Government & Economic Affairs AM Meeting

Please join the Chamber on July 16th for an opportunity to learn about the Willamette Falls Legacy Project with Carlotta Collette of Metro.

Carlotta Collette | METRO
July 16th | 7:30-9:00am
Adventist Medical Center
Lower Level – Education Room A
10123 SE Market St | MAP

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For the first time in 150 years, Oregonians have the opportunity to rediscover a cultural and scenic treasure: Willamette Falls. A public vision and master plan are taking shape, with the goal of transforming a 23-acre industrial site nestled along the Falls in historic Oregon City. This former paper mill could someday serve as an economic engine, a waterfront destination, a unique habitat, a window into Oregon’s past – and a bold step into our future.

Whatever develops on the landscape will be shaped by Willamette Falls, roaring in the Willamette River below. The largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest, it was long an important cultural and gathering place for Native American tribes. The Oregon Trail ended here. And throughout the 1800s, the Falls made history by generating energy for Oregon’s early industries and cities and fueling the nation’s first long-distance electrical power transmission. That industrial legacy ended in 2011, when the Blue Heron Paper Co. closed its doors – the last in a succession of businesses that contributed to Oregon City’s strong working waterfront. Click here to read more.

Carlotta Collette | Metro


New Member ORIENTATION - July 15th | 11:30am-1:00pm

The East Portland Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee invites you to attend our next New Member Orientation. This meeting will cover the benefits of being a Chamber member, updating your website profile, getting more involved with your Chamber, and maximizing your Chamber membership. You will also have the opportunity to meet Chamber board members and Committee Chairs and ask questions regarding the Chamber and your memership.

Non-alcoholic beverages and light appetizers will be provided by Fenders Moto Cafe and the Chamber. Please feel free to order lunch from Fenders’ delicious menu.

416July 15th | 11:30-1:00pm Fenders Moto Cafe
4336 SE Woodstock Blvd | MAP
Please RSVP


New Member SHOWCASE - July 30th | 7:30-9:00am

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New members are invited to host a table in the East Portland Chamber of Commerce New Member Showcase. The showcase is a benefit to new members and is an opportunity to introduce yourself, your business and your products and/or services to the general membership. Space is limited so get your RSVP in early! Please contact Paul Hill at Nightowl Custom Apparel to order an affordable tablecloth for your table.

July 30th
7:30-9:00am (setup 7:00-7:15am)
CherryWood Village
1417 SE 107th Ave
FREE
Please RSVP if you would like a table


Community Events

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Sunday Parkways
Northeast Portland
July 27th | 11:00-4:00

Southeast Portland
August 24th | 11:00-4:00

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Education AM – July 2nd

Please join the Chamber for an Education AM with Taylor Ellwood of Imagine Your Reality.

July 2nd | 7:30-9:00am
CherryWood Village
1417 SE 107th Ave | MAP

How to stop selling and start helping buy from you.
Sales is often treated as an esoteric skill that few people master and many people try. The best sales person is depicted as someone who can get into anyone’s head and get them to buy. The truth is that sales isn’t an esoteric skill. It’s something all of us can do, and something we do a lot, without realizing it. During this presentation, Taylor Ellwood will teach us how to develop a sales process that moves you from trying to sell to helping your prospect get to a place where s/he is ready to buy.
17Taylor Ellwood
Imagine Your Reality Business Coaching
Taylor Ellwood is a strategic resource for his networking partners and clients. He has over 10 years of experience in business operations and process development, as well as strategic implementation of business plans. Taylor is also one of the premier networkers in Portland, Oregon, and has an avid passion for connecting people with the right resources to help them solve the problems keeping them up at night.

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Large Business Panel Discussion

Kevin Minkoff, CPA – Not Your Ordinary Bean Counter – performed flawlessly as MC for the East Portland Chamber of Commerce’s Government & Economic Affairs Committee hosted Large Business Panel Discussion on June 18, 2014.

Kevin called the group to order at 7:50am and asked the panel participants to introduce themselves. Included were Ryan Pieratt of Home Depot, Stephen Backstrom of US Bank and David Russell of Adventist Medical Center. They each took about 3 minutes to talk about their respective companies.

Panel members then responded individually to the following questions posed by Kevin.

