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Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community. The Mid-county Memo offers this section to our business neighbors for news, advancements, promotions, expansions and other noteworthy events to be shared with the community at large. Business Memo submissions for the April issue are due by Friday, March 14. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at You may also mail editorial submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, dial 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

Popular storefront program expanded
The Portland Development Commission’s Storefront Improvement Program is now available in targeted neighborhoods citywide, thanks to a new allocation of $550,000 from the city’s general fund for fiscal year 2007-08. In the recent past most PDC storefront funding was limited to urban renewal areas.

The selected areas now eligible for funding are primarily business districts which have not received help in the past through the program, but where the need is clear for exterior improvements. The Parkrose neighborhood is eligible for the first time.

“This new Storefront funding allows us to extend the reach for a very successful PDC program,” said Bruce Warner, PDC executive director. “We can have a big impact with limited funds and make a real difference for small business owners and business neighborhoods beyond the central city core.”

Funding is first come, first served for businesses in the designated areas. Program guidelines and application information are available at or by calling 503-823-3312.

The Storefront Improvement Program provides matching cash grants and design assistance to businesses and property owners in eligible neighborhoods. The funds are targeted for exterior improvements ranging from repainting to new windows, lighting and signage. The improvements help businesses attract customers, create a safer street environment for the community and enhance the appearance of neighborhood commercial areas.

Lunch and learn small business seminars
Bring your lunch and learn about a small business topic while meeting other small business professionals. The Small Business Development Center of Mt. Hood Community College presents this free series.

On March 6 Malcolm Boswell will share easy ways to find information you need for your business loan or business plan.

On March 13, participants will learn how to sell to the city of Gresham. Learn what the city wants to buy, how to track its needs and how to apply to sell your products to the city.

All seminars run from noon to 1 p.m. and are held at the MHCC SBDC at 323 N.E. Roberts Ave. in downtown Gresham. There is no charge for the seminars, but please call 503-491-7658 to preregister or send an e-mail to
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