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Regular Meeting – August 11, 2011

Introductions – 41 attended the meeting.


Board Update – Karen Bolin mentioned that the ABA Board meets on the first Thursday at 8am at the office of Schmidt & Yee. Next board meeting is scheduled for September 1, 2011. In September, we will be accepting nominations for the ABA Board elections in October. Also we are looking for an event planner to help with the January 20, 2112. Karen reported that the board voted to purchase note cards, stationery.

Treasurers Report –Tim reported that we have approximately $3500 in the bank account. The ABA has been fortunate to get some pro-bono services – thank you to Eric Squires for purchasing the website and for Carol Cartier of Catatilla Designs for providing her leadership and expertise for the ABA logo and branding identity.

Aloha History – Carol mentioned that we will be preparing for our centennial celebration in January. Ernie Helvogt talked about some of the Aloha history. He has pictures of TV Highway when it was a two-lane road.

Committees Reports

Branding & Marketing Committee (Carol Cartier, chair) – Carol gave an update on the ABA decals that will be for either a storefront or can be used on a vehicle. Carol also mentioned that the first ABA collaboration with the Oregonian ran a couple of weeks ago in the Saturday newspaper. The Oregonian will be running this every couple of months.

Membership Committee (Sonja Lindley, chair) – We are now up to 45 members. Our goal for this year is 60 members. Pickup some ABA info cards and please help recruit.

Community Partnerships (Eric Hearn, chair) – Tim Tank reported that the Aloha Reedville Study group had its first meeting. The group will be meeting around 20 times over the next three years. Eric Squires gave an update on the Aloha Community Library Association. The group now has their board of directors and will be working on obtaining their 501C3 status.

Meeting/Programs (Karen Bolin, chair) –For September, Pat Reser is scheduled to speak. October is to be announced and November’s speaker will be Mike Dahlstrom from Washington County to give an update on the Aloha Reedville study.

Program Speaker

Bruce Chase of Chase Networks talked about small business security and disaster planning. Business should have a plan in place to avoid losses and reduce the impact to your customers. Businesses should develop and implement the plan and test out the plan. Also businesses should develop a business continuity plan as well.

Business Member Focus

Georgia Lampros of Edwards Enterprises was the August Business Member Focus. The Edwards Enterprises is part of the Edwards Center. The Edwards Center works with 350 developmentally delayed individuals in the area. Edwards Enterprises can help businesses with packaging, assembling, bulk mailing and other projects. For September, Beaverton Towing is the business member focus.


Claudia Stewart of Community Newspapers talked about the centennial project that will be in the Beaverton Valley Times this January. She will be selling advertisement to the local businesses.

Sally Fabre reported that Pack with Love (non-profit) will be having hosting their August 20th Backpack drive. For $5 one can sponsor a backpack that goes to a student in the Beaverton School District.

Wally Johnston announced that the Optimist Club of Hillsboro will be sponsoring the Optimist Golf Outing as a fundraiser to support community service projects. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Forest Hill Golf Club. For more info call: 503-357-3347.

Barbara Maynard of the Oregonian announced that they are accepting advertisement for the Oregonian Mixed magazine.

Daryl Welch mentioned the Battle of the Badges Softball Tournament scheduled for Saturday, August 27th from 8am to 6pm at the Hillsboro Stadium Complex. For more info:

Regular Meeting – July 14th, 2011



Board Update – Karen Bolin mentioned that the ABA Board meets on the first Thursday at 8am at the office of Schmidt & Yee. Next board meeting is scheduled for August 4, 2011. Please be sure to check out the ABA website:

Treasurers Report – Tim Tank gave a membership update.. We are at 32 members. The bank account is at $1680 balance. He encouraged the group to become a Facebook fan of the Aloha Business Association!/groups/174320729284193 (Special Note: by the end of the meeting we are now at 36 members.)

Aloha History – Carol Cartier talked about the history of the Aloha post office.

Committees Reports

Branding & Marketing Committee (Carol Cartier) – Carol shared the final logo that was selected. The words: opportunity, village and expertise and passion were words selected to describe our evolving community. The open circle of the logo represents open to new ideas. The community of Aloha started because of the post office. The symbol on the logo represents the long standing historical ties to the Aloha post office.

Community Partnerships (Eric Hearn) – Eric’s committee has met four times now. This committee works with nonprofits and government agencies as well as business partners. The committee will be putting their purpose statement on the ABA website soon. The following are activities that the committee has planned for the future: mentorship program with Aloha High School Seniors, Employer Panel, and Aloha High School Breakfast. The committee is also looking at a fall and spring morning networking event (similar to a chamber coffee connections). The last item planned is some kind of evening of the arts. The next committee meeting is scheduled for August 31st at 8am at Cooper Mountain Presbyterian Church. If you are interested in attending feel free to come check out the committee’s next meeting or contact Eric Hearn.

Meeting/Programs (Karen Bolin) – Karen is working on the August program speaker. For September, Pat Reser is scheduled to speak. For October, Karen is looking at possibly Beaverton Education Foundation.

