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Josephine County Profile

Josephine County Clerk, Rhiannon Henkels returns to her roots...

Member Focus

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hile the U.S. economy continues to see positive signs of growth, consumer spending in one sector is booming – tourism. Consider the facts – spending by international travelers to and within the U.S. increased 10.5 percent in 2012 (source: U.S Travel Association). Travel also continues to lead export growth, accounting for a 23 percent rise in U.S. exports. Home grown tourism is also experiencing a surge, with more and more Americans opting to take “staycations” – enjoying recreational and entertainment options closer to home – as opposed to hitting the roads and skies. The forecast is good too. The Department of Commerce predicts that the U.S. can expect a 3.6 to 4.3 percent average annual growth in travel and tourism over the next four years. To further spur tourism in the

U.S., the federal government has set a goal of increasing American jobs by attracting and welcoming 100 million international visitors annually by the end of 2021, bringing an estimated $250 billion per year into the U.S. (read the National Tourism and Travel Strategy for more information). This all represents a unique opportunity for the U.S. tourist industry and the businesses that underpin it. So what can your small business do to take advantage of this uptick in tourism? Here are eight marketing and management tips to help you get ready for the 2018 tourist season! 1. Make it Easy for Tourists to Come Back to Their Favorite Spots Start with a plan to reach your low hanging fruit – repeat visitors. The best way to do this is to stay in touch

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with them all year round with special offers, email marketing and social media updates. Let them know what plans you have for the tourist season this year, any upgrades you’ve made to your business and so on. If the summer is your peak season, then fall, winter and even early spring should be your busiest marketing seasons. These articles offer some useful tips for staying in touch with customers: "Don’t Be a Social Media Marketing Skeptic – Learn Where and How to Start" 2. Staycationers – How to Attract These Lucrative Tourists Just as you want to reach out to travelers and tourists from out of town, don’t forget to focus some of your marketing and advertising efforts closer to home. Be persuasive in your benefit statements. For example:

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Chamber Membership an Investment in Your Business and our Community!


embership in the chamber is much more than a plaque on the wall, the fulfillment of a sense of civil obligation, or the means to generate new business. Rather, membership represents a commitment to the continued prosperity of Josephine County’s economy. The Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce is the catalyst that enables businesses to accomplish collectively what no one business could do alone. A strong united effort gives a voice to members. Tourism, service, retail and manufacturing each contibute to our business community. Come visit us about joining the Chamber and add your energetic voice to the community.


Chamber of Commerce Contact Information

Colene Martin President/CEO

Sue Brown Business Director

Linda Bradley Marketing Art Dyer Customer Service Representative

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce 1995 NW Vine Street • Grants Pass, OR 97526 Phone: 541.476.7717 Fax: 541.476.9574 •

Executive Board of Directors Board of Directors CHAIR/ Dave Kelly Kelly's Automotive

Josh Balloch - AllCare Health

CHAIR-ELECT/ Christina Kruger PacificCorp

Kirk Kolb - Grants Pass School District #7

TREASURER/ Hugh Griffiths Met One Instruments

Julie Thomas - Concierge Home & Business Watch

PAST-CHAIR/ David Kinyon Asante Three Rivers Medical Center

Cathy Kemper-Pelle - RCC

Foundation Board Members

Greg Roe - Boy's & Girl's Club RV

Trent Carpenter - Southern OR Sanitation Lawton Lesueur -Midland Empire Ins.

Chuck Rund - Consultant Nancy Venuti - The Venuti Group

Steve Ware - Chair, Jo Co Sportsman Assc.

J.R. Wheeler - People’s Bank

Jodi Wainwright, Jodi the Author Christie Swafford Darlene Dart, People’s Bank Programs & Events Lowell Gibson, NiceBadge/Rec. Specialties


very Thursday Morning at 10:30am Chamber Chatter is Sponsored by Rogue Credit Union, showcasing events and businesses in Grants Pass and Josephine County. Chamber Chatter is Fun and Informative while discussions with the Morning Hosts of KAJO and KLDR keep it lively and interesting. Join us at 10:30am each Thursday Morning to Listen to Chamber Chatter and find out what is happening in our Community for the Weekend. Keep your radio dialed to 98.3 FM or 99.7 FM or 1270 AM 10:30-11:00 am on Thursdays.

