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Maximize Your Alliance Membership January 2013
By Dennis Rawlinson

As 2013 is now underway, I’d like to take this time to thank all of our members for their continued support. The Alliance’s efforts would not be possible without its strong membership base. In 2013, we want to make sure that you, as a member, feel that your business is getting the most value out of membership.

Wondering where to start? The Alliance has multiple ways to get involved. Popular ways to be engaged include participating on an Alliance committee, attending events, signing up for Alliance communications, saving money and following us on social media.  At Miller Nash, our employees are involved in many ways from participating in committees, sponsoring events and submitting newsletter items about the recent accomplishments of our firm.

Are you a young professional looking to get more civically engaged in the community? Are you a small business owner interested in the Alliance’s advocacy work? Are you a sustainability professional looking to learn more about the business community’s green practices? The Alliance has opportunities for all of these interests, and a good way to hone in on one is to participate in an Alliance committee. I invite you to check out the more than 20 committees that the Alliance has to offer, all of which are open to all members. Through your committee involvement, you can build relationships with industry peers, elected officials and other civic leaders.

Another way to take advantage of your Alliance membership is attending events. We host a number of events every month geared toward all different industries and interests. We offer events and programs geared toward networking, civic engagement, sustainability, young professionals, among more. With more than 7,500 people attending Alliance events each year, you can meet prospective customers and other business professionals, which may lead to future business referrals. Many of these events include sponsorship opportunities, helping to boost member visibility. Additionally, the Alliance provides members with an exclusive opportunity to host an event. which offers great exposure for your business. If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring an event, contact Jose Rivas.

An easy way to stay involved is to sign up for Alliance communications and follow us on our social media channels. You can customize which Alliance e-newsletters you’d like to receive here. And, be sure to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and join the LinkedIn Group!

In addition to getting involved in committees and attending events, Alliance members also benefit from savings on a variety of products and services.  The Alliance offers savings through its partnerships with Office Depot and the Portland Business Journal as well as through its new partnership with Comcast Business.  Additionally, Alliance members frequently post discounted rates or other special deals on the Member Savings page.  Bookmark this page today or check out the weekly deals on the bottom of the Alliance’s Friday e-newsletter: Stuff to Know. Things to Do. Ways to Save.

As always you can contact a member of the Alliance staff to help you develop the best way to utilize your membership.  The sales team, Peggy Anderson, Annamarie Kooning and the recently returned Lorri Georgeson, are here to help you and your business to be successful.  The Alliance is also excited to announce that David Thompson is its new Vice President of Membership and Small Business. Dave joins us from Alliance member and law firm, Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson. 

I encourage you to continue reading below to learn about what’s going on with your fellow Alliance members and submit your news item for the next issue by emailing the Liza Dossick. Thank you for your support and we look forward to a productive 2013!
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