SendOutCards New Member Spotlight February 2014

SOC Logo 01Appreciation Marketing is the art of expressing your appreciation, for all that others mean to you. Your business clients, prospects, family, friends, and your networking partners all deserve your gratitude for their business, advice, friendship, and support. Appreciation of others means so much more than your own self-promotion.

SendOutCards provides the best tool to show that appreciation, allowing you to be creative, innovative, and personal when showing gratitude towards others. Celebrate the events in their lives; tell them how much you appreciate them; just notice someone. Karma will return your efforts in your continued success in life. To read my blog on Appreciation Marketing, go to www.JimTeasley.com, where you can also read my 3 years of previous helpful postings.

As a marketing tool or as a profession that provides residual income for life, SendOutCards is a course in personal development disguised as a business. Open a gift account today and send 3 cards for free at www.SOC4Now.com. Take the Gratitude Challenge and express your appreciation to someone. Who is waiting to hear from you?

For more information, contact:

Jim Teasley
360-314-8691
Jim@SOC4Now.com
www.JimTeasley.com (blog)
www.SOC4Now.com (Send 3 cards for free)

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Oregonians Credit Union December 2013 New Member Spotlight

Oregonians Holiday Card #1Thank you East Portland Chamber for choosing Oregonians Credit Union for the December Spotlite.  The chamber has been a great place to meet some terrific  business owners and managers.

Oregonians Credit Union has been serving businesses and consumers in Oregon since 1935. The credit union offers “banking” services to employees of Oregon companies and members of area chambers of commerce. We specialize in the best loan rates for autos, homes, credit cards and commercial properties.  We focus on getting to know our members and giving back to the communities we serve.

OFCU has six branches around the Portland Metro area and one in Prineville.  Our members have access to more than 28,000 free ATMs through a shared credit union network.  You can deposit checks using your cell phone and pay all your bills online.   We are LOCAL, SAFE and SOUND.

For more information about our services contact Char Shinn, VP of Business and Community Development, at 503-833-5177, chars@ofcu.com or check out our website www.oregonianscu.com

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Several Tax Issues Introduced for 2014 Session

Oregon State Legislature

Legislative Committee hearings last week provided a glimpse into a number of bills that will be introduced during the 2014 Short Legislative Session. In particular, both the House and Senate Revenue Committees saw the introduction of several bill concepts that could potentially impact Oregon taxes, but many could also be classified as “housekeeping” measures.

Bills to watch out for are those that will impact Oregon’s tax competitiveness or would alter the “Grand Bargain” legislation on PERS and taxes that were passed in last year’s special session. Here’s some of what will be introduced:

Two bills will offer technical changes to the “Grand Bargain” tax legislation that lowered the senior medical tax deduction, increased the cigarette tax, and lowered taxes for small businesses. HB 4004 and SB 1534 are identical bills that appear to more closely conform parts of the tax legislation to existing federal law. This legislation appears to include simple technical fixes.

SB 1533 directs the Legislative Revenue Officer to conduct a study of local government taxation of telecommunication service providers and propose a system that taxes competitors uniformly and is acceptable to local governments. The report will be due on October 1, 2014.

HB 4003 is the annual bill that re-connects Oregon’s tax code to the federal tax code.

HB 4005 establishes an income tax credit for manufacturing facilities that make capital investments. Also known as the Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit, HB 4005 puts the Oregon Business Development Department in charge of certifying the credit.

Oregon Legislature Short Session will be February 3 – March 9

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New Member Showcase

Please join us on Wednesday, January 29th for our New Member Showcase. New members (and a few old ones) will be showcasing their products and servies. Coffee, pastries and fruit will be served.

New Member Showcase
January 29th | 7:30-9:00am
CherryWood Village
1416 SE 107th Ave | MAP

Members Confirmed:

Addies Travel logo

Exp Solutions logo

MSF logo

Premiere Property logo

Southwick Specialty Advertising

Shaklee logo


New Member Orientation | Jan 23rd

Nine new members attended the New Member Orientation held at Old Chicago Pizza on January 23rd. Old Chicago served the chamber complimentary appetizers and beverages. Thank you Old Chicago and Welcome new members!

