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County to give BRAG Award at chamber networking tomorrow

The Clackamas County Recycle at Work Program will co-host the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce Networking meeting Friday with the Lake Oswego Heritage Council at the Heritage House, 398 Tenth St. Todd Weedman will receive a BRAG Award for his Lake Oswego business, Todd’s Automotive.

The Business Recycling Awards Group (BRAG) recognizes businesses throughout Clackamas County doing an outstanding job of recycling, preventing waste, purchasing recycled-content products and promoting sustainability.

Clackamas CC names Dion Baird information technology director

Dion Baird has been named the new director of the Information Technology Division at Clackamas Community College. The board of education approved the new hire at its December meeting.

Baird has 13 years of information technology management experience as a project manager and infrastructure architect with an extensive background in network architecture and administration. His skills and expertise include network security, project management, vendor negotiations, consolidation projects and daily IT operations.

He has served as the chief information security officer at the Oregon Department of Education for the past five years and worked as the department’s infrastructure project manager for three years prior.

He also worked as a network administrator for the state Department of Administrative Services. Baird started his information technology work while serving in the U.S. Army 1986-2000.

Madison Lane experiences 733 percent surge

Lake Oswego-based specialty food brokerage Madison Lane Sales + Marketing expanded rapidly in 2013, with its latest leap forward being propelled by the implementation in September 2013 of a new customized ordering system for direct sales.

The company experienced a 733 percent surge in sales orders from the start of the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first 60 days using the new system in September and October. Allowing for gains due to the company’s addition of sales reps, as well as the annual upswing of holiday ordering, co-owner Rachel Howard attributes much of the sales growth to the new ordering system’s streamlined efficiency, accuracy and responsiveness, which benefits everyone along the supply chain. The new system typically reduces order-to-shelf time by two-thirds.

“We’re committed to making our company as innovative and forward thinking as possible,” Howard said. “I knew what kind of ordering system would be ideal for our sales representatives and our business, as well as for our manufacturing partners and our retailer clients, especially for our smaller clients who depend on direct, timely, individualized orders. We decided to step up and make our ideal ordering system a reality.”

Howard said the company invested about $30,000 in the customized software.

Edward Jones ranks No. 1 in national survey

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked number one in WealthManagement.com/REP magazine’s annual survey of the nation’s six largest financial services firms, according to the six Edward Jones financial advisors in Lake Oswego. The magazine randomly selects financial advisors nationwide and asks them to rank their firms in various categories.

Edward Jones’ overall score was 9.5 out of 10 possible points. The firm scored top marks across the board, earning near perfect scores in overall ethics (9.8) and public image (9.7).

The firm received some of the highest scores in the technology and training category, scoring high above the other five firms in every sub-category which includes the quality of technology, clarity and online access of client account statements and ongoing training.

County program helps recycle fluorescent bulbs

The Clackamas County Recycle at Work program is offering to help county businesses recycle fluorescent bulbs. The program allows qualified Clackamas County businesses to recycle up to 30 bulbs for free in 2014 by following four steps.

To learn more call Julane Potter at 503-742-4458 or go online to clackamas.us/recycling/business.html.

FORGE luncheon features Success Pacific

The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce’s FORGE business education luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18. Gary Crawshank of Success Pacific will present information about the importance of the marketing funnel, and how to create one to generate more leads and sales.

Cost of the luncheon meeting is $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. The meeting is held in the BP John Adminstration Building in the Old Library room on the Marylhurst University campus. Register online at lake-oswego.com/events or call 503-636-3634.

Clackamas gives $25,000 to nonprofits in 2013

Clackamas Federal Credit Union in Clackamas supported more than 20 nonprofit organizations in Clackamas County throughout 2013 — giving more than $25,000. Beneficiaries included Mt. Hood Search & Rescue Council, the Clackamas County Peace Officers’ Benevolent Foundation, Hopkins Demonstration Forest and Northwest Housing Alternatives, among many others.

The donations were dispersed throughout the year in local communities the credit union serves including: Canby, Estacada, Gladstone, Milwaukie, Molalla, Oregon City, Sandy and West Linn.

“We want to see people in our communities succeed. Supporting charitable organizations right here in Clackamas County is one way we can help,” said Luke McMurray, marketing manager for Clackamas Federal Credit Union.

Pacholl Murphy gets Purple Cow Award

Malinda Pacholl Murphy was selected as the 2013 recipient of The Bank of Oswego’s annual Purple Cow award, an honor bestowed upon a bank employee for remarkable performance. Pacholl Murphy has been with the bank since 2011 and is an integral part of the commercial credit division as a loan administrator.

The award, named after “The Purple Cow,” a classic bestselling book by Seth Godin, is an internal recognition program to reward employee commitment to their job.

“Malinda is truly remarkable, a quality characterized in the book symbolizing excellence,” said Dan Heine, president and CEO. “She exemplifies the ideals that push our bank ahead of our competition; world class service, positive attitude, strong work ethic and the willingness to go the extra mile for coworkers and customers.”

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