Restaurateurs in Portland, Oregon are banding together to raise funds and collect donations on behalf of Hurricane Harvey victims. Here are some of the events that have been and are being held to help those in need:
Through Sept. 3, the Austin-style taco shop’s locations donated all of its sales from its taco and drink specials. The proceeds went to the American Red Cross and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Le Pigeon and the Little Bird Bistro
The French-Northwest themed restaurants donated 5 percent of their Aug. 31 sales to the United Way of Greater Houston, in an effort to help with Harvey relief efforts.
The restaurant said it raised more than $4,000 on behalf of the hurricane victims. Starting Sept. 1 through sell out, Texas-born owner Melissa McMillan gave 100 percent of sales from her Texas Barbecue Cheeseburgers. The money went to the Houston Food Bank. Each burger, plus two sides, is $12 each.
The Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar
Owners Adam and Jackie Sappington, along with the Little Green Pickle’s Carrie Welch, organized a Sept. 8 fundraiser featuring participation from 24 restaurants.
Throughout the month of September, Lardo will donate all proceeds from its sandwich sales to the Houston Food Bank.
Gladstone Street Pizza
The pizzeria donated a portion of its sales during the first week of September to “those affected by Hurricane Harvey.”
Help protect the future of your business with the Oregon Political Tax Credit
Would you rather give your hard-earned money to the state government or the only statewide organization representing the lodging industry?
Oregon has a unique political tax credit allowing individuals a no-cost way to support the political cause of your choice and direct a portion of your tax dollars in a way YOU choose.
Most people can give up to $100 for joint filers or $50 per individual to an Oregon political action committee and that amount is credited back to you*.
This is a credit, not a deduction like your home mortgage interest deduction or contributions to a charity. This is a dollar-for-dollar credit. In other words, if your total state refund for 2016 was $100 and you made a political contribution of $100 to a qualified political committee, your refund would then be $200.
Contributions must be dated no later than December 31st, 2017 to receive the credit on your 2017 tax return and you can only give up to the maximum amount (so choose wisely…). Finally, the Oregon Political Tax Credit is not a refundable credit. So, if your taxes are already zero, then you won't get your $50 back!
Less than 10 percent of those eligible take this credit to help support something they believe in.
So the question remains, would you rather contribute $50 or $100 to ORLAPAC and help support our efforts to elect business-friendly candidates who understand what it takes to run a lodging property in Oregon or would you rather give that money to the state government?
ORLAPAC is the only PAC fighting exclusively for hospitality interests at the Capitol, but we need your support to succeed. Thank you for considering the opportunity to support your industry!
To make a donation to ORLA’s PAC, send us a check or call 800.462.0619.
*Due to a recent change in Oregon law, individuals with adjusted gross income over $100,000 or joint filers with combined income exceeding $200,000 no longer qualify for the Oregon Political Tax Credit. Seek help or advice from a licensed professional for more information.
Summer was humming along with strong RevPar and occupancy performance for Oregon’s lodging industry – then came a late spree of Oregon wildfires.
It should come as no surprise that active forest management (especially in Oregon’s federally owned forests) will have to become a higher priority as part of ORLA’s advocacy efforts. Our wildfire season will end up costing hundreds of millions of dollars for direct fire suppression alone. This doesn’t include the alarming impacts these natural disasters have on the environment, paychecks, and jobs within the tourism industry.
The facts at the time of this writing are as follows:
Thankfully, many of Oregon’s elected leaders realize more must be done. Many of the facts shared in the bullet points above were included as part of a recent editorial in the Statesman Journal by State Representative Sherrie Sprenger.
In her comments, Representative Sprenger made a valiant case for stronger levels of active forest management in federal owned forests in particular. In a recent conversation with an ORLA member in Brookings, he mentioned the cost estimates to contain the Chetco Bar Fire alone will most likely exceed $100 million.
It begs the question – what can we do collectively as Oregonians to make sure appropriate funding is in place for active forest management? What can be done to ensure Oregon’s federally owned forests are not tinderboxes just waiting for the next lightning strike?
Clearly more needs to be done to bring collective voices together that can speak to the importance of more active forest management in an effort to protect Oregon’s natural resources. In the coming months, ORLA will be working with statewide elected leaders and other industry groups to formulate solutions that we hope result in fewer road closures and negative impacts to Oregon’s forests and communities.
