Pay Equity Guide for Members

December 10th, 2018

The Bureau of Oregon Labor & Industries released their final rules for employers and employees on Oregon’s groundbreaking Equal Pay Act, passed by the 2017 Oregon legislature.

The new law that goes into effect on January 1, 2019 requires that employees be paid equally for comparable work regardless of gender or any of Oregon’s ten other protected classes.

We believe this will be the most challenging human resources issue for most of our Chamber members over the next year. Further complicating matters – and increasing the level of urgency – is that lawsuits are allowed based on violations of the law starting on January 1st.

Download our Equal Pay Equity Guide for Employers

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Chamber Announces Business @ the Speed of Change

September 16th, 2018

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  Lorraine Clarno, 503.350.2006
August 13, 2018

 

Dianne Danowski Smith, 503.201.7019

 

BUSINESS @ THE SPEED OF CHANGE: B2B EVENT EXPLORES THE NEW

USER ECONOMY AND LEADING BUSINESS CHANGE

Beaverton Business Summit date and content is announced. Check social at @BeavBiz2018

 

(Beaverton, Ore.)  — “Businesses set up for success are those that adapt at an increasing rate of change,” said Steve Smelley, Chief Operating Officer at PayneWest Insurance, the Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 Beaverton Business Summit.

 

PayneWest is partnering with the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce to roll out the annual Beaverton business event, set for Thursday, November 8.

 

“Content at the Summit comprises key business-to-business topics designed to be immediately relevant and showcase networking opportunities, so firms can be local, stay local and grow locally,” said Chamber President Lorraine Clarno. “This is a key event illuminating how the chamber works to promote every aspect of our local economy.”

 

Morning keynoter Victoria Trabosh, a TEDx presenter who espouses a leadership-built-on-wisdom style, will present ‘Leading Change and Facing the Storm,’ about best practices of how businesses of all sizes and shapes must learn to manage change. The afternoon keynote by Bill Tracy, vice president at Structured Communications Systems, homes in on the ‘New User Economy’ to show businesses how to adapt and compete using trends set by large companies.

 

Content and topics will feature sessions including, “The New Language of Business for Young Professionals,” “3 Proven Steps to Eliminate Abrasive Behaviors (and Harassment) in the Workplace,” “What’s Up Beaverton: Up Close with Beaverton’s Community and Economic Development Experts,” and “Local Electeds: Sharing Oncoming Priorities,” as well as emerging intel on diversity and inclusion, tax law updates, health/wellness in the workplace, social media trends, and small business resources.

 

“We are also excited to announce the event will also feature the Summit Biz Exch@nge, a local marketplace designed for companies and professionals to interface and network among attendees,” said Rhonda Reister, manager of Beaverton’s E-Suites, and  chair of the Beaverton Business Summit 2018.

 

Key partners underwriting the event include PayneWest Insurance; Nike; Portland General Electric; Kaiser Permanente; Aliat; Tektronix; Metro West Ambulance; Madden Industrial Craftsmen; Moomaw Mesirow & Godfrey, LLP; Willamette HVAC; Publix Northwest Public Relations and Public Affairs; and the City of Beaverton. Registration is now open:

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https://beaverton.org/events/calendar/#cid=135&id=842&wid=1601&refid=18531055.  Participation is open and not limited to Chamber members.

 

Find out more at the Chamber’s Website https://beaverton.org/events/beaverton-business-summit/, and on the social feeds @BeavBiz2018 on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

 

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Metro's Regional Affordable Housing Bond is a NO

August 7th, 2018

No one can deny we have a crisis when it comes to affordable housing in our area.

But what is the right solution? How do we tackle the issue straight on and ensure accountability in the results?

Last Thursday we CONVENED leaders, stakeholders and partners to learn about the Metro Affordable Housing Bond and the companion proposed constitutional amendment that will be on the November ballot.

Your Chamber supports the constitutional amendment (Measure 102) put forth to allow for public-private partnerships and ownership to be one part of the solution, but does not support the Metro Regional Affordable Housing Bond.

This was not an easy decision, and in my tenure, probably one of the heaviest decisions cast by our Business Advocacy Council and board members present. Our board knows we have a huge crisis on our hands and it is impacting our community and our businesses negatively .

The challenges with the $652.8 Million 20-year Bond include:

Metro does not have experience in affordable housing projects and the bond calls for a 7% administrative fee off the top. Washington County, since 1970, has the Housing Authority of Washington County in place (now called the Department of Housing Services) with almost 50 years of track record in the arena. This bond, if passed, would be adding an additional governmental layer and costs.

The details and levels of specificity needed to have the confidence that Beaverton and Washington County would receive its fair share of the resources are not in place in totality at this time.

The Metro bond, when retired at 20 years, will have actually cost property owners close to $1 billion dollars and meet, per Metro, only somewhere between 5 – 7% of the actual need in our area. 3,900 units and that is if the Constitutional Amendment passes, 2,400 if not.

