January 2015 Member Spotlight: SE Works

Cindy Knots photoI am an effective and enthusiastic professional with over 10 years proven experience developing programs and providing employment training and placement to individuals with multiple barriers.

Currently, I am Vocational Case Manager for the Prisoner Reentry Employment Program (PREP) at SE Works, Inc. where I work with customers whose criminal backgrounds stand in the way of finding living wage employment.

With a degree in Culinary Arts and Nutrition, I spent over 10 years in the restaurant industry then did a 360. I decided to continue my education and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology then dove right in to start working with fragile populations.  After working for Mt. Hood Community College as a Workforce Development Specialist who partnered in the Jobs Program with the Department of Human Services (DHS), I accepted my current position with SE Works, Inc.

The population I work with greatly humbles me.  They have wonderful skills that many times go unrecognized.  Assisting them in changing their lives and moving forward in career track employment is very rewarding.

SE Works LogoFounded in 1997, SE Works is a registered 501(c)3 not for profit organization with an extensive history of successfully engaging multi-barriered, low income, underserved populations, including: at-risk youth ; unemployed adults; immigrants and refugees; people experiencing disabilities; and people returning from incarceration. We have a strong reputation in the community, among partner organizations and our funders and donors for providing quality employment and education programs and creating an accessible environment that is responsive to our community’s needs and concerns.

Cindy Knotts | SE Works
503-972-3247

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Speed Networking – January 21

Please join us on January 21st for Speed Networking. Come prepared to give a two minute presentation about you and your business and bring 25 business cards. You will have the opportunity to meet about 25 businesses in a round table networking setting.

January 21st | 7:30-9:00am
SE Works
7916 SE Foster Rd | MAP
Parking is available in the Junior Achievement parking lot.


January 2015 Member Spotlight: Cindy Knotts | SE Works

Cindy Knotts - SE WorksI am an effective and enthusiastic professional with over 10 years proven experience developing programs and providing employment training and placement to individuals with multiple barriers.

Currently, I am Vocational Case Manager for the Prisoner Reentry Employment Program (PREP) at SE Works, Inc. where I work with customers whose criminal backgrounds stand in the way of finding living wage employment.

With a degree in Culinary Arts and Nutrition, I spent over 10 years in the restaurant industry then did a 360. I decided to continue my education and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology then dove right in to start working with fragile populations. After working for Mt. Hood Community College as an Economic and Workforce Development Specialist developing and implementing the Jobs program for DHS, I accepted my current position with SE Works, Inc.

The population I work with greatly humbles me. They have wonderful skills that many times go unrecognized. Assisting them in changing their lives and moving forward in career track employment is very rewarding.

SE Works LogoFounded in 1997, SE Works is a registered 501(c)3 not for profit organization with an extensive history of successfully engaging multi-barriered, low income, underserved populations, including: at-risk youth ; unemployed adults; immigrants and refugees; people experiencing disabilities; and people returning from incarceration. We have a strong reputation in the community, among partner organizations and our funders and donors for providing quality employment and education programs and creating an accessible environment that is responsive to our community’s needs and concerns.


Changes in the Works for Colwood Golf Center

As of June 1st, 2014, the 50 acre parcel of the Colwood property – south of the Columbia Slough – was sold to Portland Parks & Recreation for the purpose of preserving the golf property. More information on this ownership change can be found on the Portland Parks website.

Currently the driving range and golf shop are open, and will remain open throughout the year. Golf course construction has been well-underway for the past 5 months and is nearing completion of our major (time sensitive) projects. The greens have been re-constructed and the entire golf course has now been seeded. With the new turf beginning to grow in, we expect to be on target for an April 1st, 2015 opening date. Make sure to like us on Facebook and check back on our new website which will launch in the coming weeks. These outlets will feature periodic updates to the construction process.

Coldwood PlansWe are pleased to announce that our banquet room here at Colwood Golf Center is now available for event reservations. Whether you’re hosting a corporate meeting, retirement party, or even a wedding reception, the Colwood facility can most certainly meet your needs. Please contact our Food & Beverage Director – Colleen Reeves – for reservations.

The Colwood Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a daily basis. We offer daily lunch specials, as well as happy hour 7 days per week from 4pm-7pm. The outdoor patio is a local favorite dining spot during the summer months, providing a peaceful and serene outdoor dining experience. Another new addition to the Colwood Grill is our B2B catering service.

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Government & Economic Affairs AM – January 14

Please join us on January 14th for a presentation on “The Secret of Portland’s Success: An Economic Review” by Christian Kaylor of the Oregon Employment Department.

January 14th | 7:30-9:00am
Adventist Pavilion
Lower Level, Columbia Willamette Room
10000 SE Main St | MAP
Chistian Kaylor presents to East Portland Chamber of Commerce

Christian Kaylor

“The Secret of Portland’s Success: An Economic Review”

Christian Kaylor is a Workforce Economist for the Oregon Employment Department, specializing in the Portland area. He provides data analysis and advice relating to the Portland economy to local businesses, business associations and government agencies to facilitate intelligent decision making.