From left: Dennis Adair-D&H Hard Surface, Andrea & Randy Nutt-Kinton Accounting, Michelle Rogers-Earth Friendly Medicine, William Keller-William Keller CPA, Genevieve Handloser-CenturyLink, Bryan Nesmith-New York Life, Cheri Calvert-CheriCalvert.com Design, and Karen Moore-Mortgage Financial Solutions.


New Member Showcase | Jan 29th

Members who have joined the chamber in the last six months are invited to host a table in the East Portland Chamber of Commerce New Member Showcase on January 29th. 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 get your RSVP in early – no cost to attend!

Date: January 29, 2014
Place: CherryWood Village, 1417 SE 107th Ave
Time: 7:30-9:00am (setup 7:00-7:15am)
RSVP – A Few Spaces are still available

What to Bring: Signage, business cards, marketing materials, coupons, displays, samples, treats, etc. We also encourage you bring a raffle prize and a basket to collect business cards.


Glisan Commons

Glisan Commons Grand Opening

Please join us in celebrating three big milestones for Glisan Commons! It’s a Grand Opening for Human Solutions and as residents settle into their new homes, Ride Connection grabs a paintbrush to ready their new office space and REACH CDC grabs a shovel to break ground on their new housing project.

Remarks by Commissioner Dan Saltzman
Building Tours | Light Refreshments | Entertainment
555 NE 100th Ave
Thursday, February 13th
10:30am to 12:00pm
Parking available at the Elks Lodge: 711 NE 100th Ave

Glisan Commons is an innovative mixed-use project located in the Gateway neighborhood. Phase I of Glisan Commons features five stories and 67 units of affordable housing built by Human Solutions, as well as ground floor commercial space for Ride Connection, a non-profit dedicated to providing accessible transportation options. Today REACH CDC breaks ground on Phase II of Glisan Commons: a 60-unit building offering affordable options for senior citizens. rsvp@humansolutions.org

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Adventist Medical Center among the Top 5% in the Nation for Clinical Excellence

Despite the fact that every hospital aims to provide the highest quality care to every patient, only some manage to achieve superior performance across many common treatments. The 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence places Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for consistently demonstrating safe and effective clinical care.

The distinction represents research gathered by Healthgrades, an independent organization who evaluated over 4,500 hospitals across the nation for 31 procedures and conditions. Data shows that if all hospitals performed with the same level of quality as AMC, (between 2010-2012), more than 156,000 patients might have been saved in America.

“Our mission calls us to excellence and it is our privilege to provide patients with the best possible care each and every day,” states Tom Russell, President and CEO of Adventist Medical Center. “Our quality outcomes are the result of physicians, nurses and an entire team who are committed to deliver the right care at the right time to every patient. Excellence is embedded in our culture. It is continuous, collaborative and measurable,” continues Russell.

Conditions and procedures evaluated for award eligibility include Cardiac Surgery, Stroke, Joint Replacement, Spine Surgery and Gastrointestinal care. Healthgrades reviewed and analyzed approximately 40 million Medicare patient records to determine mortality and complications in hospitals. Their methodology weighted the inherent risks of age, gender and preexisting conditions.

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Member Hosted AM

NW Enforcement logo

Please join us on Wednesday, January 22nd for a Member Hosted AM at Northwest Enforcement. Coffee and breakfast goodies will be served.

Member Hosted AM
Northwest Enforcement
January 22nd | 7:30-9:00am
17116 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97230

Northwest Enforcement provides armed and unarmed, on-site, and patrol security services and state certified security training in Oregon & Washington. Safe. Sound. SECURITY.

Northwest Enforcement is a leader in providing reliable on-site and patrol security and state-certified security training to individuals and businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest. We pride ourselves on our personal customer service, preventative action and attention to detail.


New Member Orientation | Jan 23rd

EPCC rose logo

If you have joined the chamber in the last six months and have not attended a New Member Orientation – this is the event you’ve been waiting for! Please join us to learn about your member benefits, your online profile, volunteer opportunities and more!

New Member Orientation
January 23rd | 11:30-1:00pm
Old Chicago Pizza
10300 SE Washington St | MAP
Please RSVP: info@eastportlandchamber.com


New Member Showcase | Jan 29th

Members who have joined the chamber in the last six months are invited to host a table in the East Portland Chamber of Commerce New Member Showcase on January 29th. 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 get your RSVP in early – no cost to attend!

