Jose Mesa Auto Wholesale – Nov 2014 Member Spotlight

jose mesaJust last month I celebrated thirty years in the car business. I began just two months after my sixteenth birthday as a lot boy washing cars and running parts at a Dave Russell Motors on NE Sandy Blvd. I went to Portland State to become an accountant but when I graduated in 1992 I became a car dealer instead. I am just finishing my 22nd year on my own and I have never looked back. I deal in all makes and models of new and used vehicles of all types for personal and business needs all over Oregon as well as many other states near and far. Your Discount Auto Retailer Since 1992! 

PHONE/TEXT 503-789-0438  TOLL FREE 877-789-0438  FAX 503-284-2292



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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes | Oct 26th

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
Sunday, October 26th
12:00 Registration | 1:00pm Start
Memorial Chapel
257 SE Roberts Ave | Gresham, OR 97080
$10/person (make checks payable to My Sister’s House
Walk in her Shoes Flyer

Put Yourself in Her Shoes™

Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining the award-winning Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men’s sexualized violence against women.

First You Walk the Walk

There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexual violence against women.

Then You Talk the Talk

It’s critical to open communication about sexualized violence. While hidden away, sexualized violence is immune to cure. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get people talking. People unfamiliar with men’s sexualized violence against women don’t even want to know it exists. It’s ugly. People that have experienced sexualized violence themselves want to forget about it. How do you get people talking now, so they can prevent it from happening? And if it’s already happened, how do you help them get help to recover?

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Rosewood Open House October 29th at 6pm!


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Wix Agency October 2014 Member Spotlight

wix staffWix Agency is a one-stop shop for all of your insurance needs. We offer auto, home, life, health, commercial, umbrella coverage and more. At Wix, you will never pay a brokerage fee, but you will receive expert advice on your insurance coverage and the peace of mind that all of your policies are bundled in one place. We represent many different insurance companies including: Safeco, Progressive, Travelers, MetLife, Mapfre, Health Net, Humana, Moda, Kaiser Permanente, Life Wise and many more. Our priority is to find you the best coverage for the lowest price possible. Call our office today for a free quote and let’s see how we can help you save time and money so you can invest in what matters most – running your business. Insurance is never fun, but it’s necessary, and we can make it easier.

Wix Agency, a family business, serving all your insurance needs since 2002.

Katelyn Convery

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting Portland October 11th at Portland International Raceway. This breast cancer event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. This is a non-competitive, 5K walk that has no registration fee or minimum fundraising requirement. Visit for more information, to volunteer, or to start your team today! 2014 Making Strides Flyer.

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Hood Therapeutic Massage – Sept 2014 Member Spotlight

Hood Therapeutic Massage logoHood Therapeutic Massage was established in 1989 by Deb Thomas, LMT. I tailor the massage to the person on my table. Over the years my practice has evolved from focusing on wellness to medical massage and as a result is a bit of both; this brings me variety and fulfillment. Whether helping you relax and release daily stress, heal from an auto accident or tackle tension from an old injury pattern; making a difference is my passion. I provide insurance billing for auto accidents and am on several medical insurance preferred provider lists. I have focused my continued education in therapeutic modalities that lend to healing from injury such as touch for health acupressure, pressure point and trigger point therapy, PNF and have a certification in myofascial release. I use aromatherapy in all my sessions and apply hot moist towels in the one hour or longer sessions. I sell essential oils and provide personal essential oil blending; offer package pricing and senior discount. The office is located in the Parkway Professional Plaza at SE Division and 101st Av.

Deb Thomas, LMT

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Marion Haynes, VP Government Affairs for PBA discusses Street Fees

On August 20th, the East Portland Chamber GEACs heard from the newest executive on the Portland Business Alliance team.  Marion Haynes is an advocate on behalf of businesses in Portland.  She interacts with the city, county, state and other business associations.  She follows a wide variety of topics, proposals and issues that affect the business community in the city, land use, transportation, city services, the new laws and ordinances.  She reflected on some of the issues that she faced when working for the PBA governmental affairs team 6 years ago.  Some projects have seen tremendous progress, while others seem to be stuck in the same place as her last gig.  A few of the topics she is involved in…

Street Fees:

The proposal for charging business and residents monthly fees to fund the maintenance of Portland city streets was rolled out by Mayor Hales and city commissioner Steve Novick early this year.  It was slated for a vote in May with only a few weeks of public awareness.  The proposal was met with enormous opposition from the business community.  The vote by the city commissioners was delayed and several committees formed to come up with a more palatable solution.  A few things that are in discussion for modification include:

  • The original proposal was to raise $53 million dollars..  The newest number is more in the range of $25 to $35 million.
  • The original plan was to raise half from business and half from residents.  The latest discussion is to raise 1/3 each from business, residents and from city budget revisions.
  • Many of the groups involved in revising the plan would like to first see a list of potential projects – not just a dollar figure with nothing attached.   There needs to be commitment that the funds will go to maintenance and not other pet city projects. Recognizing that there are many safety needs – these funds should be used primarily for the maintenance that has been neglected due to the diversion of the franchise fees, which were originally dedicated to maintenance, but instead used for other  projects.
  • Businesses are advocating for a sunset of the fee with possible renewal as other projects are identified.
  • There will be an oversight committee made up of bureaucrats and special interest groups. Only a few spots were slotted for business owners.  PBA is advocating that business be represented in proportion to the amount of funds coming from business.
  • There needs to be a provision that maintains the existing funds that the city allocates to maintenance of streets.  They should not take money away from the city budget to be replaced with this new tax.  It should be additive.
  • The original proposal was to add the fee to the existing water utility bills.  This means that it would be common for the landlords to be the collectors of the fee/tax and the application would not be consistent.  The new proposal asks that all businesses with a license to do business in the city will pay the fee.  The new proposal is based on business type and the square footage of the business footprint.

City Comprehensive plan:

Portland is working on an up-date to the comprehensive plan which includes jobs, economic development, land use policy, education, environmental regulation and many more details.  The plan should be completed in September and voted on by the city in January of 2015.

The governmental affairs team and their corresponding committee at PBA support and represent their 1800 members, but also all of the other businesses in the city benefit from their activities and participation I the process.

Char Shinn
VP of Business and Community Development
503.833.5199 fax

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Client Appreciation Event!

The COUNTRY Financial® Portland East Agency in Wood Village is hosting a BBQ Picnic on September 7th at Fairview Park, 1300 NE Village St, Fairview, OR, from 12:00-3:00 PM.

Join us for food, fun, face painting, photo booth, prize drawings and more! Bring 2 cans of food for donation to Snowcap and receive a ticket for a prize drawing. Enter in the Charity Raffle to benefit My Father’s House.

You don’t have to be a current client to enjoy the picnic. Come find out what it’s like to be part of our COUNTRY Financial family!

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“Don’t Be Misled” from Oregon Secretary of State

Mailings Offer Unneeded Services

July 2014

Oregon businesses have ​reported receiving a letter from Oregon Business Filing Services offering a certificate of standing (certificate of existence) among other services. Although the letter might appear to be from a government agency​​, it’s not. Oregon Business Filings Services charges a fee of $59.99. The Secretary of State Corporation Division provides certificates of existence for $10.00 each. Please visit our certificate page and complete a request form if you need a certificate of existence.

To see the complete article, click HERE.

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August 2014 Member Spotlight: Oregon Commission for the Blind

OCB Color LogoFor over 50 years, the Oregon Commission for the Blind has been an important resource for Oregonians who are blind or low vision as well as their families, friends, and employers. Our mission is to assist Oregonians who are blind in making informed choices and decisions to achieve full inclusion and integration in society through employment, independent living, and social self-sufficiency. Headquartered in Southeast Portland, our nationally recognized programs and expert staff work with individuals who are blind to instill confidence and build skills in all aspects of day-to-day life. Some of our training includes computer and technology skills, cooking, woodshop, career exploration, job development and job placement assistance.

Businesses as Partners
The Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB) recognizes that businesses are an essential partner for maximizing employment opportunities for Oregonians with vision loss. Our partnering businesses provide us information regarding economic issues related to particular industries, current hiring practices, and employment opportunities. Employers throughout Oregon also set the tone for best practices around diversity and inclusion in the workforce. OCB would like to recognize all of the businesses that have hired, promoted and retained qualified employment candidates over the years. We could not do the important work we do for our clients each day without you!

Worksite Analysis / Worksite Accommodations Assessment
Our professional consultants are available to review and adapt worksites to optimize them for use by employees who are blind or low vision. In most cases, our staff can find a solution to any barrier presented at a worksite to assist Oregonians with vision loss in gaining/retaining employment and to insure that our employers are equipped with qualified employees who have the tools they need to be productive on the job.

Employee Recruitment
We connect businesses with qualified applicants and we connect our clients with exceptional business throughout Oregon. We are always looking for new businesses who would like to work with us to insure qualified Oregonians with vision loss are able to acquire and retain employment. We provide paid interns at no cost to the employer, funded through the State of Oregon Commission for the Blind, and we cover all workers compensation insurance while our participants are in a Work Experience. If you would like to become a part of our network of exemplary businesses seeking to employ Oregonians with vision loss, please contact us.

Morgan Rincon, MS, CRC
Employment Development Coordinator
Oregon Commission for the Blind

To Learn more about OCB please visit our website at

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