PARTNER WITH GORGE OWNED TODAY, CONTRIBUTE TO THE ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION THAT SUPPORTS A SUSTAINABLE LOCAL ECONOMY, AND UNLOCK MULTI-PLATFORM, MISSION-BASED MARKETING SUPPORT THAT HELPS BRING YOUR BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

 

Gorge Owned is more than just a savvy marketing partner — we are a movement of individuals from all walks of life, families, businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, local leaders, movers and shakers, and changemakers that are passionate about building resilient, thriving, and connected local communities. With a broad reach of thousands of active and engaged consumers spanning the entire Hood-Gorge region, our audience is eager to support independent, mission-based, community-focused businesses. We invite you to join forces through a Gorge Owned business membership, and let GO! help deliver your unique story.

We invite you to join forces through a Gorge Owned business membership, and let GO! help deliver your unique story.

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!

Take these simple steps to maximize your partnership with Gorge Owned

  1. Be sure to set up your business membership account online and update your entry in our GO! Local Living Economy Business Directory. This is a unique mission-based directory with loads of great features, so do take advantage.
  2. Use your current GO! Business Member badge (Vector image file) online and in print throughout the year to signal your association with the best local, sustainable businesses in the Gorge. If your business is a brick & mortar, proudly display your set of current window and door decals, too.
  3. All GO! business members have exclusive self-serve access to our GO! local events calendar, local deals listings, and (new!) local jobs board, which we regularly promote via Facebook and newsletter. We watch our members’ communications and add your content when we can, but we strongly encourage members to submit their events, deals, and job announcements to us directly. If you’re having trouble uploading these to our website, email info@gorgeowned.org with your details and we’ll be happy to take care of it on our end.
  4. Members at the Enhanced level and above are encouraged to share with us what makes your business uniquely Gorge Owned. Are you making efforts to engage proactively in your community, or making strides toward sustainable business practices? We want to know! In many cases, it is readily apparent how to communicate your story and the important efforts your business makes. But not always; the key is to stay in touch. Please email info@gorgeowned.org anytime you have meaningful news to share.
  5. Double check that you receive our e-newsletter (you can sign up through our homepage at gorgeowned.org) and that you follow our Facebook page. We don’t typically notify members in advance when we promote your work, so do keep an eye out, and share GO! content with your friends and supporters to help increase our reach.
  6. Watch for opportunities to connect via GO! community events and open houses. Current business members are always given priority to participate in or host a range of Gorge Owned programs and events. We will notify members when there are nearby opportunities to join in on.
  7. Consider taking advantage of an add-on service to your membership. The Chinook Book local, sustainable shopping app connects local businesses to more than 58,000 active users of this coupon app in Portland and the Gorge. We also partner with a phenomenal local digital media company to produce GO! Local digital film shorts. Current members may purchase this service outright, or submit for consideration for merit-based scholarship. Program sponsorship is another excellent way to increase your reach, and to support vital GO! programs in the process. As an entirely community-funded nonprofit organization, sponsorship is critical to our success and allows programs like GO! Local to thrive. Email director@gorgeowned.org for more information.

Take these simple steps to maximize your partnership with Gorge Owned! Above all, stay in touch — email info@gorgeowned.org! We want to hear about your events, promotions, job announcements, and other meaningful news.

GO! BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP
LEVELS & BENEFITS*
Basic
$100

Join

Enhanced
$155

Join

Premium
$255

Join

Sustaining
$500

Join

Receives GO! Member window cling, “Push/Pull for the Gorge” door clings, and GO! Member Vector badge for web and print use

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Listing in *new* GO! Business Directory – includes searchable, mission-based criteria such as “woman-owned”, “worker-owned”, “sustainable practices”, “living wage employer”, more

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Eligible for listing member events on *new* GO! Local Events Calendar

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Eligible for listing deals and promotions on *new* GO! Local Deals Page

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Eligible for posting job announcements on *new* GO! Local Jobs Board

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Eligible for curated, mission-based, spotlight features on Facebook and in e-newsletter

 

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Eligible for professional consultation re: social media & web, & 360° Google listing photography (service provided through GO! program partner)

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X

Eligible for fixed logo or ad on GO!’s homepage, acknowledgment in all GO! e-newsletters

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Add-on to any level at check-out: Chinook Book Coupon Advertising — $150 (GO! members-only annual savings of $146)

Our friends at Chinook Book partner with some of the best local, and sustainable businesses in the Gorge to offer rewards and discounts at more than 50 local businesses. Rewards and discounts are delivered by the Chinook Book App to mobile users both local and visiting. Participation is easy! All you need is an offer, an image, and a logo to join. Connect your business with 58,000 Portland and Gorge mobile users looking to discover what’s happening in the Columbia River Gorge!

*Benefits of GO! business membership described here are offered for fiscal year 2018-19, and subject to change annually. Business members must meet minimum criteria (i.e., locally-owned). GO! is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, but as services are exchanged for business membership, it is not tax-deductible as a charitable donation. Charitable donations are welcomed at gorgeowned.org/join, as well as tax-deductible individual and family memberships. Thank you for your support!