Member Voice

The articles and view points included here do not necessarily represent the feelings and opinions of all McMinnville Chamber members or the McMinnville Chamber.

  • Preparing for the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

    On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a total eclipse will cross the entire country, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. Weather permitting, the entire continent will have the opportunity to view an eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on Earth’s surface. And plans for this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse are […]

  • McMinnville Chamber announces new CEO/President

    McMinnville Chamber announces new CEO/President The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Gioia Goodrum as its new CEO/President. Goodrum replaces Nathan Knottingham, who left the Chamber after leading the organization for nearly three years. Goodrum is expected to be in the office no later than September 1 pending a move from […]

  • Farewell McMinnville

    Dear McMinnville, First, a heartfelt thank you.  Thank you to so many who were open to accepting a new member to the community, who allowed me to earn their trust, and lead their Chamber of Commerce for the past 3 years.  Thank you for welcoming my family and helping us find place in McMinnville.  We […]

  • Pokemon Go: More traffic to your business is just a ball throw away

    by Nathan Knottingham Last night my wife and I enjoyed dinner with friends on the East side of 3rd street.  We weren’t finished visiting so we headed West down 3rd for coffee and dessert.  My buddy and I like tech and games and started talking about the 7-day-old mobile game Pokémon Go.  We opened our aps […]

  • Making Leaders from Lemons: Why Lemonade Day is Important

    “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch Perhaps no subject strikes closer to the bone of the democratic idea of society than the education of our children. The big thinkers of American innovation worry about foreign competition in the global markets, and say that unless […]

  • Above the Waterline

    Behavior Issue // Not a Homeless Issue In the 2.5 years I have now lived and worked in McMinnville, Oregon it does feel like the issue is getting worse.  Either that or patience has worn thin and the business community is frustrated. The hard part is discussing this issue of vagrancy and homelessness in such […]

  • Chamber of Commerce SEO Benefits for Small Businesses

    by Mary Gammel, posted with permission Maximize Local SEO: Join a Chamber of Commerce Many of my small business clients are trying to get local customers via their websites. After using organic SEO to optimize their website for their target markets and geographic areas, I often suggest other marketing tactics to get trusted links to their site. […]

  • National Advisory Board of Directors Named for Capella Healthcare

    National Advisory Board of Directors Named for Capella Healthcare Founder Dan Slipkovich appointed Chair Capella Healthcare’s new National Advisory Board of Directors has been appointed, with Founder Dan Slipkovich named as Chair, according to Michael Wiechart, President and Chief Executive Officer.  The Board includes representatives from communities served by Capella, including hospital board chairs, physicians and […]

  • The Soup Kitchen at St. Barnabas Fundraiser an Overwhelming Success

      The Soup Kitchen at St Barnabas often feeds over 2,000 meals a month.  They had a need, and the generous community of McMinnville answered. The soup kitchen was in desperate need of a new dishwasher, but commercial dishwashers and installation looked like it would run about $10,000.  That just wasn’t in the budget.  A […]

  • The Freelin-Wade FORCE Announces Fundraising Partnership with CASA of Yamhill County

      The Freelin-Wade FORCE is announcing their 2016 fundraising partnership with CASA of Yamhill County.  The goal of the partnership is to raise funds for these Court Appointed Special Advocates and to spread awareness of their mission. Annually, the Freelin-Wade FORCE designs, organizes and launches fundraising and educational activities for a chosen local nonprofit. The […]