Sponsored By: This month on Chamber Chatter: •WCST• Upcoming Events • •Variety of Community Connections •


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Greeter of the Month The Venuti Group Inc.

March 2018 Greeter of the Month was: Daniel Bifano, Realtor - The Venuti Group Inc.

Greeter of the Month

daniel Bifano Daniel Bifano, Realtor- The Venuti Group Inc. Matt Crump - Bicoastal Media/RLG | Margaret Sundin-McCann - The Clutter Bee


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1830 NE 7th Street, #100 Grants Pass, OR 97526 Each Office Independently Owned and Operated.

Creating a world of limitless possibilities. At U.S. Bank, we’re dedicated to helping improve the lives of those in our community, because when people come together with a common goal, the impossible suddenly becomes possible. Proud to support the Grants Pass area community. Visit one of our convenient Grants Pass locations today! Downtown Branch 400 SW Sixth St. 541.474.1121

Redwood Haggen Branch 1690 Allen Creek Rd. 541.955.4507

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Be involved with your Business Community Wednesdays ~ Starts at 7:45 am

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Business For Breakfast

Meeting Time: 7:45 - 9:00 am

April 4th SOHRA

JoCo Fairgrounds • 1451 Fairgrounds Rd

April 11th Kelly's Automotive 1661 NE 6th Street

April 18th Primerica

Fruitdale Grange • 1440 Parkdale Ave

April 25th Josephine Community Library

Our Mission is to support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy, and partnerships! Membership Info: 541-956-4102

JCLD Grants Pass Branch • 200 NW C Street

1341 Rogue River Highway • Grants Pass, Oregon 97527 • (541) 471-0916 w w w.Ro g u eAu c ti on e ers. c om

Book of the Month

The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders

By Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell Based on an in-depth analysis of over 2,600 leaders drawn from a database of more than 17,000 CEOs and C-suite executives, as well 13,000 hours of interviews, and two decades of experience advising CEOs and executive boards, 4

Library Resources to help Grow your Business! Botelho and Powell overturn the myths about what it takes to get to the top and succeed. These resources were curated by the Collection Development Librarian for Josephine Community Library District. For information visit: or email:

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• Explain what differentiates you – Are you family/pet friendly? Do you stock/grow local products? How easy is it to get to you? Do repeat visitors receive any special discounts? • Source local – Even if you don’t grow or produce your own products, look for ways to integrate local produce into your business so that customers get a real flavor of what your community offers and the dollars stay local. Ask fellow businesses to reciprocate too. • Team up with complementary businesses to cross-promote and market your businesses – with something for everyone, tourists might be more likely to make the trip to your community and stay for a while! Get some tips for doing this in this blog from Rieva Lesonsky: "Forget Competition it’s Time for CoOpetition." • Cash in on what your region has to offer – Is your region known for its wine or green credentials? Are there certain certifications that you can seek out to help promote your business? • Develop messages and advertising that targets larger groups – Can you handle bus tours or school field trips? Any incentives or package deals for larger groups or families? • Remind visitors that they will save money on gas, lodging, airfare and even time by vacationing near home. • Get Involved in Local Events/ Festivals – Community fairs, farmers markets, sponsored sports events and concerts offer great opportunities to reach locals and tourists alike. Read guest blogger Rieva Lesonsky’s: "Marketing Your Business with Events and Sponsoring or Hosting an Event – 6 Ways to Maximize your Return." 3. Use Location-Based Services to Attract Passersby Don’t forget to take advantage of mobile technology. Promoting your 6

