Written: December 22, 2016

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Merry Christmas 2016

As a vendor I receive many holiday greetings by email, so I wanted to share some of them with you, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2017.

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Tualatin Chamber holiday dinner

Tualatin Chamber Holiday Auction and Dinner

Last night I attended the 21st annual Holiday Auction and Dinner, organized by the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce. The event starts out with three rounds of silent auctions, dinner is then served, and finally the live auction takes place. At dinner the room at the Tualatin Country Club was packed.

Tualatin Chamber holiday dinner

There were many speeches during the dinner time from Chamber volunteers and members from our community. The funniest event of the evening for me to watch is a fund-raiser called “Heads or Tails” where participants buy a string of beads, stand up, then try and guess if a coin toss will come up heads or tails. If they guess correctly, then they can stay standing, otherwise they have to remove one string of beads or sit down in defeat. This year it probably took 12 rounds or so to find the winner, and we heard about 90% heads from the coin tosses instead of the expected 50%.

Classy event, lots of donated goods and services to buy at the auctions, wine, good food, plenty of networking, I’ll be there again in 2017.

Tualatin Country Club

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Celebrate Tualatin

Using Forms to Gather and Track Info

I’m a member of the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce and we used WordPress to build most of their web site. Next month there’s an annual award celebration, so this month we needed to gather nominations for the awards. In WordPress we used the Form feature in the Jetpack plugin. Here’s what the form looks like in WordPress:

After I defined the form in WordPress, I viewed it in a browser to double-check that it looked OK:

Once a web visitor fills out this Form, then feedback is sent by email to the Tualatin Chamber, and they can also go into WordPress and see this one nomination or even export all nominations into a CSV file for use in Excel.

So it’s quick and simple to add forms to your WordPress site, view the results, and automate the process to save you time in organizing your association or business.

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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

In my networking at the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce I met a business owner from Lake Oswego who introduced me to the Meals on Wheels of Lake Oswego, a volunteer group that feeds seniors and community members during the week. This is a very worthy cause, so I offered to setup, design and develop their first web site pro-bono.

Meals on Wheels

We used 1and1 for our web hosting and domain registration services because they offer good uptime, low prices, and excellent service.

Next, we setup a PayPal account so that this non-profit could start accepting donations on their site.

Donations

 

There’s a blog feature, plus a contact page that sends out an email message without revealing their email address.

To make updates easy, we used WordPress as the Content Management System. Their volunteers use a web browser to maintain and update their new web site.

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Business Referrals Work

I network at the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce and meet a lot of other interesting and hard-working small business owners, like Lucy and Torrey Murphy from Metro IT. When my web client at Hayden’s Grill asked me about IT support, I knew right away that I could refer them to Metro IT with confidence. Hayden’s gave Metro IT a call and hired them to do IT support work.

I like it when a story has a happy ending. Lucy sent me a hand-written thank you card and a gift certificate to Hayden’s Grill, so I’ll enjoy some fine dining tomorrow night with my lovely wife.

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If you network, then think about giving some referrals to businesses that you know, like and trust.

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A New Year, A New Look

The largest annual festival in Tualatin is coming up this summer on August 9th and 10th, called the Tualatin Crawfish Festival. It’s organized by the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce and the CEO, Linda Moholt wanted a fresh, new look for the web site this year. Valia Eskandari of Edge Graphics Company provided the graphical design, then I developed the site in WordPress so that the Chamber office can make their updates using a web browser.

Here’s the new look for 2013:

Tualatin Crawfish Festival

I’ve teamed up with Valia before, we combined freelance skills and created the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce web site as well.

I look forward to another fun year at the Tualatin Crawfish Festival, eating food on Friday night, walking in the parade on Saturday morning, and working the dunk tank as a fund raiser for the Veterans of Foreign War, Men’s Auxiliary.

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