Education AM – April 2nd

Please join the Chamber on April 2nd for the opportunity to learn three things every business owner needs to know about social media from Sarah Garrison of Garrison Marketing Solutions.

Sarah Garrison

Education AM – Garrison Marketing Solutions April 2nd | 7:30-9:00am
CherryWood Village
1417 SE 107th Ave | MAP

3 Things Every Business Owner Should Know About Social Media: Sarah Sunshine Garrison with Garrison Marketing Solutions will teach you three things every business owner should know about social media. Even if you don’t use social media for your business, Sarah will teach you why it is important to pay attention to Social Media, how it can affect your business, and why you should jump on board in this social media age.

Sarah Garrison | Garrison Marketing Solutions
971-231-4059


Shredding Day | April 12th

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Rose City Associates and MetLife are sponsoring a SHREDDING DAY on April 12th at SnowCap. AccuShred Northwest will be professionally shredding your documents.

SnowCap | 17805 SE Stark Street | Portland, OR 97233
9:00am – 12:00noon


82nd Avenue of Roses Parade

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The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade is gearing up for Saturday, April 26th! This year the Rose Festival theme is “Making Memories,” so the parade’s theme is “Making Memories Starts Here.” The East Portland Chamber of Commerce will once again be participating in this Rose Festival sanctioned event. You can walk in the parade, drive a vehicle that features your logo, ride in a car or truck, donate candy or volunteer at our table. Please contact Shelley at info@eastportlandchamber.com to sign up.

Gresham Ford will be supplying cars for the parade if you don’t have your own wrapped vehicle or a special vehicle to drive. You can order magents with your logo which can be placed on the Gresham Ford cars. Click here for a magnet order form – order deadline is April 18th.

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade
Saturday, April 26th | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Parade starts at Eastport Plaza

DONATE CANDY – bring bags of candy to any AM meeting


MHCC Diversity Career and Job Fair

The Mt. Hood Community College Career Planning and Counseling Center (CPCC), in partnership with Worksource Portland Metro East and the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, is hosting the 2014 Diversity Career and Job Fair. The East Portland Chamber of Commerce will have a table at this event and we invite you to attend.

Mt. Hood Community College GYM
April 1st | 10:00am to 2:00pm
26000 SE Stark Street | Gresham
Gym: Access from 17th St, East of Kane Rd & 257th Ave
Parking is free on all MHCC campuses.

OHSU, the workshop sponsor for the fair, will offer training on “Maximizing the appeal of your personal brand: Strategies and tools for the OHSU application process.”

Banfield Pet Hospital, Bridgetown Natural Foods, Central City Concern, FedEx, Kaiser Permanente, KOIN TV, Marquis Companies, Metro, Mt. Hood Community College, New Seasons Market, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), Oregon Tradeswomen, Portland General Electric, Portland Police Bureau, TriMet, US Bank and Verizon Wireless will participate in this event.

 

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Alert: New IRS Phishing Scam

We have learned of a new phishing scam in which taxpayers receive emails purporting to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service of the IRS (and bearing the IRS logo).  The email contains a bogus case number and says:

“Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error.  Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”

The email contains a link where the recipient can find contact information for the “advocate” assigned to their case that solicits personal information such as the recipient’s legal name and contact information.  There’s also a link to review “your reported income” that again solicits this kind of personal information.

If you get receive such an e-mail, do NOT click on the link.  Instead, forward the email to the IRS’s designated address for such e-mails: phishing@irs.gov.  Taxpayers can find instructions for forwarding the messages on IRS.gov.

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Member Hosted AM – Southwick Specialty Advertising

Please join the Chamber on March 26th for a Member Hosted AM at Southwick Specialty Advertising. Mike Button will be discussing: “Building Relationships, Developing a Team and Having FUN Doing it.”

Member Hosted AM
March 26th | 7:30-9:00am
Southwick Specialty Advertising
7535 NE Ambassador Place, Bldg L | MAP
Portland, OR 97220

Prizes for everyone and VooDoo Donuts!

