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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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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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

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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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Member Hosted AM – Kevin R. Minkoff, CPA

Please join the Chamber on April 30th for an exciting morning with Kevin R. Minkoff, CPA.

Member Hosted AM
April 30th | 7:30-9:00am
Kevin R. Minkoff, CPA
11618 NE Halsey St | MAP

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

He is a member of the Oregon CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kevin currently serves on the board and Finance Committee of SE Works. 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 financial management courses for small business owners and managers. Kevin also assists businesses owners with business planning, financial budgeting and forecasting, strategic operations, and integrative management processes.


Chamber Happy Hour | May 1st

Join us for a casual night of networking and just plain fun! Friends, employees, coworkers and family welcome.

May 1st | 5:30-7:30pm
Old Chicago Pizza
10300 SE Washington St


East County Startup Showdown

Ready to Start the Business of Your Dreams?

Then bring your dream and yourself to the East County Startup Showdown at NedSpace Gresham on Friday, May 16th. You’ll meet other new, budding entrepreneurs, form teams, do research, plan out your business and then pitch your business to a panel of judges on Saturday night. It will be 28 hours of the most intense work and fun you’ve ever had! So if you’ve been waiting for the right time to live your dream, it’s now.

NedSpace Gresham
17116 NE Sandy Blvd | Portland, OR 97230
Friday, May 16th, 5:00pm to Saturday, May 17th, 8:00pm

Register online and purchase your ticket for $35 or call Karen Withrow at 503-380-0200 if you need help. Limit is 35.

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7 Adventist Health Medical Group Clinics Honored

Seven Adventist Health Medical Group (AHMG) clinics in Portland are being honored by the Oregon Health Authority for achieving the highest level of Patient Centered Primary Care Home in the state.  It is Adventist Health’s purpose to continue to grow medical services in the Portland metropolitan area that focus on enhancing wellness and improving the health of the communities served. For more information, please download the press release: Adventist Medical Center – Patient-Centered Primary Care Home

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Adventist Health Leader in Care of Stroke Patients

Adventist Medical Center has again been recognized as a leader in the care of stroke patients and is a recipient of the 2014 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Please download press release for more info: Adventist Medical Center – A Leader in Stroke Care.

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Bright Light Graphics April 2014 Member Spotlight

lieve maas photoBright Light Graphics – Illuminating Graphic Design
Lieve [“Leeva”] Maas, owner of Bright Light Graphics is a transplant from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She moved for love to the USA in 2006, and is grateful that Portland OR has become her new home because of it.

Lieve has had a “thing for art” since forever, and has a Master’s Degree in fine arts, along with a Master’s Degree in Education. She is skilled at capturing the essence of a business or a book in visually appealing images.

“We all want to be seen, to stand out and to be remembered. As business owners we certainly do. The question is, how to be seen amongst everybody else?”

Bright Light Graphics helps authorpreneurs, coaches and business owners to be seen, to stand out and to be remembered by expressing their core essence through branding, book design, logo and web design.

Bright Light Graphics logoBright Light Graphics
ILLUMINATING GRAPHIC DESIGN
www.brightlightgraphics.com
503.501.6031

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