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Prineville, OR 97754

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The Current Role of The Chamber

At the Prineville – Crook County Chamber of commerce, we are primarily seen as a business networking organization.  But at this time, we have found this an opportunity to adjust our efforts during a time when “networking” is scarcely possible.  Regardless of the ability to be physically present, have found ourselves being more available than ever to our businesses and community.  COVID-19 has given us the opportunity to connect with and gain information and ideas from multiple partners across our region.  We are taking an active role in being a resource during this pandemic and are supporting the Prineville and Crook County business community in multiple ways.  We have found our focus changing from supporting an active and thriving business community and promoting tourism, to helping to plan for business preparedness, sustainability and economic recovery.  Here is a quick snapshot of what we have been doing:

  • We are a resource for facts, information and tools during the COVID-19 crisis.  We have been partnering with all regional chambers of commerce to provide the most up to date and accurate resources and tools.  We have updated our own website with critical and timely information regarding the disease, business resources and numerous programs set up to help in this economic crisis.  We have found ourselves directing businesses to federally funded programs such as the Payment Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, as well as sharing with them local programs such as the Crook County Business Task Force COVID-19 grants, and Facebook Small Business Grants Program.  We also provided information on mortgage and utility assistance, and encouraged businesses to connect with their local banking institutions for financial sustainability programs.  It’s been a full time, yet rewarding job to we continually educate and inform our members and partners.
  • We are encouraging local generosity. We jumped into action immediately by facilitating a group of volunteers to help those in need at this time.  We have been a matchmaker between those needing groceries, masks, diapers, etc. and a group of locals with the time and resources to assist in providing and delivering to those with a need.  It has been a time when “giving back” has been a growing trend.  For more information on filling a need, or to request your own help, please visit the Prineville Volunteer Network on Facebook or contact our office at 541-447-6304.
  • We are taking on the role of advocate.  We have been a voice at the state and local levels for policies and strategies that will help our members, partners, public safety and government leaders to navigate, structure and lead during this time. This means working with local chambers on regional impact and actively engaging your local governments with recommendations and feedback from local businesses.  We also found ourselves taking on a role of being part of the Crook County Business Task force, a group set up to gather and reward grants to local businesses.  As the fiscal agent for this grant, we got the pleasure of distributing the funds to over 120 local businesses.
  • We are leading by example.  As hard as it was to close our doors, we abide by the state guidelines to close our office to the public and work remotely when possible during this time. We have gotten creative with our normal “in person” events, and have found a great resource in online meeting platforms.  By implementing digital technology we have been able to continue our day-to-day operations, meetings with local agencies and organizations as well as conducting our own networking functions.  We also postponed many events, or found ways to still hold them virtually.  One example of this is our Friday morning “Perk” that we hold each Friday on Facebook at 8 am.  We have had as many online viewers as we previously had in-person attendance at our events.  It’s been a great way to still be present in our community and promote our local businesses.
  • We are still open for business.  Above all, we have made sure to let our members and our community know that we are still on the job and serving our business community, regardless of Chamber membership. As we work to inform and educate, as we support “flattening the curve”, and as we take a part in staying home and saving lives, the Prineville – Crook County Chamber is reminding everyone that we are still fully performing duties needed at this time. We are caring, serving, listening, and being as creative as possible during this pandemic.

It is during this time that we at the Prineville – Crook County Chamber realize we can make an impact and live up to our reputation for being a partner to our businesses.  We are showing up and doing what it takes to be resilient in a difficult situation. Know that we are a resource, encouraging volunteerism, advocating for our businesses, and leading by example. We are doing what it takes to show we do not fold when things are tough. We gladly have taken on the “cheerleader” role to support a comeback in our local economy. We have been endlessly brainstorming and assisting in innovative relief efforts to waive fees, delay penalties and remove barriers with the goal to help business get back in the game. We find it of the utmost importance to strategically plan for financial recovery and to forge new partnerships with economic developers, local and regional leaders. We are here to serve and lead, and find it rewarding to support not just our members, but all of our local businesses.  It has been a rough ride, but we are in it for the long haul and look forward to coming our stronger when the COVID-19 crisis is over.  Be well, stay safe and keep up the great work. In times of great difficulty, we have overcome before, and we will overcome again.

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.