Southwick new building

Southwick new buildingWith Southwick Specialty Advertising, you work with  knowledgeable professionals whose goal is to help you succeed. We are a comprehensive resource for all your promotional needs, we have the experience to meet your needs no matter how unique or complicated, and we are small enough to provide the personal service that you desire-it’s as simple as that!

OUR HISTORY
Since Southwick Specialty Advertising was started in 1983, it has grown beyond the bounds of what most specialty distributors accomplish in the industry, and is now in the 85th percentile of businesses within the industry.

MISSION & VALUES
A successful company can be flexible on price, but never on service or quality. While many companies are exclusively interested in making an immediate sale, we strive to establish long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with our customers.
When our clients succeed, we succeed, and nothing expresses that goal better than our company motto: “Our bright ideas make you look brilliant!”


Adventist Parkrose Medical Plaza Ribbon Cutting | March 26th

Parkrose photo

Please join us for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Adventist Health Parkrose Medical Plaza. You will have access to quality care, exceptional physicians and compassionate providers, all conveniently located in the heart of East Portland.

The new center will feature: Primary Care, Laboratory Services, Physical Therapy, X-ray, Ultrasound and Occupational Medicine.

Adventist Health Parkrose Medical Plaza
Wednesday, March 26th | 12:00 noon
1350 NE 122nd Ave | Portland OR, 97216
503-408-7000


MHCC Diversity Career and Job Fair
The Mt. Hood Community College Career Planning and Counseling Center (CPCC), in partnership with Worksource Portland Metro East and the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, is hosting the 2014 Diversity Career and Job Fair. The East Portland Chamber of Commerce will have a table at this event and we invite you to attend.

Mt. Hood Community College GYM
April 1st | 10:00am to 2:00pm
26000 SE Stark Street | Gresham
Gym: Access from 17th St, East of Kane Rd & 257th Ave
Parking is free on all MHCC campuses.

This year’s presenting sponsor is Verizon Wireless, who offers benefits to employees such as tuition reimbursement for college coursework and increased pay for bilingual employees. OHSU, the workshop sponsor for the fair, will offer training on “Maximizing the appeal of your personal brand: Strategies and tools for the OHSU application process.”

Banfield Pet Hospital, Bridgetown Natural Foods, Central City Concern, FedEx, Kaiser Permanente, KOIN TV, Marquis Companies, Metro, Mt. Hood Community College, New Seasons Market, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), Oregon Tradeswomen, Portland General Electric, Portland Police Bureau, TriMet, US Bank and Verizon Wireless will participate in this event.

 

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Another smashing presentation from your GEACs

March 19, 2014 – Adventist Hospital Pavilion – 7:30am

It’s the middle of tax season but that didn’t stop our master of ceremonies from arriving early for another outstanding program from the Government and Economic Affairs Committee, (complete with breakfast rolls and coffee sponsored by Oregonians Credit Union.)

Kevin Minkoff, CPA, introduced two presenters who were invited to talk about micro-finance opportunities in the Portland market.  Maggie Reilly, Director, from Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO)and Laura Alsenas, Business Loan Officer at PDC talked about alternative and available financing from sources other than the usual bank or credit union lender.

Maggie Reilly explained who is the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and what they do.  The PDC is the city’s urban renewal and economic development agency.   PDC adopted a new strategy for urban renewal about 5 years ago and have several industry clusters that they focus on.  They also work with neighborhood economic development.  An urban renewal area will generally have a tax “freeze” and the city will invest in development projects.  Then the added projects will generate additional tax revenues so the projects are sustainable.   In such districts, the PDC has funds set aside for tenant improvements, real estate acquisition, property development, equipment and working capital.  The loans from PDC have common features with other business loans, comparable rates and require 1:1 debt coverage ratios.  PDC also has matching grant programs available for storefront improvements and green features.

If you want to know where the urban renewal areas are, check out Portlandmaps.com.

