May 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

ABA Monthly Members Meeting May 2021

Called to Order: 11:40

In Attendance:  17

Introductions / What are your fears for you and/or your business?  

  • Sally Reid – Agape Human Services – In Oceanside, watching the ocean and beach fog brought to mind discussions on fog and fear of Covid and wants to talk as a group about how we can operate through the fear.  Can we address what we can do to help each other get through fear?
    • Fear – getting ready to launch her new business, plans to use Youtube as her platform but has fears of why people would tune into her.  Feels we don’t honor mature senior adults despite having years of wisdom to share.  Needs to stop worrying she doesn’t have enough to offer and move through that fear and continue on and do what she feels is her goal for this time in her life.  
  • AJ Bustamante – Ooma Office – Business Internet and Voice Solutions / Westside Community Church 
    • Direct: (503) 482-7222, Email: aj.bustamante@ooma.com
    • Starting to iron out things, seeing a slight amount of normalcy creeping back in, but we are not there yet.  Grateful for vaccines and the ability to move forward that they are providing.  Concerned we will allow fear to keep us from living our lives.  Learning to balance going out with taking steps to support others and minimize risk.  We can do some of that minimization through masks, vaccinations and distancing as we move forward.  
  • Kody Harris – WCSO Community Outreach 
    • Loves the quote:  “I will not be anxious for tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself”
    • Working on leaning into fear 
    • Always has Plans A, B, C…. always has plans and exit strategy, works to have lots of facts, and bridges, this keeps her from having a lot of fears.  
    • Opposite fear is hope.  When you feel that fear, find the opposite and find what you hope will come out of the situation.
  • Brian Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage 
    • Not afraid of anything, if you have confidence in what you do you can move forward.  A sailing boat won’t steer unless it is in motion.  Motion is what solves all fear.  
  • Suzanne Savin – Washington County 
  • Matt Craigie – Washington County Economic Development Manager 
  • Jeff Maynard – Integrity Brewing 
  • Kyra Ramsay – ACFM 
  • Lt. Mitch Coley – WCSO 
    • With the Sheriff office 20 years, served in the military for years as well in bomb disposal.  Been in lots of conflict both oversees and with sheriff office
    • Current fear is trying to keep people he is in charge of and caring for engaged in their jobs as well as keeping community support.  Provides them tools to lean into their discomfort so they can be vulnerable with community
    • Frequently leads a team huddle, supports local vendors by bringing sheriff office together at tea shops, etc to talk there about how they can reach the community
  • Alison Stone – AHS Booster Club Liaison
    • Looks like she will continue to be on Booster Club
    • Not many fears other than general home minor clean up details
    • Lack of fear makes her think she is not doing enough.  
    • Has a 10 year old, sees fear in her when she plays softball, so has concerns about getting your kid to walk through fear.  How can she walk her daughter through fear
  • MK – Agape Community Insurance – New owner of Agape 5 months 15 days today!  
    • Fears  – survived aparthied in South Africa, current fears are based on frame of reference.  But he has concerns about national politics, as an economist, and recognizes our politics affect our economy, fears not so much for himself, but for his child and his future
  • Steven Quick – SQ Merchant Services 
  • Karen Bolin – Edward Jones 
    • Financial Advisor, does not have much fear herself, but hears it in clients every day.  
    • Concerns rather than fears,  if we have the right elected leaders in Portland (which has an effect on Washington County) to get us through this difficult time, and to to get us through to the other side. Feel we have good leadership in Washington County, but has concerns about Portland, in part because it is the focus of national news for our area.  Concerned it will trickle to Washington County.  Anxious to get the Washington County Event Center opened, thinks it will benefit the area.
  • Erin Wardell – Washington County 
  • Jori Monihan – Pamplin Media Group and Beaverton Valley Times
    • Jmonihan@pamplinmedia.com, 971-645-3103
    • Works with local businesses, and sees fear in the community of constantly changing rules, opening, closing, etc.  Grateful for vaccinations and ability to open up more.  
    • Fears being so fresh out of college if she is on the right track, but is trying to move through life and learn as she goes
  • Michael Holcomb – Retired 
  • Priscilla Roberts – Westside Community Church
    • Fearful for the community as a whole, for our homeless population and those struggling.  Sees the numbers of people who need food at Westside Food Brigade, and the long lines at Aloha HS for food boxes.  She thinks we have lots of challenges coming up.  