Date: January 29, 2014
Place: CherryWood Village, 1417 SE 107th Ave
Time: 7:30-9:00am (setup 7:00-7:15am)
RSVP – Space is limited!

What to Bring: Signage, business cards, marketing materials, coupons, displays, samples, treats, etc. We also encourage you bring a raffle prize and a basket to collect business cards.


Glisan Commons

Glisan Commons Grand Opening

Please join us in celebrating three big milestones for Glisan Commons! It’s a Grand Opening for Human Solutions and as residents settle into their new homes, Ride Connection grabs a paintbrush to ready their new office space and REACH CDC grabs a shovel to break ground on their new housing project.

Remarks by Commissioner Dan Saltzman
Building Tours | Light Refreshments | Entertainment
555 NE 100th Ave
Thursday, February 13th
10:30am to 12:00pm
Parking available at the Elks Lodge: 711 NE 100th Ave

Glisan Commons is an innovative mixed-use project located in the Gateway neighborhood. Phase I of Glisan Commons features five stories and 67 units of affordable housing built by Human Solutions, as well as ground floor commercial space for Ride Connection, a non-profit dedicated to providing accessible transportation options. Today REACH CDC breaks ground on Phase II of Glisan Commons: a 60-unit building offering affordable options for senior citizens. rsvp@humansolutions.org

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Adventist Health Named Among America’s Healthiest 100 Workplaces

Adventist Health is the only health system in Portland to be named among the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America. The announcement was made today by Healthiest Employers, a leader in employee health analytics, best practices and benchmark data. Adventist Health was ranked the twelfth healthiest company in the nation due to remarkable and sustainable success through a broad range of corporate wellness programs and employee wellness initiatives.

Adventist Health attained this recognition as the culmination of a year-long, highly selective two-stage assessment process spanning the United States to include companies of all sizes from all regions and industries.

“A focus on wellness defined by treating the mind, body and spirit has been the foundation of our mission at Adventist Health for more than a century,” states Tom Russell, President and CEO of Adventist Medical Center. The process begins with employees actively participating in an integrated corporate wellness program known as LivingWell. “Our employees understand that healthy caregivers provide better care to patients,” continues Russell. The organization believes that providing employees tools for their wellness journey, enables them to pay it forward by creating healthy communities. Adventist Health is ranked number 12 in the nation among the 100 healthiest workplaces.

The national award recognizes employers who have comprehensively incorporated the most effective employee wellness programs and practices. The Healthiest 100 have successfully implemented practical, effective and continuously improving corporate wellness strategies for creating a sustainably healthy workplace.

Rod Reasen II, President of Healthiest Employers, notes that “This highly selective award recognizes employers who demonstrate exceptional leadership in using wellness as a strategy to drive workplace productivity, employee health, and community wellbeing. As these employers demonstrate, every organization has a path to the Healthiest 100, regardless of size, industry or geography.”

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Ted Gilbert Addresses Chamber

January 15, 2014 – 7:30 am

Adventist Hospital Pavilion

The meeting was opened by the charming and witty, bean-counting board member, Kevin Minkoff at 7:45 am.  Everyone in attendance was asked to introduce themselves and share a way in which their company helps people.   Kevin introduced Ted Gilbert of the Gateway Advisory Committee to present the status of his vision and the projects around the Gateway area of East Portland.

Mr. Gilbert is the chairman and founder of Host Development, Inc.  He has spent several decades investing in commercial real estate and helping districts in Portland rejuvenate and reach greater prosperity.  Ted Gilbert grew up in Portland and has an enormous passion for economic development in Gateway.  Gateway was designated by Portland as an Urban Renewal District, and over the past 16 years he has watched the infrastructure develop and usage grow.  Gateway is a great location for a regional center.  It has 3 light rails, 2 freeways and all the right zoning for additional growth.  Due to the urban growth boundaries of Portland, we have to look at internal growth and redevelopment.  It makes great sense to focus on the area that is near transportation hubs, not to mention great views of Mt Hood.