The population served and eligible for this housing need wrap around services to be successful in housing and employment. There is nothing built in to the bond measure for such services.

Ultimately, this bond measure is an attempt to do something…anything. But throwing money at something without addressing its root causes is not in our best interest as the Beaverton community. We have to demand efficiency, accountability and results. To get beyond 5-7% of our area’s need for affordable housing, we must look at land supply, system development charges, and find ways to improve education and workforce training. Our community and residents deserve that.

We are hopeful that the constitutional amendment will pass and enable public-private partnerships for affordable housing to be a larger part of the solution for affordable housing projects going forward.

The Chamber leadership will work with our City, County and other stakeholders to make systemic changes and be part of a solution that will make long-term and effective changes for our residents and community. We can do better.

Lorraine Clarno, ACE
President/CEO

 

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Convening Labor & Leadership to talk Grass Root Understanding and Solutions

May 31st, 2018


July 29, 2018 the leadership of labor, business and public education met to discuss the future of education, the state budget crisis and how together…we may craft potential ideas and come to understand one another’s lenses, beliefs and values.

We are in this together for Beaverton and Oregon as parents, sons, daughters, husbands, wives and tax payers. The premise – we all have to be a part of the solution and part of a shared compromise.

I am happy to report it was a very successful initial meeting where our one overriding goal was to meet each other and determine if we felt we could move forward with what we all know will be tougher conversations. YES! We have collectively decided there is great value in going further together. We have data points to collect and are working on our next agenda and meeting. This is an organic and fluid process that I am confident will bring our community closer, improve communication and develop a greater respect and potential for all of us.

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Yes for Beaverton Schools!

May 9th, 2018

Keep 300 Teachers in Place – No tax increase!

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2018 Candidate Endorsements for May Announced

January 31st, 2018

 

Press Release – Chamber Announces Endorsements for May 2018


Lacey Beaty, Beaverton City Council Position 1

Laura Mitchell, Beaverton City Council Position 2

Marc San Soucie, Beaverton City Council Position 5

Pam Treece, Washington County District 2

Ryan Deckert, Washington County Chair

Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Metro Seat 4

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Welcome to 2018!

December 28th, 2017

Amy Saberiyan Takes the Helm of the Chamber

Mom, Owner of Ava Roasteria, PhD, Engineer, Developer and more.

I’m excited to take on the challenges for business in the Beaverton community for this year ahead. I know how tough it is to start, maintain, grow and keep those doors open. I also know how instrumental the Chamber has been in Ava’s growth and success. The connections, friendships and business relationships I have made over the past 4 years have been so impactful to me and Ava’s.

I have seen my Ava’s on 2nd and Hall and at Progress Ridge turn into the second offices for so many of my fellow Chamber partners. It warms my heart to see my dream and vision a part of this wonderful community.

I am committed to using my post to make a difference for all businesses. My voice will champion your issues and causes in the upcoming year. The Chamber will continue to offer a wealth of connecting and networking opportunities as well as some new educational tools to help us all succeed. Take advantage of them. Never stop learning. Never fail to ask for help – we can in all likelihood direct you to a life line of support.

Cheers to a successful and fulfilling 2o18!

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OregonSaves Rolls Out - Offer a retirement plan for employees? If not...You better get up to speed.

July 11th, 2017

The Oregon State Treasury is launching a new program called OregonSaves that may impact your business, clients, and members.

OregonSaves is a simple and convenient way for workers to save for retirement. It allows them to save a part of each paycheck through payroll deductions facilitated by their employer and invest their savings in professionally-managed investment options in a Roth individual retirement account. The account is also portable, allowing them to take it with them from job to job.

Any business with employees that does not sponsor a qualified retirement plan* will need to register to facilitate OregonSaves for its employees. The registration process is designed to be simple in order to limit any burden on employers. Employers can choose to offer their own retirement plans to some or all of their employees instead of participating in the program.

The program is scheduled to roll out in phases, and the State will let employers know when their phase will begin. The deadlines for employers to register to facilitate are as follows:

• An employer employing 100 or more employees: November 15, 2017
• An employer employing 50 to 99 employees: May 15, 2018
• An employer employing 20 to 49 employees: December 15, 2018
• An employer employing 10 to 19 employees: May 15, 2019
• An employer employing 5 to 9 employees: November 15, 2019
• An employer employing 4 or fewer employees: May 15, 2020 (more…)

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2017 Action Plan

January 18th, 2017

What are we going to do for you in 2017?

This morning, the Chamber board of directors adopted the following Action Plan. This resulted out of the November planning session and subsequent staff work to implement their vision in to measurable and specific goals.

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Disaster Preparedness

September 22nd, 2016

Will you be Open for Business?

QuakeUP2016 is this weekend adjacent to the Beaverton Farmers Market on Saturday. If you can’t attend, be sure and check out our booklet on business preparedness……..Are you ready? Download Booklet

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