Word’s Out Public Relations (PR) opened an office in Stayton at 617 N. 2nd on May 1st. Nicole Miller, public relations consultant and principal PR strategist, established the company in 2005 and has seen substantial growth as she continues to take on projects from clients around Oregon. The Stayton office will serve as the business headquarters, a location Miller considers central to all of her business needs.
Miller graduated from Westview High School in (Portland), Ore. in 1998, and continued to the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications, where she focused on Public Relations and graduated in 2001. In 2005, she became an independent contractor and began doing national publicity campaigns and copywriting for local businesses. This work eventually grew into the business Word’s Out PR.
In addition to being the sole proprietor of Word’s Out PR, Miller also serves on the board of the Oregon Capital Chapter of the PRSA. She is a resource board member of GROW EDC, the local economic development organization that offers free, confidential, one-on-one business coaching to any entrepreneur in the Santiam Canyon who wants to open, expand or improve a business. Word’s Out is also a member of the both the Stayton/Sublimity and North Santiam Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Miller is incredibly passionate about helping others, which shows in her work. “The most rewarding aspect of being involved in public relations is helping to share my clients’ incredible stories that might otherwise not be known,” she says.
At Word’s Out PR, Miller has numerous clients she serves across different industry sectors. Currently, she has contracts with Regis High School, St. Mary Catholic School, Trexler Farm, Class Act Events, for Must See Oregon, Dr. Louisa Silva of Qigong Sensory Training Institute, Western Oregon University, Fresh to You Produce, as well as local political figures and non-profit organizations.
Miller is working on earning her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) this summer through the PRSA. The APR is a credential to recognize practitioners who have mastered the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to deliver strategic communications. In addition, Miller says the business is growing, “I currently have proposals and contracts out with six different potential clients, ranging from construction firms to surgeons. I will need to hire people who are skilled writers as independent contractors.”
Nicole is married to Todd Miller, who is Superintendent and Elementary Principal at Santiam Canyon School District in Mill City. They reside in Gates and have two daughters: Julia, 9 and Noelle, 5.