small business to tourists who might be passing by using mobile apps isn’t that difficult. Groupon, Living Social, FourSquare and ThinkNear, among others, let you post information about your latest offers and limited-time deals to consumers within a certain distance of your business. You can also schedule deals so they get delivered during key hours. Keep your Google, Yelp, Yellow Pages and other online listings up to date too. 4. Take Your Business on the Road If the best way to reach tourists is to take your business on the road, a concession stand or a booth at a craft or community fair is a great opportunity to bring in extra dollars and spread the word. These articles offer some advice: • Starting a Mobile Food Concession Business • Payments On the Go – Turning Your Mobile Device Into a Cash Register 5. Become a National Park Concession Business Did you know there are opportunities for small businesses in national parks? Food, lodging, tours, whitewater rafting, boating, and many other recreational activities and amenities in more than 100 national parks are managed by private businesses under contract to the National Park Service. The services, provided by more than 600 concessioners, gross more than $1 billion every year and provide jobs for more than 25,000 people peak season. Every year, the Park Service issues prospectuses that detail these business opportunities; it also publishes notices at Many of these opportunities are smaller operations featuring unique recreation activities.

6. Need Short-Term Capital? Seasonal businesses often have to pour capital into business improvements, marketing, inventory and staff long before they can expect to make a profit. If you don’t have sufficient cash flow or funds to prepare your business for the 2018 tourist season, you may want to consider a short-term loan or line of credit. SBA’s CAPLines Program, for example, provides advances against inventory needs and accounts receivable to help you weather seasonal sales. Read more and talk to your regional SBA Office for more information. 7. Plan Your Seasonal Work Force If your business counts on the summer season or tourist trade, then start planning your seasonal workforce now. If you’re new to this process or have questions about hiring and compensating seasonal workers (for example, do you need to pay unemployment taxes for seasonal workers?), check out this blog – "5 Things to Know Now about Hiring Temporary or Seasonal Workers" – for tips on hiring and working with seasonal workers within the law. 8. Partner with Local Business Groups Reach out to your local Chamber of Commerce and local tourism associations or sector organizations that promote clusters of businesses in the same business sector such as hotels, restaurants, tour operators, B&B’s, camp grounds and so on. Many of these offer small businesses an opportunity to participate in their targeted and collective approach to seasonal marketing. [Updated from the original 2013 article authored by Caron Beesley, contributor to the team promoting essential government resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners start up, grow and succeed.]

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Profile on Josephine County

Rhiannon Henkels Josephine County Clerk


was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, however shortly after I was born my family moved to So. California. After a few family vacations to Grants Pass, my husband and I decided in 2004, to relocate & raise our family here. We have two beautiful daughters and have been foster parents

in Josephine County for over 7 years. We are adopting two amazing teenagers who are currently placed in our home. My husband is self-employed and I have worked in the Josephine County Clerk’s office for over 10 years. I was appointed Josephine County Clerk in June 2017.

When I am not working I am: Spending time with my family, watching my kids play sports, volunteering and fundraising for local organizations, (one very close to my heart-- Royal Family Kids), or just simply relaxing.

What am I reading now: The Shack & The 5 Love Languages (but if I’m being honest, being a parent to 4 kids doesn’t lend a lot of time for reading.) What excites me about coming to work every day: Helping the citizens of Josephine County achieve their business needs when they come into my office.

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The County Clerk is a nonpartisan elected official as provided in the Oregon Constitution. The duties of the office include: Conducting elections in Josephine County. Keeping public records for the county, including Board of Commissioners’ documents. Recording land records and liens. Processing Board of Property Tax Appeals. Issuing marriage licenses. Perform marriage ceremonies Accepting United States Passport applications.

Where I would like to see my Department in five years: I would like to see my department continue to provide the excellent customer service that we are known to offer on a daily basis. As with any department, there is always room for improvement and I am always looking for ways to better assist our customers.

500 NW Sixth Street, RM 170 Grants Pass, OR 97526 Phone: (541) 474-5240 Email: Hours: M-F 8:00 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 4:00

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Tourism/ Hospitality Training

Rogue Community College ~ Spring Term 2018 Community Education Class Offerings with Over 15 Tourism and Hospitality Training classes available during April, May, and June. Here are just a few...

Customer Service

Wednesday | 4/4 | 6-7:20 p.m. | RWC | $25 Basics of how to interact with guests. From greetings to goodbye, and what happens in between. Learn friendly communication skills that will assist in any hospitality situation.

