Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer Presentation

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Salem are co-sponsoring a seminar to assist local businesses. The event is being held with assitance from the ISBDC.  

The special guest, Marc Willson, brings 35 years of experience working with retail, restaurant and tourism-related small businesses. The topic of his presentation is “Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer”. The presentation will take place on Oct. 31, 8:30 am at Cobblestone Hotel. This presentation is free.

Marc Willson will focus on helping businesses determine why their offering is unique, who their customers are, and how to reach them. Marc joined the SBDC in 2009 as a Retail and Restaurant Consultant and has delivered over 300 seminars and assisted over 1000 retailers and restaurateurs throughout the country.

Agenda Topics Include:

  • Differentiate your business
  • Define your customer
  • Create loyal customers
  • Using Customer Data
  • Effectively merchandise
  • Run financials efficiently

Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer Presentation Break Sponsors:


Annual Dinner Sponsors

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner will take place on Saturday, November 1st at Southern Hills Church. Doors will open at 5:00pm. This event continues to grow and approximately 200+ residents of Washington County will attend the dinner.

The event will include a mock-tail hour (with a signature drink – non-alcoholic), silent auction and entertainment by Piped Piper Productions. Dinner will be included, and a game. In addition the Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Emerging Youth Entrepreneur awards will be announced. A live auction will take place as well.

Tickets ($25.00 each) are available at the Chamber Office, located at 201 E Market St. in Salem. The public is invited to attend. 

Annual Dinner Sponsors:





YMCA Announces Month Dedicated to Honoring Service Members

The YMCA challenges all Washington County residents to show their support of our brave men and women.

During the month of November, the Washington County Family YMCA will lead Washington County in A Salute to our Soldiers by honoring our local service members and their families to recognize the sacrifice they and their families make to secure the nation’s freedom.

The YMCA has outlined weekly challenges for all Washington County residents for the month of November which include wearing yellow, writing letters of support, donating care package items, and prayer.

"In November, we are fortunate to have two wonderful Holidays—Veterans Day and Thanksgiving!" says Rosie Morehous, the Youth First Director taking on the project, “I look forward to propelling the sentiment of these occasions into the whole month by leading the community in showing our thanks and gratitude to the many brave men and women through A Salute to our Soldiers.”

The YMCA will have a limited supply of Salute To Our Soldiers t-shirts on sale at their front desk for $15 each. T-shirts will have a new STOS 2014 design, and will come in sand and military heather green options. First come, first served, so stop in today to ensure your shirt is available! Proceeds made from the shirts will go to assist in any postage/supplies necessary for care packages mailed.

Letters and or pictures of your service men and women can also be e-mailed to to be posted to the Washington County Family YMCA’s website and Facebook page to recognize your soldiers throughout the month.