For those of you who have been noticing that I write for a couple of local papers, I just received a very interesting e-mail because of my articles in the Vernonia’s Voice. Now, I realize that in many cities, newspaper publishing is going the way of the dinosaur, but in small towns, free papers are picked up by locals and visitors alike. We always have copies at Vernonia Realty and I give back issues to my new buyers who come to my home at Fishhawk Lake. I SWEAR, if you take the time to do something like this, it can pay off in the most unusual ways and open doors that you don’t know are out there for you to walk through!
Here’s an excerpt from the e-mail I received from Shawna Sykes, with WorkSource NW Oregon.
Saw your ad in the Vernonia's Voice newspaper and wanted to touch base with you. It's nice to have a local real estate professional serving area residents. My name is Shawna Sykes. I am an economist for the Oregon Employment Department's Research Division serving Clatsop, Tillamook, and Columbia Counties. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know that if you need any assistance with economic, demographic, or labor market information for the city, county, or state, I'd be happy to assist. [my underlines] Many businesses utilize this information for business planning, marketing, or to better understand their market area. In addition, our field offices stand ready to assist you or your business clients with your recruitment needs. We can post job openings, screen applicants, collect applications and resumes, set up interviews, and provide interview space. If you need help, that's what we're here for.
I've attached the latest NW Oregon Economic Indicators sheet and a brief information sheet about the Vernonia area's local employment dynamics as samples of the types of information available to you. If you'd like to receive the economic updates monthly, just let me know. I'd be happy to add you to the e-mail list. Feel free to contact me if you need more information.
So, here is an economist working for the state of Oregon ready to offer me statistics, and valuable information for my buyers in the counties I work in, and she contacted me!
This is like having my own consultant to tap into for sharing what’s happening for anyone relocating to my area, job opportunities, what kind of people move here…on and on! (And I don't have to do the research!!) ALL BECAUSE I WRITE AN ARTICLE ONCE A MONTH AND GET FREE ADVERTISING BECAUSE OF IT. The funny thing is that I’m already writing for my ActiveRain and WordPress blogs, so once I write it, I can just duplicate it! I don’t pay anything for this, except TIME. And it doesn’t take much of that at all, less than an hour, usually.