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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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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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Holly Shop Hop

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Tour China with the Chamber

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Holly Shop Hop

[fullwidth_text alt_background=”none” width=”3/4″ el_position=”first”] Local businesses are invited to participate in the Holly Shop Hop. This campaign invites shoppers to pick up Holly Shop Hop passports and take them to participating businesses to get stamped. Once ¾ of the businesses have been visited, shoppers can enter to win a fabulous 12 Days of Christmas prize package.   The event kicks off on Small Business Saturday, November 29, and runs through December 21.   “The purpose of the event is to get residents to think about shopping locally this holiday season. We want to get more people into local businesses. Our businesses are the backbone of a vital economy and we … Continue reading

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[spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”2/3″ el_position=”first”] [/spb_text_block] [spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”1/3″ el_position=”last”] The results are in from the 2014 Chamber Survey. The survey was sent out to 352 business leaders and community members in the Stayton/Sublimity area. We asked just a few simple questions-‘What is a concern for your business?’, ‘What is a concern for your community?’ and ‘Why did/would you join the Chamber?’ We received 59 responses back. Some of these results were surprising to us. From the large employers we have been hearing that there is an issue finding employees. Not just skilled, but those capable of basic work-being on time, passing a drug test, following written directions. The … Continue reading

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What’s New at Santiam SummerFest?

In our effort to keep Santiam SummerFest a hip and happening event, we’ve added some new events within the event.   The Pet Parade- Bring Fido or Garfield or Polly to travel down 3rd Ave. Starting on the corner of Florence and ended at the Dog Show grounds. Show off your furry or feathered best friend. No registration necessary, just show up at 9:00 AM!   Art on 3rd Ave- Check out local artists, listen to local music and share your opinion about future murals in Stayton. Art to buy, see and make all at the old Jensen-Kreitzer Building on 3rd Ave. All day.   Disc Golf Contest- Try your … Continue reading

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