Before coming to the Employment Department fifteen years ago, Christian worked in various positions in Oregon politics and policy. He has served as Legislative Assistant to the Oregon Senate Minority Whip and Campaign Manager for the Oregon House Minority Leader. A native Oregonian, Christian has a degree in Economics from the University of Oregon.


Introducing the 2015 Board of Directors | “Be Seen in 2015″

EPCC Board of Directors2015 East Portland Chamber Executive Board

President
Holly Moss – The Bookkeeping Company

Vice President
Brent Mason – GoLocalNW, Inc.

Treasurer
Karla Signs – American Cancer Society

Secretary
Adam Lee – Adventist Health

Board of Directors
Stephen Backstrom – US Bank
Sara Fisher – Human Solutions
Sarah Garrison – Garrison Marketing Solutions
Deborah Higa – Community Works Project
Crismon Lewis – Lewis Wellness Solutions
Leslie Newberry – John L. Scott Real Estate
Barbara Niss – Shaklee
Pam Olson – Farmers Insurance


Street Fee Update

Hales and Novick discuss Portland Street FeePolitical insiders and community leaders say dysfunction at Portland City Hall has never been higher. GoLocalPDX spoke with over a dozen former city hall players, current insiders and activists in order to hear their ideas on how to get the Mayor and City Council back on track.

Wednesday night’s announcement by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales that he would refer an advisory vote on the Portland Street Fee to voters in May has left many throwing up their hands in frustration.

The new, new plan is to let voters decide how to fund street maintenance and repair through a range of options including local levies, a gas tax, and more metered parking. The most popular option would then be voted into law by the full City Council, following the May special election. The advisory vote is the fourth city proposal on the issue since May 2014.

A Thursday public hearing at City Hall offered citizens the opportunity to voice their ideas on how to generate roughly $46 million in new revenue, but Hales and Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick offered few details on the plan announced Wednesday.

While many of the night’s 27 speakers expressed their distrust of the City Council, Hales repeatedly told speakers the purpose of the session was to hear suggestions for the street fee, not budget commentary.

“You had the money and you squandered it,” said speaker Betty Sagala, who called the street fee process thus far a “terrible shame.” Click here to read more on GoLocalPDX.com.

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Education AM – Increasing Personal Productivity in Healthy Ways

Please join us on January 7th for a presentation on “Increasing Personal Productivity in Healthy Ways”
by Ursina Teuscher, PhD.

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

Working toward long-term goals is difficult for everybody, because it requires such extensive efforts in delaying gratification. This talk will present practical guidelines and techniques that help you optimize your personal productivity, based on the most recent neuroscience.

You will first learn about advances in neuro-psychology and get insights into how our brains work. We will then discuss ways to apply this knowledge to your own work situation and let it guide your best practices. In particular, we will talk about prioritizing, realistic and sustainable scheduling, increasing focus and concentration, and about the fine art of taking breaks and recharging.

Ursina-Teuscher, PhDUrsina Teuscher has earned her doctoral degree (PhD) in psychology and a professional degree (MS) as a career counselor from the University of Freiburg, Switzerland.

As a decision coach/consultant, she helps individuals and organizations think more creatively and systematically about their decisions, and achieve their goals. One of her specialties is working with small business owners on strategic planning and time management. Ursina’s published research, books and teaching over the last decade have focused on cognitive psychology and neuroscience, decision-making, and coaching techniques. She is currently teaching decision-making and career counseling at Portland State University (PSU), Marylhurst University, and at the Small Business Development Center at Portland Community College (CLIMB PCC).

Ursina Teuscher, PhD
Decision Analysis and Coaching
www.teuscher-counseling.com
ursina@teuscher-counseling.com


 

Street Fund Update

Portland Tribune – January 1, 2015
Commissioner Steve Novick hopes he’s hit the sweet spot with his latest nonresidential street fee proposal – a user fee based on estimated gasoline consumption according to income. “Some people want a user fee, some people want a gas tax, and some people want a progressive income tax. This has elements of all three,” Novick said Monday morning after releasing the revision.

The revised proposal may reduce some of the opposition to the last version of the fee, which included a progressive personal income tax as the residential portion. It was opposed by the Portland Business Alliance. However, after seeing the revised proposal, Sandra McDonough, president and CEO of the PBA, said her organization might go along with it. “This looks like the kind of plan we can support, however, as we’ve said before, the details matter. We will need to look closely at the details as a next step,” said McDonough. “Overall, we are glad to see this move to a fee-based system. We hope this formula will work so we can all move forward with the important goal of fixing streets. We look forward to working with the Mayor and other members of City Council.”

Not all critics were satisfied, however. “It’s pretty clear that what Commissioner Novick is proposing is another income tax,” says local economist Eric Fruits. “It is hard to tell if what Commissioner Novick is an attempt at diversion or reflects deep desperation. Does he really think he can get three votes with this type of shell game?”
And small business owner Ann Sanderson, founder of the grassroots Stop Portland Street Fee, says the group will still try to refer it to the ballot. Sanderson says the last-minute changes show the fee is not ready for prime time.

