Category Archives: Member Blog

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

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

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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

5 little known ways small business can use AI

5 little known ways small business can use AI

Hey there small business owners! Are you looking for ways to take your business to the next level? Well, have you considered using artificial intelligence (AI)?

Now, I know what you might be thinking, “AI is just for big corporations with deep pockets.” But, guess what? AI is becoming more accessible and affordable for small businesses too! In fact, there are a few little-known ways you can use AI to your advantage that you might not have thought of before. Here are five of them:

Social Media Marketing

As a small business owner, you probably know how important social media is for reaching potential customers. However, it can be challenging to keep up with the latest trends and best practices. This is where AI comes in handy.… Read the rest

Meet and Eat Virtual Networking April 26, 2023

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An innovative program to do face-to-face, one-on-one, human-to-human relationship building, referring, and connecting! This is NOT a zoom meetup – it’s a one-of-a-kind quality, virtual connection experience.

Bringing lunch? Optional. Making virtual business connections? Guaranteed.

Register Now

* FREE for Chamber Members and this time FREE for guests.

* You MUST pre-register on Eventbrite no later than 9pm on 4/25/23.

* You MUST register for the event at Blitzr BEFORE by 9pm 4/25/23. (Simple instructions included with your Eventbrite ticket confirmation.)


*Please arrive anytime from 11:30-11:50am. The electronic doors close promptly at 12 pm.

| 12 pm | Person-to-person, no distractions networking. Meet in 7-minute increments with 7 different business professionals. Our Blitzr artificial intelligence software will automatically connect you with the other guests in a private 1:1 video chat.… Read the rest