Greetings from the Portland Area Chamber of Commerce,
My name is Kathy Ness, and I am again serving as the chamber president. As you might guess, the Portland buzz of 2015 was the June tornado. Even with all of the storm devastation, we were briefly down, but never out. The business community is growing, our schools are solid and local churches look with enthusiasm as to what 2016 will bring.
The Chamber of Commerce has enjoyed success with co-hosting Business After Hours with Portland Main Street. We have celebrated a number of new businesses with our ribbon cutting ceremonies, and spotlighted chamber member businesses at local events and in social media.
We have our vision set on additional activities such as an educational seminar for our local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs as well as advertising via a highway billboard. We welcome businessmen and women, and any other civic-minded citizens to join us.
This community shines bright with all its attributes (that being the people who care, lead, and lend a hand). Yes, we are Portland Strong, but equally noted, we are Portland proud.
Kathy Ness, 2017 Chamber President