Public hearing Jan. 8 – The City Council will hold a public hearing on the revised proposal on Jan 8th, with the final vote scheduled for Jan 14th.

“It seems possible that we could pass a user fee in council that would not require a campaign, which would mean that we could get to work much sooner,” Novick said. Under the revised proposal, tax filers in the lowest fifth of the income distribution would pay $3 a month; filers in the second fifth would pay $5 a month; filers in the middle fifth would pay $7.45 a month; filers in the second-highest fifth would pay $9 a month; and filers in the top fifth would pay $12 a month.

“Gasoline use is one proxy for ‘road use,’ and gasoline use varies somewhat by income level,” Novick says. Although similar to a progressive personal income tax, the revised proposal varies in two significant ways from the most recent nonresidential proposal. First, everyone who files taxes will pay something, compared to the approximately 40 percent of Portlanders who would have been exempt. And second, the top rate is only $12 a month compared to $75 a month.

Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales first proposed the street fee in May. It has been revised numerous times since then in response to public criticisms and to win the support of a majority of the council. The nonresidential portion of the fee is unchanged. It is a sliding scale for businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations based in part on gross revenues and number of employees.

Each portion is intended to raise $23 million a year, for a total of $46 million a year. It would be collected by the city Revenue Bureau, which would incur initial start up and ongoing administrative costs. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has drawn up a list of projects to be funded within the first few years of the fee being approved. Many of the safety improvements are in East Portland, including additional sidewalks and new street crossings.
The revised fee would end after the 2020 tax year, unless renewed by the council. Novick says that if the revised measure fails at the council or the ballot box despite the changes, he will campaign for a progressive personal income tax in 2016. Click here to read more.

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Winter Awards Breakfast

533Please join us on December 10th to celebrate the East Portland Chamber of Commerce and East Portland Non-Profit Organizations assisting the hungry and homeless with Awards, Prizes, Delicious Buffet Breakfast and More! Please bring a WRAPPED raffle prize donation.

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

102The East Portland Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize Human Solutions, SnowCap Community Charities, JOIN, PACS, My Father’s House, Crossroads Church 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. Breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, fresh fruit, assorted danishes, coffee, tea and chilled juice. This event is sponsored by Adventist Health.


See you in 2015! January 7th – Education AM with Ursina Teuscher

Please join us on January 7th for a presentation on “Increasing Personal Productivity in Healthy Ways” by Ursina Teuscher, PhD.

January 7th | 7:30-9:00am
CherryWood Village
1417 SE 107th Ave 

543Working toward long-term goals is difficult for everybody, because it requires such extensive efforts in delaying gratification. This talk will present practical guidelines and techniques that help you optimize your personal productivity, based on the most recent neuroscience.
You will first learn about advances in neuro-psychology and get insights into how our brains work. We will then discuss ways to apply this knowledge to your own work situation and let it guide your best practices. In particular, we will talk about prioritizing, realistic and sustainable scheduling, increasing focus and concentration, and about the fine art of taking breaks and recharging.

Ursina Teuscher has earned her doctoral degree (PhD) in psychology and a professional degree (MS) as a career counselor from the University of Freiburg, Switzerland.

As a decision coach/consultant, she helps individuals and organizations think more creatively and systematically about their decisions, and achieve their goals. One of her specialties is working with small business owners on strategic planning and time management. Ursina’s published research, books and teaching over the last decade have focused on cognitive psychology and neuroscience, decision-making, and coaching techniques. She is currently teaching decision-making and career counseling at Portland State University (PSU), Marylhurst University, and at the Small Business Development Center at Portland Community College (CLIMB PCC).

Ursina Teuscher, PhD
Decision Analysis and Coaching
www.teuscher-counseling.com
ursina@teuscher-counseling.com


Street Fund Update

On December 3rd, City Council again debated the proposed Portland Street Fund. As a reminder, this debate was a second ‘First Reading’ of the ordinance to address the inclusion of a 6-year sunset clause. In addition, Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick introduced an amendment to maintain current levels of funding for street maintenance during future budget years. This proposal still isn’t yet in final form; during the Dec 3rd hearing as per The Oregonian article, Commissioner Novick said, “I think we’ll be cooking up another amendment over the next week.” Additional amendments may address business rates for home-based businesses and the progressivity of the personal income tax. Visit www.OurStreetsPDX.com to see the amendments from the 11/20 and 12/3 hearings.

City Council is now tentatively expected to vote on the Portland Street Fund on Wednesday, December 17th.

This delay provides another opportunity for neighborhood businesses and business districts to share their position on the Portland Street Fund.

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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
Register

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! 

JOSÉ MESA AUTO WHOLESALE, LLC
YOUR DISCOUNT AUTO RETAILER SINCE 1992!
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA WWW.JOSEMESA.COM
PHONE/TEXT 503-789-0438  TOLL FREE 877-789-0438  FAX 503-284-2292

NEW·USED·BUY·SELL·LEASE·TRADE·CONSIGN·BROKER·APPRAISE

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!

NEW SAVE THE DATE

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