Foster Area

Be A Part of the Foster Tasting Tour!

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Get ready for the second annual Foster Tasting Tour (formerly the Spirit of Foster Tasting Tour and Pub Crawl, which was far too long and didn’t fit on the posters). Foster members are encouraged to sign up as a tasting stop before the deadline on Sunday, June 18. Home Based Businesses and professional members are … Continued

Cyber Security with Gray Dog Digital

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Allen Rowand, Vice-President of the Foster Area Business Association and owner of Gray Dog Digital gave a talk on Cyber Security Basics at the Portland Mercado on May 9. In addition to the in-person audience, more than 70 people checked in live on Facebook to follow the highlights of the talk. Watch this page for … Continued

Recovering from the Freeze at the January 2017 Meeting

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Due to horrific snow and ice storms, the January 10 board meeting was rescheduled to the 17th and the rescheduled again to the 19th. We kicked off the meeting with a bylaws discussion. Neil from Venture Portland presented our proposed changes. The 2 term limit will become 3 terms and allow the board to vote … Continued

Southeast Portland Stands Together

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THESE ARE OUR VALUES Due to recent events, your local business and neighborhood associations feel it is important to state that: We value DIVERSITY and TOLERANCE. Our community is made of ALL KINDS of people. We have different beliefs and different family structures. We come from all over the world, but we all call Southeast … Continued

Celebrating Success at the December 2016 Board Meeting

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We came together in December on the heels of the 2nd Annual Foster Area Winter Tree Lighting. We had 300 attendees, 50% more than the 200 we hosted last year. We had 8 times as many lights, twice as many gift bags, were mentioned twice by the Foster-Powell blog and had a story the East PDX … Continued

It’s Almost Tree Lighting at the November 2016 Meeting

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Freelancers rep Cathy from Concise Communication kicked off the meeting with an event inspired by that day’s Freelancers’ Happier Hour discussion: a tax talk. “Freelance and home-based business taxes can be complicated, and we have good tax and finance people in our membership. It makes sense to bring us together.” Cathy said. Financial planner Jon Bebe … Continued

Follow Twiggy the Winter Tree!

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Foster’s top topiary will be traveling the district again this year spreading holiday discounts wherever she goes. For one week at a time, starting the day of Tree Lighting, Twiggy the Winter Tree will grace four local businesses with her stylish self. Starting out at the Mercado on Nov. 29, moving to Red Castle Games … Continued

It’s All About Getting Ready at the October 2016 Board Meeting

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We talked a lot about preparations this month on Foster Road. The beginning of the Quarter marked the beginning of our membership campaign, Tree Lighting planning, and annual meeting prep. To kick off the meeting our Treasurer Laura from Steve Turmell Visual Communications  passed around the financial statements for had every board member sign. She decided … Continued

Fostering Business Profile: Steve Turmell Visual Communications

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If you’ve been on Foster lately, you may have seen the colorful and informative Foster Road Map and wondered about the talent behind the artful layout, especially since our street is at a diagonal, a challenge for any design professional. Wonder no more, we are here with an exclusive member profile of local designer Steve … Continued

Fostering Business Profile: Gray Dog Digital

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Gray Dog Digital is run by our newest board member, Allen Rowand. They provide technical support and consulting services for individuals and businesses. They work with computers, networks, data storage and backups, web sites, audio/video media and more. They strive to find creative solutions to their client’s needs, and help them understand and get the … Continued

Pub Crawl and Pilot Project at the June 2016 Meeting

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June’s meeting opened up with some really good news. Heather Hoell from Venture Portland came by to tell us that the East Portland Pilot Project, which we have been participating in for the last year was extended! That means that the staff person, grant money, and special advocacy we’ve benefited from in 2015-16 can continue … Continued

Website and Map at the May 2016 Meeting

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We did the work of 10 business associations at the May meeting! We launched a website, nearly sold-out map advertising space, elected a new board member, had a great Streetscape discussion, and welcomed the new Venture Portland Vice President (guess who?!). Marina Martinez and Ben Batemanfrom Marina Martinez Consulting presented the final website and asked … Continued

May Mixer Recap

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We had an awesome mixer on Thursday, May 12 at 6 PM at the Portland Mercado. Everybody enjoyed a free drink at Barrio, and there was a buffet with food from all the carts, which got a lot of compliments. The biggest hits were the vegan tamales from Mixteca, the chicken caesar salad from Fernando’s … Continued

Fostering Business Profile: The Portland Mercado

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Known on Foster as the driving force behind the Portland Mercado and Micro Mercantes Kitchen, Community Development Corporation, Hacienda is dedicated to strengthening families by providing affordable housing, home-ownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities to the Latino community in Portland.

Website Previews at the April 2016 Meeting

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We got a first look at the new website at the April Foster Area Business Association meeting. Our member Marina Martinez from Marina Martinez Consulting (as well as our staff person) came to the board in Spring of 2015 with a proposal for a new, fully functional website. We applied for a Venture Portland grant … Continued

Midway Business Association is looking for a web designer

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Our sister East-Portland Business Association and fellow East Portland Pilot Project participants, Midway Business Association are looking for a web designer to help them build their new website. Click here to read their RFP A little bit about the Midway Business Association: The Midway Business Association (MBA)’s mission is to promote the economic prosperity of … Continued