The Dalles Chamber of Commerce Welcome

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Have you ever wondered what goes on in that building on west second street right as you enter Downtown The Dalles? The answer is: A LOT! The office of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce is a hub of economic activity. It’s role is to drive business engagement within the community and help spark economic growth, especially within the rapidly expanding tourism / hospitality industry. In this quick introductory session, you will learn how it creates business development opportunities and engages in community involvement to make The Dalles a great place to work, live and visit. 

Business Development

The Dalles Chamber of Commerce drives business development opportunities through membership engagement, networking opportunities, education programming, outreach, committee participation, and by fueling the creation of area events that engage local area businesses, residents, and other partners. By facilitating great working relationships and developing cooperative marketing initiatives, The Chamber fulfills its mission of aiding in economic growth through increased patronage of local area businesses by locals and visitors alike. 

Community Involvement

As an active participant and sponsor / planner for many local events, the Chamber is recognized as a champion of small businesses and the community at large. Chamber staff plan and execute organizational and community events, and are often found out in the larger community volunteering their time as a way to build partnerships and foster collaborative relationships with other organizations. By engaging with board members, committees, volunteers, staff, and stakeholders, the Chamber is a vital catalyst of community engagement and involvement.

Lisa Farquharson

A native of The Dalles, Lisa Farquharson’s career path took her outside of the community, including working at the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, but she always harbored a love for her roots. So when the chance arose to step into the leadership role at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, she eagerly returned home. Now, as the Executive Director, she functions as the catalyst helping drive development and advocacy for area businesses and members of the Chamber through outreach, education and advocacy. Lisa’s commitment to strengthening the businesses in The Dalles drives her every day as she continuously seeks out ways to enhance value delivered to area stakeholders. And as an advocate for local area job growth and workforce employability, Lisa welcomes opportunities to partner with like-minded organizations aimed at developing the workers serving local area businesses now and in the future.


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