In the meantime, we hope you consider assisting those who have been directly impacted by the tumultuous season. Visit Travel Oregon’s wildfire page at http://bit.ly/OTCwf for the latest information and resource links where those less impacted can support those in the industry who have been hit hard by Oregon's wildfires. To support the families that have had to evacuate, contact the Cascades Chapter of the Red Cross at redcross.org/local/oregon.
ORLA members, view and download presentations from Convention's variety of educational programs on industry-driven topics designed to promote and grow your business. Please note, some presentations are not available for download.
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 8
Travel Oregon 101
Carol Astley, Oregon Tourism Commission (Travel Oregon)
Travel Oregon is a key partner to have when trying to bring more visitors to your business. Learn how to tap into tourism resources and build stronger connections with the travel industry. Note: You must register for this session separately via Travel Oregon’s website.
Annual Member Meeting
President & CEO Jason Brandt, ORLA
During the Annual Meeting of the members of Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Jason will provide a brief overview of the association’s accomplishments and challenges, as well as share strategies for the year ahead. Members will also vote on the slate of nominees for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and proposed changes to the bylaws.
KEYNOTE: National Issues, Local Impact
ORLA Government Affairs Team
Running a successful hospitality business in today’s economic environment presents a challenge. Greg Astley from ORLA and Bill Perry from Balance Point Strategies, will help us navigate the trends and realities of national issues and the local impact they have on the industry.
Six Strategies to Grow Your Social Media Following
Kent Lewis, Anvil Media
Social media channels offer unique opportunities for hospitality brands to gain customer insights, provide customer service, extend brand awareness and engagement as well as drive sales. One of the key components of a successful social media marketing program, however, is generating an engaged follower base. Kent Lewis, President of Anvil Media, will outline six strategies that effectively grow your social media followers, ranging from profile optimization and content creation to amplifying reach and advertising. From this presentation, you will learn actionable strategies and tactics that will increase awareness, foot traffic and reservations.
Hospitality Labor Shortage: Analysis and Solutions
Todd Montgomery, OSU-Cascades
A strong hospitality industry is fundamental to global economic prosperity. The industry accounts for 1 out of every 10 jobs worldwide. Currently, the hospitality industry is facing a labor shortage and it is impacting business operations and impeding investment and growth. In this session, results from a national study will help you understand why there is a labor shortage and some possible solutions.
Hiring Without Headaches: Staffing Solutions
Amy A. Robinson, Jordan Ramis PC
Following practical dos and don’ts can help alleviate some of the headaches associated with the hiring process. Learn how to avoid potential discrimination claims as well as important documentation and communication strategies that can be used during the hiring process. Amy will share tips for employment applications, background checks, pre-employment inquiries, and completion of the I-9 process.
2017 Legislative Updates You Need to Know About
Anne Milligan, Fisher Phillips LLP
In this past year, Oregon’s hospitality industry has seen a number of new regulations and legislation come about. Anne will provide updates on a few of these that are affecting the industry including secure scheduling, pay equity, and changes in Oregon’s paid sick leave.
MONDAY - OCTOBER 9
KEYNOTE: The Inside Scoop on Modern Marketing Trends: Understanding Your Consumer’s Quest for Perfection
Ben Powers, Visiting Media
The world of creative marketing and sales have forever changed with digital technology. By understanding and exploring this online behavior, we can discover new ways to provide information that matters deeply to an individual, in the moment, when they need it. Marketing is about adding value and giving your consumers an experience - an opportunity to immerse themselves in your business before ever stepping foot upon your premises or even picking up the phone. Visiting Media founder and president, Ben Powers, will explore today’s modern media trends and illustrate what you need to know about your consumer’s quest for digital perfection. See how others have leveraged new immersive media types like 360˚ video, aerial photography, virtual reality, and 3D-modeling to turn their existing websites, social feeds, review forums, and referral partner sites into sources of incremental traffic and revenue without presenting huge costs or time burdens to their businesses.
Donate, Don’t Waste: Steps to a Successful Food Donation Program
Alli Condra, Attorney, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Ben Edel, Restaurant Manager, Riverhouse on the Deschutes
If you're not already doing so, learn how to support efforts to eliminate food insecurity and wasted food by donating quality, wholesome food to food rescue programs committed to servicing those who experience hunger. Alli will help you understand the legal protections and tax benefits associated with food donation and discuss actionable steps to implement within your company. This is a great opportunity to hear about successful examples of food donation and learn how to make it a part of your business.
