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WACC 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Seeking Sponsors

Besides being part of an exclusive networking event and a premiere round of golf, this event is filled with great opportunities to promote your business. This is a tournament you won’t want to miss!


This year’s tournament will be held on June 19, 2019, at Langdon Farms Golf Club, one of Oregon’s premier award-winning golf courses. We are expecting over 100 business professionals for this fun day on the course that includes networking, golf, food, and drink.

Interested in being a sponsor for this event?

View the different levels of participation from which you can choose how you would like to participate in the event and support the Wilsonville Chamber.

WACC 2019 Sponsorship Proposal

WACC 2019 Sponsorship Commitment Form 

The Annual Chamber Tournament is a fundraiser to help support our member programs and Workforce Development Scholarship Program.

10 Essential Wedding Planning Tips & Tricks

Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Kindred Spirits Planning & Design


You’re Engaged!!  

Now is the time you start thinking about telling everyone and planning your perfect day! This process can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but no worries we are here to help! Here are our 10 Essential Wedding Planning Tips & Tricks to help make this time a bit easier and a lot more fun!

  1. Celebrate, enjoy the moment and tell your parents before posting on social media!! (Brought to you by a mother.)

Telling your friends and family is one of the most exciting tasks after becoming engaged. You’ll want to make it public, as soon as possible, that you are making this huge commitment with the love of your life! Celebrate this time and enjoy with your new fiancé (yes let that word sink in.)

When it comes to the announcement, you have so many options to choose from. We encourage you to decide together and do something that fits you as a couple, especially for social media! However, remember that there are people that are going to want to hear this amazing news in person (like your parents). Make sure to have your close family and friends in the loop before you put up that super adorable pic of you with your ring!

Fun ways to share the news:

Host a gathering. (Dinner or a little party.)

  • Have a reveal. (Tell them in a way that fits you as a couple uniquely.)
  • Tell them in private one on one.
  1. Pick a season, narrow it down to a date

You may think this is a weird way to start…” Why a season?” One of the first vendors that you will choose for your big day will be the venue. In most cases, venues book a year out and may only have a limited amount of dates for you to pick from. You want to be open to finding your dream venue and securing a date within a season that you love!

Factors to consider when choosing a season:

  • Weather
  • Flowers in season
  • Outdoor or Indoor
  • Seasons that you love together
  1. Decide on a budget

Budget is always a hard topic. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing your budget. The biggest factor to consider, by far, is the funding (who is paying for the wedding?) We suggest that you ask these hard questions first so that you have a realistic budget when you start planning. Whatever your budget is your wedding is going to be absolutely amazing!

Factors to consider when deciding upon a budget:

  • Who is paying for the wedding?
  • Will there be financial support for some portion of the wedding?
  • How much do you really want to spend?
  • How much can you comfortably afford?
  1. What type of wedding would you like to have?

Gone is the day of traditions, and we are not mad about it!! There are tons of ways to tie the knot now, and like everything else, this should perfectly fit your style.

Types of weddings

  • Elopements
  • Intimate Weddings
  • Traditional Weddings
  • Outdoor Wedding
  • Themed Wedding
  1. Pick a theme

This day is a reflection of you, your relationship and your personal style! Consider what story you would like to tell on your day and choose a theme. Themes could be something as simple as “rustic,” or you can have a more in-depth theme such as “Game of Thrones,” whatever it is, make sure it represents you!

Theme examples:

  • Greenery
  • Rustic
  • Glam
  • Shabby Chic
  • Bookworm
  • Harry Potter

The stars are the limit!!

  1. Choose your venue

Your venue is setting the stage for your entire day. You’ll want to look at venues that work within your budget, theme and season. We encourage you to look at multiple venues, in person, before choosing the right one for your big day!

Venues to think about:

  • Vineyards
  • Breweries
  • Parks
  • Urban
  • Barns
  1. Pick your perfect wedding team

Your wedding team (photographer, videographer, planner, florist, etc.) are crucial to making your day flow seamlessly. You want to ensure that each of your vendors has as much invested in your wedding day as you do, that you are not just a number. To do this, we recommend interviewing up to three in each category on the phone or in person and hiring the one that you click with!

Check out our highly preferred vendor list by clicking here.

  1. Find your “yes person” for the day of

Now this person may not always say yes. However, they should know your vision as well as you do. On the day of you want to be sipping mimosas and dreaming about walking down the aisle, not answering a billion questions. A yes person will be there to answer those questions for you so that you can enjoy.


  • Mom(s)
  • Maid of Honor
  • Best Friend
  • Aunt(s)
  • Your planning partner!
  1. Set up takes longer than expected

Setting up wedding decor is no simple task, and you do not want to be caught off guard on the day of with things still left to do! Our team requires six hours to set ceremony and reception decor on the day of (anywhere from 2-10 people total.) A good rule of thumb is to plan for a bit of extra time on the day of for set up and to have someone else run the show. This is a great task for a family member that is wanting to help or your day of coordinator (since they are paid to help!)

