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2019 Business Advocacy Agenda

The Tigard Chamber Board of Directors has approved the Tigard Chamber 2019 Business Advocacy Agenda. 

Focus areas for the 2019 Business Advocacy Agenda include:

  • Transportation
  • Workforce Housing
  • Behavioral Health Programs and Homelessness Prevention
  • Environment/Sustainability including Energy
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Employer Issues
  • Tax Issues/Reforms

You can access the 2019 Business Advocacy Agenda here

Now Accepting 2019 Tigard Chamber Scholarship Applications

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Tigard, OR – The Tigard Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the application process for the 2019 high school senior scholarships is now open! The Chamber will provide three scholarships in the amount of $1000 each to graduating seniors that will be continuing their education at either a trade school, professional training, two year college or 4 year college. These scholarships are made possible through the generous donations of Pride Disposal, over 80 Tigard Chamber Members and other sponsors.

To be eligible to apply, students must live in or attend school in the 97223 or 97224 zip codes. They must also be planning to pursue a career in the fields of business, the trades, or non-profit work. The committee will be looking for students that have demonstrated participation in extra curricular activities and/or after school employment and has a GPA of 2.5 or above.

Students wishing to apply for the scholarship must fill out the scholarship application and provide an unofficial transcript that goes through Junior Year. They will also need to submit a one page essay that is 250 words or less on a goal they are passionate about.

In addition, two letters of recommendation from teachers, club advisors, or employers will need to be provided. For a complete copy of the scholarship application, check with your high school career center/ guidance counselor or visit the Tigard Chamber of Commerce website at For questions, please contact the chamber office at (503)-639-1656.

Completed applications are due in the Tigard Chamber office (12345 SW Main Street Tigard, OR 97223) by 4:00 pm on March 1, 2019 or postmarked or emailed by that date.

The scholarship award winners will receive a phone call informing them of their award. They will also formally receive their scholarship award at the 45th Annual Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Gala. This event will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 5 to 9 PM at Embassy Suites Hotel – Washington Square, our event location host. With a theme of travel, this elegant themed event includes a silent auction, dinner, dessert dash, awards and more.

For further details about the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at, or go to our website at

About the Tigard Chamber of Commerce

A vibrant, supportive, interconnected business community where strength through collaboration and power through partnership. Build Business. Growing Together.

Tigard Chamber of Commerce Endorses Candidates for November 2018 General Election

August 30th, 2018 – For Immediate Release
Contact Information:

Debi Mollahan                       Megan De Salvo                 Tim McBratney 

CEO                                         Board Chair                        CEC Chair

503-639-1656                          503-567-7343                     503-789-4515

Tigard Chamber of Commerce Endorses Candidates for November 2018 General Election

(Tigard, Oregon) – The Candidate Endorsement Committee (CEC) of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, launched earlier this month, has determined its list of endorsements for the upcoming Tigard City Council and Mayor race in the 2018 General Election. The Committee consisting of local business owners, community leaders, and members of the Chamber Board of Directors came together to go through a non-partisan process to consider candidates for endorsement who align with the Chambers’ core values/mission, legislative agenda and who support public policy that strengthens the business community and free enterprise system.

“This is a historic time for our Chamber” said Debi Mollahan CEO of the Tigard Chamber. “These decisions, while never easy, need to be made in order to move forward in the best direction for Tigard businesses. We looked for candidates who support collaborative, open communication and problem solving between business and government.  We recognize how challenging running for public office can be and appreciate the drive exhibited by all the candidates.” said Tim McBratney Candidate Endorsement Committee Chair.

The Candidate Endorsement Committee for the Tigard Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their unanimous endorsement of the following candidates for the 2018 General Election held November 6th 2018.

Tigard City Council: John Goodhouse

John Goodhouse has been a member of the Tigard City Council since 2014 and is seeking his second term. He works as an independent insurance agent and owns his own company.  John believes Tigard citizens need a voice that represents them, they need to feel heard and have a representative who listens and responds. Owning his own company, John uniquely understands the challenges small businesses face and will bring that perspective to the table. John has proven he can be that person who can build that bridge of communication with the citizens of Tigard.

Tigard City Council: Liz Newton

Liz Newton is currently a member of the Tigard Budget Committee and worked for the City of Tigard for 37 years, serving as Assistant City Manager from 2005 until her retirement in 2017. Liz has been an enthusiastic member of the Tigard community for more than 38 years. Her nearly 37-year career working for the city allowed her to do what she enjoys most – engage with Tigard residents, business owners, regional partners, nonprofits and elected representatives.