In his 16 year journey, Ted has not seen Gateway come near its potential.  However, the area is rich in healthcare, with the New Parkrose Medical Center, the new Kaiser and the Oregon Clinic.  There is a bright spot in the housing front.  Multifamily housing has been and continues to be constructed.  Apartment buildings are going through rehab and The Rose is completed.  Urban renewal projects are funded for 20 years.  The mission is to create an area where the new business and residents pay enough taxes to pay back the bonds and can continue to expand.   Gateway is past the midway point in the 20 year timeline and not enough has been completed.  Much of the housing is low income rental and will not generate the tax base expected.  An example of a very successful URD is the Pearl.

Ted pointed out that the city cannot be blamed for the lack of progress.  Much of the reluctance to invest is from the developers themselves.  The developers have not built because they are not convinced that they can collect enough rents to make good profits.   He suggests that the area needs a major rebranding as a regional center.  The area has much affordable housing, as well as an aging population with high discretionary income and a strong school district.

Gateway green is an 8 year old project to bring in more parks and green space.  The 38 acres that formerly held the Rocky Butte prison is perfectly suited for a world class venue for bike sports.  It could host international bicycle competition.  ODOT owns the property and is willing to grant it to the city of Portland if they come up with the clean-up funds.  The vision for the space includes Green innovation such as energy driven lighting and a children’s nature play area.  There are several groups in the area assisting with the East Portland Action Plan such as GABA, and neighborhood associations.  Some crowd funding has been done to keep the projects going.

The Gateway area has so many opportunities, but comes with a number of challenges.  The city has revised the structure of their urban renewal leaders and no longer has a committee specifically focused on Lentz and Gateway.  There are neighborhood associations that appose large development such as a baseball park.

This was a quality GEAC meeting and we appreciate the passion of Ted Gilbert. Participants asked to support his continued efforts in bringing business and development to East Portland.

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After Hours Holiday Party @ The Bookkeeping Company | Dec 17th

Please join the ladies of The Bookkeeping Company for a Holiday Open House with Wassail, Wine and White Chocolate! This night will be filled with FUN, laughter, food, drink and networking. Please invite your friends, family and coworkers.

HOLIDAY PARTY
December 17th | 5:00-7:00pm
The Bookkeeping Company
8931 SE Foster Rd, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97266 | MAP
Please RSVP: info@eastportlandchamber.com


Volunteer for Human Solution’s Holiday Store | Dec 19th-21st

Human Solutions logo

The Human Solutions Holiday Store is a wonderful program that allows transitioning homeless or very low-income families to shop for free gifts of brand new toys, clothing, books, household items and more for their children during the Holidays. Many of the families who are participating in this program are just transitioning from Homelessness, which means they have little to nothing in their new home. In addition to the items requested below we also need volunteers. The families are extremely grateful for this opportunity, so this can be a really rewarding experience for volunteers. Click here for dates and volunteer information or contact Rick Franklin to sign up for a volunteer shift.

Top 6 Requested Items:

  1. Warm Winter Jackets – ages 0-17
  2. NEW Little Boy Underwear – ages 5-10
  3. Blankets & Pillows
  4. Kitchen Items – Silverware, dishes, pots and pans
  5. Bathroom Towels and Washcloths
  6. Warm Pajamas – ages 0-17

**Please deliver all donations by Wednesday, December 18th between noon to 5:00pm to 9030 NE Glisan Street (basement of Eastside Church of Christ). Thank you!

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New Product – Graphics Commander

I’m happy to be able to announce that Search Commander Inc. has launched a new product, that I’ve geared towards the small business owner or Web developer who is not a graphics expert.

It’s called Graphics Commander, and it’s so easy-to-use that even a child could do it.

No Photoshop or other complicated software is required. No experience is necessary. You simply choose the size, add some of out 1000+ included pieces of artwork, and then edit your text to customize. You can even upload your own logo or other artwork.

It’s pretty revolutionary! You can change colors, change sizes, drag-and-drop components of the artwork, etc. to get just what you wanted and then download your creation.

We’ve also included over 200 different Facebook templates, allowing you to instantly create a professional design without the need to hire a graphic artist.

Here’s a quick look at how it works:

I’ve created a 24-hour free trial of the software, and if you like it, the cost is less than three dollars per month with a one year Paypal Subscription. I do hope you’ll give it a try, leave me some feedback, and have a safe and joyous holiday season!

Grab it now!
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