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Open For Business Magazine - December11/January 12 Issue

Open For Business Magazine - December11/January 12 Issue

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Published by Susan Miller
Pointing to networking opportunities and the advantage of having a unified voice for the business community, three Eugene Chamber members share what led them to join the Chamber and the value of membership.
Pointing to networking opportunities and the advantage of having a unified voice for the business community, three Eugene Chamber members share what led them to join the Chamber and the value of membership.

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FOR BUSINESS
THE EUGENE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: CElEBRATiNG…PROMOTiNG…iNFORMiNG BUsiNEss
 
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VOlUME 10, issUE 6
UsA $3.95CANADA $6.95
ANNUALREPORT
How business leaders ratethe Chamber’s performance
 
FEATURES
6
Chamber Business of the Year LeviStrauss & Co. share the values thathelped them expand their business and wintheir Emerald Award.
9 
How Rani Gee went from salesassociate to business owner, and howthe Chamber helped her along the way.
17
A look at theaccomplishments fromthe Regional ProsperityInitative.
COLUMNS/ DEPARTMENTS
4
YOUR CHAMBER WORKiNGFOR YOU 
20
BUsiNEss NEWs
ADVERTISER INDEX
22 Attic Media21 Bell + Funk21 BRING Recycling19 Cascade Health Solutions15 Century Bank24 Chambers Productions13 Essig Entertainment27 Eugene Airport16 Eugene Area Chamber ofCommerce20 Evergreen Roong25 EWEB4 Hershner Hunter LLP8 Home Federal Bank2 Isler CPA28 Kernutt Stokes Brandt15 McKenzie-Willamette MedicalCenter2 Pacic Continental Bank7 PacicSource Health Plans14 Sandler Training20 Siuslaw Bank22 Summit Bank23 SYTE Consulting16 TechnaPrint
Publisher
David Hauser,
CCE 
Editor
Susan G. Miller,
Director o Publications &Inormation Systems
Eugene ChamberExecutive Committee
Marvin Re’Voal, Chair
Pacifc Beneft Planners
Sheryl Balthrop,Chair-Elect
Gaydos, Churnside &Balthrop PC 
Ann Marie Mehlum,Vice Chair
Summit Bank 
Eric Forrest, Past Chair
Pepsi Cola Bottling o Eugene
Cathy Worthington,Treasurer
Worthington BusinessServices
Advertising
Eugene AreaChamber of Commerce541.484.1314
Design/Layout
Asbury Design541.344.1633
Content Editor
Tracy Ilene Miller
Printing
TechnaPrint, Inc.541.344.4062
Eugene Area Chamberof Commerce
1401 Willamette St.Eugene, OR 97401541.484.1314
Open or Business:
 A publication of theEugene Area Chamberof Commerce (USPS-978-480).
Open or Business
ispublished bimonthlyby the Eugene AreaChamber of Commercein February, April, June,August, October andDecember. Circulation:4,700.
Open For Business
© 2011The subscription priceis $25, included inmembership. PeriodicalsPostage Paid at Eugene,OR.POSTMASTER: Sendaddress changes toEugene Area Chamberof Commerce, P.O.Box 1107, Eugene, OR97440-1107
FOR BUSINESS
THE EUGENE AREACHAMBER OFCOMMERCE: CElEBRATiNG…PROMOTiNG…iNFORMiNGBUsiNEss
 
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VOlUME 10,issUE 6
UsA$3.95CANADA$6.95
ANNUALREPORT
How business leaders ratethe Chamber’s performance
Having gone fromsales associate tobusiness owner,Rani Gee has foundthe Chamber tobe great partner.Page 9.
COVER STORY >>
10
 
See how four longtime membersrated the Eugene Area Chamber ofCommerce’s performance for the past year.
Pictured: Barbara Wirtz, president o WirtzConsulting; Mark Johnson, president o theWestern Oregon Region o Home Federal Bank; Chris Meeker, president o the ImagineGroup
Photography by
Loveall Photo
 www.loveallphoto.comArt direction and design by
Asbury Design
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DECEMBER 2011/JANUARY 2012 | OPEN FOR BUSINESS
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Smart-ups visits the new Broadway Commerce Center
 YOUR CHAMBERWORKING FOR YOU
Celebrating women leadersand innovators
Florist and longtime owner of DandelionsFlowers & Gifts, Shirley Lyons, was named the 2011Woman Business Leader of the Year. The awardwas created by the Eugene Chamber four yearsago to honor successfulwomen business leadersin the community fortheir business success,career achievementsand communitycontributions.Businesses led bywomen are and willcontinue to have anoticeable impact onthe local economy andthe Chamber believesin the importanceof supporting them.Nationwide, femaleentrepreneurs arestarting businessesat twice the rate ofmen and 40% of allbusinesses are nowowned by women across the country. The WomenBusiness Leader of the Year ceremony helps tohighlight the successes of these great femaleinnovators here at home.
Chamber advances award-winningeconomic development effort
The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce washonored at the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce(OSCC) 2011 annual meeting. The Chamber’s RegionalProsperity Initiative economic development programwas selected for the 2011 OSCC Achievement Award.The award recognizes a program or initiative thatelevates the role of the Chamber in their community,highlighting innovation, and impact in the community,collaboration and leadership.Additionally, the Chamber’s recently redesignedwebsite and
Open or Business
magazine wererecognized as best in their class.
Eugene Chamber President Dave Hauser received theChamber’s award from Julie Miller, Executive Directorof the Bandon Chamber of Commerce and OSCCImmediate Past Chair.Christian Fox of Pacic Real Estate Services shows-off PIVOTArchitecture’s beautiful new space in the Broadway Commerce Center.
Smart-Ups Pub Talks are designed to supportearly stage companies through education andnetworking opportunities. Smart-Ups’ NovemberPub Talk was held at the new Broadway CommerceCenter in downtown Eugene. The developer ofthe BCC, Beam Development, is a progressivedevelopment and management real estate companycommitted to developing exible, affordableworking spaces. Smart-Ups attendees heard froman expert panel that provided help on securingthe right space for new businesses. Attendees alsotoured the new facility and heard about the excitingstartups that will operate at the BCC.
Shirley Lyons, WomanBusiness Leader ofthe Year and owner ofDandelions Flowers &Gifts, began her careerin 1974 at the SaturdayMarket and has grownher company into oneof the top rms in thecountry.

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