Servants Heart & The Art of Concierge

Wednesday | 4/11 | 6-7:20 p.m. | RWC | $25 Learn how to be the complete service member. Concierge is not only making reservations for a dinner for a guest, it is taking care of the guest from start to finish. Learn why some people love taking care of others and what feeds the soul of a guest service member. Learn the tips and tricks of some of the top concierges in the industry. Through class exercises and case studies, the attendee will role play and act out real situations and learn how to achieve the best outcome for the guest and the institution.

Give Yourself a Raise: Mastering the Steps of Service Wednesday | 4/25 | 6-7:20 p.m. | HEC | $25 Servers...learn to increase your check size by upselling. Learn how to suggestively sell and serve like a pro.

Intuitive Service & The Science of Reading Body Language

Wednesday | 5/16 | 6-7:20 p.m. | TRC | $25 What does that expression mean? Learn what a customer is saying to you without saying a word. Learn basic body language interpretation in a service situation.

Behind the Scenes: Oregon Caves

Wednesday | 5/23 | 10 a.m. -12 p.m. | Oregon Caves | $25 Ever wonder what really happens at a National Monument? See how the National Parks Service (NPS) and a Concessionaire work together to take care of guests throughout the season. Take a tour of facilities including the historic hotel and learn about our regional destination.

See the full list of Tourism and Hospitality Training Classes Here: The RCC Community Education Office is located on the Grants Pass RCC Campus. If you are unable to travel to this location, give us a call at 541-956-7303 and we may be able to assist you over the phone!

Office Hours:

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday Closed Weekends and College Holidays (Closed Fridays during summer term)

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Chamber Board ~ Strategic Planning Meeting


fter getting some big snow days that didn’t allow Brenda Turner, Oregon State Chamber of Commerce staff and facilitator, to travel from the Bend area in early February, the Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce was finally able to hold their Board of Directors Strategic Planning session in late March.

2018 Chamber Board of Directors

The board really dug in, did some magnificent work, and had a little bit of fun throughout the preevening and the long day following. The board and staff reviewed mission, vision, strengths and weaknesses and in the end came up with some areas of focus for strategy development.

Left to Right: Colene Martin, Hugh Griffiths, Trent Carpenter, JR Wheeler, Cathy KemperPelle, Sue Brown, Christina Kruger, Lawton Lesueur, Julie Thomas, Nancy Venuti, Dave Kelly, Greg Roe (Missing from Photo: Josh Balloch, Kirk Kolb, Chuck Rund and Dave Kinyon )

• Engage with other area entities to find a solution for forest fires • Create a value proposition for all businesses • Seek out and be relevant to the next generation of leaders • Further strengthen communication to increase awareness and engagement of members and Board in fighting anti-business legislation There is still a lot work to be done in setting up strategy and finalizing the goals, but chamber staff and board are looking forward to the next steps to providing our members and community a strong chamber that serves the business needs and helps build a stronger economy for the area.

Brenda Turner, Staff Facilitator Oregon State Chamber of Commerce

The chamber would like to give special thanks to Asante, Pacific Power and Southern Oregon Sanitation for hosting us throughout the process. To support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!

Chamber board members, Christina Kruger Lawton Lesueur Julie Thomas

Fidget Spinners, Silly Putty & Dinosaurs, among other things, got the creative juices flowing at the Chamber board strategic planning session. 11

Activities, Events & Community

IONS T A C I APPL E D A OW! R N PA E L B AILA V A rade a P k i • Boatn Parade n • Merli

• Old Time Radio Show April 7th & 8th • Taste of the Rogue April 21st • Gem & Mineral Show April 28th & 29th • BINGO at the Fairgrounds Wednesdays & Sundays • JoCo HOME & RECREATION Show April 21st & 22nd • BARNSTOMERS StoryTeller Series April 20th & 21st • McCaslin RODEO April 20th & 21st • RV Symphony April 22nd 12

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• BOATNIK May 24th - 28th • Spring Garden Fling May 11th & 12th • "What the HEMP?" Festival May 19th & 20th • H Street Antique Street Fair May 20th • RV Piecemakers Quilt Show May 11th & 12th • Oregon Caves Full Season Starts May 3rd • Historic Oregon Caves Chateau Opens May 3rd • SOHRA "Dinner for the Downs" May 5th • Hellgate Jet Boat season May - September To support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


