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Participate in the $100 Challenge – Support Local Crook County Businesses

We aren’t wrong in saying that even just six months ago we thought we’d be sharing hot cocoa and coffee, hot toddies and wassail by now. At a time when our community would normally be singing about “the most wonderful time of the year,” it’s an understatement to say that 2020 has had other plans. If you’ve replaced ‘wonderful’ with some other choice words, I promise, you are not alone.

I’ve asked small business owners time and time again, “What keeps you up at night?” The answers I used to get had to do with regulations or the ability to retain quality employees. This year, the most common response has been, “How am I going to survive this when everything I have is wrapped up in this business?”

The economic impact of the pandemic has hit our community in a significant way. The Chamber of Commerce exists to support and grow our economy by supporting local business. Unapologetically. Even in a pandemic; ESPECIALLY in a pandemic. 

Our role here at the Prineville – Crook County Chamber is as follows:

  • Provide valued support to chamber members through the provision of direct services for business development; leadership development, education; marketing: and community promotion.
  • Make the Prineville-Crook County Chamber the best business and community resource citizens look to for information, support, & leadership in the region.
  • Serve as the convener and coalition builder around areas of development, economic importance, and other issues critical to our region.
  • Champion business development, a vital economy and high value community, as foundations to quality of life in our region
  • Connect to other like-minded organizations in the Central Oregon region to create a collective voice that in turn strengthens livability and vitality in Crook County.
  • Make Crook County and Prineville a destination of choice in which to do business as well as to live, work, and play.

We often talk about how supporting locally-owned businesses is what keeps us unique and what keeps us “Prineville Strong”. Here is the bitter pill: THIS year, especially, shopping local is what is going to keep our Prineville businesses ALIVE. Wanna know something else? We do not have to choose between safety and commerce.

Yes, shopping looks different this year, but Crook County is still open for business. You can shop safely (masks ON please), support your community, and make a significant difference in the lives of your friends and neighbors. This isn’t about politics or your opinion on mask-wearing – this is about preserving what makes this community special before it’s too late.

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, ‘when a consumer buys local, significantly more of that money stays in the community. In fact, one study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the community with only $43 of each $100 spent at a chain retailer.’ I’ll be the first to admit it, but we all shop chain retailers. Some of these businesses are chamber members, and they are a vital part of any community. However, let’s not forget the locals – the ones who support your kiddo’s baseball team or local programs, who volunteer their time and give to nearly every non-profit in this community. Our small businesses need your support NOW.

According to the small business support organization Independent We Stand, “If just half the U.S. employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.”

I have a challenge for you: Shift $100 of your holiday budget this month to a locally owned, independent business. If you don’t have $100, spend $50. If you don’t feel comfortable going inside, most shops will walk products or gift cards out to your car if you’ll only ask. 

This is the part of the story where we decide to become our own Prince Charming and RESCUE OURSELVES – together! Let’s share this challenge with the community, your friends and family. Let’s post about it on social media with the hashtags #100DollarChallenge and #shopprineville . Let’s check in to and tag these businesses on social media and post pics of who you are supporting. Together we can do this, and this time next year, no matter what, we will all be better for it.

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.