Author Archives: Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce


Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Dr. Liz Sedlak of Willamette Integrative Health

Humans have eaten wheat for about 8000 years. But until recently (within the last 100 years or so), nearly all bread was made sourdough-style, with starter cultures rich in lactobacilli as well as some other bacteria and yeasts. These bacteria pre-digested most of the gluten protein for us.

Our pancreatic enzymes digest proteins into small peptides or single amino acids. Gluten has a high content of the amino acid proline which puts many “kinks” in its structure and therefore prevents human digestive enzymes from cutting it into tiny pieces. The largest fragment of gluten left over is 33 amino acids long. There are at least 50 toxic fragments of gluten; these have been mapped to specific domains in α-gliadin: cytotoxic activity (aa 31-34), immunomodulatory activity (aa 57-89), zonulin release and gut-permeating activity (aa 111-130 and 151-170), and IL-8 release in celiac disease patients (aa 261-277).… Read the rest

Save the Date for our 2018 Annual Meeting & Taste of Wilsonville!

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Save the Date for our 2018 Annual Meeting & Taste of Wilsonville!

Wed, December 12, 2018 | 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Al Kader Shriners 25100 SW Parkway Ave, Wilsonville

About WACC Annual Meeting & Taste of Wilsonville 2018

This year’s Annual Meeting will encompass many of the traditional elements of the Chamber Annual Meeting, but we’re also looking to change things up this year.  We’re launching our inaugural Taste of Wilsonville where you will get to enjoy catered food from local Chamber restaurants, caterers, and bakeries. Partnering with our local eateries will bring a whole new element, plus it will shine a light on our many outstanding restaurants, caterers, and bakeries in our membership.

We’ll continue to honor the business community and look ahead to the next year as well as celebrate and thank our volunteers, committee chairs and outgoing board members. … Read the rest

Five Necessary Behaviors for Effective Prospecting

Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Brad Kleiner of Sandler Training Grounded by Cedar Root

Prospecting is the lifeblood of a successful sales career… but many salespeople overlook the basic behaviors that support a consistent prospecting routine. Here are the five necessary behaviors professional salespeople need in order to become successful at prospecting.

Have a cookbook. Prospecting by itself tends to be the last thing that we want to do… with the result that we come up with all kinds of good reasons to do other things during the selling day. Of course, we do need to have a healthy balance between all of your activities. The question is, what daily mix of activities supports our income goals? By crunching the numbers, analyzing the results, and creating a “recipe” for daily progress, also known as the cookbook, we can identify exactly how many deals we need to make, how many conversations we need to have, and so on… every single day.… Read the rest

Float On With These Boat Safety Tips


Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Kyle Bunch American Family Insurance

Float On With These Boat Safety Tips

Does a wave of anticipation wash over you before each day on the water? With common sense boat safety training, there can be less worry and more excitement.

Are You the Captain?

The captain of the boat is the leader on the water. Knowing how to avoid incidents and having a plan if something does happen will give all your passengers peace of mind.

Completing a boater’s safety course before embarking will help you understand state laws and brush up on first aid. State links can be found at

Keep your distance. Staying 100-150 feet from shores, docks, buoys, other boats, swimmers, and mooring or swimming fields is required.… Read the rest

Travel to China with the Wilsonville Area Chamber!

Is China on your bucket list
Travel to China with the Wilsonville Area Chamber!
October 13, 2018 – October 22, 2018
 ONLY $2,199 

This is a Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Sponsored Event and is OPEN to the PUBLIC!

To reserve your spot, click the link below to print off the registration form and submit to
China Flyer5.15.18        WACC 2018 China Reservation Form!

This all-inclusive, 10-day China adventure you will visit historic locations including Tiananmen Square, the Ming Tombs, and the Forbidden City. Learn about China’s extensive dynastic history while exploring the ultra-modern cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou. Spend time at the stunning Great Wall of China, walk along the Bund and bask in the natural beauty of Yu Garden.

Thanks to our partners, we are able to offer this top-quality travel opportunity at an unbeatable price!… Read the rest