Member Focus


Don's Bike Center

on’s Bike Center is not only a great place to purchase a quality bike, it’s also a place to get connected with other cyclists. Don’s Bike Center has recently started Facebook groups for leisure riders (city rides), road riders and mountain bikers. Their hope is that more people with the same riding interests will become connected and find riding partners. If you’re wanting to find people to ride with this is a great opportunity to meet other riders. DonsBikeCenter/groups/


Electric Bikes aka Pedal Assist Bikes are gaining in popularity. The rise in popularity is twofold, the first being that lesser priced models are now available. The second reason is that there is more interest in commuting to work by a younger aged work force that wants to get physical exercise and not arrive to the work place sweaty. With more people choosing to live closer to their jobs Electric bikes hold great appeal as a commuter option. There is yet another interest for many others that draw them to Electric bikes and that is the riders who just need some assistance to continue riding as they once had been, the riders who can’t go as far as they once did or the riders who need pedal assist to keep up with their riding buddies.


Don’s Bike Center has been renting bikes for 2 years now. They predominately rent comfort bikes but have on occasion rented kid bikes, road bikes and mountain bikes. This is a great way for locals to ride with out of town guests. They have had many customers rent comfort bikes before buying them because the rental fee was applied to the purchase of the bike.

Don’s Bike Center 201 SW G St • Grants Pass Corner of 5th & G St 541.471.3494

Bike Rentals: •Half day rate $35 • Full day rate $50 • Discounts for multiple day rentals 14

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"Experience Where Change Begins" Saturday, April 14th 5pm to 9pm Doors Open & Silent Auction - 5:00pm Dinner & Live Auction - 6:00pm

Proceeds benefit RFK Summer Camp for local foster kids

The Royal Family Kids Banquet is a yearly event to raise awareness and fund for kids in foster care and the programs that offer them hope, healing and wholeness

Tickets: $25.00 Become a Table Sponsor ~ $300 for a 10 Guest Table Parkway Christian Center 229 NE Beacon Drive Grants Pass For More Information: Call 541-237-8010 or go to the website

“Safer & Happier Driving” For Precision Alignment & Brakes SuperSteer® Steering & Suspension Kits Roadmaster Suspension Kits Tow Braking Systems 417 SW Henderson Lane - Grants Pass, OR 97527 Ph: 541-479-2882 or 800-245-8309

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Spotlight on Community Innovation


outhern Oregon Air Academy (SOAA) held an open house event March 15 at the Grants Pass Airport in the Dutch Bros hanger. The event was arranged with the assistance of several partnerships, Larry Graves Manger of the Grants Pass Airport, Caleb LaPlante Board Member for SOAA and Daniella Bivins Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD). Guest speaker Shaesta Waiz, an Afghan- American and the first female as well as the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world in a single engine aircraft in 2017. Following her passion with aviation at age 18 and then at 30 years old Shaesta flew 145 days and 22 countries. Founding Dreams Soar her goal is to inspire young women and men in STEM aviation. Lamar Haugaard with Alaska Airlines was on hand at the event. His company is currently working on a partnership with lo-


cal company Pacific Aviation to provide funding for flight training to young students that will commit to a future job within their Alaska/ Horizons Airlines companies. It is expected that in the next 20 years there will be a considerable pilot shortage with military and regional carriers already feeling the impacts. Assisted by a grant from Oregon Department of Education for $382,286 awarded to SOESD the groups are partnering to spark middle school and high school students interest in pursuing aviation sciences, aerospace engineering and related CTE/STEM subjects by offering after school and summer camp experiences to students. Stay tuned, there is much more to come in these exciting times for Grants Pass Airport and the surrounding area. news/companies/pilot-shortage-figures/index.html

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Welcome Our Newest Chamber Members

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers WESO & Brews Women Entrepreneurs of Southern

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews Oregon ~WESO 1561 Allen Creek Rd, Grants Pass (541) 916-4986 Shane Coyle – Manager Email: Website: Category: Restaurants Description:

Our burgers are where it all began. Serving them fresh, fire-grilled, and just how you like them. Loosely packed and full of flavor, Red Robin burgers don’t just make you full. They make you smile. Like they have since our first restaurant opened in 1969. Our goal? Burger greatness for every Guest. Red Robin... YUMMMM!

