November Zoom Meeting

ABA Monthly Zoom Meeting – November 12, 2020

In Attendance: 11

Called to Order: 11:40 AM

  1. Question:  How are you planning to approach your year end for your business and how will you manage the 2 week pause?
    1. *S. Reid – Agape Community Insurance – All we can do is today, trying to make the best out of today.  Had a friend lose both parents from Covid, it reminds her to cherish what she has today and to make the most of it. Wants to see loved ones as much as possible and give back as much as possible.  
    2. *A. Stone – AHS Liaison – Going to “ride it out” no real plan, just have to roll with whatever the next month and a half bring.  Just trying to keep it positive.  
    3. K. Harris – WCSO – trying to enjoy forced slow down which is a challenge and find a new groove.  Work will be focused for next month on Shop with a Cop and potential Tree Lighting.  Looking for bridging and giving opportunities, seeing lots of desire to give and find ways to contribute.  
    4. Lt. J. Wheaton- WCSO – working on long term plans for how to safely proceed with jobs accounting for day to day new rules from OSHA.  
    5. MK – Agape Community Insurance – stay safe and healthy so he doesn’t threaten plans for 2021.  Keeping things simple.  Wellness and safety.  
    6. K. Ramsay – ACFM – Stay safe and healthy, continuing to plan for the 2021 market.  Worst case it’s similar to this year.  Trying to plan for that.  
    7. S. Quick – SQ Merchant Services – Brought on an intern to do IT, working on teaching him.  Board President with West Linn Chamber and working on communication and revenue drive for them.  4 times a day sets aside time to keep his mental state in check, and do self care.  Optimistic at a business level.  Not all doom and gloom.
    8. K. Bolin – Edward Jones – Blessed to be able to work from home.  Calls 5-10 clients a day, (some calls are more counselling than financial advising) Plans to continue to communicate with people on a personal basis.  Only makes calls on positive days, allows herself breaks
    9. *S. Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – Plans to smoke a turkey again this year, sit back and stay sane with two kids under 5.  
    10. K. Larmanger – Atlantis Caregiving – Some business loss, some requests from hospitals to take on Covid patients (in home care to seniors and disabled), lost some employees due to their catching Covid (regardless of where it was caught)  Got loan forgiveness for PPE this week!  This is helpful because they were having to pay out of pocket.  (Business Recovery Center can provide free PPE) Interviewing to be able to open a school to train nurse caregivers.  

*Denotes ABA Board Members

  1. AHS Christmas Tree Lighting?  
    1. Looking at the option of getting a fake (or real) Xmas Tree that could be placed on top of the ACFM Farmers Market! 
      1. S. Quick can possibly find a tree to donate!  (Frog Pond Farm and Christmas Mountain are clients who may be willing to donate)
    2. Drive up event?
    3. Donations – Food (Aloha Church of God, Westside Food Brigade), Toys for Tots?
  2. ABA Board News
    1. ABA Board Elections – we have decided as a Board to commit to serving on the board until Phase 2 or next years election time
      1. K. Bolin moves that we postpone 2021 Board Elections a year based on recommendations of ABA Board 
        1. Seconded by MK
        2. Motion passed by all in attendance
    2. Treasurer’s report – $1260 in bank
      1. Exec Sec has been paid for October
      2. S. Reid is submitting an invoice for Facebook ads she has paid for
      3. S. Reid is submitting an invoice for website change over she paid for
      4. In past ABA has donated to Shop With a Cop, we want to continue, K. Harris will let us know how to do this
      5. Considering a banner to thank our community for shopping local Aloha. Create and hang banner at old Thriftway site (needs to hear from Ryan (property manager) about this) 
    3. Membership Report
      1. 49 Current Members
      2. 40 paid in 2020
      3. 9 due between November and December
  3. Hyva Good Shirt Campaign
    1.  An email is being sent out by an intern at Hyva who is working with them on the Good Shirt campaign.  The email has been updated and should continue to go out to ABA members and local business owners
    2. If you visit our website you can order shirts or sign up as a business to promote or sell the t-shirts. Also signup if you need financial relief.
    3. If you do not want to pay shipping, you can come to Sally’s office to purchase them from her
  4. S. Reid was interviewed by KLOVE about what ABA does for our community, no link is available, however part of it Sally caught as a live feed on Facebook and you can listen there on the ABA page. 
  5. Washington County Small Business Grant round 4 ends tomorrow.  Link is on our facebook as well as their website
  6. Ponderosa Meats is closing!  Age and condition of building led to this decision.  Landlord is planning to tear down the building and put in an RV lot.  Ponderosa Meats may open again somewhere else.  Owner still owns Nonna Emilia’s.  
  7. How can we help our community have some joy between now and the end of the year?
    1. Christmas Tree Lighting potential?  
      1. Drive Thru event at Bales Thriftway parking lot?  AHS Parking Lot?  Mt View Champions Park 
      2. Halloween celebration worked out at THPRD facility recently – this was positively received 
      3. Traffic implications are to be considered
    2. How can we try to promote local businesses? 
      1. Discounts at local businesses?
      2. 12 days of Businesses?  Can we get 12 members to participate in some way?  Baskin Robbins?  McDonalds?  Godfathers?  
      3. Let S. Reid know if you have ideas and we will look at working on it at the next board meeting
        1. A. Stone willing to help 
  8. www.businessrecoverycenters.org 
  9. WCSO –
    1. Covid Community Cares program, anyone who lives in Washington County qualifies for free counselling sessions.  
      1. https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/CommunicableDiseases/COVID-19/mental-health-matters.cfm    
    2. Staff Qualifications have changed and they are looking at how to accommodate COVID which will change some of how they work within our community
      1. https://osha.oregon.gov/news/Pages/default.aspx 
    3. Remind businesses to check brick and mortar often
    4. Internet Safety program for kids coming up December 10th
    5. Seeing increase in fraud (internet based as well as lifted phone numbers)
      1. ENGLISH: ReportFraud.ftc.gov    
      2. SPANISH: ReporteFraude.ftc.gov
  10. Agape Community Insurance is hosting a Blanket Drive in partnership with WAYFM beginning 11/1 through 1/31/2021. They are a drop off site for keeping the homeless in the Portland area warm this winter.  

Adjourned 12:25 PM / Next Zoom meeting December 10th at 11:30 AM

Post Meeting discussion on Holiday Celebrations/Tree Lighting:

  1. Logistics need to include presence to collect donations if collected
  2. Avg attendance at previous tree lighting was 300+ 
  3. Further discussions for 12 Days of Giving ideas
    1. Donations to food banks?  
    2. K. Harris to look at the list of services provided through the county and where we can direct services targeted to Aloha who have needs.  
  4. K. Bolin would love to participate and will try to call Ryan