2015 EPCC Golf Tournament

Support the voice of East Portland by joining us for our 8th Annual Golf Tournament. Golfers can enjoy a full day of golf on a world class golf course with awesome prizes for the top three teams and challenge winners.

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June 19, 2015
8:00am Registration
8:30am Shotgun Start
Glendoveer Golf Course
14015 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230
$95/Individual | $355/Foursome
$25/Lunch Only

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Good News from the Portland Bureau of Labor Statistics!

Generally good economic news lately!

Preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics employment estimates have the Portland region growing faster than most of the US.  The unemployment rate declined by almost half a percentage point over the last 12 months to 6.4 percent.  We’re seeing a broad based economic recovery with job growth across almost every major sector in 2014.  Multnomah County has been growing by about 10,000 jobs a year over the last four years, a historically strong growth run for the County.

Portland Economic Indicators – January 2015 (pdf)

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Member Hosted AM – February 18th

Deb Thomas with Hood Therapeutic Massage and Mike Devlin with Devlin Properties will be co-hosting a Member Hosted AM on February 18th. Please join us for coffee and breakfast treats and find out more about these chamber businesses.

February 18th | 7:30-9:00am
Hood Therapeutic Massage
2442 SE 101st Ave, Ste 206 | MAP


New Member Showcase | Feb 25th

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 RSVP early!

Feb 25th | 7:30-9:00am (setup 7:00-7:15am)
CherryWood Village | 1417 SE 107th Ave
FREE (size of table depends on number of RSVPs)
Please RSVP by February 23rd


February Member Spotlight:

Kevin R. Minkoff, CPA, PC
Kevin specializes in taxation, computerization and management consulting for small and medium sized businesses.

Kevin Minkoff photo He is a member of the Oregon CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kevin currently serves on the Government and Economic Affairs Committee of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce. Kevin has served on the boards of Snow-CAP, the Troutdale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce. From December 1996 through October 1997, Kevin authored a weekly column in the central California daily newspaper, The Hollister Freelance, on tax and business management issues. More…

Kevin R. Minkoff, CPA, PC
503-252-3988


PGE 2016 Price Increase

On Feb. 12, 2015, Portland General Electric asked the Oregon Public Utility Commission to approve price changes in 2016 to pay for a new power plant when it goes into service next year. This request for a potential overall price increase of 3.7 percent is the first step in a 10-month review process with several opportunities for public input.

Investing in new plants to help meet customer needs
PGE brought two new power plants online to serve our customers in late 2014 – the 267-megawatt Tucannon River Wind Farm near Dayton, Washington and the 220-megawatt natural gas-fired Port Westward Unit 2 facility near Clatskanie, Oregon. These two new generating plants are now helping PGE meet state renewable energy standards while maintaining a reliable supply of affordable power for customers. They were brought into PGE’s prices in January 2015 with an overall, OPUC approved increase in customer prices of about one percent.

Baseload plant will come online in 2016
Now, PGE is in the process of constructing a third new plant near Boardman, Oregon. The 440-megawatt Carty Generating Station will fulfill a different role, providing reliable, efficiently generated baseload power PGE can call on to serve customers under any conditions. Click here to learn more.


Non-Profit Events

Human Solutions | Soar With Us Auction
Saturday, April 11, 2015 | Melody Ballroom
615 SE Alder St | Portland OR 97214
Individual Tickets: $75 ($125 after April 8, 2015)
Table of 10: $600

Human Solutions logo It’s going to be spectacular evening with Hors d’oeuvres, Cocktails, a Fabulous Dinner, Live Music, Dancing, Oral and Silent Auctions.
REGISTER HERE


Ride Connection | Going Places Gala

Going Places Gala
Friday, February 27th | 5:30-8:00 pm
The Oregon Zoo

The night will feature live and silent auctions, cocktail hour, dinner and live music. For more info or to purchase tickets online visit www.rideconnection.org.

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Heather Hoell, Executive Director of Venture Portland

Venture Portland (VP) is the organization that helps the business districts get organized and work together on events, projects and promotions for the district. Only neighborhood business associations in Portland can join Venture Portland. Heather is a Graduate of Willamette University and grew up in Oregon. Before becoming executive director of VP, she worked for a business district in San Francisco, where it saw substantial growth and doubled their income. She also has a background in running political campaigns and is very familiar with working with governing agencies.

VP is the support system for the 50 business districts in PDX, where there are over 19,000 neighborhood businesses – providing half of the jobs in the city.   Nick Fish is the city commissioner appointed to represent small businesses within the city. He was called out of town and was unable to share the stage with Heather.

