauer United States House of Representatives 1111 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515   Dear Congressman Blumenauer:   On behalf of the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, I want to ask you to support the Innovation Act of 2015 (H.R. 9), which targets abuses by so-called patent trolls by calling for a vote on this bill as soon as possible. Abusive patent litigation is a problem that only continues to grow – in 2013, patent troll litigation reached a record high, up 13 percent over 2012 and more than a tenfold increase over the past decade. Lawsuits brought by patent trolls were … Continue reading

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How to get the most out of your Greeters experience Greeters is about creating relationships, a network of friends, neighbors and fellow business owners to collaborate and assist. Speak carefully and clearly, speak loud enough that people in the back row may hear you. Keep it focused. For your first Greeters, just name, company name and a quick sentence on what it is your company does—your ‘elevator speech’. For subsequent Greeters, keep things fresh, focus on what is new and exciting in your business–if you have a sale, hired a new person, or expanded. Bring materials. If you have extensive news to share then bring materials to leave on the … Continue reading

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Dear OSCC Members & Colleagues:   Here are the updates on key OSCC House bills (including this morning’s committees).   House Bill 3377 – mandatory flexible scheduling – did not move.  Dead.   House Bill 2764 – increased attorney fees in workers’ comp cases, 5% increase in workers’ comp costs – passed the House Business Committee this morning on a 6-5 vote.   House Bill 2386 – BOLI “cease and desist” authority – passed the House Business Committee again this morning on a 6-5 vote.  OSCC will initiate grassroots on this bill.  Although the bill was amended, it was not improved.   House Bill 3025 – the “ban the box” bill … Continue reading

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April 13, 2015   House Business & Labor Committee Senate Workforce Committee   Re: Proposals to increase statewide minimum wage   Dear House Chair Holvey and Senate Chair Dembrow,   The Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce represents over 400 local businesses and we support Oregon’s current minimum wage law that indexes the minimum wage each year based on inflation.   We ask that you oppose efforts to increase Oregon’s minimum wage further. Increases in the minimum wage would hurt local businesses, result in fewer businesses and jobs, and would not benefit our community.   Oregon’s minimum wage is the second highest state minimum wage in the US, behind only Washington ($9.47/hour). … Continue reading

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The North Santiam School District, through a Collaboration Grant from the Oregon Department of Education, has designed Career Pathways in order to create a culture of leadership where teachers and administrators have opportunities to lead within their buildings and throughout the district. The district believes that the intrinsic value established through the creation of these leadership opportunities will attract and retain teachers and administrators. Increasing student achievement by increasing educator effectiveness is the central focus of the district’s Career Pathway design. Three distinct levels exist in the Career Pathway design. Level 1 is relatively informal and offers entry-level leadership roles to a teacher within his or her own building. The … Continue reading

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Five Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Winter Driving Whether you’re headed through the woods to grandmother’s house or planning a ski weekend getaway, ’tis the season for driving in snow, ice and rain. Before you hit the road, follow these five important tips to ensure a safe journey: Check your tires. Having the right pressure and traction in winter weather is a must for proper handling. Replace wiper blades. If your blades leave streaks or miss spots, it’s time for new ones. Also make sure you have enough washer fluid that won’t freeze in the reservoir. Ensure the battery is working properly. Check all cable connections and make sure there’s no … Continue reading

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