Matt Craigie – Washington County Economic Development Manager

  • Now inhouse position filling the shoes of John Southgate who was consultant
  • This position is a 1st for the county
    • Made in house because of recognition that unincorporated areas don’t have the same level of support and services for financial development that others do
    • Working with county to solidify what this role looks like
  • Working to convene countywide conversations to talk about shared challenges and goals among unincorporated areas
    • Improvements
    • Covid
    • Business development
  • Will be a resource for us
  • Countywide conversations as well as local technical support for unincorporated areas
    • Will depend on what we do with this service
    • Will depend on diversity of area (business, location, household) and the different challenges of each individual area
  • This fall/early next year it will be helpful to have a better idea/conversation about county role in economic development
    • Obvious complications given current Covid restrictions 
  • Office of one 
    • Limited capacity
    • Working on getting out and making connections to determine how to best support area
    • Working on Covid economic work in county, coordination with local city and state support as well as federal
      • American Rescue Plan Act
    • County has allocation of funds and is working to determine how best to deploy those resources
  • Working with local and city government to make sure they are properly leveraging funds
  • Interested in local business needs
    • For some 2020 was a good year, for some there is a great need for resources and he is working to determine the best way to service those who have the highest need.  
    • Call rather than email so he can connect with you to best determine your need and how he can help
  • Questions/Answers/Comments
    • Is Washington County working to promote businesses moving to Washington County through any incentives or strategy?  (businesses are being driven out of Portland)
      • Not currently, however this is a good idea
    • City of Beaverton has restaurant program that is working to recruit and develop new restaurants
      • Let’s talk about providing that in Aloha, happy to support those efforts
    • Why are businesses moving out of our area?  Example – Why did Intel invest in business locations outside Aloha/Beaverton?
      • Working to determine this reason, would love to know more
    • Microbusiness development needs a focus / potential physical area to use, how can we work to develop that.
      • Integrity Brewing example
        • Looking in Beaverton, Aloha, Hillsboro
        • Tenant Improvement Funds would be beneficial
          • Only place they are seeing any support this way is Hillsboro
      • Concerns over inflation in the area of construction, wood cost skyrocketing, this blows up ability to rebuild/improve.  
      • We need to have that conversation and work to determine why programs are working or not.  
    • What collaboration do you have going with larger business associations in the county?
      • Meeting with Chambers and other associations/businesses
      • Would like to support a diverse array of groups to support micro businesses and other businesses
    • Annex with Beaverton or Hillsboro?
      • Recognize its a topic with strong feelings both ways, and is not in a position to suggest this be done or not
      • Interested in input to determine pathway for unincorporated areas
        • Clackamas for example has “Village Hamlets”
      • This is something they will talk about for years
      • Welcomes opinions but will no be making decisions or recommendations 
    • Suggestion of walking local business together (WCSO, Matt Craigie, and an ABA representative) to discuss in our community how to connect businesses

Video showcasing “How we can work through fear”

  • If you are going to be a leader in your community you have to, on an individual level, be afraid and vulnerable but willing to go for it in order help make overwhelming situations less stressful
  • Those who can multitask and be the highest performers can really only attend to 4 things
  • Need to address most important work, not tasks
    • Focusing on tasks can make you feel like you can’t’ accomplish things
    • Focus on what matters
  • When you dilute your focus you dilute your power

Member of the month is Aloha Community Farmers Market. 

  • Viewed video produced by Brian Merritt, available on ABA website and Facebook

Aloha Community Farmers Market

  • K. Bolin – Edward Jones used ABA Member Booth last week
    • Noticed that the ACFM had the Planters Peanuts truck there which brought a lot of fun people to the area
    • Appreciated the fresh veggies, fruits, etc
    • The booth is work to use, it is a commitment, but it is fun
  • As soon as live music can return to the ACFM it will help a lot.
    • Soon as Farmers Market gets all clear from the health department they will get music going!
  • MK would like to put flyers up in his office window and have them available to pass out as well
    • Can pick up flyers at ACFM 
    • ACFM hopes to get out to put those up, anyone can pick them up and put them up, yard signs are also available to put up!
  • ABA Board has pre-paid for use of the ABA Member Booth every other week
    • If you are interested in use please let Malia know (execsec@alohabusinessassociation.com) to get it on the schedule
  • Any Current member can use the booth

Board Updates

  • Finances
    • Over $2000 in bank
    • We have recently paid invoices for some large ticket items including renewing insurance through MK in order to have our booth at the ACFM
    • Still have to pay non-profit registration for Oregon State
  • Membership
    • 43 current members 
    • Several have recently renewed
    • Many renewals are going out now.
    • May is a big month for renewals
    • If you know someone who you want to introduce to the ABA please do, we want to keep us growing.  
  • Hopeful to get going together in person soon, hopefully this summer!  
  • Board Members who were up for election last year continued through 2021 due to Covid, everyone has re-dedicated themselves to the board, and are very cohesive.  However, we don’t want people to get burnt out and would like to see people join us.  Would like to see new members and future board members.  Election for the new Board will be this fall.

Announcements

  • Aloha Community Library is holding a fundraiser this week
    • Promo video shown
  • Remember to vote in the upcoming election, it will determine the School Board and is very important!
  • WCSO news
    • Currently making plans for a Safety Academy this summer, they recently did a virtual one which worked well
    • Looking to learn more about community needs in order to serve them better
    • Would like to provide safety services/meetings/presentations on areas that are needed and wanted.  (including “window falls”, WCSO and other organizations are able to provide child proof window locks, there has already been a fatality this Spring from a fall from a window) 
  • Pamplin Media is working on “Summer Fun guide” to be in all their papers to reach to the community
    • If you need any help in being featured in this, please let them know, they are happy to help with ad space and design ideas.
  • ABA Adopt a Road will be held Saturday June 5, starting at 9:45 .  Meet at AHS and carpool.  
  • Our next Member meeting will be Thursday June 10th, we are looking for topics of interest to focus on.
  • Mt Olivet Baptist Church will have a Covid shot clinic next Wednesday and Thursday from 9 – 1.  It is not a public activity, however Sally will be able to provide you information if you or someone you know of needs this.  She hopes to provide this service for our minority and underserved community.  They will be accepting appointments and walkins and hope to administer 125 shots each day. Partnering with OHSU and Medical Teams International
  • Westside Food Brigade serves our community Saturdays at 8:30 – noon.  If you can, and have it in your heart to donate food or time, please do.  Covid ordinances are being followed. 
  • Good Neighbor project is coming up in August!  More details to follow.
  • Mt Olivet Baptist Church is providing food boxes on Fridays this month.
  • WCSO hopes to start up “Scooping with a Sheriff” again soon.
  • MK would like to join in one of the WCSO “huddles” with the community.  Would love to pay for everyone’s lunch, but officers are not allowed to do so. Only donations that can be made are pre-packaged food at the station

 

Adjourned at 12:45 PM