Tamerans Tamerans

Medford Lisa Schweichkert- President Email: Website: Category: Non Profit Description:

Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon (WESO) is a community of dynamic entrepreneurs helping each other achieve business goals through networking, education, and inspiration. In 1980, WESO opened for business as one of the founding chapters of a state-wide women entrepreneur’s association. After two decades of success, we gained greater independence and a stronger local identity by separating from the state association and forming Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon (WESO). Over the years we have expanded our benefits and offered more opportunities for members to network, promote their businesses, gain new customers, and develop their business skills and knowledge. If you're not already a member, we hope you'll join us!

3388 Merlin Rd, Merlin (541) 295-8551 Azariea Almufleh Email: Website: Category: Cannabis Tourism Description:

Tamerans is the premiere dispensary experience in the Rogue Valley. In the two years Tamerans has been open, they've made the "Best in Oregon" list 4 times in a row, a list published by Leafly, the leading online resource for dispensary reviews & information. Tamerans focuses on providing an enjoyable visit with a friendly knowledgeable staff, a large selection of products & great prices. Join the Tam Fam today! 3388 Merlin Road, Grants Pass, Oregon. Just off Exit 61 next to Dutch Bros! 18

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Employment Law Series 2018 Please join The Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce & BBSI: Helping Business Succeed-Employment Law Series, Part 1, 2018‌

Tuesday, April 24th 11AM – 1PM The Boardroom 1867 Williams Hwy

Harassment in the Workplace: In light of recent events, a refresher on harassment is a must for businesses. Learn what types of workplace conduct are prohibited by law, and what employers can do to avoid such incidents in their workplaces.

Presenter: Sean P. Ray, Attorney at Barran Liebman LLP Cost: $ 10 members, $30 non-members (lunch included)* Register at

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Ribbon Cutting Celebrations!

March 2, 2018 Blue Zones Project 2166 NW Vine

RIBBON CUTTING April 4th - 10:00 AM Blackberry Lane Homes LLC

Thursday • April 5th • Taprock NW Grill 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Click Here or go to


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1012 NW 6th St. • Grants Pass, OR 97526

Health Insurance That Makes Sense for

1867 Williams Hwy, Ste. 110 Grants Pass


Nancy Venuti

Oregon Principal Broker, CRS

Office: 541.476.9616 800.906.9616 Cell: 541.660.0612



C andy Moras ch Independent Consultant Area Manager Arbonne ID# 127-42-815


325 Galice Rd Merlin, Or 97532 (800) 336-1647 To support and promote our local commerce through communication, advocacy and partnerships!


Thank you for Renewing Your Membership

Renewing Members

A-1 Commercial Cleaning Service Allstate - Jason Lewis Agency BikeKraft Black Bear Diner Calvary Lutheran Church Century 21 JC Jones AD - Aitchison Group

Thank you for your continued support of our community

Clouser Well Drilling Inc db Pro Audio Design! by Kiltz Internet Solutions Don's Bike Center Edward Jones ~ Greg Bassett Efficient Spaces Organizing & Time Coaching Elmer's Restaurant Gospel Rescue Mission Grange Co-Op Grants Pass Family Medicine, PC Health Insurance Place Redwood Terrace Assisted Living

imortgage Josephine County Sportsman Association Lee's Mini Storage LOGOS Public Charter School Magazine Exchange Inc.

River Valley Appraisal, Inc. Robco, Inc. Rogue Credit Union

Oregon Vortex / House of Mystery

Rogue Protection Group ~ RPG

Pacifica; A Garden in the Siskiyous

S.O.H.R.A. ~ Southern Oregon Horse Racing

Performant Recovery, Inc. Premier West Properties LLC Primerica - Jeff Voigt & Assoc. RE/MAX Integrity - Laurel Merkel Redwood Hyperion Suites


Renee Olmsted Photography

Saturday Artisan and Crafters Market Southern Oregon Compost. LLC Southern Oregon Credit Service, Inc. Star Body Works Valerian Homes LLC

