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Gorge Green Drinks: When: Tuesday, December 4th from 6-7:30PM. Where: Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, 1410 12th St., Hood River. Solera Brewery will be providing samples and Ovino Market will be on hand with hard cider samples. Cost: FREE and open to the public. $5 donations are gladly accepted! - 12/4

Get Educated on Exporting Your Products: Professional Trainer Jim Foley gives you export training in a one on one session and informs you how you can qualify for up to $5000 in export assistance through the Wash. St. Dept of Commerce Export Voucher Program! When: Monday, August 6th and Tuesday, August 7th from 9:30AM-4:30PM. (Lunch will be served each day) Where: Skamania Lodge. Cost: $25 for both days. Workshop sponsored by the Port of Skamania and Skamania Co. EDC. Contact Julie Mayfield at 509-427-5484 or email to reserve your spot! - 8/6 and 8/7

Wellness in the Workplace: A great FREE class helping people reduce stress, increase good posture and more! Find more details on this event in our Health and Fitness section! - 8/6

Government Affairs Breakfast Meeting: This week's presentation features Lauri Comini, Interim Executive Director at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. She'll be providing an update on the curent and future activities of TDACC along with a presentation by Robin Cope. When: Thursday, August 2nd at 7AM. Where: The Barbeque Restaurant. - 8/2

MCEDD Welcomes Carrie Pipinich: The Mid Columbia Economic Development District welcomes Carrie Pipinich as their new Asst. Project Manger! - 7/31

Coffee Connections: When: Monday, July 31st at 7:30AM. Where: Big Jim's Drive In (2938 East 2nd St., The Dalles) - 7/31

Government Affairs Breakfast Meeting: Daniel Garcia (Restorative Justice School Specialist) from Parkrose K-12 will provide us an overview of Restorative Justice and how is it applied. When: Thursday, July 26th at 7AM. Where: The BBQ Restaurant (West 6th). - 7/26

Skamania Chamber Business After Hours: Tour the scenic wedding event site of Gorge-ous Weddings in Home Valley. Enjoy tasty snacks, beverages and amazing views of the Gorge! When: Thursday, July 19th from 5-7PM. Where: Wind Mountain Ranch, 192 ERickson Road. - 7/19

Business After Hours: (TD) When: Tuesday, July 17th, 5-7PM. Where: C.H. Urness Motor Co. (505 Cherry Heights Rd.) Bring your business cards! - 7/17

Government Affairs Breakfast Meeting: Chief Deputy Lane Magill will be the featured speaker. When: Thursday, July 12th, 7AM at the BBQ Restaurant (West 6th) - 7/12

The Dalles Rotary Club Meeting: Noon at the Civic. - 7/11

July Stevenson Chamber Break: Come share what you've got brewing at your business or organization. Where: Chamber Board Room (167 NW 2nd Ave, Sevenson, WA) When: Tuesday, July 10th at 8AM. - 7/10

Coffee Connections: Network with other The Dalles businesses! Where: Columbia Cinemas. When: Tuesday, May 29th at 7:30AM. Bring your business cards! - 5/27

The Dalles Chamber Summer Hours: The Dalles Chamber summer hours will go into effect starting Memorial Day! The Chamber will now be open 7 days a week with weekend hours running from 10AM-4PM (Includes Holidays). - 5/28

The Future of Business in Washington State: Don Brunell, President of the Association of Washington hosts this free event at the White Salmon Fire Hall (119 NE Church Ave, White Salmon, WA) The session will be followed up by Q and A. When: Thursday, April 19th from 5:30-7PM. Please RSVP by calling 509-493-3630. - 4/19

Local Small Business Survey: Your feedback is imperative to help make sure that the Gorge can secure and retain free resources for our area. Please take a few minutes to fill it out! Find the survey at It closes on April 2nd! - 4/2

The Dalles Government Affairs Breakfast Meeting: Wasco County Commissioner Candidates introduce themselves and explain why they're running for office. When: Thursday, March 29th, 7AM. Where: The BBQ Restaurant. - 3/29

Notary Public Seminar: When: Wednesday, March 28th, 9AM-Noon. Where; CGCC. Call 541-506-6121 for more info. - 3/28

Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association Meeting: Join CRGVA for their 1st meeting of the year! Featured speaker is Melody Johnson who specializes in custom package travel. CRGVA has hired her to conduct an assessment on the Gorge in an effort to evaluate how the package travel industry can benefit your business. When: Wednesday, March 28th at 2PM. Where: Skyline Hospital Community Room, 211 Skyline Dr. White Salmon, WA. - 3/28

Optimizing Employee Performance: Cost: $60. Where: Full Sail Brewing (Hood River). When: Tuesday, March 27th from 8:30AM-Noon. - 3/27

Coffee Connections: Featuring Hearts of Gold Caregivers. Where: 1112 West 9th St, The Dalles. When: 7:30AM. This event is for TD Chamber Members and Guests. Call 541-296-2231 for more information. - 3/27

Back to Work Grant Announcement: Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG) is in the process of implementing the "Back to Work" Oregon Grant for those that qualify for On-the-Job Training (OJT). This grant is designed to stimulate Oregon's economy by helping employers offset the cost of training qualified new hires. Call Mike Scroggs at 541-386-6300 ext. 306 for more info!

Government Affairs Breakfast Meeting: Featuring Marti Kantola, Executive Director of Six Rivers Community Dispute Resolution Center.  Where: The BBQ Restaurant (West 6th St. The Dalles). When: Thursday, March 22nd at 7AM. - 3/22

Quick Start Your Oregon Business: Thursday, March 15th at 9AM-Noon at Columbia Gorge Community College (The Dalles). Cost: FREE! Call 541-506-6121 for more information. - 3/15

Business After Hours: at Griffith Motors (1900 W. 6th St.) When: Thursday, March 15th from 5-7PM. - 3/15

The Dalles City Council Meeting: Monday, March 12th at 5:30PM at City Hall Council Chamber (313 Court St.) - 3/12

Branding Yourself and Your Business: FREE Workshop at CGCC. (Hood river Campus - 1730 College Way). When: 10AM-Noon on Saturday, March 10th. Call 541-506-6111 for more info. and to register for this great event. - 3/10

Stronger Economies Together (SEC) Session: You're invited to work with three regional economists to understand labor trends, demographics and industry growth. These economists will address social and workforce characteristics, industry trends and employment trends in our region. When: Thursday, March 8th at 9AM. Where: Sherman Co. Fairgrounds. Call Carrie Pipinich at 541.296.2266 to reserve your spot. - 3/8

Power Breakfast: "Events and Community" presented by Addie Case and Chad Sperry. Where: Cousins Country Inn (The Dalles) When: Friday, March 2nd at 7AM. You will need to reserve your spot. Cost: $10 Members. Guests: $12. RSVP by calling The Dalles Chamber at 541.296.2231 - 3/2

Government Affairs Breakfast Meeting: Featuring Marty Matherly (Wasco Co. Road Dept.) and Chip Wood (Candidate for Wasco Co. Commissioner). Marty will be giving an update on roads and funding and Chip will give his reasons for running for County Commissioner. Where: The Barbeque Restaurant (6th St. in The Dalles). When: Thursday, March 1st at 7AM. - 3/1

Coffee Connections (The Dalles): When: Tuesday, February 28th at 7:30AM. Where: State Farm (Dean Dollarhide - 300 East 2nd St.) Come network with other local business owners! Don't forget to bring your business cards! - 2/28

Coffee Connections: When: Tuesday, October 25th. Where: The Riverenza (401 E. 10th St, The Dalles) Time: 7:30AM. Come network and mingle with other community leaders/businesses. Don't forget your business cards! - 10/25

The Dalles City Council Meeting: When: Monday, October 24th. Time: Noon. Where: TDWHS (220 East 10th St). View agenda here: - 10/24

Business After Hours: (For TD Chamber Members) When: Thursday, October 20th. Where: Columbia State Bank (316 East 3rd). Time: 5-7PM. Bring your business cards! - 10/20

Wasco County Board of County Commissioners Meeting: When: Wednesday, October 19th. Where: Wasco County Courthouse, Room 202 (511 Washington St., The Dalles) Time: 9AM. - 10/19

Angel Funding: Seed stage to growth oriented businesses (Gorge related) seeking expertise and/or capital are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Robin Cope at: 541.296.8080 or Deadline: 10/14.