Liz knows that business wants a safe community including quick police response and that partnering with business organizations helps steer successful business improvements in key areas of the city. Liz listens to concerns, finds solutions and provides understandable answers.  We believe this will serve our business community well.

Tigard Mayor: Jason Snider

Council President Snider moved to Tigard in 1999 and began his full-time career as clinical manager at American Medical Response from 1999 to 2003. In 2003 to the present, he has been employed in a number of management roles at Kaiser Permanente Northwest and is currently the administrator of the Regional General Surgery and Plastic Surgery Departments.  Prior to these larger company roles, Jason has also owned his own small businesses, giving him the ability to understand the challenges that businesses both large and small face. 

Jason began public service early in life, working as an Emergency Medical Technician his senior year of high school and served two years on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Board during his junior and senior years in high school.  In the Tigard community, Jason has volunteered by coaching 8 teams for Tigard Youth Soccer and Tigard Youth Football.  He also volunteered as a Tigard Reserve Police Officer from 2001 to 2004 and was a member and Chair of the City of Tigard Budget Committee from May 2005 until December 2009 prior to his service on City Council. 

Jason was elected to Tigard City Council in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017.  In 2015 he was voted to serve as Council President a role he currently holds.  Jason’s has a very good understanding of the City’s financials and its challenges, is measured in his approach and very practical.  All crucial skills in both helping guide City staff during this challenging time as well as problem solving with business.

“We greatly appreciate all of the candidates that took the time to go through our confidential in-depth questionnaire and took time out of their busy schedules for our in-person interviews” said Megan De Salvo Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Committee and Chamber agree that voters need to do their due diligence and cast their votes this November.    

About the Tigard Chamber of Commerce

The Tigard Chamber (TCC) enables and equips your business to be more nimble, reach farther, grow faster and stay ahead of the competition. Our member businesses that are part of the Tigard Chamber, not only leverage each other, but each of these members’ connections and knowledge, as well. It is exponential. Have a business challenge, question or idea? You are not alone as part of the Tigard Chamber. The TCC provides for its members: Business Advocacy, Connections & Credibility, Learning, and Community Involvement.  Learn more at

PRESS RELEASE – Tigard Chamber Now Accepting Requests for Endorsement Consideration for Tigard Mayor and Tigard City Council Races

PRESS RELEASE June 25th, 2018 For Immediate Release:  Tigard, Oregon Tigard Chamber Now Accepting Requests for Endorsement Consideration for Tigard Mayor and Tigard City Council Races Advocating for our business members with government is a key objective for the Tigard Chamber.  While legislation can either help or hurt our businesses and our local economy, it really starts with the people, legislators and elected officials crafting and voting in that legislation or proposing a measure to the voters.  A unique factor for our chamber businesses, is that many which are located in Tigard, have an owner and employees who reside in neighboring cities who can’t vote on a local measure or candidate that would have an impact on their business.  For all of these reasons, the Tigard Chamber and its Board of Directors have decided now is the time to move into candidate endorsements as a way of strengthening our members business voice in the local community and economy beginning with the Tigard Mayor and City Council races coming up in November 2018.  The Tigard Chamber Board of Directors has created a Candidate Endorsement Committee who will have a non-partisan, fair and equitable process focused on reviewing the qualifications and platforms of candidates in order to endorse those most likely to support business and Tigard Chamber goals, thus increasing the likelihood of pro-business candidates being elected to local offices. The Candidate Endorsement Committee promotes a vibrant business environment by endorsing candidates who support sound public policy that strengthens the business community and the free enterprise system. Declared candidates and those undeclared but considering running for either Tigard Mayor or Tigard City Council positions are encouraged to ask for endorsement consideration.  All those asking for consideration will be sent a confidential questionnaire.  Completion of the questionnaire is a necessary step in seeking endorsement.  Those not completing a questionnaire will not be considered.  The deadline to request endorsement consideration is 7/10/18 midnight.  Please email your request for endorsement consideration to About the Tigard Chamber Our mission is to be a vibrant, supportive, interconnected business community where strength through collaboration and power through partnership Build & Grow Business. Together. Contact Debi Mollahan, CEO, Tigard Chamber for more information on this press release. or 503-639-1656