Reflections on Power, Pride and Grace The proponents of Oregon’s Civil Rights Bill pose for posterity. Seated, from left: Philip S. Hitchcock and Mark O. Hatfield. Standing, from left: Edgar Williams, Marie Smith, Ulysses Plummer, Rev. J. Harold Jones, Lorna J. Marple, Verdell Rutherford, and Otto G. Rutherford. (Oregon Historical Society photo)

It is compromise that prevents each set of reformers from crushing the group at the other end of the political spectrum.”

― John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

NOTE from Kevin, the Wilsonville Chamber CEO: This is a superbly written article that makes a lot of sense. I hope you read it and think about how we can all work together, regardless of our party affiliation, to make our city, our state and our country even better.

Throughout our history there have been legislative issues that have deeply divided the Oregon assembly. Should our Democratic Republic survive, there will be many more. Democracy survives only by engagement, not withdrawal.

It is illustrative to look back at this very month, exactly 70 years ago.… Read the rest

After Hours Mixer at Hilton Garden Inn 6/22/2023 After Hours Hilton Garden Inn 06222023 square

We understand that everyone is balancing super busy lives, so we organize our events with that fact in mind. We stage door prize drawings about every 20 minutes so that if your schedule demands you can only stay just a bit – it’s never a problem. Regardless of how long you can join us we’re committed to creating an inclusive environment that encourages quality connections with a shared sense of purpose. (Not only are our neighboring Chambers Canby, West Linn, Sherwood & Tualatin welcome to attend but guests are also always warmly welcomed.)

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We’re off I-5, just north of the Willamette River and down the street from Memorial Park.… Read the rest

Morning Spark Networking – Charbonneau Country Club Morning Spark Charbonneau CC

Our Morning Spark networking events are great for meeting and making new business connections within the community. Facilitated introductions between attendees ensure you will meet everyone.

Everyone is eligible to win great door prizes!

Guests are welcome to join us for a fun and business-building morning.

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7:45 | Attendees are welcome to arrive early to meet and greet

8:00 am | “Free-Range”/General Networking among attendees

8:15 am | Get to know the great folks at Charbonneau Country Club

8:35 am | Round the Room Introductions

8:50 am | Announcements and Business Shoutouts

8:55 am | Raffle Drawing

9:00 am | Event Concludes

* Non-members are limited to two Morning Spark events before joining the Chamber.

(WACC follows all state, county, and local safety regulations.… Read the rest

The Art of Copycatting: Your Shortcut to a Massive Social Media Following Rotary dial phones

Hey there, business buddies in Wilsonville! So, you wanna make some noise on social media, huh? Well, truth is, it’s not just about luck, and it doesn’t have to be all about your biz either. Buckle up, ’cause here are four cool ways to build up your online crew with a little bit of copycat magic.

You’re already bursting with cool ways to show off your products or services. But let’s be real, you gotta have an audience before you start singing your own praises. So, let’s put our heads together and use some tried-and-true methods to get a crowd around your virtual storefront.

Connect with the Familiar Alright, first up, think about your peeps, your target market. How old are they?… Read the rest

How AI is Revolutionizing Search Engine Optimization for Small Businesses Search Engine Optimization

Periodically, the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) gurus come out and tell everyone some <insert noun> is changing SEO forever. Add that to the nearly constant adjustments search engines are making to their algorithms and hitting the moving target of organic ranking success becomes as impossible as winning a giant stuffy at a carnival. Sure, you see it happen on occasion but never to you.

This article is going to tell you that artificial intelligence (AI) will forever change SEO. We know. You’ve heard claims like this before but this time it’s true. Because for once we’re leveraging machine learning against the machine. It’s a war of the alphabet AI versus SEO and here’s why it’s changing the search landscape forever:

AI Takes on SEO

SEO has long been a critical component of digital marketing strategies for small businesses.… Read the rest