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: http://alohabusinessassociation.com/
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 http://www.facebook.com/#!/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.
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: www.co.washington.or.us/alohareedville
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: www.battleofthebadgeshillsboro.org
Carol Cartier mentioned info about the Cooper Mountain winery – Friday evening Winery Nights from 5pm to 8pm. Enjoy free music with neighbors.