September 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

ABA Members Monthly Meeting – September 2021

  • In Attendance: 15
  • Introductions and Questions/Discussion with Matt Craigie
    • Sally Reid – Agape Human Services – President ABA
      • Has a connection who is looking for how to afford tests for their family members, as well as themselves. When there is an exposure at their business, everyone involved must be tested and they do not know of an affordable availability for the number of tests needed.
        • Matt Craigie will look into what assistance is available to help businesses afford or provide more tests
      • Question: who is responsible to provide evidence that they have tested negative?
        • M. Craigie will look into it
    • Don Bradley – Macley Auto Group – they are a small business, handling 25-30 cars.
      • Technical Assistance – Where do we go for PPE and signage, especially in how it relates to customers coming in. How do we get access to PPE? What signage is required by the County?
        • Go to https://www.businessrecoverycenters.org/
        • Can be provided with masks and other PPE
        • Signage should be further explainable by BRC
      • How do we get access to Capital?
        • Currently there is no grant or loans from the County
          • There are grant and loan programs available outside the county but BRC can help with federal and other options
        • Washington County would like to be able to set up their own resources and ability to help local businesses financially.
          • Will likely look like a “loan program” rather than grant, ideally with a forgivable portion.
    • Matt Craigie – Washington County
    • Nafisa Fai – Washington County Commissioner
    • Alison Stone – AHS Booster Board President – ABA Secretary
      • No question but impressed with ABA member survival techniques
      • There will be a vaccine mandate in Beaverton School District schools by the 18th of October if you are staff or a volunteer
      • There are limitations to what can be done by spectators at sporting events, but the school community is excited that there will be sporting events that are able to be attended
    • Brenda Bartlett – Assistant to Nafisa Fai
    • Kody Harris – Washington County Sheriff’s Office
      • WCSO receives all their guidance from Washington County Board of Commissioners
      • Working on doing Community Outreach without being in person has led to development of new and exciting skill sets.
      • Looking at how to continue virtual meetings to include those who are still unable to attend in person even once COVID is over.
      • The “Help Me Home” program is one of the virtual programs WCSO has developed
      • A “Parent Internet Safety” has also been developed
    • Karen Bolin – Edward Jones – Financial Advisor. Edward Jones is a national company large enough that local offices are assisted by the national office. They follow national guidelines over local guidelines including how to sanitize their office space.
      • Question about “Capital Needs” – her church used to be able to rent out their space monthly, but they are no longer able to do so and now they are not receiving a once relied on payment of $6000 a month. Looking to see if there is assistance available for this
        • There is some utility bill assistance they could look into (Clean Water Services should have a utility relief program in effect)
      • Washington County Food Trucks have to pass inspections and pay a required $750 fee. This is a hardship. What can be done?
        • Health Inspection Fee is a burden
        • Some food carts have seen multiple inspections
        • Kody mentions that some food carts in particular have to renew license every 90 days
    • MK – Agape Community Insurance
      • Questions about signage that were answered earlier.
      • In order to be compliant he is providing walk in customers with masks and sanitizer
      • Would like to reach out to BRC in regards to Technical Assistance.
      • Feels excited by assistance attention being paid to Aloha
    • Rebecca Gerendasy – Local Aloha Artist Public Relations
    • Scott Rennie – Schmidt and Yee – ABA Treasurer
    • Christine Lassiter – Portland Open Studios
    • Brian Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – ABA Board Member – has just relocated to Minnesota
      • Grateful to being able to work from Zoom, Business is flourishing but he misses seeing customers
    • Nafisa Fai – Washington County Commissioner
  • Nafisa Fai – Washington County Commissioner
    • Brenda Bartlett – Nafisa Fai staff member Brenda_bartlett@co.washington.or.us
    • Delta variant has created problems prompting discussions requiring creativity
    • Washington County Contact Tracing Manager prior to becoming Commissioner
    • Impact on Oregon has greatly rattled her, she is scared of what is happening to people.
    • Working to define “healthcare workers” in relation to vaccine requirements
    • Finding balance between help and harm
    • Finds that there is a concerning number of people dying and infecting others.
    • Wants to get to herd immunity in best way possible
    • Last Tuesday passed policy that Washington County workers who met definition of “Healthcare Workers” are required to be vaccinated or face medical layoffs
    • Will continue discussions on requiring ALL employees to be vaccinated
