Learn How to Streamline Your Business for 2015 with Taylor Ellwood, Imagine Your Reality

Please join us on December 3rd for our next Education AM with Taylor Ellwood of Imagine Your Reality.

Education AM
December 3rd | 7:30-9:00am
CherryWood Village
1417 SE 107th Ave | MAP

17Imagine Your Reality, Taylor Ellwood

“Are you wearing too many hats? How to streamline your business for 2015.” Whether you’re a solopreneur or have employees, it can be all too easy to wear too many hats as a business owner. In this presentation, Taylor Ellwood will show you how to streamline your business operations and stop wearing so many hats. You’ll learn how to make more profit, and get more done – simply by learning how to examine your business processes.

533Annual Winter Awards Breakfast

Please join us to celebrate the East Portland Chamber of Commerce and East Portland Non-Profit Organizations assisting the hungry and homeless with Awards, Prizes, Delicious Food and More!

Winter Awards Breakfast
December 10th | 7:30-9:00am
Colwood Golf Center
7313 NE Columbia Blvd | MAP
$20 in advance | $25 at the door

The East Portland Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize members of the community and members of the Chamber that have given generously of their time and effort to make East Portland a great place to live and work. Please join us for a full breakfast, keynote presentations, raffle prizes, surprises, awards and recognition.

2014 Turkey Bowl Winners

Thank you for participating in the Chamber’s 2014 Turkey Bowl. The event was a great success due to the efforts of our participants, sponsors and donors.

We also want to thank Minuteman Press for the beautiful sponsor sign, our Chamber Ambassadors and volunteers for their help, and David Ashton for the great photos and story posted on www.eastpdxnews.com!

Congratulations Winners!
Tom Saunders from William Keller CPA’s team rolled 188 and took home the High Game prize. William Keller CPA’s team took home the 1st Place trophy! 2nd Place went to Kevin Minkoff’s team and 3rd place went to Eastport Plaza.

Thank You Sponsors!
Thank you to Eastport Plaza, Westside Secretarial Service, Hood Therapeutic Massage, Insurance Solutions NW and Rose City Associates for sponsoring the Turkey Bowl. Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes.

3rd Place - Eastport Plaza

3rd Place – Eastport Plaza

2nd Place - Kevin Minkoff CPA

2nd Place – Kevin Minkoff CPA

1st Place - William Keller CPA

1st Place – William Keller CPA

MVP - Tom Saunders

MVP – Tom Saunders

The Future of Transit

Metro invites you to a sneak preview of our region’s transit future. The popcorn’s on us.

Monday, Dec 1st | 12:00-1:00pm
Clinton Street Theater | 2522 SE Clinton Street

The Powell-Division Transit and Development Project is studying the region’s first bus rapid transit line, which will bring faster, more reliable transit service to a corridor that really needs it. Bus rapid transit on Powell-Division will save riders time, make transit more comfortable, and connect places we all care about. It will go from downtown Portland and Gresham, linking businesses, educational institutions and thousands of residences in a diverse and growing area. Service could begin as soon as 2020.

On Monday, December 1st at the unique Clinton Street Theater, we’ll explore examples of bus rapid transit from around the country to see what it could look like here — in the street, at the stations and on board the vehicles. We’ll also highlight existing transit facilities in the region that can help illustrate options for the new line.

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Connie Shipley, Personal Historian – December 2014 Member Spotlight

cjshipley, LLC – Connie Shipley, Personal Historian

connie shipley photoMy love of Oral History developed into a business in 2004 after learning the technique from nationally renowned historian Charles T. Morrissey when he was teaching at Portland State University; I have been working with clients to save their stories since that class in 2004.

Earlier in my life I recorded my grandfather’s memories of coming to America through a series of interviews and transcribed them into a memoir that was distributed to the family for a Christmas present. That experience lit the fire in me to do this work and I’ve enjoyed every project that I have worked on since. With my recent move to the Gateway area I am introducing my business to the greater East Side to work with those who have stories to save. I want to help families save their special stories for future generations, and in particular family owned businesses to document the story of their company. The John Deere family was encouraged to publish their family history after the executive reception room copy was appreciated by everyone who had some wait time to read it. The book turned into a Mid-West best seller.

Everyone has a unique story to tell. Regardless of age or importance we all have interesting experiences to share. The best person to tell their story is the person who experienced it firsthand. Let me help you save those stories before the people who have the memories forget them or are no longer available to tell them. I will work with you to make the project done in a timely and affordable manner. Discount is offered to EPCC members. To contact Connie, or for more information, please visit www.cjshipley.com.

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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


FACEBOOK www.Facebook.com/JoseMesaAutoWholesale

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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 makingstrideswalk.org/PortlandOR 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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