The second presentation by Maggie Reilly of Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) covered the background and purpose of MESO.  The team at MESO works closely with select small business to assist in their success.  They offer both technical and financial assistance to underserved entrepreneurs, engaging in a wide variety of economic activities.  The business entrepreneurs go through an education program, receive assistance with strategic planning and implementation.  They can participate in classes for accounting, taxes, design and branding and building annual business plans.  MESO works with 15 to 20 entrepreneurs per year and works with each of the businesses for two or three years.

One of the MESO programs to build business credit uses individual development accounts with a 3 to 1 match.  That means for every $1 the business saves, the program matches with a $3 addition.  MESO also partners with banks, PDC, Mercy Corp, Metropolitan Credit Repair, Black United Fund of Oregon, SBA and other micro lenders to ensure that an entrepreneur can get off to the right start. MESO has offices in Washington County and in St Helens.

This meeting offered a plethora of options for financing a small business.  Both Laura and Maggie bring much enthusiasm and knowledge to entrepreneurs in need of funding or business expertise.

Char Shinn
VP of Business and Community Development
Oregonians Credit Union
503.833.5177
503.833.5199 fax
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Transit Self-Employment Tax Change

For many years the instructions for Lane County Mass Transit District and Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District self-employment taxes have stated that self-employed individuals with more than one Schedule C business may not use a loss from one business to offset a gain from another.  Effective immediately, taxpayers with more than one Schedule C business may use a loss from one business to offset a gain from another when calculating self-employment earnings for the purposes of these taxes.  This change applies to all tax years.  If your original transit self-employment tax return was filed within three years of the due date, you may amend (change) your return and file for a refund within:

  • • Three years of the due date of your original return, or
  • • Three years of the date you filed your original return, or
  • • Two years of the date you paid your tax or paid any part of your tax, whichever is later.

If you have questions, contact us by e-mail at TSE.Help.DOR@oregon.gov or call 503-378-4988.

Transit Self-Employment Tax Program, Business Division, Corporation Section, Oregon Department of Revenue

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Government & Economic Affairs AM

Please join the Chamber on March 19th at Adventist Medical Center. Maggie Reilly, Director, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon and Laura Alsenas, Business Loan Officer, PDC will be presenting information on micro and small business finance.

Government & Economic Affairs AM
March 19th | 7:30-9:00am
Adventist Health
10123 SE Market St | MAP

Small & Micro Business Finance

MESO logo

MESO logoMicro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) seeks to broaden economic opportunities for underserved entrepreneurs by providing business support to increase growth in income, assets, and business skills.

MESO’s clients engage in a wide array of economic activities that include frozen baked goods, child care services, video production services, beauty products, art, automotive services, marketing services, and a variety of other goods and services.
MESO’s experienced and dedicated staff provide a minimum of three years of support, ranging from business planning, goal implementation, marketing, consulting, and financing.
Meet Maggie Reilly, Director, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon and Laura Alsenas, Business Loan Officer, PDC who will share how they are able to bring you FREE services to support your business.

If you qualify for their program, you will receive:

  • Matched savings grants up to $9,000
  • Small business loans up to $50,000
  • Credit building program
  • Business planning/training, accounting, marketing and legal services

PDC logo

The Portland Development Commission is the City of Portland’s urban renewal and economic development agency. Laura Alsenas, a Loan Officer with PDC’s Real Estate and Lending team, will provide a brief overviewPDC logo of PDC’s initiatives and projects in east Portland. She will also describe PDC’s loan programs for businesses and property owners, as well as other financial resources for east Portland businesses through PDC and its partner organizations.

Laura Alsenas is a Loan Officer at the Portland Development Commission, where she has spent the past two years supporting the agency’s economic development strategy by making loans to Portland businesses and connecting them to financing and other resources from partner organizations. Laura has over 10 years of financial analysis, credit assessment and business coaching experience with a consistent focus on business lending with a community and economic development mission.


