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Public Policy session supports OSCC legislative agenda

In a Public Policy session held January 8, 2015, members of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce voted 18-1 in favor of adopting the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce (OSCC) 2015 Legislative agenda. This recommendation will be forwarded to the Board of Directors for consideration.

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Program takes buy local campaign to next level

Over the years, buy local campaigns have raised awareness of the benefit of supporting local businesses first. Buy in the Mid Valley is now expanding on that idea with a card program that gives consumers special offers at participating businesses. The program officially launched in January.

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Artificial increases in minimum wage devastating to small business

Discussion around Oregon’s minimum wage is building as elected leaders in Oregon begin preparations for the 2015 Legislative Session. The docket looks concerning, and as a Chamber of Commerce focused on the importance of a healthy and growing economy, we want you to be aware of upcoming battles facing Oregon’s small businesses.

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Members making news - January/February

Abiqua School is pleased to announce the opening of its high school beginning in September 2015. The high school, which will employ the blended model of learning, will be the first of its kind in the Willamette Valley.  In the blended model, students engage in interactive, online course and then work with one of Abiqua’s master teachers, who pull students together in small groups for seminar style discussions and team projects. Week-to-week, the master teacher adapts the grouping of students and their individual lesson plans to fit each student’s level of progress. Dr. Lily Driskill was recruited to head the high school. abiquaschool.org

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Member anniversaries - October - December 2014

Special thanks to all our renewing members from October – December.

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New councilors shape direction for city

January 2015 marks the beginning of a new class of Salem City Councilors as four newly elected leaders are sworn into office. It’s been more than a decade since Salem has seen such a large incoming class of policy makers

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Salem Chamber announces partnership with JWA

The Salem Chamber is pleased to be working in partnership with John Watt Associates (JWA).

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Time to ring in the new year

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is already over. It has been a very busy year - not only for myself and my partners as we opened our new financial investment firm, Summit Wealth Management - but for the Chamber as well.  Being the president of this very effective organization is equivalent to a civilian boot camp. Meetings, committees, lunches, and dinners are just part of the job. The really fun part is all the information I am learning. I am honored every day to represent the Chamber and very proud of the positive community difference we make for our members.

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Welcome new members - October - December 2014

We are pleased to welcome our newest investors in the Salem Chamber who joined between October and December.

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Inspire Foundation receives Meyer Memorial Trust grant

The Inspire Foundation recently received a $40,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust for its Multi-Generational Mentoring program.

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