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Consider The Importance of Networking

In the business world, networking is one of the most essential tools one can use to build connections and further career goals. It can be time consuming, and depending on your personality, awkward and even exhausting. But in the long run, networking can be one of the best and easiest tools to use for your personal career development and it can also be a great marketing tool for your current business. It opens the door to new relationships, makes you and your company more visible, allows you to gain insight on what is going on in the community around you, and can serve as a great resource that not even Google can provide.

Networking can come in many forms. The most common way to network is to be involved in casual contact networks. Locally, the Chamber is one of the most well-known casual contact networks. The group brings together hundreds of local professionals in a relaxed environment. Most chambers meet weekly with various events where they highlight a local business, present guest speakers, discuss important business topics or just host an informal mixer. These events give people the opportunity to meet others in the business community and create valuable and lasting personal and professional relationships. 

In our community, there are several networking opportunities put on by other organizations. Crook County Foundation holds regular “What’s Brewing?” events to highlight local, regional and national issues that affect people living in Crook County. Our area is also home to service clubs, such as Kiwanis and Rotary, which are always welcoming visitors and seeking new members. Community service clubs can be a way for one to not only contribute to their own community, but to also gain professional growth and success. Being involved in these groups is one of the best ways to network, and to reward yourself and others in the process.

While face-to-face contact is the best way to network, online and social media groups are growing in strength as a new virtual resource. Facebook has groups for almost every profession where users can share experiences, advice and even documents with others. LinkedIn, a site created specifically for the business community, lets you connect not only with those you know and trust, but also connects you with members who are in your industry and have similar careers and education. The important thing to remember with online networking is to be active and engaging. It takes consistency to build rapport online, just as it does in the physical world.

It’s also a good idea to network within your own workplace. Take time to get to know your colleagues. It can be as simple as saying “hi” in the hallway. Find out what other employees and other departments do. It’s surprising what you may learn. Having interdepartmental relationships with colleagues helps with communication, collaboration and helps build a great company culture, which is an important asset in today’s workplace. You may find professional development opportunities, a new mentor and even the opportunity for career advancement.

If you check the local Prineville–Crook County Chamber of Commerce events calendar, the Central Oregonian or The Roundup, you are sure to see several gatherings and events perfect for networking. Just remember that it isn’t always what you know, but who you know that will help you succeed. Be authentic and have fun. Best case scenario, a business relationship will help you with professional success and turn into a lasting friendship as well.

 
 
 

NANCY
NENNIG

Board Member

Meet NANCY.

Prineville Lions Club

My husband and I have lived in Prineville for 17 years. I retired from the Banking Industry after 18 years, most recently working for Oregonians Credit Union. I enjoy the trails and camping in the Crook County
area.

In addition to that, I have volunteered for the Crooked River roundup for 15 years, am the current President of the Prineville Lions, a member of the Prineville Elks and a Member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

I was an active member of the Chamber Ambassador Committee for 15 years and supported all the Prineville-Crook County Chamber events and projects.

The Prineville Chamber represents all of Crook County and its individuals, organizations and business and I feel with my volunteering and networking I am able to support the Vision and Mission of the
organization.

Duane Porter

President

Meet Duane.

Financial Advisor, DFP Financial and Consulting

I grew up on a small cattle ranch in rural Southern Oregon which taught me the values of hard work, family, and a rural way of life.  I made the move to Central Oregon in 1993 for all of its beauty and activities.  Over the last 3 decades in Central Oregon, I have seen and experienced the incredible growth and expansion of this wonderful area.  In 2018 my wife and I decided to return to a rural lifestyle in Crook County.  With its diverse community, wide variety, and ever-expanding industry, the area has maintained a small-town rural feel and culture.


In 2019 after 25 years in Insurance and Investments, my wife and I decided to open DFP Financial & Consulting, a Private Wealth Management, Planning, and Consulting Firm.   We completely enjoy the people, community and all Crook County has to offer.  Being part of the Prineville Chamber is an important focus for us to give back to and help the business of the community.


In our spare time we enjoy our family and grandchildren; camping, riding horses and doing all that Central Oregon and Crook County offers, and fly fishing the Crooked River as often as possible.

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Andrea weaver

Secretary

Meet Andrea.

Recreation Coordinator, Crook County Parks & Recreation

I grew up on the North Oregon Coast in a small tight knit community. About 18 years ago my husband and I started traveling to Central Oregon a few times a year to escape the rain. We always talked about wanting to move to the Prineville area. We enjoyed the small town feel as well as the ranching lifestyle the area offers. In the fall of 2020 we made the move with our  three teenage daughters and we are so glad we did!

In the spring of 2021 I started with Crook County Parks & Recreation. A few months after that I took the Recreation Coordinator position. I love  working with Parks & Rec. I have met so many wonderful people in Prineville which has helped with adjusting to a new environment.

I got involved with the Chamber to learn more about the community and to grow relationships.

In my spare time I love working with my family on our ranch as well as watching my girls play sports and show livestock.

Casie Allen

board member

Meet Casie.

Owner - Bayberry Lane

My family has called Prineville home for several generations. Being born and raised in this amazing community, I have always felt so incredibly blessed. I strive to be an active part of the community and volunteer regularly. I am deeply involved in 4H, several youth sports programs, and have served on many other local boards and committees. 

My mom and I own a small downtown boutique called Bayberry Lane. Our motto is local people supporting local people. We enjoy being able to give back and strive to love the people of Prineville well. 

Being on the Chamber Board has allowed me to not only serve and express my opinions as a business owner, but also as a local who wants to foster a community that is able to adapt to change while holding on to their core values.

SHEENA
YORK

Treasurer

Meet SHEENA.

Signet Realty

I am the Owner & Lead Coordinator at Firefly Events and I have been planning and coordinating events for over a decade.   I also recently took on a role as a local real estate broker here in Crook County. 

I grew up around southern Oregon. I made a road trip to Prineville with a cousin, on that trip I was introduced to a handsome young Prineville man that later became my husband. I love Prineville and although I wasn’t raised here over the last 16 years it truly has come to feel like my hometown.

I was working for a business that was a Chamber member and I was looking for opportunities to get involved in the community. After several years of attending Chamber functions I was encouraged to join the Ambassador team and then the Board. It has been a great learning experience and a lot of fun to be part of the Chamber both as a member and on the Board.

I love the weather in Prineville. After growing up in the valley with so many days of rain, I truly appreciated having (mostly) defined seasons. Summertime in Prineville is definitely my all-time favorite! We enjoy paddle boarding at Ochoco reservoir, swimming at the Prineville reservoir, floating the refreshing Crooked River, hiking the Barnes Butte or Chimney Rock trails and riding our ATV’s on the many OHV trails.

Alexandra Greenberg

Vice President

Meet Alexandra

Chiropractor, Slater Chiropractic

I was born and raised in Prineville where I graduated from Crook County High School in 2009.  After that, I moved to Portland where I attended both Pacific University and the University of Western States for Chiropractic School. 

After ten years, I returned to Prineville and am now an Associate Chiropractor at Slater Chiropractic.

Since moving back, I have enjoyed how close this community is and realized how much I missed all that Crook County has to offer compared to the big city.  I started attending Chamber events to become more involved in our community and am excited to continue working with the Chamber as Vice President of the board.

I love spending my free time with friends and family, and enjoy getting out to explore all of Central Oregon.  I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping, kayaking and many other outdoor activities available in this beautiful area I get to call home.