Adventist Health Parkrose Medical Plaza Ribbon Cutting | March 26th

Please join us for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Adventist Health Parkrose Medical Plaza. You will have access to quality care, exceptional physicians and compassionate providers, all conveniently located in the heart of East Portland.

The new center will feature: Primary Care, Laboratory Services, Physical Therapy, X-ray, Ultrasound and Occupational Medicine.

Adventist Health Parkrose Medical Plaza
Wednesday, March 26th | 12:00 noon
1350 NE 122nd Ave | Portland OR, 97216
503-408-7000

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Don’t forget about the Chamber Mega Mixer (12 Chambers!) Wed Evening at Crowne Plaza!

Mega Mixer 2014

Join us for one of Oregon’s largest gathering of business chambers and associations.

12 chambers and business associations all under one roof.

 Come meet new people, build allies, make connections with officers from various procurement departments, & learn about the resources each organization provides.

Meet the procurement/supply chain officers from the City of Beaverton, City of Portland, PGE, ODOT, SBA, DHS, and Pacific Power.

The focus of this event is to build bridges for chamber members to connect with each other and with potential contracting officers from the state agencies and large corporations. From contracting opportunities, tools/resources, key relationships, with 12 chambers and business associations all under one roof, this could be Oregon’s largest business networking opportunity.
Participating agencies:

  •     Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and SW Washington (APACC)
  •     Astra Women’s Business Alliance
  •     Beaverton Chamber of Commerce
  •     East Portland Chamber of Commerce
  •     Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
  •     Korean Chamber of Oregon
  •     North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce
  •     Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC)
  •     Philippines American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon (PACCO)
  •     Portland Area Business Association (PABA)
  •     Portland Business Alliance (PBA)
  •     Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, March 19th
5:30 pm ~ 8:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel Ballroom
1441 NE 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97232

$15/person
$20 at the door

 

No refunds granted 48 hours before the event.

http://www.apacc-or.org/eventdetail/?URLID=55

 

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SB 1534 – 2013 Oregon Personal Income Tax Change

On March 7, 2014, SB 1534 passed both legislative chambers.  For roughly 1,500 taxpayers, a portion of the bill affects their 2013 Oregon Personal Income Tax return.   For tax years 2013 and forward SB 1534 allow all taxpayers, regardless of income, to claim the severely disabled and disabled child if all other qualifications are met.

When does this change go into effect?

The exemption changes go into effect for tax year 2013.  The Oregon Department of Revenue and software vendors are working on reprogramming their systems.  The Oregon Department of Revenue’s system will be ready to process SB 1534 changes starting March 17, 2014.

What if I already filed a return and did not take the exemptions because my income level was too high?

The Oregon Department of Revenue has identified taxpayers who claimed an exemption for the severely disabled and/or disabled child, but the AGI was too high and therefore did not qualify for the credit at that time.  The taxpayers and their preparer will receive a letter from the Oregon Department of Revenue by the end of March explaining how to amend the 2013 Oregon Personal Income Tax return.  Attached to the letter will be an amended schedule with a neon SB 1534 sticker attached to the top.

Will an amended return take the normal 4-6 months to process?

No, amended returns received with the neon SB 1534 sticker attached to the top will run through an expedited process.

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EPCC Speed Networking @ Russellville | March 12th 7:30-9:00am

Please join us on Wednesday, March 12th for an exciting morning of Speed Networking. This is your chance to meet several new businesses as well as get to know current members.

Speed Networking
March 12th | 7:30-9:00am
Russellville Park
20 SE 103rd Ave | MAP


Adventist Health Parkrose Medical Plaza Ribbon Cutting | March 26th

Adventist Health Parkrose Medical PlazaPlease join us for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Adventist Health Parkrose Medical Plaza. You will have access to quality care, exceptional physicians and compassionate providers, all conveniently located in the heart of East Portland.

The new center will feature: Primary Care, Laboratory Services, Physical Therapy, X-ray, Ultrasound and Occupational Medicine.