  1. What keeps you in East Portland, and what is your biggest obstacle of doing business in East Portland?
  2. How hard is it to find employees that have the right skill set; and once hired, who do you depend on to support your employees with education and HR?
  3. What words of wisdom or lessons learned can you share with us about any new strategies you have implemented to get more business for your company?
  4. How can we as a chamber be more beneficial to you in your continued success?

The panelists were in general agreement that East Portland is economically active and growing. They all discussed the importance of finding skilled and educated candidates for employment, and that there was no shortage of talent in the region. Being large businesses they all had well-staffed internal departments to cover employee education and human resources.

They all agreed that personal contact was extremely important to business development, which is why all three businesses have joined the East Portland Chamber of Commerce.

Ryan Pieratt mentioned Home Depot’s transition from mailing thousands of coupons to potential customers each year to more internet advertising by way of website, e-mail and Social Media. Ryan, Steve and David said that the East Portland Chamber of Commerce has done an excellent job at advocating for all businesses, small and large, in East Portland.

They expressed their frustration with the current Portland city administration and their lack of attention and financial support of East Portland, in contrast to their continued focus on the West side, as each of the new city legislators had promised during their respective campaigns. All of the panelists would like to see continued and expanded advocacy for business in East Portland.

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EPCC Member Hosted AM | Classique Floors | June 25th 7:30-9:00am

Please join the Chamber for a Member Hosted AM on June 25th at Classique Floors.

June 25th | 7:30-9:00am
Classique Floors
14127 SE Stark St | MAP

129Classique Floors is one of the Portland area’s leading providers of commercial floor covering. Started in 1977, Classique Floors has built a reputation on providing stellar customer service, unparalleled selection, and consistent value to its clientele.

Built to inspire, our showroom is stocked with a full array of samples of our flooring and countertop lines and will demonstrate not only the extraordinary beauty of our products but the limitless possibilities at your fingertips when you choose Classique Floors. Ready to help you get started, our team of professionals can help you plan an intricate project or simply answer any questions you may have.

Whether you’re looking for hardwood floors for the den, granite countertops for the kitchen or distinctive carpeting for the stairs, we have the product selection, the expertise, and the showroom to inspire and help you make the perfect choices for your home.


Small Business Town Hall

457Representative Chris Gorsek and a panel of local business owners and city employees want to know what you think. At this upcoming Small Business Town Hall they will discuss a variety of topics including:

  • Providing advice and training to local small businesses.
  • Helping local people get the job skills training and education they need to find good jobs.
  • Using business incubators and other innovative solutions to help local companies thrive in today’s competitive economy.

June 24th | 6:00pm
Nedspace Gresham
17116 NE Sandy Blvd


Town Hall Meeting – Street Fees

With higher-than-expected interest in the transportation funding proposal, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has relocated Tuesday’s town hall to the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 255.

The event is free and open to the public. The Tuesday meeting is intended to focus on how the transportation fee would work for businesses, non-profits and other non-residential land uses. Participants are encouraged to discuss ways improve the proposal or suggest alternative ways of raising money for transportation safety and maintenance. A Wednesday night meeting will focus on the fee for households.

“Portlanders are passionate about participating in local government,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “We welcome ideas about how they want to improve the transportation fee, or alternative proposals on par with the $53 million it would raise. There’s no question we need to invest in basic transportation maintenance and safety.”

The Tuesday event is the first of two town halls coming up:

  • Town Hall on Business and Non-Residential Fee: 8 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, at Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 255, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • Town Hall on Residential Fee: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, at Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave.
  • The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to speak with transportation staff, ask questions and make comments to Mayor Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat.

460The City Council delayed the proposal June 4, after five months of Our Streets PDX town halls, online surveys, advisory committee meetings and a five-hour public hearing May 29. Two upcoming town halls will kick off the next phase of outreach through October, designed to gather input to address the needs of businesses, non-profits and low-income households.

For more information about the Our Streets PDX funding conversation and the proposed Transportation User Fee, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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Big Business on the Eastside with Adventist Health, Home Depot & US Bank

Please join the Chamber on June 18th for a large business panel presented by the Government & Economic Affairs Committee.