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12 7am Board Meeting Chamber Office

Mixer 5:30—7:00 Taprock NW Grill Evergreen Room Blue Zones Project & Chamber


April 2018 7am Ambassadors Greeters 7:45-9:00am SOHRA Jo Co Fairgrounds 1451 Fairgrounds Rd

Greeters 7:45-9:00am Kelly’s Automotive. 1661 NE 6th St

25 Greeters 7:45-9:00am Josephine Community Libraries 200 NW C St

Greeters 7:45-9:00am Primerica, Jeff Voigt Assoc. Fruitdale Grange 1440 Parkdale Dr


10 7:30am BR&E Chamber Office

7am Gov’t Affairs Taprock NW Grill


9 4:00 Finance Committee @ Chamber

24 Emp. Law Series 11—1 The Boardroom









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Join Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce for an adventure to…


Beijing ● Shanghai

Your Trip Includes:

Oct 6 - 15, 2018 10-Day Trip For Only


$2,099 ●

Suzhou ●

● Roundtrip international airfare & Chinese domestic airfare & Tax ● 4-and 5-star hotel accommodations ● 3 meals each day ● Deluxe bus tours ● Fluent English-speaking tour guides ● Entrance fees for attractions

10-day Itinerary Day 1 - SEA/Beijing Check in at Seattle International Airport for an afternoon flight. Your adventure begins as you cross the international dateline. Day 2 - Beijing Arrive in Beijing, the Capital of China by midnight. You will be met at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel. Day 3 - 4 Beijing Visit the Tian An Men Square, the largest square in the world, the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, home of 24 emperors with a total space of 9,999 rooms, and the Summer Palace, featuring the Long Corridor with painted gallery, Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, Seventeen Arch Bridge and the Marble Boat. Tour to the Lama Temple and the Temple of Heaven, built in 1420 A.D., where the emperors prayed to the heavens for a good harvest. Day 5 - Beijing Bus excursion to the Great Wall, the 4,000 mile long and 2,000 year old construction is said to be the only man-made structure visible by the naked eye from the moon. Visit the Ming Tombs. One of the 13 Ming Emperors' Tombs is fully excavated and open for exploration.

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Price reflects Double occupancy Add $500 for single occupancy $100 Additional for Non-Membership Add $6,000 to fly Business Class Add $200 to take Terra-Cotta Warriors itinerary Everything on the itinerary included Free business conference if passenger requires Including all tax & Post Departure Travel insurance

Day 6 - Beijing/Shanghai/Suzhou Fly to Shanghai, followed by a bus trip to Suzhou for the Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, Hanshan Temple and the National Embroidery Institute to see silk embroidery, a local craft with thousands of years of history. Dinner this evening will include a show featuring traditional Chinese music. Day 7 - Suzhou/Hangzhou Morning tour bus excursion to Hangzhou for a visit to the Economic Development Zone and the centuries-old Lingyin Temple, featuring a 64.3 foot high camphor-wood carving of Buddha. Day 8 - Hangzhou/Shanghai Morning boat cruise on West Lake with relaxing stopover at jewel-like pagodas and tea houses. Afternoon tour bus trip to Shanghai. Day 9 - Shanghai Visit the Yu Garden, a maze of marvelous pavilions, ponds, rocky works and overarching trees. Also visit the Bund, Shanghai’s famous waterfront park. Tour the Pudong Economic Development Zone. Day 10 - Shanghai/Beijing/SEA Morning for free. The afternoon flight will depart by 1:30pm for SEA where you will arrive at 10:30 am on the same day.

An orientation meeting will be held Monday, Mar 19. 2018, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Evergreen Federal Bank’s BEAR HOTEL 2101 NE Spaulding Ave, Grants Pass Please call Colene at Chamber for details Phone: 541-476-7717

Plan now to join Grants Pass & Joesephine County Chamber of Commerce, with business leaders and friends for this once in a lifetime China Adventure. Space is limited. Email your registration to Chamber, 541-476-7717 Website . Tour Operator: Citslinc 1-844.262.1100 email address website

April 2018 Newsletter  

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce monthly newsletter

April 2018 Newsletter  

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce monthly newsletter