August 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

August ABA Member Monthly Meeting

Called to Order: 11:30

  • In Attendance: 14
    • D. Palm – Washington County Chamber – 503-473-4486
    • *S. Reid – Agape Human Services – Sold Agape Community Insurance, reorganizing into Agape Human Services, wants to get more involved in consulting and coaching / working in the Mental Health Arena
    • J. Bond – Permapost Products Company & Chair of Washington County Chamber of Commerce
    • K. Harris – WCSO – Zoom townhall next week, Beaverton Creek housing Camp questions addressed.  Good partnership with Aloha Inn is aiding the county and community, but if there are concerns, please do keep reporting them and sharing them.  If they don’t get reported we don’t know.  Check your outdoor lighting at your brick and mortar businesses.  Make sure that everything is set up safely for you and your employees.  Wonderful local park opening.  
    • AJ Bustamante – Ooma Office | Business Internet and Voice Solutions –  Good Neighbor Project 2021.
      • Goal is to raise $5000 to support the Good Neighbor Project.  Supporting even more needs than ever before.  
    • K. Ramsay – ACFM – Too hot for the market today.  
      • Remember that the ABA Provides a tent and weights and you need to use it.  
        • If you hand out items or giveaways please make sure they do not conflict or compete with vendors.  
        • Check with ABA and ACFM Market Manager.  
        • Check Info Booth before setting up.  
        • Please do not break down the booth before 7pm bell rings.  
        • Remember to interact with visitors to the Market.  
      • 750 in attendance was a high water mark.  Numbers are climbing.  
      • Projected to surpass $100,000 in sales!  
      • Washington County Vaccine Clinic gives out Covid shots at the ACFM, around 30 a week but they are the most successful one in the area.  
        • Giving out $50 in Market tokens for each shot!  
      • This supports the ultimate in “local small business”.  We are growing, please keep visiting us!  
      • USDA Organic Certification is difficult to achieve despite our farmers being organic.  
    • K. & J. Osborne – Westside Food Brigade – 
      • Figuring out how to adjust back to the Mask Mandate.  
      • Grocery Outlet Tanasbourne donated $16,700 (less than last year, but still grateful)
      • Albertsons – now Safeway made a $5000 donation at the Grand Opening!!  Still serve 140-180 families a week.  
      • Just want to make a difference in someone’s day.
    • MK – Agape Community Insurance – Safeway Ribbon Cutting was a great event, Safeway did a great job.  Wondering if complex signs will need to be upgraded since Safeway looks so good.  
    • S. Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – 
    • R. Harris – Harris Velazquez Gibbens, Attorneys
    • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church / Westside Cruisers – 
      • Still hopeful that Westside Cruisers can rejoin next year.  
      • Shout out to Kody, Kody sent out Washington County Sheriff office to help support local neighborhood potluck party.  
    • K. Bolin – Edward Jones

*2021 ABA Board Member

  • Video – Ernie Johnson – “Get to” Job vs “Got to” Job  – Be a better human, see the value in everyone
  • Washington County Chamber of Commerce
    • Deanna Palm – Washington County Chamber of Commerce 
      • Introducing Jayne Bond – Chair of Washington County Chamber of Commerce
      • Rob Harris – Chair Elect for 2022
    • Jayne Bond 
      • 2020 Businesses dealing with smoke, hornets, Covid
      • Local Chambers got together in Washington County and began discussions on merging, as they had seen done in many other areas.  
      • Metro Ballot Measure (Transportation Package) was coming up and Chambers were not being consulted
      • Wanted a way to represent businesses in a unified voice in County, Metro, Statewide discussions
      • Work was ongoing into May 2021
      • Focus on businesses in unincorporated areas that needed advocacy on a larger scale
      • Survey done to determine name change
      • County representation 
      • Felt they could hire a full time Government Advocate if they gathered to form the Washington County Chamber
        • Needed someone with ears to the pulse
        • Zach Lindahl, hired August 2021 as Government Advocate.  Learning about the local community and political scene, what we care about.  Came from the restaurant industry.  (Can connect through Deanna Palm)
      • Rent moratorium was putting landlords in a difficult situation
        • Able to gather businesses, landlords and discuss ways to help all sides on a county level
      • Legislative seminar usually closes session and speaks with Chambers
        • This year had 8 legislatures and 80 members at the Zoom meeting.  
        • Valuable to have interests heard
      • Want local Chambers to thrive and provide a county wide/ statewide voice
      • Want a more diverse representation of businesses in area
        • Including unincorporated
    • Rob Harris
      • Started discussions in September 2020 with all local Chambers.  
      • Concerns sinking in as Covid was getting started.  
      • Look at ways to expand coverage
      • No one was there from Aloha, Bethany, Gales Creek, etc on initial discussions
        • Wanted to increase that presence and voice
      • Wanted to expand Chamber to include all of Washington County
        • Connected
        • Vitally important to work together
      • Predominant participants in Zoom discussions like this are local small businesses.  Local major businesses already have a prominent voice.
      • This expansion will give communities someone who can represent them, answer a phone call or a question.  
      • Change of name from Hillsboro Chamber is a change of focus to care for all of Washington County, not just Hillsboro.  Need to convince everyone in the county that this expansion is good for everyone.  
      • Not without mistakes, but learning from them
        • Acting in good faith
        • They know that this will take a few years and are prepared for this!
    • Aloha has not been heard for too long.  These businesses are our livelihood, we all have different objectives and having a collective voice helps us be heard.  
    • Wants to increase and enhance Latinx voice in area
    • Here to be an advocate for all businesses in community
    • Zach Lindahl – Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce – Director of Public Policy & Government Relations – P: 503-726-2155 – CP: 360-931-9944 – zachl@hillchamber.org
    • Check YouTube for Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Seminars
    • Hopeful that the Statewide Mandate on Masks helps to diffuse the aggression to small businesses when they can say “I am just the messenger”
  • Good Neighbor Project 2021 – August 29th 
  • Washington County recognized ABA recently as a Chamber and sent a $500 check which is being used to keep the ABA and its website operational. 
  • Balance of just over $2000 in bank, but Sally still needs to be reimbursed for payments she has made.  
    • ABA budget is in good standing
  • There is talk of potential Farmington Road improvements coming up, survey crews have been seen. Sally submitted a letter of support from the ABA for the grant that Washington County is working on for lighting, sidewalks, bike lanes, etc. for Farmington Road.
  • Sally had proposed holding a Town Hall in September to discuss Trauma (Covid related).  Wants to invite Washington County Mental Health advocates, and Sheriff Pat Garrett.  Hopeful to do this in person but with Covid ramping up, this will most probably be delayed.
  • The ABA will vote in November for new ABA Board Members.  Please send in your nominations for new Board Members.  We hope to elect 3 new people for 2022
  • Washington County Chamber of Commerce invites you to join their in person networking event “Wake Up Hillsboro” every Friday at 8am in the Chamber parking lot.  https://hillsborochamberor.com/events/ 
  • We should begin to discuss the possibility for an Aloha Tree Lighting this year.  

Adjourned 12:45 PM

Next Zoom meeting is scheduled for September 9th.