January 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

January 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting

Called to Order by S. Reid: 11: 35

In Attendance:  14

  • Introductions:   
    • *S. Reid – Agape Human Services – Retired from Agape Community Insurance at the end of 2020, working on her new season, directions and plans for her new business (Agape Human Services)
    • *B. Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – Enjoyed celebrating Christmas with no social distancing.  Enjoying business these days because of very low interest rates.  
    • K. Harris – WCSO (formerly/still with ACFM) – still figuring out 2021 plans.  Had a very quiet few weeks because everyone in the household has been dealing with being sick, but she is feeling positive about the gifts and positive times brought about by quiet still times.   
    • Lt J. Wheaton – WCSO – had a quiet Christmas and New Years, caught up on reading.  Professionally looking at a need for flexibility and new ways to get out into the community in real time, but safely.  
    • P. Roberts – Westside Community Church / Westside Cruisers (currently on hiatus because of Covid) – Had a safe Christmas time, wore masks, washed hands, took Covid seriously this year and as a result has hope for 2021, the vaccine and being able to be closer to each other.  
    • P. Power – Impact Sign Co. – Signage, graphics, visual advertising needs.  Exciting to watch business grow over the past 20 years.
    • MK – Agape Community Insurance – New Steward of Agape!  Stayed home for the holidays, did not get together with anyone, but tried new ways to cook meals.  Had an open Zoom room all day so people could go in and out.  Exciting new year.  Looks forward to Covid ending soon.  
    • A. Watson – TVWD – Working on reconnecting with the community.  Quiet scaled back holiday season.  
    • J. Monihan – Pamplin Media Group – Quiet holidays, here to announce 2021 marketing deals she is happy to share with us.  
    • S. Quick – SQ Merchant Services – Uneventful Christmas time, saw most people on Zoom.  Has added sales reps to his business, excited about the future.  Covid has not affected his business terribly.  
    • K. Larmanger – Atlantis Caregiving – Lost some of those in their care, the holidays can be hard with increased loss.   Still waiting for the state to launch their Nurse Assisting school in Newberg.  Found a vendor for PPE but had to register through FDA as a lab, but can now do instant result Covid testing.  
    • J. Doane – TVWD – Rosedale Road is closed for installation of the TVWD 66” pipe running up 209 between Farmington and Cornelius Pass Road.  Grateful for EPA Grant so this will not all be reflected in our bills.  
    • K. Bolin – Edward Jones
  • ABA ended the year with over $1000 in the bank and have decided to spend some of that money on signage to help support our community.  Want to show businesses are open, be cheery and let us know who is open, as well as showing support – we are all in this together. 
  • Pam Power – Impact Signs 
    • Now creating business signage showing “masks needed”, etc
    • “A Board” signage – are not permanent so they don’t have to have permits.  You can display them to show you are open and take them back in at the end of the day.  Easier to change messaging
    • Thanks to Technology, remember that anything can be a sign.  
      • Boarded up windows
      • Doors locked but you can say that you are open inside via signage on the door:  “call this number and we will come out and show you around”, etc.  
    • Creating lots of “A Boards” in particular.  
      • Dining in restaurants example
    • Donated yard signs to schools (minus cost of materials) to acknowledge seniors
      • This will be important to do again this Spring because the seniors this year are getting none of the “in school” experience and support that seniors usually get.  
      • Seniors depression rate is high, would love to pull together as a community to  support the seniors, let them know they are not forgotten
    • Window graphics 
      • Blocks sun
      • Adds privacy
      • Gets the message out that you are open and what you are providing
      • Can be removed if you need change
      • Can offer full vinyl or perforated (so you can see through)
      • Can also save on AC when it filters sunlight!
    • Signage can be used to show that you are “coming soon”
    • Good way to communicate that you can order online, order from grubhub, etc.
    • Good way to communicate ways you can still do business.  
    • Banners run $6-$7 a square foot (easy on a budget)
    • Reminds people you are there!
    • New signage can raise business 10%!  A good return on your investment!
    • Add graphics to a trailer or your vehicle, become a driving advertisement.  Park by the road to let people know you are there as well.  Any time you drive you are advertising
    • “Feather Flags” (fabric signage) get attention and utilize the space you have
    • Get creative, think about what you can have, and what you can do and they can help
    • K. Harris
      • Farmers Market has used Impact Signs for years and they have been very helpful
      • Helped to work with ACFM to find the best price which was helpful for their non profit status
    • Work to help you find the best way to spend your budget, find the best solution for your business.
  • S. Reid still has Aloha Community T-Shirts in her office, working to get them distributed to those who want them
  • S. Reid also still has ABA Pens
  • Video on the website has been updated.
    • Visited with Steve (Baskin Robbins) to discuss how things have gone running his business in Aloha overcoming Covid restrictions
    • Business is doing just fine.  
    • Please visit the video at https://alohabusinessassociation.com/
  • WCSO – Kody Harris
    • Please remember that alcohol to-go containers must be sealed and  not in reach of the driver.   Be cautious and careful.  
      • Drinks To-Go https://www.oregon.gov/olcc/Pages/drinks-to-go.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3igRkeWYvemtFCgT6ZOb4_WKQ2Bfq8lAOw3JXlE-n6eyCF2CyS5Je4Jys 
    • Remember Community Counselling Program
    • Remember to watch out for your business and community, let the WCSO know if you see something, say something
    • Watch out for scams around stimulus checks
      • Phone Scam
      • Mail theft
  • Pamplin Media has discounts going on this month 
    • Digital products are 50% off
    • Print discounts offered as well 
    • February – “Amazing Educators” section of paper, looking to recognize a new teacher each week.  Looking for community sponsors for this
      • Can we do an add to encourage seniors in the area?  S. Reid to follow through on this 
  • Soon as we get signage we will get them out into the community
    • Also looking to update our meeting sign
    • Look into getting something out to support the seniors 

Adjourned at 12:15

Our Next Zoom Meeting will be February 11th