The East Portland pilot project that is being launched offers opportunity for businesses to interact with their neighborhood business association. Commissioner Fish wanted to know why the business associations in E Portland were having more trouble than those in the central city. One challenge is the geography. Another is that the area has had some disinvestment. The city hasn’t kept up. Also, there has been a migration of poverty into E Portland. So, E Portland needs a different approach than the districts that are more condensed and boutique-y. The city council wanted to do some investment in E Portland. So they did an information focus group meeting, and asked people in E Portland what the city could do for them; if money were no object. They identified four key challenges. 1. Bringing in customers. 2. Engaging more volunteers in business associations. 3. Developing leaders in each districts. 4. Focusing on district identity, and for E Portland as a whole.

Then they asked how to get cash and come up with a program to spend it wisely. The city approved $100,000 for the project over the next 12 months. They worked with VP on the plan, which had to be very clear on how the money would be spent. The focus of spending was narrowed to districts that touch 82nd Ave or I-205. It had to be a business association that already existed and functioned. It couldn’t be part of the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, since those organizations already get city funding. Six business districts were selected: 82nd Ave, Foster, Gateway, Montevilla, East Tabor and Parkrose. VP will hire staff to work for the six districts. They will knock on doors to get more members. They will have some grant moneys, approximately $24K, to give to the E Portland business associations for marketing, events and training. The grant money can be used for revenue generation, district identify and leadership development. Heather and her will be paying more attention to EP. They hope the dollars will have a catalytic impact. Heather wants to work with the chamber and any other groups that want to partner. If the pilot is a success there may be more money in the future.

Points Heather made that helped define Venture Portland:

  • VP helps the districts, not the individual businesses and is funded by the city or Portland.
  • The Chamber can partner with business associations but cannot be a recipient of the grants.
  • How can EPCC help? Membership campaign, business seminars and event sharing.
  • How about a co-membership?  VP is an advocate for business associations during construction.
  • Can VP help with all the City departmental chaos? She gave an example of permitting for events and how she assisted with rebuilding the process. VP also gave feedback about not tearing up streets between turkey and Santa, because it is critical retail time.
  • Funding goes to event, training, networking, education seminar, marketing – banners, website, co-op ads.   Community participation.
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Member Spotlight February 2015: Kevin R. Minkoff, CPA, PC

Kevin specializes in taxation, computerization and management consulting for small and medium sized businesses.

kevin photoHe is a member of the Oregon CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kevin currently serves on the Government and Economic Affairs Committee of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce.  Kevin has served on the boards of Snow-CAP, the Troutdale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce. From December 1996 through October 1997, Kevin authored a weekly column in the central California daily newspaper, The Hollister Freelance, on tax and business management issues.

Kevin was raised in Palo Alto, California, home of Stanford University. He began his career in Los Angeles after graduating with a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Southern California (USC) and moved his practice to Monterey, California in 1990. He relocated to Oregon in 1997.

Kevin regularly presents a series of tax planning and financial management courses for small business owners and managers. Kevin also assists businesses owners with business management and planning, budgeting and forecasting, strategic operations, and streamlining the accounting and reporting process.

Kevin R. Minkoff, CPA, PC
503-252-3988
www.nyobc.com

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Economics Gets Fun – GEAC Meeting: January 14, 2015

When Christian Kaylor, economist from workforce Oregon presents an analysis of economic data, he fascinates the audience with his analytics, passion and an outstanding ability to create colorful stories from the data. He described his job like that of a miner with a pick-axe. He digs and crunches the data and finds sparkly gems to polish and share. Click here to download his presentation.

Christian explained that Portland Metro Area is doing well but there are a few cloudy areas. Overall employment is up to a pre-recession level. 2014 saw the most job growth since 1999. In fact, we are growing faster than the national average.   Looking deeper at the employment data, we learned that downtown Portland has the fastest growth and the highest wages as has been the trend over the past ten years. The area has also seen a strong growth in low wage jobs, but the middle wage job growth has been wimpy.   In the past ten years, there has been a huge loss of jobs paying $50K to $75K.

The wage growth in Portland means that the tax base has grown. The city recently reported that they have a $19 million surplus. (But the headlines all say they need to add a fee for road maintenance.) Gresham and Vancouver have seen a downward trend in wages and have lost tax base.