Program Speaker – Steve Larrance, Former Washington County Commissioner, long time Aloha resident and General Contractor was the July program speaker. Steve talked about the importance of being involved to improve liability and business opportunities with the Aloha-Reedville study. There are also two major developments to be watching: Amberglen and South Hillsboro development areas. Also transportation is a huge issue with traffic coming through Aloha. We need to look at moving non-local trips through the area more efficiently. Steve also talked about the fact that we pay franchise fees but our area doesn’t receive those fees because we are not a city. For more info regarding the study please see:

Business Member Focus – Ralph Horowitz, Corona Photography was the July Business Member Focus. For August, Edwards Enterprise is the business member focus.


Barbara Maynard from the Oregonian along with 2 sales associates is working on an Aloha advertising campaign for the Oregonian Westside that reaches 125,000 readers. The campaign will also incorporate the new ABA logo. For more info please contact Barbara at the Oregonian.

Andrew Stark from Frontier mentioned an upcoming workshop: Tuesday, July 19th, 11am to 2pm – Business Continuity (Emergency Preparedness for Businesses) at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Free seminar with complimentary lunch. For more info or to RSP call Megan Normandin 503-629-2670.

Daryl Welch mentioned the Battle of the Badges Softball Tournament scheduled for Saturday, August 27th from 8am to 6pm at the Hillsboro Stadium Complex. For more info:

Carol Cartier mentioned info about the Cooper Mountain winery – Friday evening Winery Nights from 5pm to 8pm. Enjoy free music with neighbors.


May 12, 2011 – Regular Meeting

Introductions – Brief introductions from those attending the May meeting.

Board Reports – The board met last week.  The board meetings are open. The next board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd at 8am to 9:30am at the Schmidt & Yee office.  The board has been approached by three different groups about an Farmer’s Market in this area and partnerships.   We have a goal of 50 members by the end of 2011.   We also have a website that is still in development (

Committees Reports

Branding/Marketing/Community Beautification – Carol Cartier reported that the committee has been working on the vision, goals and strategy of the ABA with the Aloha High School Marketing students and other committee members.  Some of the visions that have come out of the planning meetings are:  be the marketer for ABA, proactive, leading edge technology, helps merchants to be successful, provide opportunities and education and training, advocacy to be represented in the community, etc.  The committee also talked about a mentorship task force to work with Aloha High School students in the future.  Carol read part of the history about Aloha at the meeting.  She also mentioned that the Aloha Post Office’s 100 year anniversary is coming up on January 8, 2012.  The group might want to be involved in some kind of anniversary celebration.

Membership – Sonja Lindley of US Bank reported that we have 21 members.ABA wants to provide networking, shop and buy local plus offer other member benefits.

Meetings/Programs – HR Annie Consulting will be the program for June.

Community Partnerships – No report.

Program Speaker – Karen O’Keefe of Connect Works was the program speaker.  Karen talked about how business owners have to filter through many marketing options these days.  Need to research who the real true profile of your client:  who are your clients that you work with, who are the influences for your clients, demographics.  Focus your marketing around your ideal client. This will help your filter and reach your clients.  Karen gave an example of a shop owner that her company had worked with and how they defined the customer and then made a 12 month marketing plan to target the ideal customers.

Karen offered a 2 for 1 offer for the ABA (which is two admissions to the Profit Builders Event) until Wednesday 5/18.  Please contact Karen (  or Kathie Nelson ( directly  for a special registration process. .Here is the link to the event information.

Business Member Focus – Mary Charbonneau, InLine Commercial Construction was the May Business Member spotlight.

Doug Zenn of Zenn Associates was selected for the June Business Member spotlight.


Victor Armendariz reported that the Aloha Library Association is working on their Articles of Incorporation.

Aloha-Reedville Study is having an open house for the community on Thursday, June 16th from 4pm to 7pm at Aloha High School.

Barbara Maynard, Oregonian is running another Aloha merchant page in the Saturday Oregonian.  The deadline is coming up.  Contact her at:  The Oregonian will be running these special pages every two months.

Karen Bolin, Edward Jones announced a “Travel, Tea and Tax-Free Investing” workshop scheduled for May 25 at 1:00pm to 3;00pm at the  Hotel deLuxe, 729 SW 15th Avenue, Portland.  RSVP by May 20th to or 773-840-7945.


Community Partnership Committee Update

Aloha Business Association

We realize this time of year is very busy for parents and our schools. Our next meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 29th at Aloha High School in the College and Career Center @ 8 AM. The Thursday, June 16th has been canceled.

During our last meeting we discussed a mission statement for the Community Partnership Committee. The mission statement will be used to guide our efforts including participation in the committee, and activities we sponsor through the ABA. I have included a rough draft of the mission statement for your comments and suggestions. Please take a few minutes today to share your ideas. Thank you for your continued support.

Draft Mission or Vision Statement

It is the mission of the Community Partnership Committee to connect with the Aloha business community through its partners in government, education and non-profit.