  1. This day is about you two and only you!

This is the day you have been planning for, for probably most of your life. Your family has probably been planning for just as long and WILL have opinions, which is awesome. However, it is YOUR day. This day should be all about you as a couple, and you definitely should feel good making executive decisions based on that.  You’ve got this!!

Happy planning!   The Kindred Spirits Planning & Design Team

For more info on this topic contact Jess at  (971) 267-3638 |

Advocacy Update: Guide for Oregon’s Equal Pay Act

Download PDF Guide Here

2018 Equal Pay Act Guide WilsonvilleChamber


Advocacy Update:

The Bureau of Oregon Labor & Industries released their concluding rules for employers and employees on Oregon’s groundbreaking Equal Pay Act, passed by the 2017 Oregon legislature. The new law that goes into effect on January 1, 2019, requires that employees be paid equally for comparable work regardless of gender or any of Oregon’s ten other protected classes.

Guide for Oregon’s Equal Pay Act

Effective January 1, 2019, Oregon’s groundbreaking Equal Pay Act requires that employees be paid equally for comparable work regardless of gender or any of Oregon’s ten other protected classes.

We believe this will be the most challenging human resources issue for most of our Chamber members over the next year.

The Pay Equity Guide, which you can view here, provides helpful information to comply with the new law. The guidance includes an overview of the law, frequently asked questions, a guide for employers on self-evaluations, a sample checklist of policies and practices, and a calculation tool created to assist employers in determining where they have potential wage gaps between employees.

We hope you will find that this tool provides great value to your members.

Download PDF Guide Here

2018 Equal Pay Act Guide WilsonvilleChamber


Community Raffle Prize Winners!

$125 Winners:  Gift Card $125 Winner chooses favorite local business & WACC buys Gift Card/Certificate

Mary G                0556

Karen A                0075

Jason J                 0129

Jen B                    0572

Amanda J            0852

Kyle B                   0181

Robert H              0624

Bernice C            0189

Mary K                 0426

Jen B                    0577

Dina O                  0375

Tony W                0078

$250 Winners

Dina O                  0376                     Fry’s Electronics

Rick H                   0836                     Les Schwab

Republic S             0657        

Centrex                0723                     Cabella’s

Mark S                 0144                     Costco

Marvin R             0009                     Family Fun Center

Eric W                  0308                     Holiday Inn

Jen B                    0576                     Al’s Garden Center

Dick S                   0172                     Edge Family Fitness

Jimmy S               0725                     Fred Meyer


Robert H              0629                     $1500 Cruise

David S                 0618                     $5000 Cash


2018 Annual Event Recap

Photo Credit:  Rose Adele Photography

On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted our 2018 Annual Meeting at the Al Kadar Shriners Center and attracted over 130 Chamber attendees.  The event was sponsored by Kindred Spirits Planning & Design, Prographics Services, Inc., Pacific Connections, Poppies, and Paisley Floral, and Rose Adele Photography.

This year’s theme – “A Taste of Wilsonville” where 12 Wilsonville bakeries, caterers and restaurants shared their delectable food by offering guests the opportunity to sample their cuisine and learn more about their menus and offerings.  Participating in the tastings were the Corner Coffee Shop, Holiday Inn South, Izumi Japanese Steakhouse, Lux Sucre Desserts, Panera Bread, Qdoba Wilsonville, Rêver Artisan Bakery, Shari’s Pie & Café, Swire Coca-Cola, Tom’s Wilsonville Catering and Week Day Wine Club.

Chamber Board president Kevin O’Malley conducted the business meeting and shared recaps and highlights from our year, and Santa (AKA George Crace, The Total Development Center) stopped by to wish everyone a joyful holiday season!

Several outstanding Chamber leaders were recognized for their leadership, partnership and innovation as the 2018-2019 new Board of Directors President, Jason Jordan of Republic Services was sworn in and four outstanding Chamber leaders were recognized. Congratulations to our award winners and thank Outgoing Board President, Kyle Bunch of American Family Insurance for your two years of dedicated service to the Chamber!

  • Outgoing Board President – Kyle Bunch, American Family
  • Incoming New Board President – Jason Jordan, Republic Services
  • President’s Award – Donna Atkinson, Wilsonville Community Seniors, Inc.
  • Outstanding Service to WACC – Barb Eave, Barbara Eave Bookkeeping
  • Ambassador of the Year – Dr. Ryan McCormic, Next Level Chiropractic

A special thanks to our Board of Directors and Chamber Ambassador Team, many of whom were in attendance, for their continued support of the Chamber.

On behalf of the entire staff of the Chamber, we thank you, the business community for your support of not just this event, but the mission of the Chamber. Without you, we could not be… Building Business. Building Community.

Photo Credit: @Roseadelephotography