June 18th | 7:30-9:00am
Adventist Health
Lower Level – Education Room A
10123 SE Market St

Adventist Health, Home Depot and US Bank will each have a representative on the panel answering questions from our Government & Economic Affairs Committee and chamber members. Topics could include:

  • What keeps you in East Portland?
  • What makes you unique from your locations in other parts of town or other cities?
  • What is one of your biggest challenges?
  • How hard is it to find employees that have the right skill set?
  • Once hired, who do you depend on to support your employees? Education? HR?
  • Please share words of wisdom or lessons learned about things you would have done differently.
  • What is your biggest obstacle of doing business in East Portland?
  • Do you feel there is an advocate for your business within the city, county or Oregon legislature?
  • Can you share any new strategies you have implemented to increase business for your company?
  • How can we as a chamber be more beneficial to you in your continued success?
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Member Hosted AM – Oregonians Credit Union

Please join the Chamber on June 11th for a Member Hosted AM at Oregonians Credit Union.

Member Hosted AM
Oregonians Credit Union
June 11th | 7:30-9:00am
Oregonians Credit Union
336 NE 20th Ave | MAP

447Oregonians CU logo Established in 1936, Oregonians Credit Union provides credit union services to over 3,000 employer and association groups throughout the state of Oregon. We exist to provide our members an opportunity to improve their economic well being. Oregonians CU offers a full range of financial products and services with warm and friendly service. While Oregonians Credit Union offers the same sophisticated financial products and services as many large banks, our service and value are worlds apart.

Stop by and see their new St. Johns branch, managed by Emily Spall.


After Hours @ Wellness at the Center | Trent Wilson | June 12th

11.0x5.5-NPPV08-39-Jaffe-Chicagoland-IL-CUST-4c-68701-Rindd.inddPlease join the chamber for an exciting after hours event at Wellness at the Center with new member, Trent Wilson, Massage Therapist.

  • Wellness Gift Packages will be available to EPCC members at incredible savings!!
  • Beer and Wine!! Hors d’oeuvres!! Raffle Prizes!!
  • Massage & Auricular Acupressure Demonstrations

June 12th | 5:30-7:30pm
Halsey Plaza | 8401 NE Halsey Suite 101
Across from Sunshine Dairy


7th Annual Golf Tournament - June 20th | Sign Up Today!

434Support the voice of East Portland by joining us for our 7th Annual Golf Tournament. Golfers can enjoy a full day on world class golf course with PRIZES for the top 3 teams and challenge winners.

June 20th
8:00am Registration
8:30am Shotgun Start
Glendoveer Golf Course
14015 NE Glisan St

Not a Golfer or can’t spare the whole day? Finish your Friday networking at the Golf Awards BBQ and win amazing raffle prizes! Whether you golf all day or join us for an afternoon BBQ, you can expect to enjoy good food, great networking, a cash bar and raffle prizes. Please join us and support your East Portland Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization advocating for business on the Eastside. Click here to download a flyer or register online. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


Ribbon Cutting Held at Harbor Freight Tools on June 4th

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Harbor Freight Tools
5035 SE 82nd Ave
Portland OR 97266

Photo by David Ashton – EastPDXNews.com

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Education AM – Marketing with a Vision

Please join the Chamber on June 4th for presentation by Ely Delaney from YourMarketingUniversity.com. You will learn how to simplify all of the “Marketing Voodoo” into an easy to follow, step-by-step roadmap for you and your team to explode your sales and build the business you dreamed about when you started.

Marketing with a Vision
Ely Delaney | Your Marketing University
June 4th | 7:30-9:00am
CherryWood Village
1417 SE 107th Ave | MAP

445Ely Delaney photo Ely Delaney is the Co-Founder, Dean and Lead Trainer at Your Marketing University, a marketing education company designed specifically to help teach motivated entrepreneurs and business professionals how to take control of their marketing, online and offline.

You can have a mediocre product with great marketing and it will do well, but if you have a great product with bad marketing, it isn’t going to go very far.

The YourMarketingUniversity.com program is geared to help you succeed in business using grassroots marketing tools, tactics and strategies.

Ely has been in the marketing and multimedia design world since 1996 and is dedicated to helping businesses achieve their marketing goals without the need for expensive advertising agencies.