Adventist Health logoAdventist Health Parkrose Medical Plaza
Wednesday, March 26th | 12:00 noon
1350 NE 122nd Ave | Portland OR, 97216
503-408-7000


Coming Up Next Week:

MESO logo

Please join the Chamber on March 19th at Adventist Medical Center. Maggie Reilly, Director, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon and Laura Alsenas, Business Loan Officer, PDC will be presenting information on micro and small business finance.

Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) seeks to broaden economic opportunities for underserved entrepreneurs by providing business support to increase growth in income, assets, and business skills.

MESO’s clients engage in a wide array of economic activities that include frozen baked goods, child care services, video production services, beauty products, art, automotive services, marketing services, and a variety of other goods and services.

MESO’s experienced and dedicated staff provide a minimum of three years of support, ranging from business planning, goal implementation, marketing, consulting, and financing.

Meet Maggie Reilly, Director, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon and Laura Alsenas, Business Loan Officer, PDC who will share how they are able to bring you FREE services to support your business.

If you qualify for their program, you will receive:

  • Matched savings grants up to $9,000
  • Small business loans up to $50,000
  • Credit building program
  • Business planning/training, accounting, marketing and legal services

PDC logo

The Portland Development Commission is the City of Portland’s urban renewal and economic development agency. Laura Alsenas, a Loan Officer with PDC’s Real Estate and Lending team, will provide a brief overview of PDC’s initiatives and projects in east Portland. She will also describe PDC’s loan programs for businesses and property owners, as well as other financial resources for east Portland businesses through PDC and its partner organizations.

Laura Alsenas is a Loan Officer at the Portland Development Commission, where she has spent the past two years supporting the agency’s economic development strategy by making loans to Portland businesses and connecting them to financing and other resources from partner organizations. Laura has over 10 years of financial analysis, credit assessment and business coaching experience with a consistent focus on business lending with a community and economic development mission.

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GEAC Presentation – Taxes for Small Business

With all the fanfare and excitement of the very best shows on the strip – The GEAC was proud to introduce a great guy who knows a lot of stuff – just in from a national tour of eastern Portland – a roaring round of applause welcomed the one and only “Kevin Minkoff, CPA – NOT your ordinary bean counter.”  Kevin has a reputation for being much more than an accountant. He is also an efficiency consultant with tools and training for best practices in financial management and tax saving strategies for small business owners.

Kevin was prepared to share small business tax saving strategies for filing 2013 and for planning 2014. Chin in the air and eyes darting around the room, he dared the audience to deny the importance of his wise words regarding tax strategies for each of their businesses.   Speaking about deductions, a lot has changed from 2013 to 2014, starting with the revamp an overhaul of the affordable care act.  The rules for deduction of start up costs, organizational costs are much different and the audience learned the details.

As Kevin sorted through the description of expensed versus capitalized expenses, the audience was impressed with the pertinent examples and immediately sat up to ask questions.  Next we learned the de minimis rules that outline limits for expenses based on the size of the company.   Kevin explained the transitional relief offered to businesses as we change from the old rules to the new.

Do you have an office in your home?  Kevin offered some valuable tips on Section 179 deductions and what depreciation has been eliminated.  We even learned the ins and outs of the IRS standard mileage allowance.  Who knew there were so many variables in the seemingly simple concept.   The big bean counter covered, 401K rules, healthcare rules, tax rate changes, credit card payments, penalties, Portland’s paid sick leave rules, PDX-MCBIT, business property taxes and seldom followed tax strategies.  The questions continued to flow to the front of the room, and Kevin answered with embellished expertise.  Finally, Deborah kicked him off the stage so that the door prizes could be awarded.

This was an absolutely essential presentation for a small business.  If you were unable to attend, you may want to give Kevin a visit, or ask for the slides he used to accent the critical points.

Char Shinn
VP of Business and Community Development
503.833.5177
503.833.5199 fax

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