From Dave Price
Event aims to show Lincoln City some love!
Lincoln City business owners, managers – and, most importantly, their front-line staff – are invited to join organizers for “Love Your Lincoln,” coming to the Cultural Center on Friday, April 22. The event runs from 9 a.m. to Noon that day, with a free lunch from Noon to 1 p.m., provided by the Taft Culinary Department and sponsored by the Lincoln City Visitors and Convention Bureau.
One of the organizers of the event is Dave Price, a member of the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors and also the director of Small Business Development & Community Education at Oregon Coast Community College.
Not so ‘boring’
“This is technically a customer service workshop,” said Price, “but our committee gets bored by the phrase ‘customer service workshop,’ so we’ve designed a fast-paced, fun and informative event that will feel like anything but.”
Price said the event will feature short, 5-minute presentations from representatives of attractions and destinations from across Lincoln City and beyond.
“Our goal,” said Heather Hatton, president of the chamber of commerce, “is to arm all of us in the room with as much information as we can about the topics our customers – visitors coming to Lincoln City this spring and summer – will be asking us about. We’re out to make the entire town one giant, friendly, helpful and well-informed concierge desk.”
The event will also feature a short talk on customer service on the coast by David Gomberg. Gomberg owns Northwest Winds kite store at the D River Wayside and manufactures kites for sale across the globe. He lives here, and represents Lincoln City in the Oregon Legislature.
“David is entertaining, he’s committed to growing small businesses on the coast, and he’s dedicated to serving his customers,” Hatton said. “People will love his talk.”
It pays to attend
The Love Your Lincoln team recognizes it’s a sacrifice to small businesses to pay for employees to spend three or four hours for training, but they’re making that decision a little easier for local firms.
“This is a great professional development opportunity,” said LYL Committee member Roger Robertson. “Your employees will learn skills they can use for years to come at this event, and they’ll be able to better serve your customers the very next day because of it.” Price said beyond that, businesses who send employees “on the clock” will be entered to win one of three $1,000 summer advertising packages. “We’re giving away three powerful ad programs to businesses simply because they paid for one or more employees to attend,” Robertson said. Packages will be given away for $1,000 each in prepaid summer advertising in The News Guard, on the stations of Yaquina Bay Communications, and in the Oregon Coast TODAY.
“The more employees who sign in that morning and who are being paid for this training workshop,” Hatton said, “the more entries your business will receive.”
Admission to Love Your Lincoln is free, as is the lunch from noon to 1 p.m., but pre-registration is required. To register, call 541-994-4166 or visit oregoncoastcc.org/love-your-lincoln.
If your business or attraction would like to provide literature or posters at the event, call 541-994-4166 for assistance. Any business with one or more attendees present will have the chance to distribute information or display posters or flyers about their products or services.
This year marks the third annual Love Your Lincoln. The event is presented by the Small Business Development Center at Oregon Coast Community College, the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln City Cultural Center and the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau. The Love Your Lincoln Committee includes Patrick Alexander, Roger Robertson, Monica Valencia, Scott Humpert, Heather Hatton, Lori Arce-Torres, Nonni Augustine and Dave Price.