Ribbon Cutting | Harbor Freight Tools | June 4th

442Harbor Freight Tools, the nation’s largest discount tool retailer, will be celebrating the Grand Opening our newest store located in Portland, OR on Wednesday, June 4th.

Doors open at 8:00am for Harbor Freights’ special Grand Opening Sale, with select merchandise discounted as much as 80%. At 11:30am, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held and we would like to extend this invitation to you to be a guest.

Harbor Freight Tools Ribbon Cutting
June 4th | 11:30am
5035 SE 82nd Ave | Portland OR 97266
PLEASE RSVP

Founded in North Hollywood, CA in 1977 and now based in Calabasas, Harbor Freight Tools is the leading discount tool retailer in the U.S. selling high quality tools at “ridiculously low prices” in over 490 stores nationwide and on its website, www.harborfreight.com.


Chamber Happy Hour | June 5th

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Join us for a casual evening of socializing and networking with chamber members, friends and family.

June 5th | 5:30-7:00pm
Old Chicago Pizza
10300 SE Washington St


After Hours @ Wellness at the Center | Trent Wilson | June 12th

11.0x5.5-NPPV08-39-Jaffe-Chicagoland-IL-CUST-4c-68701-Rindd.inddPlease join the chamber for an exciting after hours event at Wellness at the Center with new member, Trent Wilson, Massage Therapist.

  • Wellness Gift Packages will be available to EPCC members at incredible savings!!
  • Beer and Wine!! Hors d’oeuvres!! Raffle Prizes!!
  • Massage & Auricular Acupressure Demonstrations

June 12th | 5:30-7:30pm
Halsey Plaza | 8401 NE Halsey Suite 101
Across from Sunshine Dairy


7th Annual Golf Tournament | June 20th | Sign Up Today!

434Support the voice of East Portland by joining us for our 7th Annual Golf Tournament. Golfers can enjoy a full day on world class golf course with PRIZES for the top 3 teams and challenge winners.

June 20th
8:00am Registration
9:00am Shotgun Start
Glendoveer Golf Course
14015 NE Glisan St

Not a Golfer or can’t spare the whole day? Finish your Friday networking at the Golf Awards BBQ and win amazing raffle prizes! Whether you golf all day or join us for an afternoon BBQ, you can expect to enjoy good food, great networking, a cash bar and raffle prizes. Please join us and support your East Portland Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization advocating for business on the Eastside. Click here to download a flyer or register online. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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Government & Economic Affairs AM

Please join the Chamber on May 21st for a presentation by Commissioner Steve Novick.

Commissioner Steve Novick
May 21st | 7:30-9:00am
Adventist Pavilion
10000 SE Main St | MAP
Lower Level – Columbia/Willamette Room

Steve Novick photo

Steve Novick photo Portland Commissioner Steve Novick grew up in Cottage Grove, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon and Harvard Law School. He spent nine years as an environmental law enforcement lawyer at the U.S. Justice Department, recovering $129 million for taxpayers in the Love Canal toxic waste case, and securing judgments against violators of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

Since returning to Oregon in 1996, Steve has served as policy director in Governor Kulongoski’s 2002 campaign; as communications director for Citizens for Oregon’s Future, a non-profit dedicated to providing reliable information to the public on tax and budget issues; as legislative liaison for Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo; and as a policy analyst and spokesperson in numerous campaigns against ballot measures that threatened education, healthcare, public safety and services for seniors. Steve has also waged a lengthy campaign to get the Oregon Lottery to increase its investments in schools by reducing its excessive payments video lottery retailers.

Novick has said that his focus as a Commissioner will be on looking for opportunities, in a variety of policy areas, to “take action now to avoid problems later.” He stated, “We can strengthen our economy by making Portland a model for reducing healthcare costs. We do that in part by encouraging and enabling people to keep themselves healthier and avoid trips to the hospital – everything from developing safe routes for kids to walk to school to getting employers and unions together to share effective wellness strategies.”