Government Affairs Breakfast Meeting: This week's guest will be Lee Greenway, Postmaster of The Dalles Post Office. Where: The BBQ Restaurant (The Dalles) When: 7AM. - 10/13

The Dalles City Council Meeting: Time: 5:30PM. Location: City Hall (313 Court St.) - 10/10

Quick Start Your Oregon Business: Classes to start your small business. Location: CGCC (HR). Time: 9AM-Noon. Cost: $29. Call 541-506-6011 to register. - 10/8

Government Affairs Breakfast Meeting: This week's guest is David Dkekel who will discuss the Wasco, Hood River and Shermany County hazardous waste program. Time/Location: 7AM at the BBQ Restaurant. - 10/6

The Dalles City Council Meeting: Time: 5:30PM. Location: City Hall (313 Court St). - 9/26

National Public Lands Day: Help with light grounds maintenance work. Enjoy complimentary ice cream or soda pop. (This even for chamber members and their guests). Register by calling Linda at 541-296-8600 ext. 204. - 9/23

Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association Meeting: (CRGVA) Network and learn about new applications (cutting edge technology) from Digi Tab Media. 2PM at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. - 9/28

Coffee Connections: Come network with other leaders in the community. Don't forget to bring your business cards! Where: Western States Insurance. (312 Federal Street, The Dalles) Time: 7:30AM. - 9/27

Small Business Showcase: The Dalles Chamber members show off their talents, services and products to the community. Location: The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Time: 5-7PM. Admission: FREE. - 9/22

Google Apps for Small Business: Grow your business with Google! Josh Keihl will present several unique applications useful to growing your small business as well as discussing Google products: AdWords, Google Places TalkBin and Punchd. Cost: FREE! Reserve your spot today by emailing Time: 5PM-7PM. Location: The Mint (The Dalles) - 9/15

Google Apps Training: Attention small and medium sized businesses! Learn how to get your domain setup in "Google Apps" at Erin Glenn Winery (710 East 2nd St, The Dalles) from 6-8PM! RSVP by emailing Katy Bowman at - 7/19 and 7/28

The Dalles City Council Meeting: 5:30PM at City Hall Council Chamber (313 Court St.) - 7/25

Coffee Connections: Network with community leaders! Location: Washington Federal (235 East 3rd, The Dalles). Time: 7:30AM. Call TDACC at 541.296.2231 for more info. - 7/25

Town Hall Meeting: Senator Merkley will be present Sunday, July 17th at 5:30PM at The Dalles Senior Center located at 1112 W. 9th Street. - 7/17

Coffee Connections: Network with other The Dalles businesses! Hosted by Optimist Printers at 623 East 2nd St, The Dalles. - 6/28

Vision Action Plan Meeting: Where: Columbia Gorge Community College (Cafeteria, Building 1). When: Wednesday, April 27th. Time: 6:30-8PM. For more info, call Thomas A. Gilbertson, RARE Planner: 541.296.5481 x1132. - 4/27

Gorge Angel Conference: This educational, networking and investment conference will feature lunch, company display tables, a speed networking session, and many company presentations. Three finalist companies selected by the Gorge Angel Investor Network 4 (GAIN4, LLC) will present a 10 minute power point presentation. Other companies will have an opportunity to make a 5 minute presentation. GAIN4 has raised $100,000 to invest in local companies. To sweeten the deal, the Oregon Growth Account (OGA) will provide a$25,000 match. At the conclusion of the event,GAIN4 will make a decision about entering into funding negotiations with the most suitable investment opportunity. Where: Discovery Center. When: April 26th, 11:30AM-5PM. Questions? Contact Robin Cope, OEN at or 541.296.8080. - 4/26

Coffee Connections: Hosted by: Rivermark CCU. Where and When: 1240 West 6th Street, The Dalles. 7:30AM; Chamber Members & Guests. Info: TDACC, 541.296.2231. - 4/26

Business After Hours: Where: Lone Pine Village (172 Blue Heron Ct. The Dalles) When: 4/21. Time: 5-7PM. Business After Hours (BAH) events are the area's premier networking opportunities, offering guests the chance to meet people representing products and services in a relaxed, social setting. Bring your business cards! - 4/21

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: Brad Harmon from U B all U R Business Solutions explains "How to use local social-mobile search". Time: 11:30AM-1PM. Location: The Dalles Chronicle Conference Room (315 E. Federal St.) Contact Brad Harmon for more info: 541-980-0160. - 3/8