Why should I become a GO! business member? I’m already a member of a local business association/chamber of commerce.

Please consider a Gorge Owned business membership a complement to your local business association. We love our area chambers and consider all of the local professional associations invaluable for contributing to the economic strength of the Gorge. Gorge Owned is another tool in your toolbox.

We are a specialized organization, a member-supported nonprofit organization with a mission that differs from our peers. Through our programming, we approach global sustainability challenges (interconnected environmental, economic, and social issues that together affect human and natural well-being) here in our communities to effect real and lasting change at the local level.

Our business members are unique, too. Consumer habits are changing, and data shows that by leaps and bounds, consumers are seeking meaningful differentiators when making buying decisions. Businesses that are local, independent, mission-based, that infuse purpose into their work (making sustainable choices, for example, or demonstrating a clear commitment to community) have an influence on consumer choices. Through mission-based marketing, GO! celebrates and supports these businesses, connecting them to thousands of conscious consumers throughout the region.

 

I’m not sure if my business qualifies. How do I know if we’re sustainable enough?

If your business is locally-owned, it is contributing to a resilient local economy and we want to support your success. The more a business is going above and beyond — making sustainable choices (small and large) and demonstrating commitment to community — the more Gorge Owned is able to promote these efforts. But there’s no litmus test for this!

We like to say that the Gorge Owned business is — above all — locally-owned, and then one that is striving towards more sustainable business practices. In the rare event that a GO! business member turns out to have a decidedly negative impact on human or natural well-being, we reserve the right to evaluate a business’s fit with our mission and refund membership when appropriate (luckily, this has never happened). If you’re still unsure, please reach out to talk it through.

 

What if we are a nonprofit or community group? My organization/business is political — or, some view our work as controversial. Are we a good fit for Gorge Owned?

We work with all sorts of local nonprofits and most are excellent partners in our mission! We offer a 20% nonprofit discount across all of our membership levels to accommodate modest nonprofit budgets (inquire for details). There are some instances when a Gorge Owned nonprofit membership is not appropriate — we do not lobby or advertise for political candidates, and we do not actively endorse causes that are well outside the scope of our mission. If your work encroaches on controversial territory or you’re still unsure, do get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss it.

 

My business is not locally-owned — or, our business already thrives without the support of a local business association. We still support Gorge Owned. How can we get involved?

Gorge Owned relies on community support to produce robust annual programming. Many of the larger-scale companies in the Gorge that are not locally-owned, or which don’t require the support of a GO! business membership, get involved as program sponsors. Sponsorship is most welcome and appreciated — important programs like the Sense of Place Lecture Series would not exist without this support! For more information about current sponsorship opportunities, please email director@gorgowned.org. Thank you for supporting Gorge Owned!

 

Questions about what a GO! membership would mean to your work?

Feel free to email info@gorgeowned.org for more information or to set up a time to talk. We’re always happy to chat about creative ways to partner up!

 

Why should I become a GO! business member? I’m already a member of a local business association/chamber of commerce.

 

Please consider a Gorge Owned business membership a complement to your local business association. We love our area chambers and consider all of the local professional associations invaluable for contributing to the economic strength of the Gorge. Gorge Owned is another tool in your toolbox.

 

We are a specialized organization, a member-supported nonprofit organization with a mission that differs from our peers. Through our programming, we approach global sustainability challenges (interconnected environmental, economic, and social issues that together affect human and natural well-being) here in our communities to effect real and lasting change at the local level.

 

Our business members are unique, too. Consumer habits are changing, and data shows that by leaps and bounds, consumers are seeking meaningful differentiators when making buying decisions. Businesses that are local, independent, mission-based, that infuse purpose into their work (making sustainable choices, for example, or demonstrating a clear commitment to community have an influence on consumer choices. Through mission-based marketing, GO! celebrates and supports these businesses, connecting them to thousands of conscious consumers throughout the region.

 

I’m not sure if my business qualifies. How do I know if we’re sustainable enough?

 

If your business is locally-owned, it is contributing to a resilient local economy and we want to support your success. The more a business is going above and beyond — making sustainable choices (small and large) and demonstrating commitment to community — the more Gorge Owned is able to promote these efforts. But there’s no litmus test for this!

 

We like to say that the Gorge Owned business is — above all — locally-owned, and then one that is striving towards more sustainable business practices. In the rare event that a GO! business member turns out to have a decidedly negative impact on human or natural well-being, we reserve the right to evaluate a business’s fit with our mission and refund membership when appropriate (luckily, this has never happened). If you’re still unsure, please reach out to talk it through.

 

What if we are a nonprofit or community group? My organization/business is political — or, some view our work as controversial. Are we a good fit for Gorge Owned?

 

We work with all sorts of local nonprofits and most are excellent partners in our mission! We offer a 20% nonprofit discount across all of our membership levels to accommodate modest nonprofit budgets (inquire for details). There are some instances when a Gorge Owned nonprofit membership is not appropriate — we do not lobby or advertise for political candidates, and we do not actively endorse causes that are well outside the scope of our mission. If your work encroaches on controversial territory or you’re still unsure, do get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss it.

 

My business is not locally-owned — or, our business already thrives without the support of a local business association. We still support Gorge Owned. How can we get involved?

 

Gorge Owned relies on community support to produce robust annual programming. Many of the larger-scale companies in the Gorge that are not locally-owned, or which don’t require the support of a GO! business membership, get involved as program sponsors. Sponsorship is most welcome and appreciated — important programs like the Sense of Place Lecture Series would not exist without this support! For more information about current sponsorship opportunities, please email director@gorgowned.org. Thank you for supporting Gorge Owned!

 

Questions about what a GO! membership would mean to your work?

 

Feel free to email info@gorgeowned.org for more information or to set up a time to talk. We’re always happy to chat about creative ways to partner up!