A few things happened in 2014 that have never happened in our lifetimes. Multnomah County is growing jobs as fast as Washington County and twice the rate of Clackamas or the rest of the state. The good news for Portland’s population growth is that a high percent of the new residents have college degrees and are working age. Thus, a multi-family housing boom in Portland occurred in 2014. Single family homes no longer dominate the permits issued. There were 700 single family home and 4000 apartment permits issued during the year in Portland.

Who has a college degree? New residents in PDX, 46% and new residents in Gresham 19%. The key to raising income levels is attracting an educated workforce. Portland is way ahead of the rest of the region.

Other announcements:

  • Thanks to Oregonians Credit Union for sponsoring the Government and Economic Affairs meetings.
  • The featured business association this month is GABA. They are a busy and successful business district and invited everyone to participate in their events. See their website for details.
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Education AM – February 4

Please join us for an Education AM on February 4th. Shane Voshell, Director of Human Resources at Adventist Health will be presenting.

February 4th | 7:30-9:00am
CherryWood Village
1417 SE 107th Ave | MAP

Adventist Health | Shane Voshell, Director of Human Resources

Shane Voshell, Director of Human Resources at Adventist Health, will be presenting: What You Permit You Promote: Responding to People Challenges.

Adventist HealthYou will learn:

  • The 10 Most Unwanted List
  • Choices you make affect employee performance
  • Managing employee performance

Chamber Happy Hour | Feb 5th

Join us for a casual evening of socializing and networking with chamber members, friends and family. 21 and over only please.

February 5th | 5:30-7:00pm
Old Chicago Pizza Bar
10300 SE Washington St
FREE APPETIZERS!


Attention New Members

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

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.

New Member Orientation
Feb 12th | 11:30am-1:00pm
Fenders Moto Cafe
4336 SE Woodstock Blvd | MAP
Please RSVP


New Member Showcase | Feb 25th

New Member ShowcaseNew 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 RSVP early!

Feb 25th | 7:30-9:00am (setup 7:00-7:15am)
CherryWood Village | 1417 SE 107th Ave
FREE (size of table depends on number of RSVPs)
Please RSVP


Non-Profit Events

Human Solutions | Soar With Us Auction

Saturday, April 11, 2015 | Melody Ballroom
615 SE Alder St | Portland OR 97214
Individual Tickets: $75 ($125 after April 8, 2015)
Table of 10: $600

It’s going to be spectacular evening!
Hors d’oeuvres and Cocktails | Fabulous Dinner
Silent and Live Auctions | Live Music and Dancing!
REGISTER HERE

Ride Connection | Going Places Gala

Going Places Gala
Friday, February 27th | 5:30-8:00 pm
The Oregon Zoo

The night will feature live and silent auctions, cocktail hour, dinner and live music. All proceeds raised at the event will go to serving individuals in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties with accessible, reliable transportation options. For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.rideconnection.org.

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Member Hosted AM – January 28

With NedSpace Gresham now half full of entrepreneurs, we look forward to hosting the EPCC on January 28th. Invite your friends and associates with their own business idea and we can help them launch together.

January 28th | 7:30-9:00am
NedSpace Gresham
17116 NE Sandy Blvd | MAP

NedSpace Gresham is 8,400 square feet of great office space in the hub of east Multnomah County near PDX and freeways for co-working, startups, entrepreneurs and remote workers.

NedSpace GreshamNedSpace Gresham founders Chad and Karen Withrow, and Michael and Sarah Garrison, conceived of and worked with NedSpace to create an East County co-working space to encourage startup companies working and supporting each other’s growth in a shared space.

The Gresham, Oregon startup ecosystem is boiling to the top with incredible companies launching their businesses in the city. NedSpace Gresham helps foster that startup community, culture and attitude of getting work done.

Meet other new, budding entrepreneurs. Learn from each other about how to make business dreams come alive. Be inspired to pursue your dream. Get tools and contacts to help make your business happen. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to live your dream, it’s now!


Chamber Happy Hour | Feb 5th

Join us for a casual evening of socializing and networking with chamber members, friends and family. 21 and over only please.

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


New Member Orientation | Feb 12th

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

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.

New Member Orientation
Feb 12th | 11:30am-1:0pm
Fenders Moto Cafe
4336 SE Woodstock Blvd
Please RSVP


New Member Showcase | Feb 25th

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 RSVP early!

Feb 25th | 7:30-9:00am (setup 7:00-7:15am)
CherryWood Village | 1417 SE 107th Ave
FREE (size of table depends on number of RSVPs)
Please RSVP

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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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