Novick is also confident that Portland can be made safer by working with the County and the State to redirect some resources from prison to prevention. “And we can make Portland truly sustainable,” he said, “by taking steps to get ready for the earthquake – steps like getting help for homeowners to bolt their homes to their foundations.”
Novick has also stressed the need for Portland to address the startling levels of inequality in the city. He believes that the use of urban renewal as a primary economic development strategy has too often exacerbated, rather than alleviated, racial and geographic disparities in Portlanders’ standard of living, and that in future, the City’s major investments and policy decisions need to be subjected to “equity impact analysis.”

Novick, a former longtime Sellwood-Moreland resident, now lives with his fiancee, Rachel Philofsky, and their Welsh Corgi, Pumpkin, in the Multnomah Village neighborhood. They enjoy playing tetherball, watching the Colbert Report, and taking advantage of Portland’s many treasures, from Trek in the Park to dragonboat races to walking up Mount Tabor, walking through Forest Park to Pittock Mansion… and, of course, the Corgi Walk in the Pearl.


After Hours @ Wellness at the Center | Trent Wilson | June 12th

Please join the chamber for an exciting after hours event at Wellness at the Center with new member, Trent Wilson, Massage Therapist.

  • Wellness Gift Packages will be available to EPCC members at incredible savings!!
  • Beer and Wine!! Hors d’oeuvres!! Raffle Prizes!!
  • Massage & Auricular Acupressure Demonstrations

June 12th | 5:30-7:30pm
Halsey Plaza | 8401 NE Halsey Suite 101
Across from Sunshine Dairy


Chamber Happy Hour

Join us for a casual evening of socializing and networking with chamber members, friends and family.

Old Chicago Pizza | 5:30-7:00pm
10300 SE Washington St


7th Annual Golf Tournament

Support the voice of East Portland by joining us for our 7th Annual Golf Tournament. Golfers can enjoy a full day on world class golf course with PRIZES for the top 3 teams and challenge winners.

June 20th
8:00am Registration
9:00am Shotgun Start
Glendoveer Golf Course
14015 NE Glisan St

Not a Golfer or can’t spare the whole day? Finish your Friday networking at the Golf Awards BBQ and win amazing raffle prizes! Whether you golf all day or join us for an afternoon BBQ, you can expect to enjoy good food, great networking, a cash bar and raffle prizes. Please join us and support your East Portland Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization advocating for business on the Eastside. Click here to download a flyer or register online. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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Speed Networking – May 14th

Please join the Chamber on May 14th for another exciting round of Speed Networking. Please bring business cards and consider bringing a giveaway which allows you to talk about your business for two additional minutes.

Speed Networking
May 14th | 7:30-9:00am
SE Works
7916 SE Foster Rd | MAP
(No parking in the Junior Achievement parking lot today.)


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Division Midway Alliance

Please help the Division Midway Alliance celebrate the installation of their new street banners which will commemorate Midway’s visual identity.

May 16th | 11:00am
In front of Wells Fargo Bank
12005 SE Division Street
Please RSVP if you can attend

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Local politicians, business and community leaders will be on hand to commemorate Midway’s new visual identity. The banner installation will begin the second week in May and will be installed on PGE poles throughout the district and along 122nd Avenue. The East Portland Chamber of Commerce will help kick off the event with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.


7th Annual Golf Tournament

Support the voice of East Portland by joining us for our 7th Annual Golf Tournament. Golfers can enjoy a full day on world class golf course with PRIZES for the top 3 teams and challenge winners.

June 20th
8:00am Registration
9:00am Shotgun Start
Glendoveer Golf Course
14015 NE Glisan St

Not a Golfer or can’t spare the whole day? Finish your Friday networking at the Golf Awards BBQ and win amazing raffle prizes! Whether you golf all day or join us for an afternoon BBQ, you can expect to enjoy good food, great networking, a cash bar and raffle prizes. Please join us and support your East Portland Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization advocating for business on the Eastside. Click here to download a flyer or register online. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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New CEO Appointed at Adventist Medical Center

Joyce NewmyerPortland, Ore – May 6, 2014 –Joyce Newmyer has been appointed President of the Northwest Region of Adventist Health, including President/CEO of Adventist Medical  Center (AMC) in Portland effective May 30, 2014. Newmyer replaces Tom Russell, former president who has been named corporate vice president of population health innovations for Adventist Health’s 19 hospitals in 4 western states. Click here to read the full press release: Adventist Medical Center – New CEO

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