    • Want to respect personal freedom, however they need to focus on “Community” rather than “individual” and hopeful people can recognize the need to help the community.
    • Not the first generation to go through a pandemic, and we have seen religious and medical exemptions. Want to respect those individuals but want others without such exemptions to see benefit of helping community and the need to get the vaccination
      • Sally would like to see compassion on both sides
    • Karen Bolin asks about $68 Million to go towards CARES Northwest and Family Peace Center, however while Nafisa Fai is in support of this, it is not one of the areas she is currently working on.
  • Matt Craigie – Washington County
    • Predominant activity taking up his time is based on Economic Recovery
      • Thanks to the work of Nafisa Fai and other commissioners there has been good work done on this aspect
    • America Rescue Plan Act
      • Second Stimulus package to come out during the Pandemic
      • (CARES was first)
      • Funds arriving in 2 batches
        • First in summer
        • Second next year
      • Strict Guidelines on use
        • Must be related to COVID and Public Health and its economic impacts
        • Framework put together based on equity and value
        • Working with other counties across state
      • Moving forward with many investment packages
      • Lion’s Share of dollars going into vaccination efforts and treatment
      • Hopeful by the time funds arrive next years that they will be in a position to help individuals and businesses recover economically
    • Small Business focus
      • Business Recovery Centers
        • 4 centers run by 4 Chambers across Washington County
        • Distribute free PPE to businesses across Washington County
        • Can help connect businesses to technical assistance
          • Can help as well with business redirection and plans
        • Opportunities for community based operations for funds related to technical assistance.
          • Still working on approval for specific organizations
        • Much of these services are focused on unincorporated areas such as Aloha as unincorporated areas tend to lack specific area based support options
          • Looking for additional assistance for BIPOC community
        • Looking into additional contract for further assistance
          • Looking into outreach
          • Looking at Capital lending tools
        • Want to engage further with community
    • Work Force recovery
      • Additional assistance to unemployed workers
        • Access to community navigator
        • Find jobs
        • Find retraining assistance
    • Dollars set aside to prepare for future situations
      • This amount will depend on where we are with the pandemic next year
    • Looking into where gaps exist
      • Funding
      • Internet access
        • Looking into more investments in broadband
        • Facilitate work from home abilities
    • Looking into how to further engagement with community
    • Questions for ABA Community and Member needs
      • Are you getting clear instructions on COVID business regulations?
      • Do you have adequate access to PPE, signage, and other COVID required resources?
      • What kind of technical assistance or capital do you need as they transition into the new-normal? (ie: digital marketing? Capital to help change your business model or hire workers?
    • Karen asks if there is a model or plan from other neighbor counties that Washington County is basing their plans off of
      • Multnomah County does not have one
      • Clackamas does
      • Goals from each County differ which limits partnership work, but he has worked with them
      • Washington County has 11 cities as well as unincorporated areas which would actually count as an additional cities
        • Need to serve unincorporated needs
      • Engagement will need to be different based on differences between Unincorporated areas in Washington County
        • Will need some additional encouragement from Washington County to re-engage members of ABA as we are a forum for connection of local businesses, but Zoom has limited that participation
        • Will also look into work with CPO programs
  • Christine Lassiter -Portland Open Studios – PortlandOpenStudios.com
    • Art Studio Tour – October 9-10, 16-17
      • Selected artists apply and are invited to participate through blind jury process
      • Website provides studio locations
      • Internship program for local students
    • Are offering in-person studio tours now
    • Has seen the impact of Art on community to uplift spirits during difficult times
    • Rebecca Gerendasy – Local Artist
      • Rebecca Gerendasy Clay Art
        • Focus on art in particular on ceramics
        • Opened studio in Aloha in 2018
        • “Hand Builder” rather than “Thrower”
      • Work primarily on functional items while adding sculptural techniques
        • Planters
        • Vases
        • Bowls
      • Loves to decorate surfaces
        • Plans to leave out interactive options at Studio Tour as well as Demonstrations
          • Monoprinting
    • Kody encourages Portland Open Studios to look into a booth at Aloha Community Farmers Market if possible.
    • Don Bradley encourages looking into Etsy
  • Just replaced ABA Canopy as it was failing. Letters falling off, unable to be repaired
    • Replaced canopy and can still use existing backdrop

Adjourned 12:50pm