Tableside Steps of Great Customer Service
Paul Paz, Waiters World
The ritual of dining is a series of predictable steps that diners anticipate as part of their experience. Too often service staff lack the understanding of what and why each step is critical to create a great Oregon restaurant service experience that positions their brand above their competition. Learn the ten steps of restaurant dining service, service-sales strategies to incorporate, and take home a template to build your own custom Steps of Service to elevate the dining experience and revenues.
Legal Stew for the Hospitality Industry
Shane Swilley and Josh Dennis, Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP
Restaurants and lodging operators are dealing with many new regulations regarding their business operations. Cosgrave attorneys Shane Swilley and Josh Dennis will present a lively discussion on company obligations surrounding service animals and transgender bathrooms, plus practical advice for dealing with OSHA complaints and inspections.
3 Steps to Multiplying Your Traffic, Leads, and Customers
Tim Fahndrich, CEO of Third River Marketing
You want to market your business, but you're not sure where to start - online, offline, or a combination? It's easy to get confused and overwhelmed about marketing your local business but it doesn't have to be that way. Learn the 7 massive trends that are affecting local businesses right now, a simple 3-step strategy recommended for every local business, the marketing framework responsible for generating millions of dollars in revenue, and how you can successfully implement these strategies for your own business.
KEYNOTE: Culturetopia – The Ultimate High Performance Workplace
Jason Young, Culturetopia
Based on his experience as an insider at famed Southwest Airlines and consultant to dozens of other Fortune 500 companies, Jason Young offers a dramatically different approach to creating and sustaining a high-performance workplace. His solution for companies is to create an organizational culture where employees can do their best work and one that will produce the desired performance outcomes in productivity, profitability, employee retention and customer satisfaction. The key is intentionally identifying and developing the essential factors that impact performance for any organization: leadership principles, management practices, team alignment and employee behavior. These are the elements that truly define organizational culture and that have the greatest impact on results. Jason uses his experience as a manager, trainer, and consultant to dozens of leading companies to develop the concept of Culturetopia: the ultimate high-performance workplace. In this presentation, Jason provides practical, easy to implement guidance to the seven key determinants that make a healthy, productive and profitable culture of any team or organization.
Trend Lines in Oregon's Tourism Economy: Data, Forecasts and Indicators from the Tourism Industry
Scott Warren, Driftline Consulting
Drawing from multiple data sources, the session will examine trends in lodging performance, visitation to Oregon, and the factors behind the top-line numbers. Starting at the macro-level and working down to Oregon and its regions, the session will weave together a variety of lodging, research, and economic data sources to tell a rich story about the condition of the Oregon tourism industry and its trajectory. The goal of the session will be to provide perspective on where Oregon’s lodging industry has been, where it is going, and the factors which drive these trends.
Hospitality Operations and Start Ups
Rick LeSage and Gillian Rowley, Northwest Consultants, LLC
Are you looking to improve efficiencies in your operation? Industry veteran and consultant, Rick LeSage, will cover some timely topics regarding operations and marketing for existing restaurants as well as start-up costs and tactics. His perspective regarding strategic planning in the restaurant industry comes from years of hands-on experience.
Retirement Plans for Employees
Oregon Retirement Savings Board, Deanna Longair, OregonSaves, and Garth Rouse, Garth T. Rouse & Associates
OregonSaves is a new, state-run retirement program for employees of businesses who do not currently offer a retirement savings plan. It allows employees to save a part of each paycheck through payroll deductions facilitated by their employer and invest their savings in professionally-managed investment options in a Roth individual retirement account. Hear more details and ask questions on how this can be a tool to retain good employees.
Trends and Insights in the Hourly Hiring Marketplace
Razan Naqeeb, Snagajob
Hourly worker regulations have been in the spotlight lately, illustrating a changing landscape for employers to navigate. Gain a better understanding of hourly workers – what drives them and what they need to stay motivated – and learn some of the trends and key insights on how you can improve hourly workers’ job experiences to help them maximize their potential.
Hospitality Technology Showcase (Monday)
Bill Smart, OSU-Cascades
Oregon State University-Cascades hospitality management program is holding its first annual hospitality technology showcase Monday, Oct. 9. This event will feature the robotics company Savioke and their Robot Botlr. Professor Bill Smart of OSU’s nationally recognized robotics department will also be discussing applications of robotics in the hospitality industry.
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