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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 16:33

The Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC) is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Tigard Shining Stars Scholarship Award.  Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship made possible by a generous donation from Pride Disposal and roughly 80 businesses who are members of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce.  Applicants were judged based on career plans, extracurricular and/or work activities, scholastic achievement and letters of recommendation.  Please join us in congratulating the following students for earning this highly competitive scholarship:

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 11:15

Many business owners think about using video but they don’t know where to start. They worry it will be costly and require a lot of expensive equipment.

Creating video can be incredibly easy and cheap. You can begin with what you probably already have (a webcam, adjustable lighting, and a mic) and use free or inexpensive software to edit (there are many options under $100).  

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 15:16

By now most of us have part of our lives in the cloud. Family photos, videos, home entertainment, sure. But there are some business owners who are still hesitant in giving everything over to an “entity” they can’t see, touch, or visit. If you’re considering cloud services and placing all of your business’ data assets in the cloud, read on.

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 15:16

By now most of us have part of our lives in the cloud. Family photos, videos, home entertainment, sure. But there are some business owners who are still hesitant in giving everything over to an “entity” they can’t see, touch, or visit. If you’re considering cloud services and placing all of your business’ data assets in the cloud, read on.

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 14:44

Marketing can be one of your largest business expenses, particularly if you’re unknown and just starting off. If your business has a storefront on a well-traveled Main Street, you’re in luck. If not, you have some work to do.

New business owners who haven’t tackled their own marketing before will be shocked at the amount of work needed to be successful at digital marketing (the newfangled kind of marketing that helps people get to know, like and trust you through virtual techniques). It doesn’t seem like there are enough hours in the day.

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 11:15

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Henry Ford didn’t invent the automobile. He didn’t invent the assembly line either, but he found a way to use the technology to place cars in the hands of a large percentage of the population who couldn’t previously afford them.  

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 13:40

If you have too many customers and you can’t keep up; if your business’ revenue streams are more like Tsunamis, social media is optional for your business. If not, you need to embrace it today. Here’s why:

 We are a very mobile society. Businesses can’t count on the foot traffic they once did or people just driving by and stopping in. We’re in our cars, going to the next appointment at lightning speed. There’s no time to just drop in to a new store or business.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 11:53

Measure 97, (formerly known as IP 28) Would Cost Oregon Businesses & Consumers Billions

Measure 97 is a costly and damaging proposal that will appear on the Nov. 2016 Oregon statewide ballot. The Tigard Chamber has joined the coalition of small businesses, local chambers and consumers from across Oregon in opposing Measure 97 for the following reasons:

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 00:00

The Tigard Chamber since last year has taken an no position on increasing minimum wage in Oregon.  We are concerned about the impact to business, our residents and our economy.  We are opposed to a significant increase in minimum wage for the following reasons.

1.Raising the minimum wage would raise costs for fixed income seniors with no ability to pay for increases 

2.Oregon economists estimate increasing Oregon’s minimum wage to $12/hr will cause a reduction of 52,000 jobs statewide 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 15:07

Content is essential to your business becoming (or remaining) an industry leader. It’s fast becoming a differentiator as more and more customers do their research online and make purchasing decisions long before they speak with one of your sales people.  

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